December 2, 2014

Friday, December 5 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza | Shattuck Ave at Center St. | FREE

Celebrate the holidays at the Downtown Berkeley Tree Lighting at BART Plaza on Friday, December 5th, 5:30-6:30pm with family-friendly festivities!

Enjoy complimentary cookies from PIQ Bakery and Almare Gelato's famous hot chocolate as you listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers. There will even be a visit from Santa Claus, so bring a camera to take a picture with the whole family! Kids are invited to get creative with a fun and free art-making project with Habitot Children's Museum. Come enjoy the community spirit and gather 'round as Mayor Tom Bates lights the holiday tree. Check-in on Yelp and receive a free gift too! The Holiday Season - it starts here in Downtown Berkeley! Event goes on rain or shine.

Valid now - January 1, 2015 | FREE
Over 100 participating Berkeley merchants 

Shop small & Save BIG with hundreds of Free Buy Local Berkeley Holiday Coupons through the Chinook Book mobile app on your smartphone! Download over 100 offers from local independent businesses for the holidays - It's easy, just download the Chinook Book app from your phone's app store, and your free offers will load on your mobile phone. Deals across the city on groceries, dining, clothing, sweets, toys, classes, and services. And more offers are being added daily!

Saturdays, December 13 & 20 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Center St at MLK Jr. Way | FREE Admission

The Ecology Center is proud to present its 23rd Annual Crafts Market, now under new leadership! This year the Crafts Market will take place on Saturday, December 13 and December 20 alongside the Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market in Civic Center Park. Look forward to an even greater selection of local, handmade, and sustainable work from the Bay Area's artists, crafters, and makers. Close to 40 crafters will be participating this year, a mix of returning favorites and fresh new faces. Support your local economy this holiday season by shopping the Ecology Center Crafts MarketEcology Center fans will also be heartened to know that a small portion of their dollars spent at the crafts market also supports our non-profit's programs.

Tuesday, December 23 | 5:00 pm - close 
Triple Rock Brewery | 1920 Shattuck Ave. | FREE

Come celebrate the annual hilarious and obscure secular holiday of Festivus at Triple Rock, and get those grievances aired out before you gotta spend 72 straight hours with your family. The night will, as always feature the traditional Festivus events of the Airing of Grievances, in which we all get to explain to our friends, foes, and coworkers how they have disappointed us this year, and the Feats of Strength, in which people try to engage in contests between beers until the head of household is pinned. Any special beers on tap for Festivus, you ask? Jeff Kimpe and Mike Moroney are dutifully working on their liquid "feats of strength"- a host of highly-warming beers that'll warm your cockles better than whatever sugar-free paleo vegan nog your dear aunt was going to whip up.

Christmas Menus
Now - Wednesday, December 31 | FIVE's 12 Cocktails of Christmas | FIVE | 2086 Allston Way | Drink all 12 cocktails during the month to receive a FREE Sunday Brunch for two

Wednesday, December 24 | Joyeux Noel! Christmas Eve Dinner | 5:00 - 9:30 pm | Bistro Liaison | 1849 Shattuck Ave. | $56 per person; $28 per child 12 and  under

Wednesday, December 24 | Revival Bar + Kitchen's Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Dinner | Revival Bar + Kitchen | 2102 Shattuck Ave. | $75 per person

Thursday, December 25 | Christmas Day Brunch at FIVE | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | FIVE | 2086 Allston Way | $67 per person; $25/child ages 6-12; complimentary for children under 6

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