Dancer from Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro

Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro

Are you ready to get your holiday spirit on? How about some dancing, puppets, and theater? Maybe a little Santa for the kids?

Ballet Folklorico This Weekend!

Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro presents Fiestas Navidenas, featuring a company of 85 dancers in a colorful, South-of-the-Border celebration of Christmas traditions and Mexican holiday songs at the San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave. Shows are THIS WEEKEND, on Friday, Dec. 12, Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. Tickets online at For more information, call 397-1980 or go to

Do you love puppets like we love puppets?


Credit: Larry Lamsa

Join us at the Main Library on Wednesday, Dec. 17th for a Family Fun Night tradition – a holiday puppet show! Based on the tale by E.T.A. Hoffman and the music of Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker” is a winter treat for all ages, featuring over 40 puppets. Did we mention that there will be a special appearance by Santa after the show?  Doors open at 6:50pm and the show begins at 7:00pm. Arrive early for a seat up front! Questions? Please call the Library at 577-3960.

3D rendering of Santa

Credit: Recon Cycles

Photos with Santa

We know that Santa is a remarkably busy guy at this time of year. How he can find time to be in two places at once is a skill many of us might wish for from time to time—but  you’ll have to go ask him for his secret. While you’re there, the kids can sit on his lap and confide while photos are crafted and shared! Through December 24th you can find Santa at the Bayfair Center, in center court.

Brian Copeland’s The Jewelry Box

Our own San Leandro Times has a story about Brian Copeland’s holiday show. Copeland’s family-friendly holiday show, The Jewelry Box, is playing at the San Leandro High Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. From the Times, “Copeland plays all the parts in the one-man show – himself, everybody in his family, as well as the car dealer and the old dudes hanging out by the local liquor store.

The Jewelry Box is a timeless Christmas tale, like an O. Henry story, where the real value of the gift turns out to be something other than the merchandise.” Read the Times article for more details.

From our houses to yours: Wishing everyone the safest and very best holiday season ever!