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Winter 2022 Events

Holiday Toy Drive


Monday, November 14, 2022 through Wednesday, December 14, 2022

All donations to the Holiday Toy Drive will go to local youth in need this holiday season! Please donate new and unwrapped toys, books, gift cards, and other gifts no later than December 14th.

Drop-Off Locations:

Lucie Stern Community Center - 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94301 | (650) 463-4900

Mitchell Park Community Center - 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 | (650) 329-2400

Your local Palo Alto Fire Station or Library

Winter Floral Arrangement Workshop

Saturday, November 12, 2022 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Take a moment to breathe. Let's play with some winter whites and make a lovely winter themed arrangement. Learn more and register for the event here.

The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 1, 2022 through Sunday, December 18, 2022

Join Clara on the journey from her family party to the Land of the Sweets, filled with swirling snowflakes and Tchaikovsky's beloved music. This enchanting winter adventure will appeal to audiences of all ages! Purchase tickets:

Tree Lighting at Lytton Plaza


Friday, December 2, 2022 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Kick off the 2022 Holiday season and join us for a family friendly evening of live music, bell ringers, carols & winter treats! Learn more here.

Holiday Studio Sale


Saturday, December 3, 2022 |10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you are looking for handmade gifts for the holidays, the Art Center Studio Holiday Sale is your one-stop shop. Our sale showcases unique artwork created by local artists working in the studios at the Palo Alto Art Center. Learn more here.

Gift Bag Family Workshop

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun 2-hour workshop where you will design your very own gift bags. Printing, collaging, painting - we will use it all. Create your own set of gift bags for the holiday season. Learn more and register for the event here

Holiday Decorating Contest

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 to Tuesday, December 20, 2022

The City of Palo Alto invites you to decorate the exterior of your home, a front door/window, or your business in holiday-themed décor!  Judging will take place between December 14 - 20 and there are 3 different categories! Sign up by December 14 to participate! Questions? E-mail

A Playhouse Production: The Gingerbread Man

Saturday, December 17, 2022 and Sunday, December 18, 2022 | Showings at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

With very simple sets and costumes, and lots of opportunities to get up and wiggle, this story-teller style theatre is perfect for young audience members, suggested ages two to six years old. Performances are approximately 35 minutes in length, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase tickets:

2023 Events

Floral Arranging Workshop: Celebrate Chinese New Year

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Chinese New Year by making a themed arrangement. Learn more about the event and register here

Floral Arranging Workshop: Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 11, 2023 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Chinese New Year by making a themed arrangement. Learn more about the event and register here

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