Winter Wonderland Weekend: Night of Lights, Gingerbread Houses, Santa Sightings, and More

Your weekend guide to all things holiday and more in Half Moon Bay!

Gingerbread houses at Ritz Carlton
Gingerbread houses at Ritz Carlton
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Coastal Rep's Winter Wonderettes

Coastal Repertory Theatre launches its 2013-2014 “Season of Love” with Winter Wonderettes, Roger Bean’s off-Broadway holiday musical sequel to his hit, The Marvelous Wonderettes. The four-person show takes place six months after the ten-year reunion finale of The Marvelous Wonderettes. It’s winter 1968 and time for the annual Harper's Hardware company Christmas party. Model employee Betty Jean (Phaedra Johnson) takes charge of the festivities, bringing in her Wonderettes to entertain when Santa fails to arrive: Missy (Beth Guido), Cindy Lou (Courtney Hatcher) and Suzy (Kimberly Krol). The talented and zany Wonderettes will have you laughing and singing along as they catch up on their lives while waiting for Santa.  But when disaster strikes, they’ll use all their charm and talent to ultimately save the night. Runs through Dec. 21. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2pm. 


Night of Lights Parade on Main Street

Stroll along Half Moon Bay’s charming Main Street for some old-fashioned holiday spirit filled with carols, roasted chestnuts and eggnog. A special tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m., followed by hundreds of children adorned in twinkling lights marching down Main Street in the Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Main Street. Also, the HMB Chamber and Boys and Girls Club made some improvements to the Children's Area at Kelly and Main streets with Disney princesses, Santa, snow, and jumpy slides.

Funky Holiday Apparel Party 

It's the 2nd annual ugly holiday sweater party at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Prizes for everyone who shows up, with a grand prize winner with The Funkiest Attire. Party in the bar with a local favorite, the band Califuegos will be in the house. From 5pm-7pm  there's a free tasting of their Frosty Wave Winter Ale-a delicious winter warmer with rich caramel and dark fruit flavors.


33rd Annual Winter Festival at Farallone View Elementary School

Join the fun at the 33rd Annual Winter Festival.  Gifts and crafts from local artisans, Cake Walk, Santa pics from 11AM-1PM, Gingerbread houses, raffles, and lots of other fun stuff.  


Stuff the Bus With Toys at Cunha's

In collaboration with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, San Carlos Fire Bianchini's Market & Kiwanis Club: Bring a toy and get a picture with Santa for free. Pictures will be available for download at sherriffsactivitiesleague.com. $5 donation without a toy. In Half Moon Bay at Cunha Market from 9 to 11 a.m. Special thanks to San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Greg Munks, Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos, Chief JR Gamez, Redwood City,  Fire Chief Jim Skinner Redwood City & San Carlos, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso Woodside.

10th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Tree Lighting at the Ritz

Drop by the tree lighting ceremony for Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and gingerbread house displays. Don't forget to bid on a house (all proceeds go to Coastside Children's Program). Or go online to bid. The online auction will also include fun holiday gifts.


Come celebrate the wonderful holiday flavors on the coast at the Local FATT Kitchen FOOD-SHOP Fair. Live cooking demo's, speciality food products and bites from the chef's table. Kevin Koebel and crew will demonstrate how to whip up amazing holiday delights.  In addition, Local FATT will be hosting Cameron Marks, Santa Cruz, SLOWCOAST Made, Davenport and local artisans offering unique one of a kind gifts to purchase. Entrance fee $10.

Looking for something to do that's not holiday-related? Check Patch's events at halfmoonbay.patch.com/events.


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