Holiday Parades
Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland – San Rafael, November 29
Festival of Lights Parade – Los Altos, December 1
Children’s Light Parade – Martinez, December 6
Lighted Yacht Parade – Alameda, December 7
Lighted Tractor Parade – Calistoga, December 7
Children’s Holiday Parade – Los Gatos, December 7
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting – Morgan Hill, December 7
Lighted Boat Parade – Santa Cruz, December 7
Downtown Holiday Parade – Santa Cruz, December 7
Lighted Boat Parade – San Francisco, December 13
Christmas Parade and Holiday Market – Benicia, December 14
Parol Lantern Parade – San Francisco, December 14

Tree Lighting Events
Santana Row Tree Lighting – San Jose, November 19
Jack London Square Lights Up – Oakland, November 22
Pier 39 Holiday Tree Lighting – San Francisco, November 26-January 5
Lighting of the Old Oak Tree – Danville, November 29
Union Square Tree Lighting – San Francisco, November 29
Tree-Lighting, Sing-along, and Santa – Concord, December 1
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Cupertino, December 6
Holiday Tree Lighting – Menlo Park, December 6
Tree Lighting at the Presidio – San Francisco, December 6
Craft Fair and Tree Lighting – Aptos, December 7
Community Tree Lighting Celebration – Mountain View, December 9

Holiday Light Displays
Holidays at the Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, November 16-December 31
Holiday Tree Walk – Felton, November 29-December 8
Holiday Lights & Sites Tours – San Francisco, November 29-December 30
Christmas in the Park – San Jose, November 29-January 5
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Santa Cruz, November 29-December 31
Fantasy of Lights – Los Gatos, December 1-30
Holiday Circle of Lights – Oakland, December 1-January 1
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, December 6-January 5
Caltrain Holiday Train – San Francisco, Peninsula & South Bay, December 7 & 8

Amusement Parks
Winterfest at Great America – Santa Clara, November 29-December 31
Holiday in the Park at Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, November 29-January 5
Holiday at Night at Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy, November 29-December 31

Santa Visits
Surfin’ Santa – Capitola, November 30
Evening with Santa – Felton, November 24
Santa Arrives by Helicopter at Hiller – San Carlos, December 7
Napa Valley Santa Trains – Napa, November 23-December 26
Breakfast with Santa – Menlo Park, December 7
Breakfast with Santa – Pleasant Hill, December 7
Breakfast with Santa – Belvedere, December 7
Santa Claus Fly-In at the Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa, December 14
Santa Saturdays at Filoli – Woodside, December 7, 14, 21

Holiday Crafts
Gingerbread House Decorating Party – San Jose, December 1
Holiday Crafts at the Randall Museum – San Francisco, December 7
Holiday Wreath Making at Forest Home Farms – San Ramon, December 7
Kids Craft Fair – Santa Cruz, December 7
Winter Crafts Fair – Berkeley, December 7, 14
Holiday Nature Crafts – Berkeley, December 14
Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival at Seymour Marine Discovery Center – Santa Cruz, December 15
Gingerbread Doghouse Workshop – Santa Rosa, December 14 & 15

Other Holiday Events & Activities
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Holiday Show – Walnut Creek, November 22-30

The Great Dickens Christmas Faire – San Francisco, November 23-December 22
‘Tis the Season for Science at Cal Academy – San Francisco, November 22-January 5
Holiday Frolic – Martinez, November 6-December 7
Holidays at Dunsmuir Hellman Estate – Oakland, December 1-15
It’s a Wonderful Night – San Leandro, December 6
Dickens’ Family Victorian Holiday – San Rafael, December 6
Calistoga Holiday Village – Calistoga, December 6-8
Live Nativity – Moraga, December 7
Hometown Holidays – Redwood City, December 7
Children’s Holiday Festival – San Jose, December 7
Lucia Festival – Santa Cruz, December 7
Children’s Heritage Holiday in History Park – San Jose, December 7
Snow in Berkeley? – Berkeley, December 8
Mill Valley Winterfest – Mill Valley, December 8
Visit to the North Pole – Walnut Creek, December 8-20
Fairy Winterland – Oakland, December 13-30
German Holiday Market – Mountain View, December 14
Holiday on the Farm – San Ramon, December 14
Magic Toy Box Tea – San Rafael, December 14 & 15
Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops – Santa Rosa, December 14 & 15
Santa’s Workshop – San Francisco, December 14-22
Santa Run – San Jose, December 15
Holiday Gift-Making Workshop – Santa Rosa, December 21
Bethlehem A.D. – Redwood City, December 21-23

Hanukkah Celebrations
Hands on Hanukkah at the Schulz Museum – Santa Rosa, December 8
Menorahs and Miracles at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, December 8
Community Hanukkah Celebration – Berkeley, December 15
Hanukkah Celebration for Families with Young Children – Berkeley, December 22
Bill Graham Menorah Project – San Francisco, December 22-29
Chanukah Train – Santa Cruz, December 26

Holiday Concerts
Holiday with The Pops – Cupertino, December 1
Deck the Hall with San Francisco Symphony – San Francisco, December 8
Little Folkies Family Band
Holiday Concerts
 – San Francisco & Mill Valley, December 2, 8

A Chanticleer Christmas – Several Locations, December 10-23
Tis the Season by Singers Marin – San Rafael, December 21

Performances: A Christmas Carol
American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, November 29-December 24
Northside Theatre Company – San Jose, December 5-24
Center Repertory – Walnut Creek, December 12-20

Performances: The Nutcracker
Pacific Ballet – Mountain View, November 23-25
Contra Costa Ballet – Walnut Creek, November 23-25
Western Ballet – Mountain View, November 30-December 2
Ballet Petit – Hayward, December 1-2
San Francisco Youth Ballet – San Francisco, December 1-2
Peninsula Youth Ballet – San Mateo, December 1-2
Stapleton Ballet – San Rafael, December 1-2
City Ballet School – San Francisco, December 1-2
Los Gatos Ballet – Cupertino, December 7-9
South Valley Dance Arts – Morgan Hill, December 7-8
Ballet America – Redwood City, December 7 & 9
San Jose Dance Theatre – San Jose, December 7-9 & 14-16
Black Diamond Ballet – Pittsburg, December 8-9
Dance-Along Nutcracker – San Francisco, December 8-9
Marin Ballet – San Rafael, December 8-9
Santa Clara Ballet Company – Santa Clara, December 8-9
Valley Dance Theatre – Livermore, December 8-9 & 14-16
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets – San Francisco, December 8-23
San Francisco Ballet – San Francisco, December 12-29
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker – Menlo Park, December December 14-16 & 21-23
Santa Cruz City Ballet – Aptos, December 15-16
Ballet Company of the East Bay – Antioch, December 14-16
Berkeley Ballet Theater – Berkeley, December 14-16
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre – Santa Cruz, December 21-23
Peninsula Ballet Theater – Redwood City, December 22-29
Agape Dance Studio – Watsonville, December 22-23
Moscow Ballet – Cupertino, December 16
Oakland Ballet – Oakland, December 22-23

Performances: Other Holiday Performances
Construction Site on Christmas Night by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Sunnyvale and San Francisco, November 30 – December 29
Twas the Night Before Christmas – Woodside, December 8, 14, 15
Cirque Dreams Holidaze – San Jose, December 11
The Snow Queen by Bayer Ballet – Mountain View, December 14-15
Disney Jr. Holiday Party – San Jose, December 19
The Biggest Gift – Walnut Creek, December 19-22
Nuestra Navidad – San Jose, December 20

New Years Celebrations
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
Napa On Ice – Napa, November 22-January 12
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, November 6-January 7
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – San Francisco, November 6-January 20
Winter Park at Civic Center – San Francisco, November 22-January 5
Downtown Ice – San Jose, November 15-January 12
San Mateo on Ice – San Mateo, November 9-January 12
Santa Clara on Ice – Santa Clara, November 21-January 20
Snowflake Lake at Great America – Santa Clara, November 29-December 31
Boardwalk Holiday Ice – Santa Cruz, November 16-January 5
Walnut Creek on Ice – Walnut Creek, November 8-January 20