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Get Out: Santa Paws Parade, Christmas at Ardenwood, Holiday Music

This weekend, help raise funds for homeless animals, experience the holidays on a historic farm or enjoy a holiday music concert

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit this weekend.


  • Where/When: , 32975 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City; Friday starting at 5 p.m.
  • Why Go: Test your luck and compete for a chance to win hundreds of dollars. Get your daubers ready! The weekly event also features a snack bar and free coffee and tea.
  • Pricing: Prices vary

  • Where/When: Washington Hospital West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA; Saturday at 8 a.m.
  • Why Go: The annual event promises to be a fun-filled event for you little ones. The event will feature breakfast, entertainment, an appearance by Ronald McDonald, a photo with Santa and more. Proceeds will benefit Washington Hospital's hospice care services. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 510-791-3428.
  • Pricing: $10

SANTA PAWS PARADE

  • Where/When: Parade begins at Foothill Boulevard and B Street in downtown Hayward; Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • Why Go: Dress up your pets and let them strut their stuff to help raise money for homeless animals. Enter your pet in a variety of categories, including Best Holiday Dressed Pet, Pet and Owner Look-Alike and more.
  • Pricing: Early registration — $10 per pet or $15 for two or more pets. Same day registration — $12 per pet or $17 for two or more pets.

  • Where/When: Ardenwood Historical Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA; Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • Why Go: Experience the holidays on a historic farm. Sing Christmas carols, buy Christmas crafts, search for the Yule log, meet Father Christmas, listen to live music, watch puppet shows and more.
  • Pricing: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 older, $5 for children ages 4 through 17, free for children 3 and under

  • Where/When: NewPark Mall (lower lever, near Sears), Newark; Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • Why Go: Join local musical ensembles and choirs as they perform holiday music throughout December at NewPark Mall. Kicking off the monthlong musical series this Sunday is The Apollo Duo.
  • Pricing: Free

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