7 incredible Bay Area things to do over Christmas weekend

Yes, it’s a busy holiday weekend, but we know of a lot of fun things you can do, from seeing great movies and shows to wolfing down some awesome cookies.

If you’re headed to a live performance or public event, please check the venue or production’s website for the latest COVID safety precautions before you go.

(Psst, if you want to get this Weekender lineup delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning for free, just sign up at www.mercurynews.com/newsletters or www.eastbaytimes.com/newsletters.)

1 WATCH: The best movies of the year

It’s been a great year for movie fans, what with theaters with their glorious big screens being open again. The movies were pretty good, too. Here’s our picks for the 10 best, most of which you can watch now. Meanwhile, some pretty good new flicks are out, too, including Brenda Fraser giving an Oscar-worthy performance in “The Whale” and a wickedly entertaining new “Puss in Boots” movie. Here’s a rundown.

2 SIP & EAT: Happy hours with free food

Hey, we all work hard for the money — so it’s nice when bars and restaurants reward us with happy hours with free eats. Here are a few of our favorite deals.

These Ginger Molasses cookies are easy and quick to bake. (Lynda Balslev/Special to Bay Area News Group) 

3 BAKE & EAT: Festive cookies

The winter holidays cry out for cookies (well, OK, the whole year cries out for cookies, but bear with us here), and these ginger molasses gems are the perfect fit.

4 SEE  & HEAR: Great live shows abound

It might be Christmas weekend but there is still good stage shows to take in, including the legendary annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. Here’s a rundown.

annual

5 EAT: ‘Affordable’ Michelin-starred restaurants?

The annual Michelin Guide makes a point of a point of singling out what it calls mid-priced eateries — where you can get a meal and a drink for $49 or less. We visited some of these restaurants in the Bay Area to see if see if the tabs add up. Here’s what we found.

The recipe may change each year, but Anchor Christmas Ale is always a good match for roast meats and holiday cookies. (Anchor) 

6 SIP: Holiday beers are here

The brewing business has changed, with buzzy new brews coming out all the time. But holiday releases remain a treat that quaffers can always look forward to. Here’s a look at some of the best.

7 SEE & HEAR: San Francisco’s new jazz joint

San Francisco’s North Beach is one of those neighborhoods that just needs to have live music places. It’s got a new jazz club, Keys Jazz Bistro, which this weekend is hosting a Bay Area favorite, saxophonist Craig Handy. Here’s what you need to know.


Source link

WORLD NEWS