If you’re not in the holiday spirit by now, the hard-working elves around town will help you get there. Along with the events highlighted in this section, here are some details on other seasonal fun to be had this week.
The first concert in the annual Advent Organ Recital Concert Series kicks off Thursday (later concerts to be held Dec. 14 and 21). Bring a lunch and enjoy the concert. 12:15-1:15 p.m. Thursday, First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. in the sanctuary. Free. 431-1966. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sit back and take a look at a number of holiday traditions during Thursday's "Season of Light" Holiday Evening Show. It delves into the history of burning the Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. But be warned: No late seating will be permitted. 7:30-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive, in the William M. Thomas Planetarium. $8-$10. 395-4011. bakersfieldcollege.edu.
The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame is hosting its First Christmas Dinner and Show Friday, with a special performance by Ty Herndon, catered dinner, and no host cocktail hour. Get in on what could become an annual tradition while it's on the ground floor. 6 p.m. Friday, Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, 2230 Q St. $60. 864-1701. bakersfieldmusichalloffame.com/concert-events.
Leave it to Temblor to gift guests with a dynamic duo: a show from a good-time band and an ugly sweater contest. The Akoustiks Ugly Sweater Bash has both as well as raffles, with proceeds to be donated to Toys For Tots. 7 p.m. Friday, Temblor Brewing Co., 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. Raffle tickets are $1 each. 489-4855. theakoustiks.com.
Experience the first Christmas as a live action journey in Walk Through Bethlehem this weekend. The event will cover aspects of the history, culture and people during the days of Jesus' birth. 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.
If you can't make it downtown for the Bakersfield version Thursday, roll out to Oildale for NOR's 45th annual Christmas Parade. North Chester has never been more festive. 10 a.m. Saturday, North Chester Ave. 392-2059. norfun.org/nor-christmas-parade.
Speaking of Oildale, Operation Soul Winner Joy Ride Car Show is drumming up support to raise funds and toys for kids in Oildale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Elks Lodge, 1616 30th St. $50 to display. 805-712-9952. socialgription.com.
Listen to Christmas carols for free (!) at the Bakersfield second annual Tuba Christmas Concert. 2 p.m. Saturday, Harvey Auditorium, 1316 G St. 324-9841.
Mill Creek pull back the curtain at the Annual Santa's Workshop. Visit with the big guy in red, enjoy lunch, crafts, cookie decorating and more. 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Christian Church, 1660 S St. Fellowship Hall. Free. 327-1673. email@example.com.
Kids ages preschool through sixth grade can join Saturday's Dinosaur Christmas Ornament Art Class for a fun morning. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science, 2018 Chester Ave. $4-$8. 324-6350. sharktoothhill.org.
Don't rely on the same ol' dreidel, head to the Kids Holiday Fidget Driedel Workshop and make something really unique. Children build their own fidget driedel, decorate doughnuts and make Hanukkah sand art. RSVP required, 11 a.m. Sunday, Chabad Jewish Community Center, 6901 Ming Ave. $8 per child. 835-8381. chabadofbakersfield.com.
The CSUB Holiday Concert promises live music and a visit from Santa in a far from ho-ho-humdrum event. 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, CSUB Doré Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Highway. $5-$10. 654-3093. csub.edu/music.
Enjoy Bakersfield Christmas Town in its final year at its Riverlakes location. Activities include hay rides, sledding, ice skating, visits with Santa and light shows second only to CALM. 5:30-9 p.m. daily until Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24-25), Riverlakes Ranch, 3825 Riverlakes Drive. $13.50-$26.10. 927-7353. bakersfieldchristmastown.com.
With 3 million lights on display and free rides on the carousel and Candy Cane Express train, Holiday Lights at CALM is a classic for a reason. Head out this week for $2 off thanks to an early bird discount. 5:30-9 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25), CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. $6-$12. 872-2256. vallitix.com.
Murray Family Farms Christmas on the Farm is big on activities: sleigh hay rides, super slides, animal trains, visits with Santa, corn cannons, crafts, marshmallow roasting and more. Get in on the fun and pick up some citrus to go (that vitamin C should help stave off those inevitable holiday colds). 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.
Even businesses can get in on the giving as seen by the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive. Donate one new unwrapped toy for a local foster child from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily until Dec. 17, Mattress Firm, 3216 Ming Ave., Suite C. 833-1576. mattressfirmfosterkids.org.
There's a lot you want to see this holiday season but if you want to spot a tough-looking Santa type carrying an oversized toy on a motorcycle, you have one must-see event Sunday: 34th annual Bakersfield Toy Run and Food Drive. Staging starts at 7 a.m., Beach Park, 3400 21st St., parade at 10 a.m. to Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P St. Bring one unwrapped toy and one canned food item equal to $20. bakersfieldtoyrun.org/wp.
Don't bother with Bing when the film airs on TCM this month. Head out to Stars for "White Christmas" and support hard-working local actors in a classic holiday show. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stars Theatre Restaurant, 3801 Chester Ave. $25-$69. 325-6100, bmtstars.com.
You may still have time to shop for gifts but your chances of catching the Gaslight Holiday Extravaganza are quickly dwindling. The popular annual event is quickly selling out shows. 1 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Tuesday; 7 p.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. Thursday; 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall, 12748 Jomani Drive. $25-$27. 587-3377. themelodrama.com.
The raucous holiday party of Bakersfield Community Theatre's "The Desk Set" allows it to squeak by in this holiday roundup. And there's nothing better than empowered women in the workforce. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave. $10-$16. 831-8114, bakersfieldcommunitytheatre.org.
The family-friendly tale of "Little Women, The Broadway Musical" is a perfect option for visiting loved ones or someone who's over the "winter break" that every TV show is headed into. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. $10-$70. 327-7529, esonline.org.