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December Events In and Around Mountain House


The 2013 Holiday Season is here, and there are lots of festive events and activities around Mountain House to help you celebrate! There will be holiday parades and tree lightings in Tracy, Livermore, and Pleasanton, and even a lighted boat parade in Stockton. Go ice skating in Brentwood, ride a magical lighted train in Niles Canyon, and enjoy all the holiday fun at the Dell’Osso Family Farm. Also, don’t miss the Valley Dance Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker or the Stockton Symphony’s Holiday Pops! For more details about these local events and more, check out the listings below.

Now through January 5: Holiday on Ice
Come and ice skate on a magnificent, twinkling, light-filled outdoor ice rink that is protected from the elements by a gigantic white tent! Located at The Streets of Brentwood. For hours, pricing, and directions, visit

Now through December 29: Niles Canyon Railway 2013 Train of Lights
Take a magical ride between Niles Canyon and Sunol on trains covered inside and out with Christmas lights! For more information, visit

December 6: Main Street Friday Night Jazz: A Jazzy Christmas
From 8 pm to 10 pm, the lobbies of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy will be turned into a jazz nightclub. Come enjoy some jazz music, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. For more information, visit

December 7: Mountain House Community Workshop #2
From the valuable insights and ideas generated by the residents at the first Community Workshop in October, we have developed several conceptual plans for the Town Center. And once again, we are asking for your input as we present these alternative plans to you at the next Community Workshop at Bethany Elementary School. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss these plans in small groups, select your favorite, and explain why you chose it. We hope you can join us. Check-in begins at 9:45 am. Presentation and group discussions will be from 10 am to 2 pm. Light breakfast, boxed lunch, and childcare will be provided. To RSVP, visit

December 7: Downtown Tracy Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
The Tracy Holiday Parade at 6pm (Central Ave. & 10th St.) will be followed by the tree lighting celebration at the Downtown 6th St. Plaza. For more information, visit

December 7: Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade
Christmas lights adorn boats and yachts as they sail into the downtown Stockton Waterfront for theannual lighted boat parade—a favorite holiday tradition! The parade starts at 5 pm and admission is free. For more information, visit

December 7: Downtown Livermore Home for the Holidays
Kick off the holiday shopping season in downtown Livermore and enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, holiday performances and snow in Lizzie Fountain! 11 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit

December 7: Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade & Tree Lighting
The 2013 Downtown Livermore Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade will feature local marching bands, music, light displays, and of course, Santa Claus! Tree lighting will follow the parade. The fun begins at 6 pm. For more information, visit

December 7: Pleasanton Hometown Holidays Celebration
The Pleasanton Annual Hometown Holidays Celebration features a festive community-based parade at 5 pm followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main. For more information, visit

December 7 – January 4: Holidays on the Farm at Dell’Osso Family Farm
The 5th Annual Holidays on the Farm at Dell’Osso Family Farm in nearby Lathrop promises holiday fun for everyone. There will be an artificial snow-covered hill for tubing, an ice skating rink, Christmas lights displays, and Santa’s Village. For more information, visit

December 14: Downtown Tracy Holiday Workshops & Open House
Enjoy shopping, specials, free workshops, and holiday treats in downtown Tracy from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, visit

December 14-15: Handel’s Messiah Ballet
The Grand Theatre in Tracy presents Handel’s 1742 masterpiece Messiah. In addition to witnessing the beautiful presentation of classical ballet by Anastasis Ballet Company’s professional dancers, audience members will be delighted by the magnificence of the music. For more information, visit

December 14-15: Stockton Symphony Holiday Pops Concert
Come celebrate the holiday season with family and friends at this festive event held at the San Joaquin Delta College Atherton Auditorium. The Stockton Symphony is joined by outstanding Broadway tenors Brent Barrett, David Burnham, and John Cudia. For more information, visit

December 14, 15, 20, 21, 22: The Nutcracker
The Valley Dance Theatre’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker, will be performed at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. For tickets and more information, visit

December 15: Mountain House Jingle All the Way 5K
Join in this 5K race to benefit the local school foundations: Wicklund, Bethany, Questa, and Lammersville. $30 entry fee. To register, visit On Facebook, visit

December 21-22: Children’s Dance Theatre: “The Nutcracker Ballet”
The Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy presents the 11th Annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Grand Theatre. Featuring local talented dancers, this is a traditional production with some contemporary surprises. For more information, visit