Another week in December, another week of holiday activities. Even though your Eye Street team can't cover them all, we still wanted to let you know about what else is going on this week.
The Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce will host its Chamber After Hours Mixer on Thursday. Donations to the Bakersfield Homeless Center and Kern Autism Network will be collected, and there will be raffles and drink tickets. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Metro Galleries, 1604 19th St. $5-$10. 327-4421. bakersfieldchamber.org.
Enjoy live organ music at the Advent Organ Recital Concert Series. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. Free. 431-1966. fpbchurch.com.
If rock is more your speed, head to the 2017 KRAB Christmas Show at the Fox Theater on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Joywave, Dreamers, Welshly Arms, Barns Courtney, Brother Sundance and The Academic will perform. Tickets are $5 to $15. 324-1369. thebakersfieldfox.com.
If you didn't already order, you'll want to get to the Pop Up Jewish Deli as soon as it starts Thursday (that's 5:30 p.m.) at the Chabad Jewish Community Center, 6901 Ming Ave. There will be New York pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, knishes, chicken matzah ball soup, salads, Hanukkah doughnuts and chocolate coins while supplies last. 319-3209. Chabadofbakersfield.com/jewishdeli.
Santa Claus is coming to the Bakersfield Elks Lodge on Thursday where he will give gifts to and visit with underprivileged school kids, who will also receive lunch. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bakersfield Elks Lodge, #266, 1616 30th St. Free. 205-7862. email@example.com.
Get a sweet treat and help a local organization at the fourth annual Volunteer Center Holiday Cinnamon Roll Sale. Get a dozen for $10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Volunteer Center of Kern County, 1311 Eye St. $10. 395-9787. volunteercenter.info.
The NOR Chamber of Commerce luncheon and annual canned food drive will offer a chance to mingle with local business owners in Kern County. Thursday 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hodel's Country Dining, 5917 Knudsen Drive. $20-$25. 873-4709. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optimal Hospice Foundation's Light Up A Life event on Thursday will be a chance to remember lost loved ones this holiday season. Includes a personal reflection, the reading of the memorial names, candle lighting, inspirational music, and the lighting of the Tree of Life, 6-7 p.m. The Historic Fort, 915 North 10th St. Taft. 716-8000. optimalhospicefoundation.com.
Continuing this weekend, take a Walk Through Bethlehem and experience the first Christmas and learn about the history and culture during that time. 5-8:30 p.m. Friday and 3-8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2801 Bernard St. Free. 869-6562. SimpsoMR@ah.org.
On Friday, Brightwood College will hold its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa, which includes photo opportunities with Santa, writing thank-you notes for military troops in partnership with Operation Gratitude, photo booths, a tacky sweater contest, crafts, refreshments and more. 3-5 p.m. Brightwood College, 1914 Wible Road. Free. 836-6300. brightwood.edu.
Enjoy a neighborhood party with food, games, entertainment, toys, raffles and appearances by Disney Characters at the fourth annual Christmas in the Neighborhood Community Event on Friday. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bakersfield Police Activities League, 301 E. Fourth St. Free. 281-5007. email@example.com.
If live music is an important part of your holiday tradition, travel to the mountains Friday for the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. 7 p.m. Country Oaks Baptist Church, 20915 Schout Road. Free. 821-7511. tehachapiorchestra.com.
On Saturday, head to the Fox Theater for the Home for the Holidays Concert, with holiday classics performed by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and the Bakersfield College Choirs. 7-9 p.m. Fox Theater, 2001 H St. $20-$50. 323-7928. ticketfly.com
If you still need to do some holiday shopping, check out the inaugural Knights Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday. The fair benefits the Northeast Knights football and cheer teams, and Santa will be there taking photos and donations. Plus, there will be hot chocolate! 9 a.m.-2 p.m. KGET Channel 17 Parking Lot, 2122 L St. 283-1700. Lindsey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instead of sitting on Santa's lap, Rollerama is offering something a little different on Saturday: Skate with Santa. 1-4 p.m. Rollerama West, 4300 Wilson Road. $7-$10. 589-7555. rollerama.com.
For those who can't get enough of the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker" will screen at Edwards Cinema on Sunday afternoon. 12:55 p.m. Edwards Cinema, 9000 Ming Ave. $18. 844-462-7342. fathomevents.com.
Celebrate Hanukkah with the annual Public Menorah Lighting on Sunday, complete with doughnuts, dreidels, live music and crafts for kids. 5 p.m. The Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave. Free. 835-8381. chabadofbakersfield.com.
Head to the movies for another unique Hanukkah experience: "The Meshuga Nutcracker," a musical comedy. 7 p.m. Edwards Cinema, 9000 Ming Ave. $14-$16. 844-462-7342. fathomevents.com.
Just as the women worry about their jobs in "The Desk Set," you should be worried about making a reservation to see this fun show in its closing weekend. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $10-$16. 831-8114. bakersfieldcommunitytheatre.org.
Enjoy a beloved classic set to music in "Little Women, The Broadway Musical," playing at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10-$70. 327-7529. esonline.org.
Shorter than your shopping list is the number of remaining performances for the Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza. Catch the Christmas tale "The Best Christmas Ever" plus the vaudeville revue "Remember The Magic" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Dec. 20 or 21 , Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $25-$27. 587-3377. themelodrama.com.
Speaking of sell-out shows, "White Christmas" is also packing them in at Stars. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday or Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday. Stars Theatre Restaurant, 3801 Chester Ave. $25-$69. 325-6100. bmtstars.com.
The Holiday Lights at CALM are a tradition for families all over Kern County, so it's a good thing the 3-million-light event is open daily. Enjoy the light displays, a ride on the Candy Cane Express train and more. 5:30-9 p.m. daily until Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Day), CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $6-$12. 872-2256. vallitix.com.
Santa trades the North Pole for the farm every day for Murray Family Farms Christmas on the Farm. The festive fun includes "sleigh" hay rides, super slides, animal trains, visits with Santa, corn cannons, crafts, bonfires and marshmallows, plus so much more, on the weekends. Weekdays at the farm are a little lighter on activities but offered at a cheaper cost. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. $4.99-$10.99. 371-0400. murrayfamilyfarms.com.
Our town might not see snow very often but Bakersfield Christmas Town is a winter wonderland all the same. Enjoy light shows, visits with Santa, ice-skating and more every day. 5:30-9 p.m. daily until Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24 and 25), Riverlakes Ranch, 3825 Riverlakes Drive. $13.50-$26.10. 927-7353. bakersfieldchristmastown.com.
Continuing Thursday through Sunday, Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive is collecting new, unwrapped toys for local foster children. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Mattress Firm, 3216 Ming Ave. Suite C. 833-1576. mattressfirmfosterkids.org.
It's not too late to donate to the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive. Toys and money will be collected Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Target near the East Hills Mall, 3401 Mall View Road.