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Friday, November 28

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose
Friday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont's Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with 6 foot tall giant chocolate nutcrackers, and a Gingerbread Village at The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. An array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland with two life size chocolate nutcrackers guarding a gingerbread display created by ...

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos

Enjoy a family friendly, admission-free evening of live music, rotating food trucks and an award winning selection of sustainable handcrafted beer and root beer. There’s free admission, two live bands, and three food trucks. Kids and well behaved dogs are welcome. One dollar from each ...

2014 Holiday Fest: Carolers, Jazz & Ice Skating Santa | Alameda
Friday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring money for food, skating and photos with Santa.
| Alameda South Shore Center
2014 Holiday Fest: Carolers, Jazz & Ice Skating Santa | Alameda

The holiday fun starts at Alameda’s South Shore Center for the opening of the Santa House and The Little Ice Rink at noon, plus watch Santa Claus skate on The Little Ice Rink on Friday, November 28, 2014.
Plus, listen to Christmas carolers, enjoy a live …

2014 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael
Friday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
2014 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Holiday Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland celebration on Friday, with additional kids activities and sledding on Saturday. 35th Annual Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland - Friday, November 28, 2014 | Noon to ...

“It’s a Boomer Christmas” Nostalgic Toy Exhibit | Saratoga History Museum
Friday, November 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| Saratoga History Museum

A new holiday exhibit debuts on November 28 and runs through January 25, 2014 at the Saratoga History Museum. Nostalgic toys of the 1950’s-1970’s will be on display—sure to tug on everyone’s heart strings.
The exhibit opens in time for the 2014 Village Open house on …

Ghirardelli Square 50th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Visit | 2014
Friday, November 28 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square 50th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Visit | 2014

In celebration of its 50th Annual Tree Lighting, Ghirardelli Square is creating a winter wonderland this Black Friday complete with snow, mulled wine, Irish coffee, hot chocolate, live music and loads of tasty Square vendor treats (commemorative Ghirardelli chocolate, anyone?) and gifts.
50th Annual Tree Lighting …

2014 Holiday Tree Lighting: Dickens Characters & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Friday, November 28 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Village
2014 Holiday Tree Lighting: Dickens Characters & 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 & Dickens Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way.
2014 Holiday Tree Lighting & Dickens Holiday Open House
November 28, 2014 | 5-8 pm
Big …

Black Friday Night at OMCA: Hard French DJs & Live Swing Band | Oakland
Black Friday Night at OMCA: Hard French DJs & Live Swing Band | Oakland

What to expect on November 28:

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 and the OMCA Store open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly …

2014 Lighting of the 350-Year-Old Oak Tree | Danville
Friday, November 28 – 5:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Old Oak Tree
2014 Lighting of the 350-Year-Old Oak Tree | Danville

Father Christmas and the Snow Angel will once again welcome in the holiday season in Danville by lighting the Old Oak Tree on Diablo Road on Friday, November 28, 2014.
At 5:15 pm, families will gather on Diablo Road around the town’s landmark oak tree, which is …

2014 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting | Union Square
Friday, November 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2014 Macy's Great Tree Lighting | 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 33,000 lights and 1,100 shining ornaments, will be officially lit on Friday, November 28, 2014.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 6 pm and the …

Christmas in the Park 2014: Cirque du Soleil, Tree Lighting & Big Band | San Jose
Friday, November 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park 2014: Cirque du Soleil, Tree Lighting & Big Band | 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.
For over 30 years, the two-acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez is annually transformed into a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated …

Niles Festival of Lights Parade & Tap Dancing Xmas Trees | Fremont
Friday, November 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Niles
Niles Festival of Lights Parade & Tap Dancing Xmas Trees | Fremont

The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade, which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season, will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014.
The streets will close around 4 pm and the tree lighting will take place at 6 pm with …

Saturday, November 29

Winter Carousel Lighting & Free Rides | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, November 29 | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested, and donations are appreciated.
| Children's Creativity Museum
Winter Carousel Lighting & Free Rides | Yerba Buena Gardens

Put a new 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 from 4:30-6:30 pm on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
This community event welcomes all ages to enjoy …

Free Snow Sledding Day: 40 Tons of Snow | San Rafael
Saturday, November 29 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
Free Snow Sledding Day: 40 Tons of Snow | San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Holiday Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland celebration on Friday, with additional kids activities and sledding on Saturday. 35th Annual Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland - Friday, November 28, 2014 | Noon to ...

The Fairmont’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
Saturday, November 29 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
The Fairmont's 22-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, complimentary holiday refreshments and holiday music from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
For more than a century, The Fairmont San Francisco has enchanted guests with …

2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: Puppet Show | Berkeley
Saturday, November 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2014 Holidays on Fourth Street: Puppet Show | Berkeley

Come see the Caterpillar Puppet Show for free on Fourth Street 11/29 and 11/30. Two shows daily at 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Musical accompaniment by Paul Anderson and the dulcimer.
Since 1976 Joe and Ronna Leon have been performing in Bay Area schools, libraries, theatres, …

2014 Rockridge in the Snow: Live Music, Santa & Real Snow | Oakland
Saturday, November 29 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Please bring coats and toys to donate to One Warm Coat and Toys for Tots.
| Rockridge BART
2014 Rockridge in the Snow: Live Music, Santa & Real Snow | Oakland

Bundle up, grab a free hot mulled cider from The Pasta Shop, and then come on out for Rockridge in the Snow in the BART plaza from 3-6 pm on Saturday, November 29, 2014.
It’s going to be a winter wonderland for kids with a snow …

Free Rides: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Saturday, November 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Saturday, 11/29/14 only
| Downtown San Jose
Free Rides: 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 4-6 pm on November 29, 2014. Unlimited wristbands are usually about $15 for the day, or $3.50 per ride.
Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter …

2014 Holiday Tree Lighting, Live Music & Santa | Brentwood
Saturday, November 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Streets of Brentwood
2014 Holiday Tree Lighting, Live Music & Santa | Brentwood

The Streets of Brentwood welcomes the season witha night of music, family entertainment, and giveaways.
2014 Streets of Brentwood Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 29, 2014 | 6-8 pm
The Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center, 2565 Sand Creek Rd.
FREE
The 2014 entertainment:

Liberty High School Chamber Singers
Joel R. Bryant, The City …

Tuesday, December 2

Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day
Tuesday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Pay What You Wish Day
| Cartoon Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum: First Tuesday “Pay What You Wish” Day

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection; a complete volume research/library facility is located on the ...

Wednesday, December 3

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, December 3 – 9:00 am | 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 ...

Thursday, December 4

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Burlingame Museum of Pez
Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame

The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Pez Museum in Burlingame, a mini-museum where you can find over 500 pez dispensers from the past 80 years. See the world’s largest pez dispenser and a rare Pez, worth about $5,000, a Mr ...

Friday, December 5

History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo
Friday, December 5 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo

Enjoy free admission from 10 am to 4 pm, every first Friday of the month, at the San Mateo History Museum. Explore the museum housed in the 1910 County Courthouse; listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it features a stained glass dome and mosaic tile floor. 2 pm General Tour: ...

Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Friday, December 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Free Admission Day | Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

Connect with nature at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, a place for learning, exploration and building community located in a beautiful building right on the beach in Santa Cruz. Permanent exhibits include wildlife and habitat displays, artifacts and cultural exhibits of the Ohlone, a ...

Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland
Friday Nights at OMCA: Night Market & Off the Grid | Oakland

Join the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market. Savor California beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak café pop-up. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, extended OMCA Store hours, family-friendly ...