Top Bay Area COVID-Friendly Ways to Celebrate The Holidays

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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Bay Area has many celebratory entertainment-related occasions that could holiday enthusiasts enjoy the holiday season without having to worry about the risk of getting infected by the raging virus. The coronavirus-friendly events’ hosts consist of the Bay Area’s famed artists and performers.

From today up to December 11 of this year, several top primary Bay Area locations will return to offer fun and enjoyment to holiday celebrants while still adhering to coronavirus safety protocols and guidelines. The different best holiday events to spend in the Bay Area are as follows:

1 – The Glide Memorial’s “Rise for a Change.”

The “Voice of the San Francisco Giants” Renel Brooks-Moon will host Glide Memorial Church’s first virtual yearly fundraising jam event, which would take place starting this week’s Thursday at 7 p.m. The online function would feature artists’ presentation acts performed by multiple artists, such as The Change Band, Goapele, Indie Arie, D’wayne Wiggins, Glide Ensemble, Michal Franti, Tom Johnston, Lisa Fischer, and many more. To help them reach their $1.5 million goals, interested watchers can go to glide.org/holidayjam and sign up on the website for free.

2 – The Opera San Jose’s “Three Decembers” Virtual Live Production

The 90-minute opera act of Jake Heggie’s work would feature the acting performances of mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as she takes on the role of the main lead in the upcoming production show. The composition portrays how the 20-period three-holiday occasions got celebrated by the infamous opera star Madeline Mitchell together with her two adult children.

3 – The American Conservatory’s Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol: On Air.”

Starting December 4 up to 31, the company would play the 45th version of the Dickens’ tale production through live radio broadcasting sessions. Long-time actor James Carpenter is back to play the primary role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Together with the majority of the cast members, all of them would perform the opening act live on December 4 at 6 p.m. Additionally, the production team scheduled a unique performance on December 23 at 6 p.m., presenting pre-and post-show interactions with the actors and a virtual lobby. Anyone can order show tickets online at www.act-sf.org or call (415) 749-2228. The price ranges for purchasing one pass can go around $40-60$.

4 – The San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker Online.”

On November 27, the play’s live streaming would begin at noon and continue to run until December 31 of this year. The online show will feature a new and high-def recorded performance of the tale involving the adventures of the Mouse King, Herr Drosselmeyer, and Clara the Nutcracker. Moreover, the previously mentioned production also includes a War Memorial Opera House virtual tour and Ballet’s online shop. To buy tickets, you can get yours at www.sfballet.org, costing $49 per coupon, valid for 48 hours.

5 – Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 35th Annual Holiday Concert

On December 5 at 7:30 p.m., the yearly choir concert would feature several popular singing acts around the Bay Area through a live Zoom viewing of the performances. For guests who will tune in at 6 p.m. on December 5, they can watch a pre-show singing act performed by artistic director Terrance Kelly. The event’s host is actor-comedian playwright Don Reed, and artist JaCoree would also sing in the show as a guest performer. The live concert will mainly feature Kelly’s assembly of family choirs within the Bay Area to join together and perform holiday songs to bring in the holiday season’s joys. Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.oigc.org/oigc35, ranging from $10-$75.