Holidays In Hercules
Entrenched squarely in the San Francisco Bay Area, residents of Hercules, Richmond, and the Berkeley apartment rentals further south have a whole wide area open to them when it’s time to enjoy a particular time of year. In addition to all the fun things located in their corner of the Bay, it’s a cinch to travel south to Oakland, cross the bridge to get to San Francisco, or trek just a bit further to make it up to Sausalito and Marin County. How else does all this come in handy? When it’s the holidays, naturally. A Bay Area Christmas is a spectacle like no other, and for those who want to make the most of Holidays in Hercules, these are just a few of the places and events they should keep on their radar.
The HVE Holiday Craft Fair
HVE (Hidden Valley Elementary) over in Martinez is going to be having a splendid and spectacular Holiday Craft Fair on December 2nd. How much fun could a craft fair at an elementary school be, you wonder? Quite a bit, if you’re into crafts and haven’t done any shopping yet. You’ll find wares from “over 30 local artists, crafters, and vendors” as you stroll the school grounds that Saturday, many whose work you can view on the event page. It’s all handmade, local, unique artistry, so whatever you get, it will be quality, and made in a way that the recipient will know that you were actually on the lookout for a fine gift.
There will also be plenty of stuff to do for the kids. The event features kid crafts, a raffle, face painting, baked goods, and more, all for the younglings to enjoy. Your kids can “get creative” in the craft zone, unleashing their own artistic talents while creating fine craft gifts. They can drop a dollar on a raffle ticket and score a chance at some “amazing” prizes, or even chomp down on sweets from the bake sale:
“There will be breakfast treats, cocoa & coffee, Kinders sandwiches at lunchtime, & baked goods (all day) available for purchase.”
And what kid doesn’t like getting their face painted? As for the “and more” here, it includes a book fair and photos with Santa Claus. The Scholastic Book Fair will be happening all around the campus, with all sorts of books (and gifts) available. The photos with Santa will be occurring throughout the event, and it’s only $5 for a digital download of your snap with the big guy himself.
The Anti-Santacon Wine Crawl
Santacon is a colossal meeting of 8,000 Santas that takes place at Union Square on December 9th. Merriment, cheer, camaraderie, all that great stuff will be in plentiful supply. The Anti-Santacon Wine Crawl is for those who are sick of it and want an escape:
“Maybe you already participated once or twice in the famous Santacon and don't feel like sitting in the hour-long bar lines this year…Or maybe you live nearby the main hub and can't stand the sea of Santa's blocking your driveway...Either way, we have the perfect getaway plan for you!”
Also on December 9th, and also starting at 12:00PM, the Anti-Santacon Wine crawl is going down on Treasure Island, or, as they like to point out, “the opposite direction of Santacon.” Participants will have the opportunity to drag themselves through Winemaker Studios’ four tasting rooms, while, if they so choose, wearing ugly sweaters and Santa hats as well. Tickets are only ten bucks, and the event comes with some unique perks. Specifically:
$5 off each of the 4 tasting rooms during your crawl (or $15 at the door – save by purchasing in advance!)
$17 in Bottle Bucks* to redeem towards any wine bottle purchases
If you weren’t aware, Winemaker Studios is a collective of four area wineries, which includes The Winery SF, VIE Winery, Sol Rouge, and Sottomarino Winery. Each knows how to craft quality bottles of the good stuff, and each is bringing some of their best to this event. Don’t miss out.
SF Etsy Artisan Pop-Up Market
Perhaps you enjoy the idea of crafts and handmade gifts, but weren’t too keen on the aforementioned elementary school setting? If that’s the case, the SF Etsy Team’s event at The Marker Hotel is going to be just the spot for you. On Thursday, December 14th at 4:00PM, head over to the hotel and get to browsing handmade gifts brough direct from SF Etsy artists:
“Featuring several local sellers for guests and visitors to purchase, the SF Etsy Pop-up Holiday Event will take place in The Marker’s stunning Beaux Arts-style lobby area, where visitors can mingle with the artists with a glass of complimentary wine from 5:00PM to 7:00PM provided by Tratto, San Francisco’s modern Italian trattoria, adjacent to the hotel.”
The featured Etsy artists will include Modern Shibori, Sharon Z Jewelry, Shop Viscera, Bird Of Virtue, and Reclamation Etchworks, though, other vendors will be in attendance as well. SF Etsy is, as they like to describe, “a vibrant and diverse community, full of creativity and over 2200 members strong.” You can learn more about the group and its members here.
Let’s Get Lit (With Santa Swag & Ugly Christmas Sweaters)
A celebration of questionable holiday fashion choices? What could be merrier than that? Let’s Get Lit, happening on Friday, December 8th at 5:30PM, is a chance for you to get into the Christmas spirit while donning that ridiculous Santa hat, ugliest Christmas sweater, and all other ill-advised holiday vestments that you might have on hand, then make them even crazier by adding lights:
“Join us for this fun Friday workshop day at the Makerspace with wearable tech artist, Tenaya Hurst. Bring your own holiday sweater, Santa hat, or other fun accessory and add lights right into it; ready to wear out of the workshop!”
Just head to the Maker Studio SF on North Point Street, then you’ll be able to get in on all of this “ugly” Christmas-time action for yourself.
Relax At The Berkeley Apartment Rentals
The last entry on your holiday event list should be to return to an serene community like Aventine, where thoughtfully-designed living spaces and modern, hotel-like amenities make it easy to relax and unwind. Take a peek for yourself, then make this your choice for superior Bay Area living.