This is the final push for holiday fun. Along with the events we've highlighted elsewhere this week, here are your other opportunities to embrace the season. That is, if you're not scrambling for gifts around town.
Christmas at the Depot returns to the Shafter Depot Museum. The annual tradition, which extends past the holiday, invites visitors to check out the decorated Christmas tree display and vote for their favorite. Taking on the theme of "A 1917 Christmas" — in honor of the depot's centennial — nine trees were decorated from groups including Shafter Woman's Club, Shafter Community Bible Study, Kiddie Kollege and Mission Bank.
Admission is free for the event, which also includes cookies and hot cocoa and a free lesson in the history of Shafter and its AT&SF Railway depot. The community event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and continues Dec. 30 and Jan. 6 at the museum, 150 Central Valley Highway in Shafter.
Speaking of Shafter, its Ford Theater (1101 E. Lerdo Highway, Shafter) will host A Very Spindles' Christmas from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The bill invites you to "enjoy Christmas music with all the classics," with their promotional material listing some newer titles like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Amazon," "I'm Dreaming of a Pumpkin Spice Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed UPS Driver." Admission is $10, $5 for children. Call 630-4053 or visit shafterfordtheatre.com for more information.
There are a few options in theater and art. As you can imagine, tickets are going fast for holiday musicals, with the Gaslight sold out for the rest of its run. Shows that you still have a chance of seeing include "Little Women, The Broadway Musical," which sold out its weekend shows but added a performance at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Empty Space, 706 Oak St. Admission is $10-$70; visit esonline.org for reservations.
Seats are quickly selling out for the final weekend of "White Christmas" at Stars. Tickets are only available for the 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Stars Theatre Restaurant, 3801 Chester Ave. Tickets range from $25-$69; call 325-6100 or visit bmtstars.com for reservations.
Bring visiting art lovers to the Bakersfield Museum of Art Saturday for its Holiday Weekend Tour. BMoA Curatorial Assistant Melissa Bañuelos will lead a guided tour of Gwynn Murrill and Javier Carrillo's exhibitions currently on display from 1-2 p.m. at the museum, 1930 R St. Admission is $10, $5 for students and seniors and free for members and children 5 and under. Call 323-7219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If music is on the agenda, head out Thursday for the final performance in the Advent Organ Recital Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th St. The free lunchtime concert of live organ music runs from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Call 431-1966 or visit fpbchurch.com for more information.
For a funkier holiday experience, head to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party Friday at The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive. Masters of MalFunktion will perform at the event running from 6-10 p.m. with food and drinks from Tooth and Nail Winery. Prizes will be given for best couples sweater, individual sweater and a raffle with proceeds benefitting Toys for Tots. Admission is free with an unwrapped toy donation, or $30-$50 but reservations are required. Call 587-3801 to secure a spot.
Movie options are also on the table. Inclusion Films will screen "Santa is For Real" at 1 p.m. Friday at Inclusion Films Bakersfield Workshop, 1004 19th St. The screening is free. Call 324-7400 or visit inclusionfilms.com for more details.
"Gremlins," which despite the scares takes place at Christmastime, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fox Theater, 2001 H St. Admission is $5. And return to the Fox Saturday for the 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th St." at 1 p.m. Admission is $5.
The Condors promise a Christmas ornament for the first 1,000 fans 12 and under during Friday's Condors Half-Price Beer Night and Frenzy Knit Cap Night. The suds are half-off through the end of the first intermission and attendees can purchase up to two $5 frenzy Condors knit caps (per game ticket). The fun runs from 6:30-9 p.m. at Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission is $12. Visit bakersfieldcondors.com for more information.
And, of course, no holiday event list is complete without the ongoing big draws.
Bakersfield Christmas Town runs 5:30-9 p.m. daily until Dec. 31 (closed Sunday and Monday) at Riverlakes Ranch, 3825 Riverlakes Drive. Admission is $13.50-$26.10. More details at bakersfieldchristmastown.com.
Murray Family Farms Christmas on the Farm is open daily through Dec. 31 (except Monday) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Murray Family Farms, 6700 General Beale Road. Admission is $4.99-$10.99. More information at murrayfamilyfarms.com.
And the 3 million lights of Holiday Lights at CALM will shine brightly from 5:30-9 p.m. daily until Jan. 6 (closed Monday) at CALM, 10500 Alfred Harrell Highway. Admission is $6-$12.