Holiday HappeningsSing It Yourself Messiah Valley Concert Chorale will host its annual "Sing It Yourself Messiah" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Road. Singers and music lovers of all ages and abilities are welcome to sing along or just enjoy. Tickets are $10. Call 1-800-838-3006.
'Sleeping Beauty' Pleasanton's Civic Arts Stage Company is presenting the classic tale "Sleeping Beauty" in the comedic "panto" style, filled with music, dance and magic, at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10 and 16-17; 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, at Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Tickets are $10, $15 and $18 for adults; $6, $9 and $12 for children and seniors. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.
Valley Dance Theatre's 'The Nutcracker' Valley Dance Theatre will present "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 and 16-18; and at 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 10-11 and 17-18, at Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. Cantabella Children's Chorus and Harmony Fusion will perform the pre-show carols, and the Asbury Ringers will ring in the theater lobby Dec. 16-18. Tickets are $24, $27 and $33 for adults; $18 for students 17 and younger. Call 373-6800 or visit www.valleydancetheatre.com.
Magic of Christmas Under the direction of Cindy Krausgrill, the Magic of Christmas will feature both sacred and secular music for the holiday season, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1225 Hopyard Rd. Admission is free, with refreshments following the concert. A free-will donation will be accepted to benefit Open Heart Kitchen. Visit www.tapestryringersandsingers.org.
Ravenswood Victorian Yuletide Visit the beautiful 1885 vineyard historical site, decorated with lovely holiday trees and flowers, from noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2647 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. Costumed volunteers and docents will greet guests and offer free tours of the museum cottage house. Visit the tank house gift shop, filled with wonderful gift items and handmade crafts. Enjoy the yuletide music and entertainers, as well as tasty sweets and hot beverages that will be available. Call 462-7324.
'What Child is This' The musicians of Centerpointe Church will present "A Festival of Carols" at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, in the worship center, 3410 Cornerstone Court. The program will feature carols interspersed with readings and scriptures read by Lee Lipsker. The festival includes carols sung by the audience as well as presentations by the church's chancel choir as well as its handbell choir. There will be a reception after the performance. This event is free. Call 846-4436 or visit www.centerpointechurch.org.
Advent/Christmas Concert Enjoy the diverse music of the various choirs at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. The concert is from 7-8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 4001 Stoneridge Drive. Food, fellowship and caroling will follow the concert at the Activity Center. For more information, call Mark Sullivan at 474-2776 or email email@example.com.
Cash Country Christmas Firehouse Arts Center will host "Cash Country Christmas" with James Garner and his band in a tribute to Johnny Cash at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 for adults; $20 for seniors; and $12 for children. Call 931-4848 or visit www.firehousearts.org.
'The Great Christmas Getaway' This musical follows the detours and temptations that challenge Brody, Ashley and other class officers as they search the mall for the perfect gift for their homeroom teacher. The performance, to help the entire family celebrate the Christmas season, is free and begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and Dec. 24 in the worship center at Centerpointe Church, 3410 Cornerstone Ct. Call 846-4436 or visit www.centerpointechurch.org.
'Christmas at the Mission' Under the direction of their new conductor, Michael Morris, the Ohlone Chamber Singers proudly present its 26th annual Christmas at the Mission Concert featuring Schubert's Magnificat and Rutter's Gloria with a full, 10-piece brass ensemble. See it at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, or at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, at Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont. Tickets are $8-$15. Call (510) 659-6031 or visit www.smithcenter.com.
Train of Lights Enjoy this year's Train of Lights on the Historic Niles Canyon Railway. It leaves the Sunol station at 7:15 p.m.; and leaves Niles at 4:15 p.m. Cost is $25 for all; under 3 free. Go to www.ncry.org to see dates and purchase tickets.