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Tuesday, December 18

1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Tuesday, December 18 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boeddeker Park
1st Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Come Celebrate the 1st even Tenderloin Neighborhood Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Boeddeker Park, bring Light and Joy to the community. Honoring Outgoing D6 Supervisor Jane Kim and incoming d6 Supervisor Matt Haney with special performances by the Chinese Rights Assc. Choir, The Glidettes, Skywatchers and Santa ...

Thursday, December 20

2018 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Snow & Holiday Market | SF
Thursday, December 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Bayview Opera House
2018 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Snow & Holiday Market | SF
The historic Bayview Opera House invites you to the 7th Annual Winter Wonderland, a community celebration featuring a German style holiday market, live music, kids’ ice skating for $1, a food and craft market, a Santa’s Village and real snow. 2018 Winter Wonderland Thursday, December 20, 2018 | 5 ...

3rd Tenderloin Museum’s Annual Holiday Bazaar | SF
Thursday, December 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin Museum
3rd Tenderloin Museum’s Annual Holiday Bazaar | SF
Come enjoy festive holiday libations, snacks, and tunes (by DJ Tylawave) while you shop a pop-up marketplace flush with neighborhood wares from local artist-vendors at the 3rd Tenderloin Museum’s Annual Holiday Bazaar. Some treasures awaiting you include ceramics, leather goods, tote bags, jewelry, candles, plants, and vintage ...

Friday, December 21

“3rd On Third” Arts & Music | Bayview
Friday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bayview Opera House
"3rd On Third" Arts & Music | Bayview

San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood comes alive for 3rd on Third, a community-wide arts celebration for the whole family happening from 5-8 pm every third Friday of the month, at Bayview Town Center (Mendell Plaza at 3rd Street & Oakdale Ave). The monthly event features pop-up galleries, ...Monthly

Sunday, December 23

Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Sunday, December 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8/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 ...

2018 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Final Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Van Ness & Grove
2018 "Holiday Fanfare": Free Outdoor Final Concert | Civic Center

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from November 30 – December 23, 2018. Also happening during the event is the return of Holiday Fanfare: cheerful holiday music from the San Francisco Conservatory ...

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve at Christmas in the Park | San Jose
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas Eve at Christmas in the Park | 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 ...

2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2018 Black Santa Wonderland | Final Day

Join as Black Santa and UWish take over Oakland’s waterfront, Jack London Square from November 23 – December 24, 2018. Come to indulge in holiday cheer and meet the real Black Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take pictures, enjoy some treats — brought to you by ...

Pier 39’s Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF
Monday, December 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39's Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping a new, nightly tree lighting show on its 60’ live Christmas tree at the top of each hour from 5 -10 pm, November 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Synchronized to ...

2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton
Monday, December 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Widmer World
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton

Join in for a family friendly holiday extravaganza with a great light show timed to the music and many beautiful and fun holiday displays throughout the attraction. Park the car and walk through their festive Christmas themed environment. Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays December ...

Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2018: Carols, Meditation & Dessert Potluck | SF
Monday, December 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; please bring dessert for sharing
| Presidio Chapel
Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2018: Carols, Meditation & Dessert Potluck | SF
Please join with us to celebrate as Family. Quiet meditation, Christmas Carols and Mass, followed by a dessert potluck. Please let them know the number in your party by sending an email to: XmasEveMass@whiterobedmonks.org

Tuesday, December 25

Final Day: “Christmas in the Park” | San Jose
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Final Day: "Christmas in the Park" | 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 ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Tuesday, December 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Think everything’s closed on Christmas Day? The CJM’s Community Day is a free, fun-filled day of art that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Enjoy the day exploring the galleries with your family and friends or nosh on latkes at Wise Sons. Contemporary Jewish ...
SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Night
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Night

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and ...

Pier 39’s Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF
Tuesday, December 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39's Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping a new, nightly tree lighting show on its 60’ live Christmas tree at the top of each hour from 5 -10 pm, November 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Synchronized to ...

2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton
Tuesday, December 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Widmer World
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton

Join in for a family friendly holiday extravaganza with a great light show timed to the music and many beautiful and fun holiday displays throughout the attraction. Park the car and walk through their festive Christmas themed environment. Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays December ...

Wednesday, December 26

First Day of Kwanzaa 2018: City Hall Ceremony, Free Museum & Evening Celebration | SF
Wednesday, December 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
First Day of Kwanzaa 2018: City Hall Ceremony, Free Museum & Evening Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Thursday, December 27

Day 2: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Thursday, December 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hamilton Recreation Center
Day 2: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Friday, December 28

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

Day 3: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Friday, December 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Dr. George Davis Senior Center
Day 3: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Saturday, December 29

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Day 4: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Saturday, December 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Park
Day 4: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Sunday, December 30

Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF
Free Ice Skating Lessons in Union Square | SF

Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in ...

Day 5: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF
Sunday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Day 5: 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration | SF

The Village Project presents San Francisco’s 13th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, with seven days of community events striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation, by highlighting each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). 2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration December 26, 2018 through January ...

Monday, December 31

Final Day: 12th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito
Monday, December 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Sausalito
Final Day: 12th 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 ...

Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve Bash | Sausalito
Monday, December 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: $14.95*
*$13.95 – Baby (ages 6-11 months) & Senior (ages 65+) / $14.95 – Child (ages 1-17) & Adult (ages 18-64)
| Bay Area Discovery Museum (Fort Baker)
Bay Area Discovery Museum's Noon Year's Eve Bash | Sausalito
Ring in the new year with the entire family, without keeping the kids up past bedtime. The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration is the place for you. This beloved annual event and kid-friendly affair includes a celebratory ball drop at noon, so you ...
Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” & Three Ball Drop Celebrations | San Jose
Monday, December 31 – 10:00 am | Cost: $15*
*for Adult & kids, $14 for seniors
| Children's Discovery Museum
Kids' "Noon Year's Eve" & Three Ball Drop Celebrations | San Jose
This night may belong to the adults, but the day belongs to the kids. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year 2019 with your whole family at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration December 31, 2018 | 10 am to 4 ...
Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland
Around the World NYE: Balloon Drop & Family Celebration | Oakland
Families can ring in the New Year without staying up all night with one of Chabot’s most popular annual events. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm. Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons ...
New Year’s Eve Day Party & Six Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science
New Year's Eve Day Party & Six Ball Drop Celebrations | Lawrence Hall of Science
Start your year off right with science. Bring the whole family to the Hall on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve for exciting scientific exploration and our annual balloon drop. Count down to 2019 at one of the six New Year’s Eve Balloon Drops, as you ...
Countdown To Noon: 2019 Kid-Style Celebration | Menlo Park
Monday, December 31 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Cheeky Monkey Toys
Countdown To Noon: 2019 Kid-Style Celebration | Menlo Park
It’s New Year’s Eve. Come join at the annual Countdown to Noon. There will have a noontime celebration for the New Year with fun crafts and activities to bring in the new year, and be sure to join for the balloon drop at the stroke ...