Lamorinda Christmas and Holiday Events


Friday, December 2nd

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette”      Community holiday celebration is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette. Complimentary admission. Arrive early and plan to stay. This fun and festive event includes visits from Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-along.


Saturday, December 3rd

  • Orinda Theatre Square Free Family Holiday Fun      5 to 8 p.m., tree lighting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, Free Santa visits and Photo Op, Kids Ornament Workshop, Horse and carriage rides.
  • Annual Holiday Faire at the historic Hacienda de las Flores    Hand-crafted gifts, décor and specialty foods by over 45 local artisans. All items handmade. This event is sponsored by and is a fundraiser for The Hacienda Foundation. 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. For more information
  • The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing “Fairy Tales: A Holiday Concert”      7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Lafayette Christian Church, 584 Glenside Dr. Tickets: $25 general, $10 senior and students, kids free.  One of the numbers is “Let it go” with all 45 men in Elsa wigs.
  • Live Nativity at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church (MVPC)    Stop in anytime from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 when the MVPC Courtyard will be transformed into a Bethlehem manger, with actors and live animals. While the Courtyard will be a reverent scene, there will be additional activities, music and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, December 4th

  • Santa visits and photos at Orchard Nursery (aka The GOOD Santa)    He looks great in photos and had a beautiful backdrop. Professional photographer is taking photos that will be emailed to you for free, but you are welcome to take your own photos too. 11am-1pm


Thursday, December 8th

  •   “HOME ALONE” – FREE MOVIE SCREENING – Orinda Theater Square 7pm


Saturday, December 10th

  • Orinda Theater Square   5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10, Meet the Frozen Princesses, photo booth/face painting, horse and carriage Rides, free gourmet coffee and hot chocolate.


Sunday, December 11th




Ongoing Events:


  • Santa Train       The Napa Valley Wine Train transforms into an interactive and musical ride to Santa’s Workshop during the winter season, with visits from Santa’s helpers, hot chocolate, cookies, and more fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Running all December.
  • California Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) presentation of “The Nutcracker.”      Performances on December 16, 17 and 18 at the Campolindo Performing Arts Center (300 Moraga Road) in Moraga. With more than 100 local Lamorinda performers ranging in age from 6 – 18 years, this elaborate production features sumptuous sets, live narration, and absolutely gorgeous costumes. Tickets ($20) can be purchased at


  • Bay Area Children’s Theater – Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas – Running through December     What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? This year, Nancy bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?  Children younger than 2 do not require a ticket.  Recommended for age 4 and up.   The performance will run about 55 minutes.









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This Month in Lamorinda – July 2016

Fourth of July Parade – 10am July 4th – Downtown Orinda – Get a spot early, they close the freeway exits 30 minutes before the parade starts.


Fourth of July Dance Party and Fireworks – Moraga Commons – Concert and Dance Party at 7pm – Fireworks at 9:30pm


Country Carnival – Downtown Walnut Creek – 5:30pm-8:30pm – Music, games, food –


Summer Movies in the Park – Orinda Community Park (Movies begin at dusk) – Hotel Transylvania 2 on July 7 – Cinderella on July 21


Orinda Theater Square Kids Club – Free Shows 11am on Thursdays – An Action Science Adventure on July 7 – A Sing-a-Long on July 14 – Lizard Lady’s Reptiles on July 21 – Jungle Joe’s Puppets on July 28


Lafayette Community Center Shows – 11am on Wednesdays ($5 per child) – A Variety Show on July 6 – Juggling on July 13 – Boswick the Clown on July 20 – Captain Jack Spareribs on July 27


Cheveron Family Theater Festival – July 16th – Lesher Center for the Arts – A full day of family entertainment including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars”, and “Princesses Live.” Tickets are $5 and a full schedule is here:


Family Camp Out – July 23rd-24th – Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga – Games, crafts, campfires, s’mores and dinner. You’ll need your own tents and sleeping bags – Register by July 18 at



xo, lacey




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Milestones – only one in diapers

Only one of these kids wears diapers!!! Hooray! After two weeks of dry pull-ups in the morning, Numero Uno slept in underpants last night and I couldn’t be prouder. She’s four and a half, so I’m not winning any potty training awards over here but I’m thrilled we finally made it to the diaper-free zone with one kid.

Also, they slept together for a few hours last night and looked so sweet. It made me want to try putting them in the same room again.
xo, lacey 

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