Best Things to Do in the East Bay This December

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the East Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Oakland Ballet’s The Nutcracker, by John Hefti
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Scrooge

December 3–4

This musical version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” portrays the miserly Ebenezer as he goes through a profound personal transformation.

More info: concordtheatricals.com

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Sing, Joy

December 4

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir performs outdoors at Jack London Square and features all three of the interfaith choirs.

More info: oigc.org

Tree Lighting

December 11

A special appearance by Santa is just the tip of the holiday iceberg at an event at the plaza at Jack London Square that includes laser light shows, snowfall, carolers, the peppermint princess elf stilt walker and selfies with Rudolph.

More info: jacklondonsquare.com

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Messiah

December 12

Bring your own score or pick one up when you enter Temple Hill Auditorium to join in a sing-along of Handel’s spiritual masterwork. 

More info: templehillevents.com

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Photo: Courtesy of John Hefti

The Nutcracker

December 18–19

With musical accompaniment by the Oakland Symphony and the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, Oakland Ballet Company recreates the Edwardian-era tale of a doll come to life with art nouveau set design and costumes and the debut of Lawrence Chen in the role of the Nutcracker Prince.

More info: oaklandballet.org

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Holiday Party

December 24

The former Coasters vocalist, Alvon Johnson, brings along his guitar to sing and swing some jazz standards, blues and maybe even some Big Band with a holiday theme.

More info: yoshis.com

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