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Friday, December 1

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 ...
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 ...

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 ...
“Batch Made Market” Artisan Food | SF
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Forage Kitchen

This is your monthly chance  to come see and taste what’s cooking at Forage Kitchen. Your favorite chefs in the kitchen, and you can walk through and taste their favorite new recipes. Plus there’s beer. What could be better? The monthly Batch Made Market highlights ...

$5 1st Friday: Winter Concert, Giant Gingerbread House & Carolers | Chabot
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*From 6-10pm enjoy $5 admission to the Center. There is no pre-registration for First Fridays.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 1st Friday: Winter Concert, Giant Gingerbread House & Carolers | Chabot
Get into the holiday season as The Oakland Youth Chorus performs their winter concert in the Planetarium. Chabot will also be celebrating the launch of their new hands-on activity space, Project Create dives deep into the toys we know and love to see what makes them tick. Using ...
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday
Friday, December 1 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland Critical Mass | First Friday

Oakland Critical Mass is a monthly group bike ride that takes place every first Friday of the month, which starts at 8 pm at the BikeLink bike lockers at 14th and Broadway, and ends at 23rd and Telegraph where Oakland Art Murmur is underway. Critical Mass is argued ...

Saturday, December 2

Christmas in the Park: Dog Day at the Park | San Jose
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
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.
“Healthy Parks Healthy People”: Monthly Nature Walks | Bay Area
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy a free, monthly outdoor walk on the first Saturday of every month as part of the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program. First Saturday Programs are introductory walking/physical activity programs that occur on the first Saturday of each month throughout the Bay Area. Please note that ...

Free Ice Skating All Day & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged but not required. Pls bring cash for possible skate rental
| Four Embarcadero Center
Free Ice Skating All Day & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center
Cool Effect is taking over the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center and invites you to join them for a complimentary skate session on Saturday, December 2nd. In addition to free ice skating, there will also be a ‘Bosco Lite’ photo booth, complimentary snacks, and beverages courtesy of KIND, Health-Ade and ...
2017 Annual Christmas Parade | Los Gatos
Saturday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Los Gatos Civic Center
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 ...
2017 Home for the Holidays: Children’s Festival | East Bay
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Livermore
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 ...
Schoolyard Neighborhood Party & Free Lunch | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Gordon J. Lau Elementary School
Schoolyard Neighborhood Party & Free Lunch | SF
Join the Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisor Mark Farrell at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School on Saturday, December 2nd, from 11 am – 1 pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. This event ...
3-Mile Hike Along San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP for changes due to weather
| Sports Basement (Presidio)
3-Mile Hike Along San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive | SF
Join Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, authors the new SF Guide, Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive, for a 3-mile hike in the Presidio. DATE UPDATE – The event was originally scheduled for October 21st but was rescheduled to December 2nd.  They’ll start at the ...
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 Lighting of the Snowmen: Live Music, Kiddy Craft & Wine Tasting | Sonoma
Saturday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with $10 parking donation to benefit fire victims and relief efforts.
| Cornerstone Sonoma
2017 Lighting of the Snowmen: Live Music, Kiddy Craft & Wine Tasting | Sonoma
Celebrate the coming of the holiday season at Cornerstone Sonoma’s annual Lighting of the Snowmen. 2017 Lighting of the Snowmen Sunday, December 2, 2017 | 4-8 pm Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA FREE The festival will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive ...
2017 Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting & Stroll | Oakland
Saturday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Key Route Plaza
2017 Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting & Stroll | Oakland
Join the merchants and neighbors of Piedmont Avenue for the 9th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Stroll. There will be a ceremonial tree lighting, holiday caroling, festive performances by local musicians and school children, and a visit by Santa Claus. Shops will be open late for your holiday ...
2017 Tree Lighting & The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show | Alameda
Saturday, December 2 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda City Hall
2017 Tree Lighting & The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show | Alameda
Start the Holiday season right by attending the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Alameda City Hall. 2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 4:30 pm-6:15 pm (Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 5:30 pm) Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda FREE Entertainment Include: Alameda Community Band Alameda ...
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 ...
Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Dance Party: Cocktails & Dreidels | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Future Home of The Enthusiast
Glow-in-the-Dark Hanukkah Dance Party: Cocktails & Dreidels | SF

Spin the dreidel and think about Hanukkah in a “new light” at the Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up, open Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Get a jump on your shopping and festivities with a holiday bazaar of unique Hanukkah gifts and a spin ...

2017 Lighted Tractor Parade | Calistoga
Saturday, December 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Calistoga
2017 Lighted Tractor Parade | Calistoga
Experience the ultimate small town, quirky holiday parade with vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade begins on Stevenson Street and ends on Cedar Street. The 22nd annual parade rolls down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the ...
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP required 415-561-7171 or peter_kasin@nps.gov, Bring a mug for cider
| SF Maritime National Historical Park
Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF

Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs and chanteys for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s monthly chantey on the first Saturday night of each month at 8 pm. Park rangers will lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes ...

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 ...
Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Must enter the lottery to win a free reservation spot.
| Fort Point
Final Day to RSVP: Fort Point Candlelight Tours Winter 2018 | Presidio

Explore the historic Civil War-era Fort Point by candlelight and the stars on an evening tour with a park ranger as your guide. Candlelight tours are available most Saturday evenings typically around 6:30 pm from November to February. Along the way, you’ll be transported to the momentous era of ...

“The Great Latke Debate” & Hanukkah Pop-Up Shop | SF
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Future Home of The Enthusiast

Spin the dreidel and think about Hanukkah in a “new light” at the Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up, open Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Get a jump on your shopping and festivities with a holiday bazaar of unique Hanukkah gifts and a spin ...

2017 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Live Music & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley
2017 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Live Music & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley
The downtown plaza in Mill Valley will be filled with live music, children playing and community togetherness when the community celebrates the holiday season with the Annual Winterfest celebration. 2017 Winterfest Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 11 am to 5 pm Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley FREE Featuring an awesome snow ...
“Supermoon” Night Over San Francisco | December 3
Sunday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Be sure to look up in the sky to spot the supermoon over San Francisco. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 15:47 UTC on December 3, ...

Monday, December 4

Walt Disney Museum’s Annual Free Day | 2017
Walt Disney Museum's Annual Free Day | 2017
Celebrate Walt Disney’s birthday and get free admission to The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio for their only free day of the year. Typically the free day is on December 5th (Walt’s actual birthday), unless his birthday falls on a Tuesday (in which case the museum ...

Wednesday, December 6

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, December 6 – 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 ...

Thursday, December 7

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, December 7 – 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 8

2017 Holiday Lights: Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | Presidio
Friday, December 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn
2017 Holiday Lights: Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | Presidio
The Presidio invites you to partake in the annual, magical tree-lighting ceremony, a decades-old tradition for the neighborhood – plus a lantern-lit evening forest walk. 2017 Holiday Lights Tree Lighting Friday, December 8, 2017 | 5pm Presidio Main Post, San Francisco FREE, but reservations are appreciated Gather at the tree ...