Some holiday light for the spirit and celebration of the season
There are few things in life that are truly pure and incorruptible, but light is one of them. Light shines on all of us equally without judgment or discrimination. Little wonder that light and spirit are synonymous, or that religious observances and the holiday season are drenched in light.
The Festival of Lights — also known as Diwali and celebrated by devotees of Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism — came and went during November. Jews recently lit the menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum used to celebrate the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah. And now comes Christmas, whose relationship with holiday lights is both spiritual and secular, and celebrated by Christians and many non-Christians alike. What is a Christmas tree without lights? What are Christmas decorations without the illumination and intensity of light?
Here at The Rose Hotel we serve people of all nationalities, cultures and faiths, but our holiday season observance hits its peak during the Christmas season, when our hotel lobby is ablaze in the light of our Christmas tree, as well as other decorations of the season. Our lobby is drenched in the light of the season. And in that regard, the light of the season serves our guests of all persuasions.
This year’s Christmas preparations include lobby decorations and a new Christmas tree (pictured). We are also serving a special holiday drink concocted by our bartender, Esaul Navarro-Escoto, that we invite you to enjoy while viewing lobby decorations.
Rooms are still available for the Christmas holiday. We also invite you to book early for the New Year’s holiday, as we are always fully booked.
If you’re a local (as many of our guests are) or will be staying with us during the holidays, you can find local holiday activities listed on the Pleasanton Downtown Association website by clicking here, or on the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association by clicking here.
We also want to make you aware of the following holiday happening, with special thanks to the Pleasanton Weekly for providing these holiday event listings
- VREN’s Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund party. Valley Real Estate Network’s annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund Party will be from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Marriott Pleasanton, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road. Enjoy music and dancing, appetizers, drawings, a live auction and no host bar. Proceeds benefit the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which will provide thousands of dollars in non-restricted funds to 10 local charities again this year. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 548-1980, or at the Pleasanton Weekly office, 5506 Sunol Blvd., Suite 100.
- 30th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Dublin will hold its 30th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza in Dublin. There will be entertainment and caroling, cookies and hot chocolate. For information, click here or call 925-556-4500.
- Floats, marching bands, drill teams and more will celebrate the season as Pleasanton’s Hometown Holiday Parade marches down Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 7. The one-hour parade begins at 5 p.m. and the tree lighting follows directly after at the Museum on Main Street. For information, visit the City of Pleasanton website.
- Firehouse Arts Center will present December People Holiday Rock ‘n’ Roll at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $30 to $40 each. This high-powered quintet, made up of some of the world’s biggest bands – including Boston lead guitarist Gary Pihl – presents a family-friendly classic rock Christmas show for all ages. December People plays familiar Holiday songs in the styles of all the top bands of our time. Go here for details.
- San Ramon Valley Dance Academy will present Impressions of the Nutcracker at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14; and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon.
- Breakfast with Santa, a popular Dublin tradition, will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin. Families are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast, served with sausage, fruit, coffee and juice, followed by the arrival of Santa Claus. There will be three seatings: 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets are $11 for residents and $13 for non-residents. This event benefits the Dublin High School Irish Guard and Band.
- Bethel 247 of Job’s Daughters International will host the 20th annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Grange Hall, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. Tickets are $8 per person, with children age 3 and younger free of charge. Cost includes breakfast and a photo with Santa. Also featured are crafts for children, a craft boutique, a bake sale and live entertainment. The pancake breakfast is a fundraiser for Job’s Daughters, a nonprofit Masonic youth group for girls between 10 and 20 years old. The group teaches skills such as organization, leadership, communication and financial planning.
- The San Ramon Arts Foundation will present San Ramon’s annual Holiday Sing-Along Performance of Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, at San Ramon Presbyterian Church, 12943 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Tickets are $10; vocal score is $10. Choral Workshops and ticket information are available here.
Written by Mike Consol