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Sunday, November 19

45th Annual Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire: 85+ Artisans & Food Sampling | Napa
Sunday, November 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Napa Valley Expo
45th Annual Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire: 85+ Artisans & Food Sampling | Napa

Come be part of a longstanding Napa holiday tradition at the 45th Annual ‘Gifts ‘n Tyme’ Holiday Faire featuring 85 local and regional artists of fine crafts, artwork, holiday pieces, and gourmet foods to sample. 2017 Gifts n Tyme Holiday Craft Fair November 17-19, 2017 – Fri-Sat: ...

Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration | 2017
Sunday, November 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration | 2017

Experience the holiday magic at Pier 39 – sing songs, send letters to Santa and welcome the season with holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family including live musical performances. The fun culminates at 6 pm as Pier 39′s majestic 60-foot tree, adorned with glistening ornaments, ...

Monday, November 20

2017 “Snowflakes on Market” Lighting Ceremony | SF
Monday, November 20 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Cable Car Turnaround (Market/Powell)
2017
The 10th Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting ceremony will feature live performances as city officials will count down to the illumination of over 290 5×5 LED illuminated snowflakes on Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles in front of the cable car turn-around at Powell and Market streets. 2017 Snowflakes on Market ...

Wednesday, November 22

12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Unveiling: Free Coffee & Cookies | Westin St. Francis
Wednesday, November 22 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Unveiling: Free Coffee & Cookies | Westin St. Francis

The Westin St. Francis will be transformed into a festive oasis. Join Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Houdré and his team as they unveil two spectacular one-of-a-kind handcrafted castles in the lobby of The Westin St. Francis. This annual holiday tradition began in 2005 with the ...

Friday, November 24

2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland
2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Plaid Friday is the fun, indie alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holiday shopping season. 2017 Plaid Friday Friday, November 24, 2017 All Over Oakland FREE, but bring money for food, drinks and shopping > 2017 Events & Specials Look for ...
San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland | 2017
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*donations accepted
| Downtown San Rafael
San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland | 2017
Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 38th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay ...
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/24/17 from 3-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland from 3-6 pm on November 24, 2017. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride. Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San ...
Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017
Friday, November 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017
In celebration of its 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, Ghirardelli Square is creating a winter wonderland. The event will include live music, visits with Santa, snow, free activities for kids and more. 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 24, 2017 | 4-9 pm Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco FREE
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Friday, November 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Village
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Strutting horse-drawn carriages, crafts people displaying their wares for sale, Father Christmas and more are highlights of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Wine Stroll in Historic Downtown Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way. 2017 Holiday Tree Lighting November 24, 2017 | 5-8 pm – tree lighting at 5:30 pm Big Basin ...
2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville
Friday, November 24 – 5:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Old Oak Tree
2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville
Come to enjoy street-corner musicians, strolling along the tree-lined sidewalks, stopping in for dinner or a cocktail at a local eatery, browsing shops and enjoying holiday merriment and goodies such as hot cocoa, cider, and tea provided by Danville’s merchants, to celebrate the lighting of ...
2017 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting w/ Us the Duo and Carmen Cusack | Union Square
Friday, November 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Macy's Great Tree Lighting w/ Us the Duo and Carmen Cusack | Union Square
Macy’s Great Tree in Union Square, probably San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall and decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments will be officially lit on Friday, November 24, 2017. 28th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Friday, November 24, ...
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose
After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park. and the lighting of the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. 2017 Christmas in the Park Opening Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6 pm Plaza de Cesar Chavez, ...
2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Niles
2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade, which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season, will take place from 6-8 pm on November 24, 2017. 2017 Niles Festival of Lights and Parade Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6-8 pm – Tree lighting at 6 ...

Saturday, November 25

The Fairmont’s 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
Saturday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
The Fairmont's 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
The Fairmont San Francisco’s annual Gingerbread Holiday Open House kicks off with an official opening of the giant gingerbread house. Gingerbread Open House Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 10:30 am to 4 pm The Fairmont, 950 Mason St., SF FREE Please note, although the Fairmont San Francisco Gingerbread House will be open to ...
Winter Walk SF Opening & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Saturday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Opening & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2017 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Free Carousel Rides & Winter Lighting Ceremony | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, November 25 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Children's Creativity Museum
Free Carousel Rides & Winter Lighting Ceremony | Yerba Buena Gardens
Put a “spin” on a classic holiday tradition this winter as the Children’s Creativity Museum lights up the Bay Area’s oldest and most beloved carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens. This historic carousel was constructed in 1906 and lived at Playland-at-the-Beach from 1913 to 1972 and moved ...

Monday, November 27

2017 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men’s Chorus | SF
Monday, November 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bank of America Castro Branch
2017 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men's Chorus | SF
The 2016 Castro Tree Lighting will take place in front of Bank of American at Castro and 18th Streets with a 28-foot tree. 2017 Castro Tree Lighting Monday, November 27, 2017 | 6 pm Bank of America Castro Branch | 501 Castro St, SF FREE The 28-foot lighted, decorated community Holiday Tree ...

Tuesday, November 28

Free Skating with Cool Effect at the Holiday Ice Rink | SF
Tuesday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged but not required.
| Four Embarcadero Center
Free Skating with Cool Effect at the Holiday Ice Rink | SF
Cool Effect is taking over the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center and invites you to join them for a complimentary skate session on #GivingTuesday. In addition to free ice skating, there will also be a ‘Bosco Lite’ photo booth, complimentary snacks, and beverages courtesy ...

Wednesday, November 29

555 California Tree Lighting & All Star Culinary Kickoff | SF
Wednesday, November 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 555 California
555 California Tree Lighting & All Star Culinary Kickoff | SF
The 555 California Street Tree Lighting is one of San Francisco’s premier events for the holidays with a tree typically over 80 feet tall, one of SF’s tallest. Celebrating the 11th Anniversary in 2017, they are kicking off the holiday season with All Star talent teamed with tasting ...

Thursday, November 30

2017 Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ritz Carlton Hotel
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 Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting | Walnut Creek
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway Plaza
2017 Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting | Walnut Creek
Music and festivity will fill the shopping center at Broadway Plaza’s annual Open House and Community Tree Lighting, from 6-9 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The tree lighting will be at approximately 7 pm. Event Activities:  6PM – Retailer Open House, Olaf Hide and Hug Treasure Hunt ...

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 “It’s A Wonderful Night” Annual Holiday & Tree Lighting Celebration | San Leandro
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Estudillo Plaza
2017 “It’s A Wonderful Night
Downtown San Leandro welcomes all to its Holiday Tree Lighting and “It’s A Wonderful Night” Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The SLIA invites the community to kick-off the evening at 5:30 p.m. for the Holiday Tree Lighting in Estudillo ...

Saturday, December 2

Hometown Holidays & Annual City Hall Tree Lighting | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Hometown Holidays & Annual City Hall Tree Lighting | Redwood City
Get in the holiday spirit and join the festivities as Redwood City’s Downtown Business Group throws Hometown Holidays, a party to celebrate the holiday season, rain or shine. Guests can enjoy a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos and more. This free ...
2017 Union Street Fantasy of Lights | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Street (at Van Ness Ave)
2017 Union Street Fantasy of Lights | SF
Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to ...
2017 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, December 2 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Encinal Yacht Club
2017 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.
Head to Encinal Yacht Club (or the Wind River Park in Alameda) and nab a perfect viewing spot for the 41st Annual Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade, starting about 5:30pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017. In 2017, the parade will follow a longer route passing by Fortman ...
Holiday Tree Lighting & Live Digital Art | Menlo Park
Saturday, December 2 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fremont Park (Menlo Park)
Holiday Tree Lighting & Live Digital Art | Menlo Park
Visit Fremont Park for their annual Holiday Tree Lighting with Mayor Kirsten Keith, presented by the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. This holiday favorite event brings the Menlo Park community together to ring in the holiday season. Come enjoy live ...

Sunday, December 3

2017 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)
2017 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on the frontage road between Rose and Vine on Shattuck Ave at the annual Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto. 2017 Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 10 ...

Monday, December 4

San Francisco City Hall “World Tree of Hope” Lighting Ceremony | 2017
Monday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall
Come celebrate Christmas in San Francisco City Hall with Mayor Ed Lee and the Annual World Tree of Hope Celebration. The Rainbow World Fund’s World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each ...