For the first time in a few years, folks are able to celebrate the holidays in proper fashion and Campbell venues are stepping up with some holly jolly events, from concerts to Santa visits to teas.

Celtic Christmas

Campbell’s Heritage Theatre is hosting a family-friendly holiday show on Dec. 9. Celebrating 12 years of national touring, “Christmas with the Celts” performs a combination of ancient Irish Christmas carols, lively Irish dance and contemporary songs with Irish instrumentation.

This year, “Christmas with the Celts” will introduce Irish musicians Patrick D’Arcy from Dublin and Fiachra O’Regan from Connemara. These two have performed with Bono of U2, Sting, Quincy Jones, The Waterboys and Bill Whelan of “Riverdance.” Singer/fiddler Luisa Marion will be the featured performer.

“You can’t listen to Celtic music and not be happy,” show founder Ric Blair said in a statement. “It is a music of the people.”

The show is set for 8 p.m. at the Heritage Theatre, located at the Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $55 at or 408-866-2700.

Holiday House

The Ainsley House is hosting multiple events during the holiday season: Holiday Teas and Tours, a Holiday Boutique and Evening Open Houses.

The Ainsley House will be decorated in a “Holiday Alphabet” theme, with each room in the house inspired by letters. Visitors can find N for nutcracker, S for Santa and E for Elves.

Tours will through the Ainsley House will be unguided and self-paced. The Ainsley House and Holiday Boutique are open Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., through Dec. 18. Tour admission is $6-$10, free for museum members.

The Holiday Boutique is located in the Carriage House as well as in several rooms on the first floor of the Ainsley House. The boutique offers seasonal gifts, ornaments, jewelry, scarves and more.

Holiday Teas and Tours, the Campbell Museum Foundation’s annual holiday fundraiser, are set for Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 at noon. The tea menu includes finger sandwiches, champagne, a special Ainsley blend tea and tasty treats in the Carriage House, followed by a self-guided led tour of the Ainsley House. Admission is $60, or $55 for museum members. Proceeds go toward supporting education programs and preservation efforts at the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House. Reservations are required at

Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the Ainsley House on Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-noon. He will greet families and kids on the West Patio surrounded by a decorated holiday …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


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