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Friday, December 16

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

Glide’s 2016 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF
Saturday, December 17 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 18+ only.
| Glide
Glide's 2016 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF

Glide’s annual Toy Sort and Giveaway is here, so hurry up and sign up for a Toy Sort shift throughout the week culminating in the Saturday Giveaway Day. Volunteers will distribute toys to kids of the Tenderloin and surrounding neighborhoods. Financial contributions, gift cards and unwrapped new toys ...

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.
Winter Open House: Musical Performances, Cookies & Refreshments | South SF
Saturday, December 17 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | South San Francisco Main Library
Winter Open House: Musical Performances, Cookies & Refreshments | South SF
The SF Guzheng Music Society opens the celebration up with a special musical performance. Throughout the day they will have other musical surprises, as well as crafts for the whole family, refreshments, and don’t forget about the cookies. They would like to invite you to share a ...
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 ...

Tuesday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 20 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Inspiration Point (Berkeley)
Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace | Berkeley
Come and join the “Winter Solstice Eve Lantern Walk for Peace.” They will meet at 4:30 at the trail head adjacent to the parking lot, and set out promptly at 4:40. For the outbound walk, you will enjoy the sunset. You’ll get to a stopping point, and sing ...

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.

Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Friday, December 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Final Day: 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 ...

Tuesday, December 27

Chanukah At The River: Grand Menorah Lighting | Petaluma
Tuesday, December 27 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Water Street Promenade
Chanukah At The River: Grand Menorah Lighting | Petaluma
Join them for the second annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma River. There will be: Mega-nine-foot Menorah Greetings by assembly member Marc Levine Spectacular light-up & fire juggling and magic performance by Award Winning Dan Chan. Latkes, donuts, and chocolate “gelt” Chanukah craft, music, grand raffle Special Chanukah giveaway for first ...

Thursday, December 29

Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF
Thursday, December 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF

Under Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic Dome, the Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar promises to be a magical holiday marketplace and entertainment destination. The Bazaar will feature unique, local artisan gifts and crafts, as well as live entertainment and special holiday food and beverages, all in ...

Friday, December 30

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, December 30 – 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 ...

Saturday, December 31

Final Day: 10th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito
Saturday, December 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Sausalito
Final Day: 10th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito

Smells of gingerbread are in the air. The Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour and Competition has become a true family holiday tradition. From the very young to the very young at heart, the reaction to this magical experience is the same – one of wonder, awe ...

2016 Holidays on Fourth Street: End of the Season | Berkeley
Saturday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Fourth Street (Berkeley)
2016 Holidays on Fourth Street: End of the Season | Berkeley

The Fourth Street shopping district in Berkeley celebrates the holidays with live music, caroling, puppet shows, visits with Santa, and more.

Sunday, January 1

Christmas in the Park: End of the Season | San Jose
Sunday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas in the Park: End of the Season | San Jose

For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting ...

Macy’s Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square
Sunday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Macy's Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square
It’s your last chance to see Macy’s decorated Holiday Windows and perhaps start the new year with a new furry friend from 11 am to 7 pm on January 1, 2016.

Wednesday, January 4

Bay Area Discovery Museum | Free Admission Day
Wednesday, January 4 – 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, January 5

Pez Museum: Free Admission Day | Burlingame
Thursday, January 5 – 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 6

$5 First Friday Hands-on Family Activities | Oakland
Friday, January 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*Pay online or at the door.
| Chabot Space & Science Center
$5 First Friday Hands-on Family Activities | Oakland

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages. Join them each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Pre-purchase tickets – $5 This event occurs every first Friday of the month. Each ...

Saturday, January 7

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, January 7 – 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, January 8

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | Sausalito
Sunday, January 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Marine Mammal Center
Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday | 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 ...

Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep
Sunday, January 8 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Free Acting Class Day | Berkeley Rep

Taught by professional theatre artists, The Berkeley Rep offers free class samplers each quarter giving everyone an opportunity to explore the craft of theatre and experience the joy of dynamic engagement with their own creativity. The Sunday Sampler is free and open to youth, teens, ...

Saturday, January 14

Garden Party: Live Music, Food, Refreshments & Plant Sale | SF
Saturday, January 14 – 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, ...

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food
Saturday, January 14 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Campbell
Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays: Music, Art & Food

Downtown Campbell Second Saturdays feature live entertainment, art and artists, shopping, and food from 2-6 pm on the second Saturday of every month. Come down to East Campbell Avenue and Central for an afternoon of live music and entertainment for the whole family.

Sunday, January 15

Final Day: 13th Annual Holiday LEGO Show | Palo Alto
Sunday, January 15 – 11:00 am | Cost: $3*
*$3 per person, and free for BayLUG and MOAH members.
| Museum of American Heritage
Final Day: 13th Annual Holiday LEGO Show | Palo Alto

The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), the Bay Area LEGO User Group (BayLUG), and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) will once again co-host the Annual Holiday LEGO Extravaganza at MOAH. Visitors will enjoy a variety of LEGO creations made by members of the ...

Saturday, January 21

Drop-In Bike Workshop & Advice | Mountain View
Saturday, January 21 – 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 ...

Friday, January 27

Beer Friday: Live Music, Food Trucks & Family Party | San Carlos
Friday, January 27 – 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 ...

Saturday, February 4

Sea Chantey Sing Along Aboard Historic Ship | SF
Saturday, February 4 – 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 ...

Friday, February 10

California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents
Friday, February 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Proof of neighborhood residency required
| California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences | Free Day for Mission Dist. & Castro Residents

Each San Francisco neighborhood (defined by zipcode) can visit the California Academy of Sciences for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) in the spring and fall of each year. So that means as long as you have a driver’s license or other proof ...