December 7-9 & 14-16
Micke Grove Zoo will be Santa’s headquarters in December. Families can have snowball fights and play snow games in the Faux Snow Play Dome. Children will be able to tell Santa their Christmas wish list and take a picture with him. Guests can also enjoy crafts, games, activities, hot beverages, raffle, and more at the zoo. The festivities are slated for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. For more information call 331-2010.
The Tracy City Center Association will host the Downtown Tracy Holiday Ornament Stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Event attendees will receive an ornament from each of up to 30 participating downtown businesses. There will be free horse carriage rides. For those wanting to collect the ornaments, a ticket is required. The tickets are $30 and are available at www.tracycitycenter.com. For those just wanting to stroll downtown and take in the festivities, no ticket is required.
December 8-9 & 15-16
A Miner’s Christmas
Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he wanders the streets looking for good boys and girls. The event is held Dec. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at Columbia State Historic Park. The event is from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day and admission is free. Columbia State Historic Park is located at 11255 Jackson St. in Columbia.
December 8 & 9
The Stockton Chorale will present “December All Over the World” on Dec. 8 and 9. The concert will feature music from “Carols and Lullabies” by Conrad Susa. The Stockton Chorale draws singers from all over the region and features a variety of voices. The first show will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Central United Methodist Church at 3700 Pacific Ave. in Stockton. The second show will be at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial at 14165 Beckman Road in Lodi. Tickets are $25 for chorale members and $26 for advance orders. Tickets will be available at the door at $30. Full-time students and children have free entry. For more information or for tickets call 209-951-6494.
‘A Christmas Carol’ on Baker Street
Scrooge will roam the halls of Baker Street West when the Baker Street Players perform the holiday classic.Baker Street West is a detailed imaging of Sherlock Holmes’ neighborhood, and for this production it will take on a festive mood for the Charles Dickens story, which has been adapted for the stage by Baker Street Player and Director Beth Barnard.Shows are set for 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased by calling 209-223-2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Baker Street West is located above Hein and Co. Bookstore at 204 Main Street in Jackson.
December 14 & 16
The McHenry Mansion in Modesto will host candlelight tours of the Victorian mansion on Dec. 14 and 16. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m., with the last tour starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tours of the house feature a room-by-room visual experience of activities and settings that were common to all families in a bygone era, and docents will be dressed in period attire and stationed around the mansion to answer any questions. Musicians will be playing holiday music and dessert will be served. Admission is $5 per person and can be paid at the Mansion Gift Store. No advance reservations are needed. The McHenry Mansion is located at the corner of I and 15th streets in Modesto.
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Viaggio Estate and Winery in Acampo is hosting a masquerade ball to ring in the new year. The winery will serve a three-course meal with unlimited wine and beer. Check-in for the event is at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $150 to $1,400 depending on the package. Visit viaggiowinery.com for tickets and more information.