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Thursday, November 30

2017 Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco
2017 Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF

A favorite among the Bay Area community, the Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco ignites the holiday season at sundown, when the 40-foot holiday tree outside the hotel is illuminated by Santa Claus and his little helper from the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.
The …

2017 Holiday Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Montclair Village
2017 Holiday Stroll | Oakland

The Montclair Village Association invites you to the 15th Annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday evening, November 30, 2017, from 5:30-8 pm.
The Stroll is an invitation to celebrate community, to share in the spirit of the season, and support local businesses, schools, and non-profits that bring …

2017 Divisadero Holiday Art Walk | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
2017 Divisadero Holiday Art Walk | SF

Experience a night out with lots of music, dancing, and refreshments on Divisadero for the holiday edition of the Divisadero Corridor Art Walk.
This artwalk is also a kick-off party for #DivisGives. The merchants of Divisadero come together for the month of December to raise money for a …

Clínica Esperanza: Annual World AIDS Day Mask Exhibition | Mission Dist.
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Terra Gallery and Events Venue
Clínica Esperanza: Annual World AIDS Day Mask Exhibition | Mission Dist.

Come together to celebrate Clinica Esperanza’s annual mask exhibition on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
In 2017, community members have been working together to build a unity through art and collective experience focusing on the topic of HIV/AIDS stigma.
Take some time out of your day and join them, …

2017 Annual Holiday Art Sale Opening Party: Limited-Edition Art Stuff | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Creativity Explored
2017 Annual Holiday Art Sale Opening Party: Limited-Edition Art Stuff | SF

The Creativity Explored Gallery and Studio will be filled with affordable gifts for everyone on your list, both Naughty & Nice. Select from original drawings and paintings, textiles, ceramics, mixed media, and framed art, plus a quality collection of art products featuring artwork by Creativity …

Friday, December 1

2017 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2017 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland

Jack London Square is set to ring in the holiday season with an annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront – plus there’s the crazy fun Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees.
Oakland’s favorite annual holiday tradition promises to deliver holiday magic to the Oakland waterfront with the …

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting & Ornament Making | McCoppin Sq.
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| McCoppin Square
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting & Ornament Making | McCoppin Sq.

Join the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) and Supervisor Katy Tang’s Office in celebrating the holiday season with a holiday tree lighting at McCoppin Square Park.
The event is on Friday, December 1 and starts at 5 pm. Help decorate the tree, sing holiday songs and …

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting, & Community Parade | Emeryville
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Emeryville City Hall
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting, & Community Parade | Emeryville

Celebrate Emeryville’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Some of the fun includes a parade at 5pm. Grab a seat on the curb and enjoy the parade.
After the parade head down to City Hall (1333 Park Avenue) and …

2017 Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration & Snow Day | East Bay
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bishop Ranch 1
2017 Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration & Snow Day | East Bay

Bishop Ranch invites you to gather family and friends and come play in a snow park with real snow, listen to live music and watch the ceremonial lighting of the spectacular 70-foot White Fir tree at the annual Tree-Lighting Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1, 2017.
The …

2017 “Night of Lights” Tree Lighting & Parade | Half Moon Bay
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
2017

Finish up your Christmas shopping and celebrate the holiday season with 2017 Night of Lights in Half Moon Bay featuring the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Parade of Lights.
2017 “Night of Lights”
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 6-9 pm
Mac Dutra Park, Kelly and Main Streets, Half Moon Bay
FREE
Night of Lights …

24 Holidays on 24th Street: 2017 Kick-Off | Noe Valley
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
24 Holidays on 24th Street: 2017 Kick-Off | Noe Valley
2017 Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting | Benicia
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Carriage rides cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
| First Street (Benicia)
2017 Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting | Benicia

First Street merchants along with Benicia Main Street host this ever-popular open house at the beginning of the Christmas season. Merchants offer beverages and treats and show off their holiday goods while costumed carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and wine tasting …

Paxton Gate 25th Anniversary Holiday Party | Mission Dist.
Friday, December 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
Paxton Gate 25th Anniversary Holiday Party | Mission Dist.

Quirky Mission District store Paxton Gate is celebrating the holidays with their annual holiday party on December 1, 2017.
Special performances by the amazing Vau de Vire Society are sure to dazzle you with unbelievable feats of acrobatics. Plus snacks, drinks and much much more to come.

South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose
Friday, December 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE
South First Fridays Art Walk & Special Performances | San Jose

Saturday, December 2

First Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland
Saturday, December 2 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE
First Saturdays Free Outdoor Boot Camp | Oakland
2017 San Francisco Center for Book Holiday Fair | Potrero Hill
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE
2017 San Francisco Center for Book Holiday Fair | Potrero Hill

Grab your friends and head to the San Francisco Center for the Book’s Holiday Fair where you’ll find unique holiday gifts among the wide selection of a rich assortment of locally handcrafted, functional and decorative crafts that are perfect for gift giving, and a spectacular variety of …

Bazaar Stock 2017 Music Fest: 12 Hours & 36 Artists | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Bazaar Cafe
Bazaar Stock 2017 Music Fest: 12 Hours & 36 Artists | SF

Support your independent artists at a locally-owned business at a 12 hour acoustic music-a-thon put together by local music mini-impresario KC Turner.
36 local musicians will play sets from 10 am to 10 pm from a variety of genres. Did we mention there’s no cover charge? That’s music for your …

2017 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Ice Sculptures & Parade | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE
2017 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Ice Sculptures & Parade | Redwood City

The annual Children’s Festival and Light Show in downtown Redwood City features a parade, an ice sculpture demonstration, real snow to play in, a carnival and more.
2017 Winter Festival | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10 am to 8 pm
Downtown Redwood City
FREE
Each year, on the …

2017 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Leandro Historical Railway Society
2017 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro

Santa is back. Their 2017 Winter Open House and Train Show will happen December 2nd & 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. Their G&O crew will be running full steam ahead in the back yard with some exciting holiday themed trains and out …

30th Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Sunnyvale
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | (Sunnyvale California)
30th Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Sunnyvale

Come to the 30th Annual Fremont Holiday Craft Fair featuring handcrafted items for your home, Holiday decorating, jewelry, gourmet food and more from over 60 vendors. This is the perfect place to find a gift for your loved ones.
30th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
December 2-3 | 10 …

Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE
Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose

Join them on Saturday December 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a day of dogs at the park.

2017 Home for the Holidays: Children’s Festival | East Bay
Saturday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
2017 Home for the Holidays: Children's Festival | East Bay

Kick off the holiday season at downtown Livermore’s Home for the Holidays festival and the Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade.
2017 Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 11 am to 4 pm
Downtown Livermore
FREE
A Celebration of the Traditions of the Holidays. Lizzie fountain will be transformed …

2017 Annual Christmas Parade | Los Gatos
Saturday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE
2017 Annual Christmas Parade | Los Gatos

The 61th Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade is like most other parades – they’ve got marching bands and Santa… and expected to appear again for 2017, is the Cucuzza Squash Drill Team – yes, it’s a bunch of guys in tank tops and Santa hats each …