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December 2018

The Nutcracker – San Jose Dance Theatre

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

San José Dance Theatre is proud to present the 53rd production of The Nutcracker, which will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of brave toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and more. The Cambrian Symphony’s 52-piece orchestra will be masterfully led by conductor Scott Johannes Krijnen. $38-$90. https://www.sjdt.org/nutcracker-performance/

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Uptown Holiday Swing

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An exciting 2018 celebration of the sounds of swing and holiday songs done big band style, this show features a cast of singers and dancers – and a different big band each weekend — performing songs like It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Winter Wonderland, and String of Pearls to name just a few. $38-$48. https://www.tabardtheatre.org/box-office/tickets/?eid=20762

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Between Riverside and Crazy

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stephen Adly Guirgis’ gritty comedic drama boldly examines, with worldly wit, the effects of social injustice. Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside and crazy. When his struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone. $20.50-$60. https://www.thestage.org/tickets

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Making God Laugh

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This bittersweet comedy follows one family through the holidays: 30 years of holidays, that is. Ruthie and Bill try to keep the home fires burning as the paths of their three adult children -- a priest, an aspiring actress and a smooth entrepreneur -- twist and turn. As Woody Allen once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." $23-$44. https://cltc.org/tickets/

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The San Jose Nutcracker

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The San Jose Nutcracker is a two-act classical ballet production in a winter wonderland presided over by the Queen of Snow as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince begin a fantastic journey. $19-$56. 'https://hammertheatre.com/event/the-san-jose-nutcracker/2018-12-14/

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Symphony Holiday Pops Concert – Golden State Youth Orchestra

December 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Dance is the inspiration for this jovial concert featuring music from Mexico, Austria, Russia, France and the United States. Featuring a special performance by the GSYO Percussion Ensemble and conductor Jindong Cai. $15-$25. https://sanjosetheaters.org/event/gsyo/?instance_id=10317

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Santa Run Silicon Valley

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Downtown San Jose, San Jose, CA, USA, 3201 Denton Way United States

Santa Run Silicon Valley is sponsored by Google benefiting Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. This 5K run/walk is fun for the whole family and you're encouraged to dress up as your favorite holiday character or tradition (Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidel, menorah, ornaments, tree, candlestick, and more!) $15-$45. https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanJose/SantaRunSiliconValley

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WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs

December 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Come see Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship, AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, and RAW Women's Champion vs. Nia Jax for the RAW Women's Championship. Plus many more of your favorite WWE superstars! $55-$750. http://www.sapcenter.com/events/detail/wwetlc

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The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year – Murder Mystery Dinner

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Old Spaghetti Factory in partnership with The Murder Mystery Company brings a signature brand of comedy and suspense to pair with three spectacular courses of Old Spaghetti Factory cuisine. https://www.osf.com/murder-mystery-dinner-shows/

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SJ Improv – Ismo

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ISMO made his US debut in 2014 at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood where he won the title of “The Funniest Person in the World.” Since then, he has appeared on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and just became the first Finnish Comedian to perform on Conan in 2018, with his clip being viewed 45+ million times. ISMO is unique in how he uses his outsiders point of view to find humor in the most ordinary things. $20-$70. https://improv.com/sanjose/comic/ismo/

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