Your guide to holiday events in Richmond

Your complete guide to holiday events in Richmond

The Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau (RCVB) has released an extensive list of special events that will be held in Richmond during the holidays.

“Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years all bring something special and unique to Richmond,” said Beth Javens, executive director at RCVB. “For the next six weeks, the focus is on arts, crafts and culture as Richmond will welcome kids of all ages as 2015 comes to a close and a new year beckons.”

Here are a number of special events throughout the city this holiday season:

Nov. 13 – Dec. 12: Masquers presents The World Goes ‘Round, a musical smash by Kander & Ebb, the men who created Cabaret and Chicago.

The musical Johnny Guitar is coming to Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond starting March 28.

Nov. 13-Dec. 23* Deck The Walls 3, NIAD Art Center: Holiday Show; Classic Drawings From Sylvia Fragoso; Kiss My Grits: Recent Work Of Alice Sampson and Holiday Lounge 4 at NIAD Art Center. Admission is free. All work (regardless of size, medium or artist) in “Deck The Walls 3” will be only $40.  Holiday Lounge 4: The studio has been busy as elves creating loads of craft objects and filling the storefront with seasonal items and unique gifts: quilts, coloring posters and books, baskets, monographs, wall hangings, tree ornaments, hats and scarves and mittens, ceramic animals and more. The comfy chairs will be back, so will the turntable spinning Christmas records.  * Opening reception is Nov. 21.

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 26, 9am:  Richmond Bay Trails sponsors the  Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run at Point Pinole (past event pictured below), Richmond. 5k/10k and Little Turkey Run supporting the holiday food drive for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.  Thanksgiving-themed costumes (for children & adults) highly encouraged. Walkers welcome.

nitrorun.11-16Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 26, 10:30am. Make it a Point Richmond Thanksgiving by “Shooting the Wild Turkey” and heading up to the First United Methodist Church for a short service and a community Thanksgiving Dinner. Meet in front of the Plunge! Bring noise makers including animals and kids! The arrival of Thanksgiving means it’s time for the annual Turkey Shoot in Point Richmond. The morning procession will meet at the Richmond Plunge at 10:30am for a trip through the business district to the front of The Spot, a local watering hole where celebrants will listen to the ceremonial reading of the Turkey Shoot poem. Monroe Benschop has the honor of reading the poem, which gets an additional verse each year. The celebration concludes with the “Gobble, gobble, gobble” cry and a toast consisting of a shot of Wild Turkey. Organizers advise those who join the parade to bring a musical instrument or other noisemaker. See Our Neighbors: Gobble! Gobble!

Friday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Point Richmond Jazz presents Solene Le Van (featured below). This 18 year old prodigy is originally from France, but now lives in L.A. She has toured the world as part of the La Van Family Band, led by her classical pianist father, Eric Le Van. She is “breaking out” on her own as a jazz violinist and singer. She is currently attending Princeton and majoring in voice and violin. Don’t miss this new talent. See her first right here in the Point! Tickets are $18 online at or $25 at the door. Bring the whole family. First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond.

Friday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. – noon. Santa’s Arrival at Hilltop Mall –Santa Set, JC Penney wing, lower level.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (and every last-Sunday-of-the-month) Assemble Restaurant at the Craneway: Outside Oyster Bar. A casual experience where we will offer fresh oysters on the half shell, oyster shooters, wine and beer to enjoy on our outside patio. You can also purchase unshucked oysters to take home and enjoy!

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Hotel Mac Sparking Wine Tasting.  The Hotel Mac always has something exciting on the horizon.  From their regularly scheduled wine and spirit tastings, to our beloved Winemaker Dinners, to our half price bottled wine specials on Fridays, you will always find a good reason to visit us at 50 Washington Avenue, in historic Point Richmond, California.  Live music seven nights a week.

hotelmactasting.11-16Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Holiday Arts Festival. This annual event is the go-to place for buying local holiday gifts. Peruse a marketplace of local arts and crafts vendors, our famous ceramics sale featuring hundreds of plates, mugs and objects made by the Art Center’s ceramic enthusiasts, and so much more. Enjoy delicious food and wine from our holiday cafe, fun art-making activities for the kids, musical entertainment and both a silent and live auction with fine art by Bay Area artists, East Bay experiences and much more. The Holiday Arts Festival Live Auction will follow the day-time free event, the admission price is: $25 for Richmond Art Center Members, $35 for non-members.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Arts of Point Richmond (AOPA) 2015 Holiday Fair. Fine arts and crafts by local artists. Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Avenue, Richmond, CA.

Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Point Acoustic Christmas At the Oasis show with Maria Mauldaur (below). Point Richmond.  $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m.:  Holiday Movie Magic at the NIAD Art Center (551 23rd Street, Richmond). Screening of Art And Craft, directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, and starring art forger Mark Landis. Preceded by a short show of the conjuring arts by magician Nick Magick. Running Time 90 minutes. Sponsored by PBS’ POV. Admission is free. Food and drinks — from the NIAD Food Initiative — available. Perfect for the whole family

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.:  Gingerbread House & More (ages 6 – 12) at the Richmond Art Center.  Create wonderful, imaginative, and delicious gingerbread houses using cardboard, foam core, and beautiful tasty treats! Make cards and presents for friends and family using a variety of materials, too! Bring a lunch. Taught by Lisa di Prima. 2540 Barrett Avenue, $ 80 registration. Call (510) 620-6772

Saturday, Dec. 12 & Sunday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts “Sharing the Spirit.” (339 11th Street at MacDonald Avenue, downtown Richmond.) East Bay Center presents a FREE Winter showcase of the Center’s Fall performing arts group classes. Share the accomplishments of our students and invite friends and family. The day will feature our youngest new performers as well as experienced pre-teens and teens with eclectic music and dance. This is a FREE event!

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Saturday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Annual Bake and Crafts Sale, Point Richmond Community Center. Bring your baked goodies by 9am for sale. Donations for the crafts can be given any time.

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 19 & 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  Craneway Pavilion KPFA Winter Crafts Fair. (below): Admission is $12; $8 for seniors 65 and over and disabled people; Under 17: FREE

Thursday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.:  Playland-Not-at-the-Beach A Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Party! Playland-Not-at-the-Beach throws a New Year’s celebration the entire family can enjoy! Play pinball, carnival games, and arcade games all night long along with our New Year’s-themed treasure hunt. We will have a “quiet room” for sleepy young partiers and countdowns for each American time zone (Eastern through Pacific) with sparkling-cider provided as well as a few live magic shows. Join us for this unique chance for all generations to ring in 2015 together. Guests pay one low price to enter and play all night: $30 for everyone ages 3 and up (no reservations required). Sorry, no coupons or discounts accepted for this event. Guests are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will provide sparkling-cider and coffee). Please contact us for additional information or to reserve a private party room (alcoholic beverages are permitted with party room rental). Also, throughout December a myriad of family friendly Holiday activities. For more info go online to


  1. Hello,

    I am the Development Director for the RYSE Center, and we are hosting our annual Winter Wonderland event on December 12th, from 12-3 pm. The event is open to all ages, and it will feature a toy giveaway, food, music, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. We would love to be added to this list. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!

    • Tavae, thanks for adding this. To be sure all our readers are aware, I’ll dedicate a post to this event the first week of December. Feel free to hit me up to remind me in case I forgot, but I’ve got it on my calendar. Mike

  2. THANKS I was just wondering how I am not sure yet of what I was going to be doing but now I have a good idea I’ll be going to be enjoying my self with you guys

  3. Hi: First Pres is located at 35th and Barrett. We are holding our 10th year of Christmas open house for our neighbors on December 11 and 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. All activities are FREE. We have sing-along Christmas carols, a living nativity on the lawn animals to pet, Bethlehem Village where you can learn old crafts, photo booth, crafts to take home, and snacks and hot drinks. We’re on Facebook at firstpresbyterianchurchrichmondca. Pictures from past years are available. You can contact the church secretary at 234-0954 mornings.