Escapes: Pop-up marketplace Stockmarket back for another holiday season

The Stockmarket pop-up offers entertainment and alternative holiday shopping.
The Stockmarket pop-up offers entertainment and alternative holiday shopping.

For holiday shoppers tired of the mall, there’s Stockmarket, a giant one-day pop-up marketplace that will fill downtown Stockton on Saturday, Dec. 5, with locally made crafts.

Launched last year to boost community awareness of Stockton’s artists and entrepreneurs, the market will bring in vendors selling handcrafted home goods, body products and jewelry. Some of the artists will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about their work.

Admission is free at the market, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Weber Avenue and North Stanislaus Street.

Food trucks and local caterers will offer snacks and sips.

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‘The Nutcracker’


What: Be among the first to see Placer Theatre Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” More than 120 Placer- and Sacramento-area dancers, ages 12 to 18, will perform alongside professional ballet artists in the beloved holiday classic.

When: Opening day is Saturday, Dec. 5, at 1 and 5 p.m. There also will be performances on Dec. 6, 11, 12 and 13.

Where: Placer High School theater, 275 Orange St.

Cost: Tickets range from $14 to $21.


Holiday Tractor Parade


What: In celebration of the holiday season and the town’s agricultural heritage, downtown Calistoga in Napa Valley will host the 20th annual Lighted Tractor Parade. Antique and modern tractors, decorated in holiday lights, will cruise down the main street.

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

Where: Downtown Lincoln Avenue, between Cedar and Stevenson streets, Calistoga

Cost: Free


Lighted Boat Parade


What: Guests at the waterfront will gather to watch lighted fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, skiffs and cutters float across Morro Bay, near San Luis Obispo. The show will be accompanied by live music performed by the San Luis Obispo Symphony and local band the White Caps.

When: Begins 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

Where: Embarcadero, Morro Bay

Cost: Free


Holiday Skating Rink


What: Embarcadero Center will turn into a brightly lit and decorated holiday ice skating rink, an annual San Francisco holiday attraction. The rink is surrounded by more than 100 restaurants and shopping destinations.

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; through Jan. 3

Where: Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., San Francisco

Cost: $11; $6 for children 7 and under


No Reservations Travel Club


What: No need to drive too far away to find inspiration for your next adventure and hear stories of others’ travels. Sacramento-based No Reservations Travel Club has its monthly meeting this Tuesday to talk travel. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

Where: Arcade Library Community Room, 2443 Marconi Ave.

Cost: Free

Information: 916-457-1426 or