Holiday Cheer in the Heart of Downtown Berkeley
We all love Downtown and our community is showing holiday cheer by celebrating in all sorts of ways. We have a lot to be thankful for - from the vibrant streets of Shattuck to one of a kind storefronts. A rich diversity of cultural arts and entertainment is right outside our door.
Let's celebrate and check out the holiday happenings below!
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Winter Magic in Downtown Berkeley
Ecology Center's Winter Crafts Fair
December 16th & 23rd
Ecology Center's Farmers Market
Center & Milivia
Care about responsibly sourced goods and supporting your local economy? Shop local this year at the Ecology Center’s 26th Annual Winter Crafts Fair and find sustainably made, hand-crafted, and beautiful gifts from over 30 Bay Area artisans.
For two Saturdays, December 16th & 23rd, Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market welcomes local artists, artisans, and crafters that are committed to using sustainable practices. Find up-cycled messenger bags, gorgeous wooden bowls from sustainably harvested wood, nontoxic jewelry, wildcrafted and natural body products & more! Browse unique gifts while getting your grocery shopping done at the Farmers’ Market. Remember to bring your reusable shopping bag. Or find a handmade one there! More Info
Holiday Caroling in Downtown Berkeley
12/21 from 4:30-5:30PM
Shattuck Ave. & Center St.
Everyone is welcome! All ages and all levels of experience wanting to get in the holiday spirit and experience caroling. The more the merrier! Bring your holiday cheer and kick this season off right. What better way to spread the joy of the season than singing songs that make us happy? Let’s bring together the downtown community with holiday cheer.
* December 21st at 4:30-5:30pm: Is the early evening candlelit session with members from The Berkeley Chamber Singers making an appearance. Yummy treats are being donated by Endless Summer Sweets and Peets Coffee and Tea located on Kittredge Street and Shattuck Ave.
The first dozen carolers to arrive on either day will receive their own colorful holiday hats! Song sheets and candles for the 21st early evening session will also be provided.
All you need to do is show up on Downtown Berkeley at the corner of Shattuck and Center St. Each participant will be given a sheet of music and each adult participant will be given a candle at the evening caroling session. We encourage participants dress warmly and be a part of something positive, fun, and something their whole family (even your dog!) will enjoy.
Carpano Christmas with Gio’s in Downtown Berkeley
December 22nd, 6PM
Gio's Pizza & Bocce
2420 Shattuck Ave
Santa, Fernet & Gio’s are putting their best Christmas spirit forward for a celebratory dinner & party in downtown Berkeley. Dinner is 6-8pm, followed by games & festivities.
*Take a photo with Santa!
*Meet the Brancamenta girls
*Taste unique cocktail & food pairings from Carpano vermouth and Fernet Branca
*We will also be hosting a toy drive because we’d like everyone to have a Merry Christmas
The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue at Berkeley Rep
December 5–31, 2017
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St
Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre The Second City makes its first-ever Berkeley Rep appearance! The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers a stocking full of hilarious sketch comedy and their world-famous improvisation with a wicked seasonal slant. No timeless tradition is too sacred to skewer in this festive alternative to the same-old holiday fare! It’s a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style and wit—where even Rudolph is fair game.
Arrive early for Holiday Happy (Half) Hour!
Windham Hall Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, December 16
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St.
Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, and the Grammy-nominated guitarist and composer Alex DeGrassi come together with Todd Boston and Ellen Sandes to lead a joyous holiday concert.
Unique Derique in Fool La la! Over the Rainbow at The Marsh
December 20th - January 7th
Show: 7:00 pm
The Marsh - Berkeley
2120 Allston Way
The Bay Area’s favorite Clown Prince, Unique Derique, makes his fourth annual return to The Marsh Berkeley with a special New Years Celebration for the whole family! Chock full of circus fun, hambone body music, and playful percussion, Derique takes you on an unforgettable journey somewhere over the rainbow.
Also premiering his new comedy music video “The Five Fool La Las” celebrates five generations of foolish-family-fun featuring his grandmother, mother, Derique, daughter, and granddaughter. After the show, get in the act and join Unique Derique in a free juggling and Hambone workshop for the whole family and discover your own Fool La La FUN!
The Story So Far: 3rd Annual Holiday Show
Friday, December 22nd
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
2036 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
The Story So Far is an American pop punk band from Walnut Creek, California formed in 2007. The grassroots, back-to-basics authenticity of THE STORY SO FAR is a blast of renewing fresh air over the most stale corners of the underground music community. The fact that it’s resonated with so many kids around the world is testament to just how starved the scene had become. More Band Info
Willy Wonka's New Year's Eve Bash at Bay Area Children's Theatre
Special Event on December 31!
Bay Area Children's Theatre
2055 Center St
Join the fun the evening of December 31 for the most “scrumptious” New Year’s Eve party ever as Willy Wonka and friends help ring in 2018. This one-night-only event is sure to delight children and adults alike with surprise guests, festive food and treats, a special performance of Willy Wonka, amazing games and prizes, dancing, and more...
Get more info and tickets!
Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka
(November 10 - December 31).
You can also catch regular programming of Willy Wonka throughout the holiday season.
New Year's Eve Celebration - The California Honeydrops at UC Theatre
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
2036 University Ave
Kick off the New Year with The California Honeydrops at UC Theatre. This band doesn't just play music-they throw parties!! Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. More Band Info