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December Walnut Creek Mayor's Message

Nov 28, 2016 07:52PM ● By Loella Haskew

Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is one of the most magical places on earth, but there is no more magical time than the holiday season. Of course, there will be lots of decorations and special foods, but there are also some long-standing traditions that will delight and allow you to reminisce about Christmases past.

It would not be Christmas without seeing Center Repertory Company’s A Christmas Carol. Reputed to be one of the best versions of the time-honored story by Charles Dickens, this production improves and adapts each year. The play runs at the Lesher Theater December 8 through 18. Also, there’s holiday improv in the small theater on December 2. Rita Moreno narrates Peter and the Wolf, adding a little extra glitter to the California Symphony’s holiday concerts, December 20 and 21. Please check the Lesher Theater’s website for more seasonal performances.

Strap on a pair of skates at Walnut Creek on Ice in Civic Park. The rink generally opens at noon during the week and 11am on weekends and holidays.  The closing times are 8pm during the week and 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tuesday nights are designated as family nights. 

Broadway Plaza kicks off its holiday season on December 1.  At 7pm, find a good spot on Broadway Plaza Street for the Parade of Lights, ending with a very special appearance by Santa Claus, who will light Broadway Plaza’s Christmas tree and make it snow! Speaking of Santa, he will be available for pictures and visits until December 24. I guess he’s got something else to do that day.  He can be found at the promenade fountain on most days between 10am and 2pm and from 3pm to 6 or 7pm. Starting at 4pm on December 25 through January 1, there will be a nightly lighting of a huge menorah.  

Walnut Creek Arts & Rec department also shines with special events. There’s the handcrafted holiday sale December 2-4 at the Center for Community Arts on 111 N. Wiget Ln. You can shop for everyone on your list. The sale brings together handmade ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, prints, and more – all done by Community Arts teaching artists and students. The schedule is: Friday, December 2, 5 - 9pm; December 3, 10am - 6pm; and December 4, 10am - 4pm.  

Imagine a chance to have breakfast with Santa at the Boundary Oak Golf Course (3800 Valley Vista Rd.). It can be done on Sunday, December 11, 10am – 12pm. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast buffet and get those last minute requests in to Santa. For reservations, call 925-934-4775 x20 or visit

Waiting for Christmas can be challenging for the little ones.  How about a holiday puppet show and fun with Santa on Saturday, December 17, 10am-12pm, to fill the time? Be entertained by the holiday Itty Bitty Variety Puppet show, performed by the Caterpillar Puppets. Take your picture with Santa, enjoy a holiday treat, and make a holiday craft to take home! The puppet show begins promptly at 10:15am at the Lakeside Room, Heather Community Center. Space is limited, so register online at or call 925-943-5858.

There is no safety tip this month, just my wishes for you, your family and friends to have the happiest, safest of holiday seasons, filled with traditions old and new.