The Moscow Ballet brings the Nutcracker to Northern California

The Moscow Ballet, a company of more than 40 award-winning Russian ballerinas and musicians, will stop in Cupertino as part of its 75-city U.S. tour performing the holiday classic “The Great Russian Nutcracker.”

Showtimes are at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Ticket prices range from $28 to $120, based on seat location. For more information, visit nutcracker.com/yourcity/cupertino-ca.

Wild Nights and Holiday Lights


What: The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary will host a night of holiday light displays and animal exhibits. Other attractions include visits from Santa, performances by carolers and musicians, as well as rides on a miniature live steam train.

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 23

Where: 403 Stafford St., Folsom

Cost: $5

Information: folsomzoofriends.org

‘Beach Blanket Babylon’


What: Club Fugazi will host the holiday version of the internationally acclaimed comedy production “Beach Blanket Babylon.” The flamboyant satire follows Snow White as she encounters today’s pop-culture icons in her quest for Prince Charming.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 31

Where: 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd,, San Francisco

Cost: Tickets range from $25 to $120

Information: beachblanketbabylon.com

Holiday Bonfire


What: An annual holiday bonfire, including games and music for the whole family, will be hosted in downtown San Juan Bautista. The event will take place in honor of the town’s historic Hayden Family, who supplied local children with toys and candy during the holiday seasons of the Great Depression.

When: Bonfire begins at sunset on Friday, Dec. 18

Where: First Street, San Juan Bautista (near Mission San Juan Bautista)

Cost: Free

Information: sanjuanbautistaca.com/december

Ugly Sweater Wine Walk


What: Join the Reno Riverwalk Merchants Association in its holiday-themed Wine Walk, an annual community event. Participants will sample local and regional wines while checking out vendors and eateries along the city’s Riverwalk. Ugly sweaters are optional but encouraged.

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

Where: Truckee River Riverwalk, Reno

Cost: $20

Information: renoriver.org/?features=wine-walk

Guided photography walk


What: Take a guided photo walk on a 1-mile loop trail along the Cosumnes River Preserve Wetlands. Professional photographers will help you shoot the abundant wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera gear.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 26

Where: Cosumnes River Preserve Visitor Center (13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt)

Cost: Free

Information: www.cosumnes.org; (916) 684-2816