The holiday season is here — and with it, plenty of events and activities are coming to the Pleasant Hill and Martinez area. Use this local holiday event guide to help you choose where to go and what to do around the holidays.
Light up the Night Holiday Celebration in Downtown Pleasant Hill
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Time: 5 pm – 8 pm Location: Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill
Event Description: Join the celebration events this Holiday season in Downtown Pleasant Hill. Santa will be coming to Pleasant Hill this year on Wednesday, November 20th as part of the 12th Annual Light up the Night Holiday festivity. The festivities will contain the lighting of a 20-foot ornamented tree in the Plaza in front of JACK’S Restaurant at 6:45 p.m. Local dance and choral assembly will also be performing throughout the evening.
Here, all activities are free. The event starts at 5 pm and some of the highlights include:
Free horse-drawn cart rides around the City Hall
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair all along Crescent Drive
Free hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies – Volunteers from the organization for Pleasant Hill Education, the Civic Action Commission, Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and the teenager Council will be serving 70 gallons of hot chocolate, 3,000 cookies and coffee.
Music, Dancers & Caroling
Tree Lighting begins at 6:45 p.m.
Visits with Santa – bring your camera to get your photos with Santa, your family, and friends.
Entertainment plan for Light up the Night
Contra Costa Christian School Choir & Band from (5:00 pm to 5:25 pm)
Da Island Way from (5:35 pm to 6:00 pm)
Studio A Dancers (6:10 pm to 6:40 pm)
College Park High School Concert Choir at stage in front of Jack’s (6:20 pm to 6:45 pm)
Dates: Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 Times: Friday: 4:30 P.M & 7:30 P.M Saturday: 2 P.M, 4:30 P.M & 7:30 P.M Sunday: 2 P.M & 4:30 P.M Location: Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Event Description: There’s nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to set the mood for the festive season. Contra Costa Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life in this festive production filled with colorful outfits, fantastic sets and an array of talented, youthful dancers. This one-hour show is a graceful introduction to the holiday classic.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 Time: 1:30 P.M- 4:30 P.M Location: Downtown Martinez, CA Event Description: “Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday then come on down y’all and Shop Small for Small Businesses Saturday! Make a new tradition and join Downtown Martinez to catch the spirit and spend a relaxing afternoon supporting and discovering your favorite small businesses strolling Downtown Martinez in your pajamas!!! Stroll from business to business sipping sparkling wine and mimosa samples while shopping at our unique one of a kind downtown shops and businesses as well as pop-up locations hosting art and craft vendors! Participants wearing pajamas will receive a FREE giveaway *while supplies last.
Main Street Martinez has partnered with American Express for Small Business Saturday, which takes place at multiple retailers on Saturday, November 30th. Small Business Saturday is a national event by American Express that encourages shopping small and supporting local business. Redeem your advance purchase ticket or buy tickets if not sold out at: Main Street Plaza, Next to Starbucks on the 600 block of Main St.”
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Time: 5 pm – 8 pm Location: Pleasant Hill Community Center 320 Civic Drive Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Event Description: “Mark your calendars for the most magical Holiday Festival in Contra Costa County! Get into the holiday spirit with a variety of activities sure to delight the whole family. Meet and greet Star Wars characters. Build a massive LEGO city in the LEGO Winter Village. Experience the inside of a giant snow globe. Chat with our famous Talking Christmas Tree. Enjoy live holiday youth performances. Ride the Holiday Express train. Take photos with strolling characters. Buy dinner and treats. And visit the big man himself, Santa Claus.Don’t miss this magical evening of holiday fun. Brought to you by Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Sponsored by Republic Services.”
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Time: 11:00 pm – 2:30 pm Location: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Drysdale Properties 1954 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, CA
Event Description: Get ready to meet Santa Claus, he is coming here. Take free photos with Santa and also win free gifts. Enjoy Free Raffle, Hot Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Hot Apple Cider and Candy Canes. Everyone is welcome here!