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Village House to host children’s author. The Village House of Books, 21 W. Main St., is hosting a Dec. 4 event with children’s author Marian Gates, who will read from her book “Good Morning Yoga: A pose-by-pose wake up story.”. The free event starts at noon. Gates is the founder of KidPower Yoga, designed to help children develop strength, creativity, confidence and problem-solving skills. Visit villagehouseofbooks.com. New Museum holiday store. The New Museum Los Gatos, 106 E. Main St., has opened a store that’s filled with holiday gifts, including handmade scarves and leather items, and oil paintings.
Menlowe Ballet, “It’s A Wonderful Nutcracker.” Dec, 9-11 and Dec, 16-18, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, $35-$65, www.menloweballet.org or 800-595-4849Peninsula Ballet Theatre, “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m, Dec, 17; 2 p.m, Dec, 18, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., pointed toe flats with arch support Redwood City, $30-$60, www.peninsulaballet.org/ticketsPeninsula Ballet Theatre, “Nutcracker Sweet” (45-minute condensed “Nutcracker” for ages 3-6), 10:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m, and 4 p.m, Dec, 3, 4, 10, 11, Studio One Theatre, 1880 S, Grant St., San Mateo, $20 for children, $25 for adults, www.peninsulaballet.org/sweet-ballet-productionsresplenDANCE Collaborative Arts, “Sugar and Spice.” 2 and 7:30 p.m, Dec, 3, Second Stage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $17-$27. 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.comSmuin, “The Christmas Ballet.” 8 p.m, Dec, 7-11, Four world premieres, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $25-$72, www.smuinballet.org or 650-903-6000Western Ballet, “The Nutcracker.” 7 p.m, Dec, 2; 1 and 7 p.m, Dec, 3; 1 p.m, Dec, 4, Artistic Director Alexi Zubiria, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $28-$33, 650-903-6000 or mvcpa.com..
‘Tis the season to be entertained. Some of the events listed below are fun for the whole family, while others would make a nice date night. Whatever you want, the South Bay has it covered: food and drink, song and dance, festive decor and ways to work off some of that pie can all be found here. VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS. Sugar plum fairies come in all shapes and sizes in these local productions of “The Nutcracker.”. Bay Area dance students take part in San Jose Dance Theatre’s production, a San Jose tradition since 1967. Dec. 2-11. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose. Ticket prices vary. 408-286-9905, sjnutcracker.com.
Western Ballet stages Tchaikovsky’s classic Dec, 2-4, Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $28-$33, 650-968-4455, westernballet.org/performances, Los Gatos Ballet’s production is the fruit of a collaboration with San Jose Youth Symphony and principal dancers from the acclaimed San Francisco Ballet, Dec, 9-11, 7:30 p.m, Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, $15-55, losgatosballet.org, 408-864-8816, Stars of the Moscow Ballet Company perform while Symphony Silicon Valley plays the score, Dec.16-24, times vary, Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S, Almaden Blvd., San Jose, $52-$100, pointed toe flats with arch support symphonysiliconvalley.org, 408-286-2600..
My Very First Nutcracker is a one-hour version of the San Jose Nutcracker, tailored to young audiences and presented by the New Ballet School in partnership with History San Jose. Dec. 17-24, 11 a.m. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. $13.50-$61. sjsu.edu/hammertheatre, 408-924-8501. Dance fans looking for something different can check out Smuin’s Christmas Ballet, featuring three world premieres. Dec. 7-11; times vary. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $25-$72. 650-903-6000, smuinballet.org.
Further south, the Academy of Classical Ballet is staging its Winter Wonderland Ballet, with a family-friendly seasonal storyline, Dec, 10, 7 p.m.; Dec, 11, 2 p.m, Heritage Theater, 1 W, Campbell Ave., Campbell, $20, aocballet.com, MUST BE ST, NICK, Better watch out: Santa will make appearances all across the South Bay this month, Westminster Presbyterian Church holds its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec, 2 at 6:30 p.m, Area pointed toe flats with arch support schoolchildren will perform, and Santa Claus will visit the church, 1100 Shasta Ave., at The Alameda..
Santa will ride his sleigh in the 60th annual Los Gatos Children’s Holiday Parade. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. Starts at North Santa Cruz and Almendra avenues. lgsrecreation.org/community-programs/holiday-parade. Carol of Lights, a family-friendly celebration, features a snow play area, Santa visits, a petting zoo, bounce houses, arts and crafts and face painting. Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Campbell. caroloflights.org. Bring your four-legged pals to Dog Day at the Park to visit Santa at Christmas in the Park. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market St., San Jose. christmasinthepark.com, 408-200-3800.
The city of Cupertino is hosting Breakfast with Santa, pointed toe flats with arch support complete with a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts, live music and a letter writing station, Dec, 3, 8:30 a.m, Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N, Stelling Road, $12- $15, Register at reg4rec.org, Immortalize your furry friend through a portrait with Santa Claus at Santa Paws, All proceeds benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley, Dec, 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; registration begins at 10:30 a.m, Park Valencia, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, $20, santanarow.com/events/santa-paws, 408-551-4611..