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Wednesday, December 7

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, December 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park and is known for its emphasis on creativity through ...

SF Zoo Free Admission Day
SF Zoo Free Admission Day

The San Francisco Zoo, Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center, periodically offers free admission for San Francisco residents. This urban oasis, nestled against the Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round.  You’ll enjoy seeing the 250 different animal species in naturalistic surroundings, ...

2016 Piedmont Holiday Tree Lighting | Oakland
Wednesday, December 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Community Center
2016 Piedmont Holiday Tree Lighting | Oakland
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held at the Piedmont Community Center, in Piedmont Park at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. While we don’t have all the details for the 2016 tree lighting celebration, in past year’s they’ve welcomed Santa Claus, Christmas carols presented ...

Thursday, December 8

Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

Friday, December 9

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under 5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden 5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late 5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: ...

Saturday, December 10

Christmas in the Park: Toys For Tots | San Jose
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park: Toys For Tots | San Jose
The US marine Reserve Unit’s Toys for Tots program has been a partner with Christmas in the Park for many years. Each year they collect toys at their event – highlighted by their “Stuff the Bus” Super Saturday. Join them on Saturday December 10th from 9:00 ...
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Dewey Decimal System Day | South SF
Stop by the library to celebrate Dewey Decimal System Day in honor of Melvil Dewey’s Birthday. Dewey was one of the founders of the American Library Association and created the Dewey Decimal System which is used to organize materials in libraries in over 150 countries ...
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $15-25 per attendee per event.
| Martin Griffin Preserve
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Celebrate the season and winter solstice at ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve. Create beautiful arts & crafts, observe winter water birds, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. Enjoy hot tea, coffee, and apple cider and do your holiday shopping ...
2016 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Leandro Historical Railway Society
2016 Winter Open House & Train Show | San Leandro
Santa is back. Their 2016 Winter Open House and Train Show will happen December 10th & 11th 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 ...
Schoolyard Opening Celebration: Games & Free Lunch | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| James Denman Middle School
Schoolyard Opening Celebration: Games & Free Lunch | SF
Join the Shared Schoolyard Project at James Denman Middle School on Saturday, December 10 from 11am-1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. The large-scale neighborhood event will include games and activities for the ...
Holiday On The Farm: Puppet Show, Victorian Santa & His Reindeers | San Ramon
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Forest Home Farms Historic Park
Holiday On The Farm: Puppet Show, Victorian Santa & His Reindeers  | San Ramon
Enjoy an old fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with their Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old-fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.
Garden Party: Live Music, Food, Refreshments & Plant Sale | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Natives Nursery
Garden Party: Live Music, Food, Refreshments & Plant Sale | SF

Experience live music, free locally sourced food & drink, a free plant & general Take Back the City vibes, every 2nd Saturday of the month from noon to 5 pm. Counter the drought, learn about sustainable living, feed the goats, meet the roosters, bring your kids, ...

2016 Christmas at Sea: Living History, Ornament Making & Nautical Santa Claus | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*Adults are $10; the event is free for kids ages 15 and under.
| Hyde Street Pier
2016 Christmas at Sea: Living History, Ornament Making & Nautical Santa Claus | SF
Bring the whole family to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for a festive event celebrating the winter holidays. “Celebrations at Sea,” will take place on the pier and aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. The event will feature live music, refreshments, ornament making, costumed ...
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | East Japan Center Mall
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown

Young and old are invited to join the East and West Japan Center Malls welcoming the holidays with Santa Claus and the elves at Santa’s Workshop. This free holiday activity is sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls, San Francisco’s most unique and ...

“Saturdays Unplugged” Hanukkah Party & Hula Dancing Lessons | JCCSF
Saturday, December 10 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jewish Community Center of SF
Come for the play date, stay for the live music. Unplug and meet up with family and friends for a screen-free afternoon of fun activities and happy hour (for adults). Free • All are welcome Saturday, December 10: Hanukkah 3:00 pm: Activities Dreidel Games Tot Spot (ages 1 – 3) Storytime ...
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Dolores Park
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
“Unsilent Night” is artist Phil Kline’s free outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through smartphones and boomboxes where the audience becomes the performer. “Carolers” play one of four tracks of music downloaded to their smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” The public ensemble will ...
2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Celebrate in festive Filipino style at the annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, held in Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, where you can watch traditional, star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Lane, along with live music, art, games and performances. ‎14th Annual ...
9th Annual “Zoo Lights” Jingle Tails | Oakland Zoo
9th Annual
Free, but an RSVP and a food donation are required to get free admission to the Oakland Zoo. This year’s much anticipated ZooLights will feature larger-than-life, energy-efficient LED light displays and holiday music at more than 120 animal structures. Thanks to ZooLights’ green technology, you can enjoy the festivities and ...

Sunday, December 11

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars | Sausalito
Sunday, December 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars | Sausalito

Join the Marine Mammal Center for Marine Science Sunday – a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults from the center’s education experts taking place from 10 am to 5 pm on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The center offers educational programs ...

Menorah Building Workshop | Petaluma
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Orchard Supply Hardware (Petaluma)
Menorah Building Workshop | Petaluma
Get into the Chanukah spirit with this fun, hands-on Menorah building workshop for kids. Grab a hammer, pass a paintbrush, and bring out that tape measure. Build your own menorah out of wood and decorate it! Music & refreshments Fun for the whole family Parental supervision is required
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown
Sunday, December 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | East Japan Center Mall
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown

Young and old are invited to join the East and West Japan Center Malls welcoming the holidays with Santa Claus and the elves at Santa’s Workshop. This free holiday activity is sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls, San Francisco’s most unique and ...

Thursday, December 15

Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Gather around the piano to share the music and holiday cheer, led by performers from 42nd Moon. Experience wonderful seasonal favorites. Festive drinks from Arguello restaurant are available for purchase. Free but an RSVP is required.

Friday, December 16

Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek
Friday, December 16 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission to all visitors on every third Friday.
| Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Free Admission Fridays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience | Walnut Creek

Come to the Lindsay Wildlife Experience for up close and personal interaction with their fascinating animals for free on every third Friday of the month from 12 noon to 5 pm. Lindsay Wildlife Experience saves animals lives, teaches and inspires children and adults through up-close-and personal encounters with live wild ...

Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF
Friday, December 16 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Park
Free Family Dinner & Movie | SF

Every third Friday, the OMI Family Resource Center in San Francisco invites you to their free monthly dinner and movie night. Free, but please note, space is limited. Dinner is free, but it’s limited to the first 50 people. The menu varies monthly. Movies starts at 5 ...

2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman’s Wharf
Friday, December 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club will join once again to present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations, will parade along the waterfront on December 16, ...

Saturday, December 17

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View

Come get your bike fixed and learn a few things from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy who will be available for advice and help with you bike at the Mountain View Library every third Saturday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Use their tools to work ...

Wreath Making Workshop | The Presidio
Saturday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Main Parade Ground
Wreath Making Workshop | The Presidio
Create holiday décor with trimmings from the Presidio forest, with help from their merry volunteers. Greens, wire, clippers, and frames are provided. Bring your own trimmings-ribbons, cards, and mementos. Food is available for purchase. Free but an RSVP is required.
Los Lagos Open House: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Santa & Elves | San Jose
Saturday, December 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Los Lagos Golf Course
Los Lagos Open House: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Santa & Elves | San Jose
Join them at their free Holiday Open House at Los Lagos Golf Course on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Activities include: Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Balloon Art & Face Paint Pictures with Santa & Elves Live Music Food & Drink

Sunday, December 18

Holiday Sing-Along: Fun For All Ages & Voices | Mountain View
Sunday, December 18 – 1:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Holiday Sing-Along: Fun For All Ages & Voices | Mountain View
Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual 2016 Holiday Sing-Along with Linda Gibson is here offering fun for all ages and voices. Linda has used the accordion, guitar, and other instruments throughout her life to bring music to varied populations. She taught music at the Braille ...

Friday, December 23

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland | San Jose
Friday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont's Winter Wonderland | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. In 2016, an array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland. The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland will be on display from November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017.