Holiday Guide: Your weekend in holiday fun
The holiday fun continues this weekend in Alameda, with the big event being the 40th annual Alameda Holiday Home Tour. The tour, a fundraiser for Alameda Family Services, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11 (you can get a nice preview of one of the lovingly decked-out homes on this year’s tour and its owner here).
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour, and are available in advance online or at Alameda Family Services, 2325 Clement Avenue; All the More to Love, 1910A Encinal Avenue; Thomsen’s Garden Center, 1113 Lincoln Avenue; and 3 Wishes, 1428 Park Street; and on the day of the tour at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue.
In addition to offering a look-see inside some of Alameda’s lovely homes, your ticket gets you into the tour’s holiday tea, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue. Or check out the tour’s holiday boutique and gourmet shop, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge. Admission to the boutique and shop are free (and they’re having a raffle, too).
Alameda Family Services offers counseling, treatment and support services for children and families.
Also on tap this weekend: Alameda Theatre & Cineplex’s Dickens Christmas Promenade, featuring costumed characters, live musical performances and more, starts Friday. The promenade will be set up in front of the theater at 4 p.m. Fridays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays this weekend and next.
Concerts: Sacred & Profane’s Baroque Holiday Concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian; tickets are $18, $15 for students, and are available online. First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Avenue, is hosting “Dance Into Light” at 6 p.m. Sunday; admission is free but donations are requested for Midway Shelter.
Also: At 1 p.m. Sunday, Aroma Restaurant, 2337 Blanding Avenue, is hosting a Toys for Tots drive; hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar are offered, along with a raffle ticket for each toy you bring. And Rhythmix Cultural Works and Frank Bette Center for the Arts are holding their Holiday Bash at 1:30 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $10, and are available online or at the door. Rhythmix is at 2513 Blanding Avenue.