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Thursday, December 18

2014 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Snow Day & Holiday Market | SF
Thursday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Bayview Opera House
2014 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Snow Day & Holiday Market | SF

The historic Bayview Opera House invites you to Winter Wonderland, a community celebration featuring a German style holiday market, live music, kids’ ice skating for $1, real snow and a Santa’s Village.
Winter Wonderland
Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 5-8:30 pm
Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, San Francisco
FREE, but …

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

Pet (and Human) Holiday Celebration | K9 Scrub Club
Thursday, December 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | K9 Scrub Club
Pet (and Human) Holiday Celebration | K9 Scrub Club

K9 Scrub Club invites you to their 2014 holiday celebration for pups. They have a fun evening planned for both humans and canines alike.
2014 Pet Holiday Party Activities

Holiday Treats for Humans
Great Holiday Swag for Pets
Winter Wonderland Pet Photo Booth
Games
Holiday Discounts and more

 

Presidio Holiday Sing-Along | SF
Thursday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Presidio Officers' Club
Presidio Holiday Sing-Along | SF

Come join in around the piano in the Presidio’s living room to fill Moraga Hall with music and holiday cheer. Professional singers will lead a group sing-along of warm and wonderful seasonal favorites, and festive drinks will be available for purchase.

BikeCraft: Upcycled Christmas Ornament Workshop | Mountain View
Thursday, December 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required.
| Mountain View Public Library
BikeCraft: Upcycled Christmas Ornament Workshop | Mountain View

If you like cycling, you’ll love upcycling. Come by this DIY event to make inner tube bracelets, chain ornaments, and other fun crafts out of old bike parts.
Free, but space is limited and registration is required.
Photo credit: Bicitoro

Friday, December 19

Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks
Friday, December 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over East Bay
Free 3rd Fridays | East Bay Regional Parks

East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks. From April to December in 2014, fees will be waived for a variety of park services, every third Friday of each month. The Park District operates 65 parks, covering ...

Live World Music, DJ & Holiday Musical Chairs | Friday Nights at OMCA
Live World Music, DJ & Holiday Musical Chairs | Friday Nights at OMCA

What to expect on December 19:

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: get the weekly list here
5–9 …

San Jose Giants Mascot & Players Meet & Greet Night | Christmas in the Park
Friday, December 19 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
San Jose Giants Mascot & Players Meet & Greet Night | Christmas in the Park

Come out to San Jose’s festive Christmas in the Park and meet Gigante the mascot, San Jose Giants staff, and a couple of their players who will be signing autographs from 5:30-10:30 pm on Friday, December 19, 2014.
For over 30 years, the two-acre park has been transformed into a …

Saturday, December 20

2014 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 18+ only.
| Glide
2014 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF

Glide’s annual Toy Sort and Giveaway is here, so hurry up and join a Toy Sort Monday to get ready for the Giveaway Day. Toy Sort Shifts St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, SF Check the shift calendar before coming Monday, December 15, 2014 | ...

Win Tix: Spider-Man Saturday at Madame Tussauds | Fisherman’s Wharf
Spider-Man Saturday at Madame Tussauds | Fisherman's Wharf

Come see the brand new Spider-Man figure at the all new Madame Tussauds San Francisco. New to Fisherman’s Wharf, Madame Tussauds brings you face to face with world famous celebrities ranging from Hollywood stars to world leaders, musicians, and sports figures.
Win a pair of free tickets …

Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – 11:15 am | Cost: FREE | Lakeview Branch Library
Give & Take: Monthly Kid Stuff Swap | Oakland

Come swap out your kids’ gently-used clothing, books, and toys for others that are new to you. Please bring only items that are clean, in good condition, and appropriate for children. The swap takes place from 11:15 am to noon every third Saturday of the ...

Holiday Sing-Along | Mountain View
Saturday, December 20 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Public Library
Holiday Sing-Along | Mountain View

Linda Gibson, a multi-instrumentalist, will lead you in fun holiday songs for all ages and all 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 Institute for over twenty years, …

2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street
Saturday, December 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Mary Episcopal Church
2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street

Holiday caroling returns to Union Street when the public is invited to meet in the courtyard of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church (2325 Union Street at Steiner Street) at 1 pm to join in the Caroling Stroll.
Afterwards, they’ll return to the church for refreshments.

2014 Children’s Day Celebration, Shrine Building & Potluck | SF
2014 Children's Day Celebration, Shrine Building & Potluck | SF

Children’s Day is a celebration of brilliance, light, and the children of the world. There will be practice time for adults, and all will join in decorating the shrine, being host at the court by the Children’s Day King and Queen, and coming together for a …

2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire | Presidio
Saturday, December 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required
| Rob Hill Campground
2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire | Presidio

Celebrate Winter Solstice with a family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with a campfire in the Rob Hill Campground on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 5 to 6:30 pm
Rob Hill Campground | Washington Blvd. …

Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay
Saturday, December 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Joseph D. Grant County Park
Star Party: Dark Skies & Big Telescopes | South Bay

Please note, sunset is at 4:53 pm and the gates close at 6:30 pm.
The winter star parties will be held at Telescope Row.
From the Grant Park entrance station, follow the main park road for 0.5 miles to a turning circle. Telescope Row is located to …

Sunday, December 21

Art Museum & Film Archive Moving Party: Art, Dance & Live Music | Berkeley
Sunday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Art Museum & Film Archive Moving Party: Art, Dance & Live Music | Berkeley

Come celebrate the final day of programs in BAM/PFA’s current building at 2626 Bancroft Way during ”Let’s Go – A Farewell Revel” featuring dance battles, live music, performance art, sound art, a performance on 100 metronomes, and art-making for kids of all ages.
The event will culminate …

Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square
Sunday, December 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square

“Bill Graham Menorah Day” in Union Square is a full day festival that features arts, crafts and activities for kids, plus Jewish music, all capped off with the lighting of a giant 25-foot tall mahogany menorah in the middle of the square.
Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival
Sunday, December …

2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site
Sunday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site

Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows, and a desire to have a good time at a free winter solstice-themed campfire program at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
The program begins at 3 pm with crafts and games and continues with a campfire …

Tuesday, December 23

2014 Macy’s Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square
Tuesday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
2014 Macy's Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square

Macy’s in Union Square unveils their 28th Annual “Holiday Windows” (November 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015) with elaborately-decorated holiday window displays all along the outside of the building featuring some adorable (and adoptable) cats and dogs to help benefit the SPCA and find these furry friends ...

2014 Hanukkah Celebration: Treats, Crafts, Dreidels & Live Rock Music | SF
Tuesday, December 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2014 Hanukkah Celebration: Treats, Crafts, Dreidels & Live Rock Music | SF

After the lighting of the eighth candle of the 25 foot Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square, make your way over to the Westfield SF Centre for a Hanukkah Celebration and grand menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
The celebration will take place on Level 4 …

Friday, December 26

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, December 26 – 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 ...

Thursday, January 1

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, January 1 – 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, January 2

History Museum: Free First Fridays | San Mateo
Friday, January 2 – 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, January 2 – 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 ...