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Wednesday, November 21

Holiday Dranks-Giving: Games, Rides & Craft Beer | Fremont
Wednesday, November 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Town Fair Plaza - Fremont
Holiday Dranks-Giving: Games, Rides & Craft Beer | Fremont
Come to Dranks-giving and enjoy a night out with the entire family on November 21, 2018. Games, rides, hot cocoa, & of course craft beer. Food Trucks include: Haley McNicoll’s Celtic-American Eatery and Thai Thai Food Truck. Town Fair Plaza Event FAQ: Free Admission, All Ages Event Must be ...

Friday, November 23

2018 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland
2018 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Plaid Friday is the fun, indie alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holiday shopping season. 2018 Plaid Friday Friday, November 23, 2018 All Over Oakland FREE, but bring money for food, drinks and shopping > 2018 Events & Specials Look for ...

2018 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael
Friday, November 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
2018 Winter Wonderland, Snow Sledding & Parade of Lights | San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 39th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, snow sledding, and one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay Area. ...

Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/23/18 from 4-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: 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 23, 2018. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride. Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San ...
Ghirardelli Square 54th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2018
Friday, November 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square 54th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2018
The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place in the West Plaza and there will be carolers, snow, and Mr. Claus himself, music by Kevin Toqe Music, Delphi Freeman, as well as other holiday festivities throughout the square. 54th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, November 23, 2018 ...
2018 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach
Friday, November 23 – 4:53 pm | Cost: FREE | Baker Beach
2018 Candlelit Labyrinth Night & Festival of Light | Baker Beach
This Black Friday, instead of enmeshing yourself in the worst of human behavior, why not come celebrate the best of it? A local group of artists who call themselves the Museum of Joy will be celebrating the 6th Annual Festival of Light & Gratitude by building a ...
2018 Christmas in the Park Kick Off | San Jose
Friday, November 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2018 Christmas in the Park Kick Off | 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 and the lighting of the Community Giving Tree. 2018 Christmas in the Park Opening Friday, November 23, 2018 | 6 pm Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose FREE The ...
2018 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
Friday, November 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Niles
2018 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
The Christmas season kicks off in Niles with the annual Festival of Lights Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade, which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season, will take place from 6-8 pm on November ...

Saturday, November 24

2018 Winter Wonderland: Free Snow Sledding & Kids’ Activities | San Rafael
Saturday, November 24 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown San Rafael
2018 Winter Wonderland: Free Snow Sledding & Kids’ Activities | San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 39th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, snow sledding, and one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay Area. ...

Win Tix: Christmas in San Francisco Crystal Fair | Golden Gate Park
Saturday, November 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN*
*Funcheap readers get $2 off the door price of $12. One price of $10 gets you in for both days.
| San Francisco County Fair Building
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair is a magical mix of crystals, minerals, beads, jewelry, and the healing arts. With around 40 vendors at each show, there are thousands of items available at affordable prices. Vendors from Asia, Europe, and Africa (as well as California artisans) will ...
“Snovember” Treasure Island: Epic Holiday Market & 20 Tons of Snow | TreasureFest
Saturday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: $5 | Treasure Island Flea (East Location)
"Snovember" Treasure Island: Epic Holiday Market & 20 Tons of Snow | TreasureFest

Join TreasureFest on Saturday and Sunday, November 24th & 25th, for a Snovember spectacular on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Both Saturday and Sunday, they will be making 10 tons of snow each day – 20 tons of snow for the weekend. Get there at 10 am ...Monthly

Win Tix: The Great Dickens Christmas Fair | Cow Palace
Saturday, November 24 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN | Cow Palace
Visit London, at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls. Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enjoy enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty ...

Sunday, November 25

Treasure Island Snow Day: “Snovember” TreasureFest Holiday Market | SF
Sunday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: $5 | Treasure Island Flea (East Location)
Treasure Island Snow Day: "Snovember" TreasureFest Holiday Market | SF

Join TreasureFest Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24th & 25th, for a Snovember spectacular on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Both Saturday and Sunday, they will be making 10 tons of snow each day – 20 tons of snow for the weekend. Get there at 10am to watch ...Monthly

Monday, November 26

2018 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men’s Chorus | SF
Monday, November 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Castro Merchants
2018 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men's Chorus | SF
The 2018 Castro Tree Lighting will take place in front of Bank of America at Castro and 18th Streets with a 28-foot tree. 2018 Castro Tree Lighting Monday, November 26, 2018 | 6 pm Castro Merchants | 501 Castro St. corner 18th St., SF FREE The 28-foot lighted, decorated community Holiday Tree ...

Tuesday, November 27

28th Annual Festival of Trees | Vacaville
Tuesday, November 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Vacaville Ice Sports
28th Annual Festival of Trees | Vacaville
You won’t want to miss this hometown tradition as we decorate the start of the holiday season with 100 sparkling trees big and small. Festival of Trees is celebrating its 28th year as their largest fundraiser. 28th Annual Festival of Trees November 27 – 29, 2018 | ...

Wednesday, November 28

3rd Annual Reboot Hanukkah Pop-Up Shop | SF
Wednesday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Reboot SF
3rd Annual Reboot Hanukkah Pop-Up Shop | SF

Spin the dreidel and think about Hanukkah in a “new light” at the Reboot Shop Hanukkah Pop-Up, open Wednesday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Get a jump on your shopping and festivities with a holiday bazaar of unique Hanukkah gifts and a spin ...

Friday, November 30

2018 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Friday, November 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Ring in the holiday season with Jack London Square’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Oakland’s favorite annual holiday tradition promises to deliver holiday magic to the Oakland waterfront with the lighting of the spectacular 55-foot Mount Shasta Fir Tree adorned with 5,000 sparkling white lights and 600 ...
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa
Friday, November 30 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| California College of the Arts (CCA)
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa

Join Youth Art Exchange and dozens of arts organizations from across the San Francisco Bay Area in a two-day celebration of young artists using creativity to amplify their voices and power. 8th Annual SF Youth Arts Summit November 30 to December 1, 2018 California College ...

Saturday, December 1

2018 Italian Christmas Market: Food, Fashion & Crafts | Fort Mason
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Museo Italo Americano
2018 Italian Christmas Market: Food, Fashion & Crafts | Fort Mason

Inspired by the famous Christmas markets in Northern Italy and throughout most of Europe, the 6th Annual Italian Christmas Market (Mercato di Natale) will exude the warm atmosphere of Christmas in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center Museo Italo Americano. Choose the perfect Christmas gift for your family ...

2018 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Santa Claus & Parade | Redwood City
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Redwood City
2018 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Santa Claus & Parade | Redwood City
The annual Children’s Festival and Light Show in downtown Redwood City features a parade,  musical performance and musical entertainment, real snow to play in, a carnival, Santa Claus and more. 2018 Winter Festival | Redwood City Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10 am to 8 pm Downtown Redwood City FREE Each year, ...
31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Sunnyvale
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fremont High School
31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Sunnyvale

Come to the 31st Annual Fremont Holiday Craft Fair. Over 60 vendors showcasing homemade goods over the weekend. This is the perfect place to find a gift for your loved ones. 31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair -Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 10 am-5 pm -Sunday, December ...

1st Annual Zero Waste & Eco-Friendly Gifts Free Holiday Market | Fort Mason
Saturday, December 1 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free entrance. Bring cash for purchase.
| Fort Mason Center
1st Annual Zero Waste & Eco-Friendly Gifts Free Holiday Market | Fort Mason
Everyone is invited to the First Annual Zero Waste & Plastic Free Holiday Market at Fort Mason, San Francisco, in the Historic Firehouse on December 1st. 1st Annual Zero Waste & Eco-Friendly Free Holiday Market Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 10 am – 3 pm Fort Mason, 2 Marina ...
2018 Home for the Holidays: Children’s Festival | East Bay
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Livermore
2018 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. 2018 Home for the Holidays Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 11 am to 3 pm Downtown Livermore FREE A Celebration of the Traditions of the Holidays. Lizzie fountain will be transformed ...
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa
Saturday, December 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
| SOMArts Cultural Center
8th Annual Youth Arts Summit: Art Exhibit, Workshops & Live Performances | SoMa

Join Youth Art Exchange and dozens of arts organizations from across the San Francisco Bay Area in a two-day celebration of young artists using creativity to amplify their voices and power. 8th Annual SF Youth Arts Summit November 30 to December 1, 2018 California College ...

2018 Tiburon Holiday Festival: Tree Lighting, Santa & Snow Party | Marin
Saturday, December 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Tiburon
2018 Tiburon Holiday Festival: Tree Lighting, Santa & Snow Party | Marin
Celebrate the holidays with a sparkling party in downtown Tiburon and take a walk through town and enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate and treats on Saturday, December 1 during the Tiburon Holiday Festival. The event will feature snow party, train rides, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday ornament and ...
2018 Union Street Fantasy of Lights | SF
Saturday, December 1 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Street (at Van Ness Ave)
2018 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 ...
2018 Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting | Pleasanton
Saturday, December 1 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Street (Pleasanton)
2018 Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting | Pleasanton
Pleasanton celebrates the season with the annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting with floats, marching bands, community groups and more as the hometown tradition marches down Main Street. After the parade, the mayor will light the tree, there will be musical entertainment and a special appearance by ...
24 Holidays on 24th Street: 2018 Kick-Off | Dec. 1 – 24
Saturday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Noe Valley)
24 Holidays on 24th Street: 2018 Kick-Off | Dec. 1 - 24

The 9th Annual 24 Holidays on 24th Street – an event which creates so much holiday retail buzz for Noe Valley merchants – is coming up. Each day between December 1-24, 2018 will highlight merchant events & specials along with with live entertainment and more to create ...

2018 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Encinal Yacht Club
2018 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.
Head to Encinal Yacht Club (or the Wind River Park in Alameda) and nab a perfect viewing spot for the 42nd Annual Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade, starting about 5:30 pm on Saturday, December 1, 2018. In 2018, the parade will follow a longer route passing by ...
2018 Lighted Tractor Parade | Calistoga
Saturday, December 1 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Calistoga
2018 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 1, 2018. The 23rd annual parade rolls down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the holiday season and their agricultural heritage in a unique way. Santa ...