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Christmas Events 2014
for Livermore, Pleasanton, and the Tri-Valley

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All Events in Chronological Order
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Places to Visit
Christmas Scriptures
See Also:
Complete December Calendar
Descriptions of Holidays throughout the year

Olive wood Manger Scene.
Carved in Bethlehem from the
wood of local olive trees.

Christmas Photos

eLivermore.com has a collection of Christmas time photos from over the years, including:

Christmas in Downtown Livermore at night
Snow at Lizzie Fountain
Main Street Designs Christmas Store


All Events in Chronological order
Click links for details below
  all Lights of the Valley (web site of Christmas lights)
November 22 Saturday Magical Evening - Pleasanton Shopping
Nov 28 to Dec 28 Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
(one Mon)

Niles Canyon Train of Lights

December 5 Friday Valley Concert Chorale Sing along Messiah
December 6 Saturday Livermore Home for the Holidays
December 6 Saturday Livermore Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
December 6 Saturday Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
December 6 Saturday Symphony Concert
December 6-7 Sat & Sun Holidays in the Vineyards
December 7 Sunday Celtic Christmas Concert & Gathering
December 11 Thursday Happy Small-idays at Bothwell's Downtown Art Studios
December 14 Sunday Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide
    Journey to Living Bethlehem - No presentations in 2014
December   13, 14 Sun, Sat Valley Concert Chorale Christmas Concert
Dec 13-14, 19-21 Sat-Sun, Fri-Sat-Sun The Nutcracker
December 13 Saturday Cantabella Children's Chorus
Dec 12-18 Fri-Thurs Drive Through Nativity
December 31 Saturday New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk.


Special Events

Magical Evening - Pleasanton Shopping
November 22, 2014 

Magical Holiday Evening
Celebrate the holidays at Downtown Pleasanton’s Magical Holiday Evening, the annual downtown open house. The streets will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.

Start your holiday shopping and celebrate the season with an evening of holiday festivities. Downtown shops, restaurants and businesses usher in the holidays with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and an early visit from Santa.

Experience Pleasanton’s beautiful and distinctive downtown with its hometown atmosphere and charm. Bring your family and friends to shop, dine and discover all they have to offer for the holidays!
Sponsor: Pleasanton Downtown Association
Location:  Museum on Main, 603 Main St, Pleasanton
Times:  4:00pm to 7:00pm
Admission: Free (items for sale)
More info: Pleasanton Downtown Association,


Niles Canyon Train of Lights
2014 dates: November 28 to Dec 28 (the week after Christmas)
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (one Monday)
See complete Schedule


Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights.
Experience the magic of our brightly decorated holiday train, covered with thousands of lights, as it winds through the darkness of Niles Canyon on a 75-minute round-trip ride from Niles to Sunol and back, and the later train from Sunol to Niles and back.
This annual fundraising event is presented by the Pacific Locomotive Association to benefit Niles Canyon Railway projects throughout the year. We are sincerely grateful for all of our supporters who help our non-profit, tax-exempt, living history museum continue to operate and grow.
Trains run both from Sunol to Niles and back, and from Niles to Sunol and back.
Location:  Downtown Sunol
Times: Departures from 4:30pm from Niles, 7:30 from Sunol
Admission:  General seating is $25 (+2.24 fee) ages 3 and up.  See the Niles Canyon Railroad.
   $17 (+1.84 fee) for Wednesdays: Dec 3, 10, 17
   Reserved seating in the Dome Car is $40 (+2.99 fee).
   Private Caboose: $600 (+25.96 fee) for up to 24 people.
eLivermore Photos.
More info: Niles Canyon Railroad.  Info should be on the Niles Canyon site mid to late September.  Ticket purchases around the 2nd week of October.

2014 Dates - From Sunol
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Nov 30  7:30     Dec 3  7:30   Dec 5  7:30 Dec 6  7:30
Dec 7  7:30     Dec 10  7:30   Dec 12  7:30 Dec 13  7:30
Dec 14  7:30     Dec 17  7:30   Dec 19  7:30 Dec 20  7:30
Dec 21  7:30 Dec 22  7:30       Dec 26  7:30 Dec 27  7:30
Dec 28  7:30            


2014 Dates - From Niles
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          Nov 28  4:30 Nov 29  4:30
      Dec 3  4:30   Dec 5  4:30 Dec 6  4:30
Dec 7  4:30     Dec 10  4:30   Dec 12  4:30 Dec 13  4:30
Dec 14  4:30     Dec 17  4:30   Dec 19  4:30 Dec 20  4:30
Dec 21  4:30 Dec 22  4:30       Dec 26  4:30 Dec 27  4:30
Dec 28  4:30            

Click photos for additional eLivermore.com photos of the Train of Lights


Livermore Home for the Holidays
Dec 6, 2014

Home for the Holidays
Kick off the holiday shopping season downtown and enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, holiday performances and...

We're bringing FROZEN to Livermore!
Elsa and Olaf will be sledding in from up north to join us at Lizzie Fountain in Downtown Livermore for snowflakes, facepainting, hot chocolate and surprise entertainment! The fun begins at 11am and will continue through 4pm.
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location: Downtown Livermore
Times: noon to 4:00pm
Admission: Free
More info:    Livermore Downtown Association, (925) 373-1795

Lizzie Fountain with snow - 12/2/06
More photos

Livermore Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Dec 6, 2014

The 2013 Downtown Livermore Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade will feature local marching bands, music, light displays, and of course SANTA CLAUS!!! Tree lighting to follow parade.

• Parade will start at 6pm and usually lasts approximately an hour.
• Parade route is First Street from M Street to McLeod St.
• Lighting of "Bruce Sprucetree" will be at the corner of First Street & South Livermore Avenue.
• Parking & Handicapped Parking are available at the FREE Livermore Valley Center Parking Garage, 2350 Railroad Avenue.
• No Dogs or Animals allowed inside the event enclosure.
Sponsor: Livermore Downtown Association
Location: Downtown Livermore
Times: Parade from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Tree lighting following the parade
Admission: Free
More info:    Livermore Downtown Association, or (925) 373-1795



Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Dec 6, 2014

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremonies
The City of Pleasanton will once again host the Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration to be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Pleasanton. The centerpiece of this free event is a festive community-based parade followed by the lighting of a holiday tree in front of the Museum on Main.

The parade always kicks off with one of Pleasanton’s award-winning high school marching bands from either Amador Valley High School or Foothill High School. The band is followed by dozens of holiday inspired entries including Pleasanton’s own Balloon Platoon, the Pleasanton City Council, hundreds of Cub Scouts and Brownies, local car clubs and dog clubs, and much more.

Main Street Closure – 3:30–7:30pm
Parade – 5:00pm
Floats, Marching Bands, Community Groups, and more

Tree Lighting Ceremony (following parade)
Approximately 6:45–7:15pm

-Special Appearance by Santa
-Mayor Lights the Tree
-Community Sing-a-long
Sponsors: Downtown Association & City of Pleasanton Parks and Community Services
Location: Main Street, Pleasanton
Times: 3:30pm to 7:30pm
More info: Pleasanton Events, Pleasanton Downtown Association.

Holidays in the Vineyards
December 6-7, 2013
Saturday & Sunday

Holidays in the Vineyards
Join us for a Livermore Valley wine country holiday tradition. Wineries showcase their decorated tasting rooms with special wines, arts, crafts, holiday music, activities and more. Donated toys are given to the local Toys for Tots program. Admission is free, however, tasting fees may apply and vary by winery.

Participating Wineries:

Bent Creek, Big White House WInery, Bodegas Aguirre, Caddis Winery, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Dante Robere Vineyards, Darcie Kent Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, Ehrenberg Cellars, El Sol Winery, Elliston Vineyards, Fenestra Winery, Garre' Vineyards & Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards, LOngevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards & Winery, MItchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Nella Terra Cellars, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery, Page Mill Winery, Retzlaff Estate Winery, Rodrigue Molyneaux,The Singing WInemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Wente Vineyards, Winemaker's Studio, Wood Family Vineyards
Sponsor:  Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
Location: Participating Valley Wineries
Times: Noon to 4:30pm
Admission: Free.  Tasting Fees may apply and vary by winery.
More info: Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association or (925) 447-9463


Celtic Christmas Concert Gathering
Dec 7, 2014

The Celtic Christmas Concert & Gathering will celebrate its fourth year with a special musical treat.

Pog Mo Thoin, fronted by Irish-born Gabe Duffin, is a popular local band that features lively jigs and Irish folk songs, including past-Tempest fiddler Michael Mullen. For this event, the show includes special guest Steve Kritzer and a guest appearance by Erin Ruth Thompson.

Gathering & potluck at 6pm, concert approximately 7:30. This family friendly event will feature live music, a potluck meal, free cider & tea. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

$20 Admission at the door, pre-sale tickets through December 6th are $15 at the Bankhead Theater Ticket Office, 2400 First Street, Livermore, at 925-373-6800 or www.bankheadtheater.org. Limited advance tickets available through Panama Red Coffee Company, members of the band, and through info@bothwellartscenter.org.

Guests are asked to bring the potluck dish of their choice.

The event is produced by Gabe Duffin with support by the Bothwell Arts Center and LVPAC, and is a fundraiser for the Bothwell which benefits local cultural arts. The Bothwell is located at 2466 8th Street and is a project of Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, a not-for-profit corporation.
Sponsor: Bothwell Arts Center
Location:  Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th St.  Livermore.
Times:  6:00 to 9:00pm
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, students 13-18 years of age $5, 12 and under free. .
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center


Happy Small-idays at Bothwell's Downtown Art Studios
Dec 11, 2014

Happy Small-idays at Bothwell's Downtown Art Studios
Kick off your holiday season with locally made "small" art and handcrafts.

Enjoy spiced cider, cocoa with a special peppermint kick to warm your toes while you peruse artsy gift ideas from many of the Bothwell's 29 resident studio artists, teachers and guests, featuring original small paintings, glass ornaments, beautiful jewelry, antique collaged notecards, wreaths and handmade holiday decor, giclee and color matted prints and notecards displaying artists' original paintings, for one-of-a-kind gift giving. Original paintings and art available for purchase.

Fabulous Holiday Gift Basket Door Prize includes goodies such as a $100 Wente Winery Gift Card, a Southwest $100 Gift Card, Gift Cards from Barnes & Noble and Jamba Juice, See's Candy, Twas the Night Before Christmas book and a Keepsake Holiday Ornament all in a Beautiful Woven Wicker Basket.

Happy Small-idays occurs during a special Open Studios at the Bothwell Downtown Art Studios on 62 S. L Street on December 11 from 6-8pm, with an ever-changing palette of fun artsy gifts.
Sponsor: Bothwell Arts Center
Location:  Bothwell Downtown Arts Center, 62 So. L Street
Times:  6:00pm to 8:00pm
Admission: Free
More info: Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center



Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide
December 14, 2014

Come celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Ravenswood Historic Site.  Music, entertainment, carriage ride, food, crafts, and more.
Location: Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore
Times: Noon to 4:00PM
Admission:  Free
More info:
See the Ravenswood Photos and description on eLivermore.com

See eLivermore Photos

Journey to Living Bethlehem
No Presentation in 2014 as they are looking for a new location.  Hopfully back in 2015.

More info:  http://livingbethlehem.org/ Info@LivingBethlehem.org  510-377-9711

New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
December 31

New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
The labyrinth walk is Wednesday, December 31st between 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Courtyard. Dress warmly and join us in walking our outdoor, Chartres-style, courtyard labyrinth. Say good-bye to the old year and begin the New Year with peace and intention.
Sponsor: First Presbyterian Church, Livermore
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 4th & L Streets, Livermore
Times:  7:30pm to 10:00pm
Admission: Free
More info: First Presbyterian Church, Livermore,  For more information, contact the church office, 925-447-2078.







Valley Concert Choral - Sing-along Messiah
Dec 5, 2014

Valley Concert Choral Sing-along Messiah
It’s our annual holiday event.  Join in singing Part I of Handel’s great masterpiece, including the Hallelujah Chorus.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave, Livermore
Times:  7:30pm
Admission: $10 ($11.34 with service fee). Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale








Cantabella Children's Chorus - Winter Concert
December 13, 2014


Cantabella Children's Chorus - Make We Merry
The 1 PM show features the three Cantabella Training Choirs, as well as selected pieces by the Performing Choirs.
The 4 PM show features the Performing Choirs - Children's, Junior Honors, Chamber, and Honors Choirs.
Doors open 1/2 hour before the show.

Sponsor: Cantabella Children's Chorus
Location:  St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive, Pleasanton
Times:  1:00pm (training choirs & selected pieces by the performing choirs)
              4:00pm (performing choirs)

Admission: Adults: $18 in advance, $20 at the door; children under 18 FREE
More info: Cantabella Children's Chorus



Valley Concert Choral Christmas Concerts
Dec 13, 14, 2014
Saturday, Sunday

Valley Concert Choral
Favorite Masterworks:  Johann S. Bach's Cantata 140 "Wachet Auf"
New Discoveries: Cecila McDowall's Ave Maris Stella
Plus traditional carols and sing-alongs.
Sponsor: Valley Concert Chorale
Location:  Saturday:  Trinity Lutheran Church 1225 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
      Sunday:  First Presbyterian Church, 2020 Fifth St (4th & L), Livermore
Times:  Saturday: 7:30pm;  Sunday: 3:00pm
Admission: $20 ($21.69 with service Fee) Student: $10 ($11.34 with service fee). Tickets at Valley Concert Chorale website.
More info: Valley Concert Chorale

Symphony Concert
December 6, 2013

Livermore-Amador Symphony  - Musical Masterpieces
Barnes: Academic Festival Overture
Grieg:   Peer Gynt Suites (Selections from both suites)
Dvorak:  Symphone No. 8

The Livermore-Amador Symphone and new music director Lara Webber begin their musical adventures together by celebrating some of the best loved symphonic words of all time.  Johannes Brahms salutes academic life with what he called "a very boisterous potpourri of student songs" (mostly popular drinking songs).  To his delight, when Brahms conducted the premiere the students gleefully sang along.  Edvard Grieg's incidental music to Ibsen's masterpiece, Peer Gynt, paints vivid musical pictures of the Norwegian sunrise and captures the raw emotion of lost love, and we barely escape the clutches of the troll king!  Antonin Dvorak;s sunniest symphony brings our adventure to a joyful conclusion.
Sponsor: Livermore Amador Symphony
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
  Prelude talk from 7 to 7:30pm.  Symphony concerts begin at 8:00pm
Admission:  $35 / $29 / $25.  Youth (high school & younger): $10  Season tickets (Dec, Feb, April, May concerts): $110/$99/$85;  Youth $40
  Bankhead Theater Box Office info  -  LVPAC Online Ordering page
More info:
Livermore-Amador Symphony (925) 373-6824, or Bankhead Theater



The Nutcracker
Dec 13-14, 19-21, 2014
Sat-Sun,  Fri-Sat-Sun

The Nutcracker - Valley Dance Theater
Experience the magic of the Nutcracker. This annual Tri-Valley holiday event continues to enchant audiences of all ages, bringing Tchaikovsky’s well-known music and ballet to life with all of its elegance and beauty. Thrill to a stage filled with one magical nutcracker, a swirl of lovely snowflakes, adorable mice, dancing soldiers and a glittering sugar plum fairy. For over 30 years, Valley Dance Theatre’s full production of The Nutcracker,accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony, has entertained families each holiday season. The elaborate sets, skilled dancers and beautiful costumes have established Valley Dance Theatre as the premier ballet company of the Tri-Valley.
Sponsor: Valley Dance Theater
Location:  Bankhead Theater - LVPAC web site - eLivermore Bankhead Theater page
  Sat Dec 13: 2:00 & 7:00pm
  Sun Dec 14: 2:00pm
  Fri Dec 19: 7:00pm
  Sat Dec 20: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
  Sun Dec 21: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Admission: $38/$29/$25;  Student 17 & under: $19
More info: Valley Dance Theater or Bankhead Theater



Places to Visit


Lights of the Valley

A web site listing locations suggested homes with Christmas light displays.
Lights of the Valley



Christmas Scriptures

All Christian Churches have special Christmas Eve services.
Full list of Tri-Valley Churches, and web links



Christmas Scriptures

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.  For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. -- (Isaiah 9:2-7)


In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. -- (Luke 2:1-20)


Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” -- (Matthew 1:18 to 2:18)


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”) And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.  -- (John 1:1-18)