Holiday Festivities Guide


‘Tis the Season of Joy, the perfect time to celebrate with your family and friends. I would like to present you with the perfect way to celebrate by offering you a guide to Holiday events and festivities happening in and around the Bay Area. Be merry and enjoy the most beautiful time of the year!

Happy Holidays,
Rumana Jabeen & Associates

Holiday Parades
Lighted Yacht Parade – Alameda, December 3
Lighted Tractor Parade – Calistoga, December 3
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting (Free) – Morgan Hill, December 3
Christmas Parade and Holiday Market (Free) – Benicia, December 10
Parol Lantern Parade (Free) – San Francisco, December 10
Lighted Boat Parade (Free) – San Francisco, December 16

Tree Lighting Events
Night of Holiday Lights – San Carlos, December 2
Tree Lighting Ceremony (Free) – Cupertino, December 2
Jack London Square Lights Up (Free) – Oakland, December 2
Tree-Lighting, Sing-along, and Santa (Free) – Concord, December 3
Community Tree Lighting Celebration (Free) – Mountain View, December 5
10th Annual Holiday Circle of Lights – Mountain View, December 1-January 1

Holiday Light Displays
Christmas in the Park – San Jose, November 25-January 1
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Santa Cruz, November 25-December 23
Zoo Lights at San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, December 16-28
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, December 2-January 1
Caltrain Holiday Train – San Francisco, Peninsula & South Bay, December 3 & 4
Union Street Fantasy of Lights – San Francisco, December 3-29
Fantasy of Lights – Los Gatos, December 3-30
Christmas at Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, December 9-25

Santa Visits
Santa at the Fire Station, Toy Drive – Belmont, December 15
Napa Valley Santa Trains – Napa, November 19-December 29
Breakfast with Santa – Menlo Park, December 3
Breakfast with Santa – Pleasant Hill, December 3
Santa Claus Fly-In at the Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa, December 17

Holiday Crafts
Make Art Family Art Day – San Francisco, December 4
Holiday Nature Craft – Berkeley, December 10
Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival at Seymour Marine Discovery Center – Santa Cruz, December 11
Gingerbread House Party at Habitot – Berkeley, December 17
Presidio Forest Wreath Making Workshop (Free) – San Francisco, December 17
Victorian Christmas Cards at Forest Home Farms – San Ramon, December 17

Hannukah Celebrations
Menorahs and Miracles at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, December 4
Hanukkah Art and Service Fair (Free) – Berkeley, December 11
Festival of Lights at Osher Marin JCC (Free) – San Rafael, December 11

Other Holiday Events & Activities
The Great Dickens Christmas Faire – San Francisco, November 19-December 18
‘Tis the Season for Science at Cal Academy – San Francisco, November 23-January 8
Calistoga Holiday Village (Free) – Calistoga, December 3
Live Nativity (Free) – Moraga, December 3
Hometown Holidays (Free) – Redwood City, December 3
Holiday Family Fun at the Presidio (Free) – San Francisco, December 3
Children’s Holiday Festival – San Jose, December 3
Holidays at Dunsmuir Hellman Estate – Oakland, December 3-18
Snow in Berkeley? (Free) – Berkeley, December 4
Mill Valley Winterfest (Free) – Mill Valley, December 4
Holiday Festival – Pleasant Hill, December 7
Grinch-mas at Gamble Garden – Palo Alto, December 10
Holiday on the Farm – San Ramon, December 10
Fairy Winterland – Oakland, December 16-23
Bethlehem A.D. (Free) – Redwood City, December 21-23
Winter Wonderland in Central Park (Free) – San Mateo, December 2-3

Performances: A Christmas Carol

American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, November 25-December 24
Northside Theatre Company – San Jose, December 7-24
Center Repertory – Walnut Creek, December 8-18
Peninsula Youth Theatre – Mountain View, December 9-10

Performances: The Nutcracker
Western Ballet – Mountain View, December 2-4
Ballet America – Redwood City, December 2 & 4
San Jose Dance Theatre – San Jose, December 2-11
Ballet Petit – Hayward, December 3-4
San Francisco Youth Ballet – San Francisco, December 3-4
Stapleton Ballet – San Rafael, December 3-4
Beyond the Land of Sweets by Presidio Ballet – San Francisco, December 4
Los Gatos Ballet – Cupertino, December 9-11
Black Diamond Ballet – Pittsburg, December 10-11
City Ballet School – San Francisco, December 10-11
Dance-Along Nutcracker – San Francisco, December 10-11
Marin Ballet – San Rafael, December 10-11
Santa Clara Ballet Company – Santa Clara, December 10-11
Valley Dance Theatre – Livermore, December 10-18
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets – San Francisco, December 10-20
Berkeley Ballet Theater – Berkeley, December 16-18
Bay Pointe Ballet – San Mateo, December 16-18
San Francisco Ballet – San Francisco, December 10-29
Peninsula Ballet Theater – Redwood City, December 17 & 18
Ballet Company of the East Bay – Antioch, December 16-18
Oakland Ballet – Oakland, December 17-18
Moscow Ballet – Cupertino, December 20

Performances: Other Holiday Performances

A Dickens of a Holiday Mashup – San Jose, December 2-16
Holidays of the World Synchronized Swimming Performance – Walnut Creek, December 3
Twas the Night Before Christmas – Healdsburg, December 3-4
Holiday Festival of Dance – San Mateo, December 10-11
The Elves and the Shoemaker by CTC – Sunnyvale, December 9-17
The Biggest Gift – Walnut Creek, December 15-18
The Snow Queen by Bayer Ballet – Mountain View, December 16-17

Holiday Concerts
Deck the Hall with San Francisco Symphony – San Francisco, December 6
A Charlie Brown Christmas with San Francisco Symphony – San Francisco, December 21-24
California POPS Merry Christmas – Los Altos Hills, December 18
Tis the Season by Singers Marin – San Rafael, December 18

New Years Celebrations
Family New Years Eve Party at Playland – El Cerrito, December 31
Ring in the New Year Balloon Drop at Chabot Space and Science – Oakland, December 31
Noon Years Eve Party at Hiller Aviation – San Carlos, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, December 31
Happy New Year Charlie Brown at Schulz Museum – Santa Rosa, December 31

Holiday Ice Rinks
The Little Ice Rink – Alameda, October 28-January 8
Downtown Holiday Ice – Martinez, November 19-January 8
Napa On Ice – Napa, November 19 – January 8
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, November 2-January 8
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – San Francisco, November 2-January 16
Downtown Ice – San Jose, November 18-January 16
San Mateo on Ice – San Mateo, November 11-January 16
Main on Ice – San Rafael, November 9-January 8
Santa Clara on Ice – Santa Clara, November 21-January 16
Walnut Creek on Ice – Walnut Creek, November 11-January 16
Nazareth Ice Oasis – Redwood City, open year round
Winter Lodge – Palo Alto, September 26- April 15

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