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Holiday Events

Bakersfield Christmas Parade

Parade route located in downtown Bakersfield

Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm
FREE

The 31st Annual Dignity Health Bakersfield Christmas is titled, An Old Fashioned Christmas. It is a festive event held after dark to celebrate and showcase the lighted floats. Our Grand Marshal Santa Claus brings the town out to enjoy and celebrate the meaning of Christmas in a city that's never too big to remember the small things that bring meaning during the holidays.

Christmas themed floats, light displays, marching bands, horse drawn carriages, community groups, classic vehicles, live performances, plus Christmas Square Marketplaces offer a feast for the senses this holiday season. It's not just a parade but a destination!


24th annual Chez Noel Holiday Home Tour

Various locations throughout Bakersfield
For more information: (661)-861-9223

Friday, December 6-7, 2013
10:00am-3:30pm
$35 (No children under 12 permitted)

Assistance League of Bakersfield presents the 24th annual Chez Noel Home Tour and Holiday Boutique. In contrast to man showcase and design concept home tours which feature only one residence, Chez Noel offers a self-guided tour of three beautifully appointed and sumptuously decorated homes.

You will have an opportunity to see how they have expressed their personal preferences in wall, floor, window coverings, their furnishings, paintings and accent pieces.  You will also see the special touches and care each home owner has created in transforming their home for holiday entertaining and family gatherings.  Decorator touches will include Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, floral displays and special holiday selections.

The tour continues with a visit to shop at the Holiday Boutique and the Bargain Box Thrift Store located downtown. As you shop, enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks generously provided by Starbucks, included in your ticket price.


A Bakersfield Master Chorale Christmas

Olive Drive Church
5500 Olive Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
For more information: (661)-832-0592

Saturday, December 7, 2013
7:00pm

Start your holiday season with a performance of Great Choruses from Handel's Messiah with full orchestra and Benjamin Britten's ethereal Christmas masterpiece A Ceremony of Carols with harp.Wrap it all up with some brand new American Carols and a joyous Christmas Carol Sing-along!


Enchanted Forest - A Christmas Classic

Stockdale Country Club
7001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309
For more information or reservations: (661)-204-7799

Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tickets: $120

Let the holiday season begin! This is your chance to be dressed in your most excellent holiday attire.  Enchanted Forest has become known for offering some of the most extraordinary decked out Christmas trees.  Fashioned by local designers, these creations will adorn the event and you could possibly go home with one of these fully decorated trees.

The delightful dinner menu has been created by Stockdale Country Club's Executive Chef just for this event. The Live and Silent Auctions will be jammed packed with unbelievable items, bid on a weekend in Lake Tahoe with a hot air balloon ride for two, how about some jewelry for that special someone to a 60 inch flat screen television, the list goes on. And of course, Enchanted Forest would not be complete without some surprises.

One of Bakersfield's most stunning holiday traditions, this is an occasion you will not want to miss. This event sells out every year!  This year's event will benefit local charity, The Wounded Heroes Fund.

In addition, each guest is asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child to be donated to the CBCC Foundation's Pediatric Transportation Program.


The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks 10th Anniversary Tour with special guest Firebird

Fox Theater
2001 H Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661) 324-1369

December 23, 2013
7:30pm
Tickets: $88.50, $68.50, or $48.50

3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician" credited with consistently taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80's and swing in the '90's). Along the way he has scored chart-topping hits throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.

If that wasn't enough, Setzer found tremendous success in redefining Christmas music for a generation desperately desiring something new and exciting around the holidays. The result was three best-selling holiday albums (Boogie Woogie Christmas, Dig That Crazy Christmas, Christmas Rocks!: The Best Of Collection) and an annual Christmas tour that has certainly become the most exciting annual rockin' Christmas event on the planet. The Los Angeles Times calls it a show "whose sheer joy is irresistible!"


Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet

Rabobank Theater
1001 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661) 852-7300

Friday December 13th 7:30pm
Saturday December 14th 1:00pm
Saturday December 14th 7:30pm
Sunday December 15th 1:00pm
Tickets: $34 or $38

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is nearing the 36th year of performing Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. This show has been a Bakersfield favorite requiring four shows each year.

Nutcracker 2013 will be held on Friday night December 13th, two shows on December 14th, and final show on Sunday December 14th.  The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Dance Center are pleased to bring another year of fantastic dancing and wonder music as we unfold the story first performed in 1892.


Bakersfield Christmas Town & Holiday Lamplight Tours

Kern County Museum
3801 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661) 437-3330

November 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014
5:00pm-10:00pm
$12 Non Museum Members / $8 Museum Members / Children under 3 are Free.

This year Santa is setting up shop at the Kern County Museum!  Experience holiday fun all season long with four holiday light shows, carolers, Christmas light hay ride, ice skating rink, slip and slide snow sledding hill, the largest animated Christmas tree in Bakersfield and MUCH MORE!

The experience also includes Holiday Lamplight Tours.  Enjoy an evening of vintage holiday cheer as guests step back in time with sights, sounds and smells of the 1800's. Historic lanterns will light the streets as dozens of costumed interpreters fill the historical homes offering tours.


Christmas Around the World 

Timeless Furnishings
1918 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661)-326-0222

November 29, 2013 - January 4, 2014
11:00am-7:00pm Monday-Saturday
$8 Adults/ $7 Seniors/ $5 Child (5-12)
$20 Family of four

Tour the world at Christmas in Bakersfield. Christmas Traditions and Customs from Around the World. The largest nativity display in California with over 3000 nativity items from over 43 countries. Christmas Art Gallery features quilts, stitcheries, paintings, nativity Christmas cards, and miniature nativities. Over 800 Nutcrackers. Santas and Traditional Ornaments.  Art from Local Artists. Gingerbread Houses, Chocolate Nativities, Antique Leather Bound Bibles from around the world, and Dazzling Displays and Beautiful decorated Christmas trees

Be one of the first to behold this magnificent and artistic show designed by collector, designer, decorator Sherrie Lewis.  This event will be an educational and cultural experience for all ages. The event promises to be an outstanding community event, in addition to raising funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County. Bring your entire family, all your friends, and neighbors. Everyone is invited.


HolidayLights at CALM
 
10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93306
For more information: (661) 872-2256

November 30, 2013 - December 31, 2013 except December 25, when CALM will be closed.
5:30pm-9:00pm
$12 Adults/ $10 Seniors (60+) & Youth (13-17)/ $6 Child (3-12)

HolidayLights at CALM returns for its tenth season in Bakersfield exciting families with more than two million lights in dazzling night time displays.  Presented by the nonprofit California Living Museum (CALM), the event includes free train rides on the Candy Cane Express and carousel and free parking.

HolidayLights at CALM is the seasonal attraction families look forward to each year.  A synchronized symphony of multi-colored tree lights and music, plus the traditional family-friendly displays of resplendent animals and Kern County landscapes. It is all in the great outdoors at CALM, home to 250 injured or abandoned animals native to California. Proceeds from HolidayLights benefit the non-profit CALM Foundation, providing funding for developing new and exciting animal exhibits at CALM.


Winter Playground

SJCH Ice Center
1325 "Q" Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661) 852-7400

Friday and Saturday November 29, 2013 - December 21, and December 22, 23, 24, 2013
6:00pm-10:00pm
$11 entry fee 

Holiday fun for everyone this year at SJCH Ice Center.  It is the most festive atmosphere in town with ice skating, holiday music, a craft room, and visits with Santa.


The Holiday Extravaganza

The Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall
12748 Jomani Drive.
Bakersfield, CA 93312
For more information: (661) 587-3377

November 29, 2013 - December 23, 2013
$25 Adults/ $23 seniors & child (12-)

Those of you, who came to see The Holiday Extravaganza last year, know exactly how much fun the holiday season can be here at the Gaslight Melodrama.  This year, the fun is guaranteed to continue.  You'll see a mix of heart-warming Christmas themed tales mixed with holiday music and outrageous comedy!  It's fun for the whole family! 

Enjoy How The Elves Saved Christmas, written and directed by our very own Artistic Director, Michael Prince.  That will be followed a brand new holiday vaudeville revue, The Presley Armstrong Christmas Special, written and directed by our very own Musical Director, Warren Dobson.  Get your tickets now for this wonderful family tradition.


A Merry Christmas at Stars

Stars Theatre
1931 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
For more information: (661) 325-6100

December 7 - December 21, 2013
Tickets: $23, $38, $39, $59

Stars Theatre is the perfect group experience-gourmet dining and live theatre in one cozy venue. Converted from a historic bank building in 1999, Stars Theatre Restaurant has become a favorite stop on the itineraries of groups throughout southern California. Award-winning dining combined with outstanding Broadway musicals and comedies make Stars an unforgettable group experience.

Last year's dance, song and comedy show was a major hit with our audience. Attendance beat the 2011 show and enthusiasm was at a high. We've got the returning cast with some wonderful surprises in store for our 2013 show. Feel the Christmas spirit at Stars with a great Christmas dinner. Book your party now.


Buck Owens' Crystal Palace New Year's Party 2013 with Mento Buru & Stampede!

Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
2800 Buck Owens Blvd
Bakersfield, California 93308
For more information or reservations: (661)-328-7560

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
6:00pm until 11:59pm
Tickets: $75 or $40

Let's say Happy New Year together, shall we?  Two bands - Party all night! Biggest and best NYE bash in Bako! LIVE ONSTAGE! Bakersfield's very own: Mento Buru - Funky Latin reggae cumbia ska!  Along with Bakersfield's official country party band, Stampede!

TWO WAYS TO CELEBRATE! 1) $75 a person / includes reserved seating and 4-course dinner, champagne toast and party favors. Dinner is served until 9pm. 2) $40 a person / no dinner - entry at 8:45pm, includes dancing, party favors and partying until the lights come on!

 

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