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Friday, December 3

December Free First Friday at San Mateo County History Museum
Friday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
December Free First Friday at San Mateo County History Museum
The San Mateo County History Museum will continue its hybrid “Free First Fridays” offering on Friday, December 3. Online, preschool children will be invited to learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. They will create a paper dreidel at home. Then, Museum staff will conduct ...
History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)
Friday, December 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)

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. The History Museum is ...Monthly

“The Festival of Trees” at Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)
Friday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: $5*
*$5 per person
| Gamble Garden
"The Festival of Trees" at Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)
Join us for a holiday event that’s certain to become an annual tradition. The Festival of Trees features a winter wonderland of holiday trees, festively decorated by local designers, organizations, and businesses. Enjoy holiday trees, a Silent Auction, Family Night, Holiday Marketplace, bake sale, wreath ...
CuriOdyssey’s “First Friday Nights” Science, Music & Fun (San Mateo)
Friday, December 3 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $15.95 | CuriOdyssey
CuriOdyssey's "First Friday Nights" Science, Music & Fun (San Mateo)

First Friday Nights are back! Swing into the weekend with music, science, animals and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 pm until 8 pm, where parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to some of your favorite pop and rock ...Monthly

2021 Half Moon Bay “Nights of Lights” Parade
Friday, December 3 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
2021 Half Moon Bay "Nights of Lights" Parade

The 22nd Annual Nights of Lights is a month-long celebration featuring beautiful holiday lights, artisan shopping, and weekly festivities on Friday nights along Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. – Friday, November 26: Kick off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. ...Every Friday

Saturday, December 4

Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale 2021
Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale 2021
The Palo Alto Art Center Studio Holiday Sale is back, in person, at the Art Center on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.! If you’re looking for handmade gifts for the holidays, the Studio Holiday Sale is your one-stop shop. Our sale showcases ...
Christmas Market at Allied Arts Guild (Menlo Park)
Saturday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free Admission and Parking
| Allied Arts Guild
Christmas Market at Allied Arts Guild (Menlo Park)
‘Tis the season! Join us for a Christmas Market at Allied Arts Guild on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find handcrafted goods — such as knitted sweaters, soap and lotion gift packs, belts, bags, and more from a variety of local ...
Hometown Holidays Redwood City 2021
Saturday, December 4 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Redwood City
Hometown Holidays Redwood City 2021
HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS REDWOOD CITY 2021 Get in the holiday spirit and join the festivities as Redwood City’s Downtown Business Group throws Hometown Holidays, a party to celebrate the holiday season, RAIN OR SHINE! Guests can enjoy a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, SNOW, Santa Claus photos, ...
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair’s “Drive Thru Dickens’ London” Opening Day
Saturday, December 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: $25*
*$25 per vehicle (includes all vehicle occupants)
| Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair's "Drive Thru Dickens’ London" Opening Day
Despite the necessity to cancel its customary incarnation of Victorian London within the Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, Red Barn Productions has found a way to bring The Great Dickens Christmas Fair into your car, into your home, and under your tree this holiday season. For three weekends, beginning ...
Holiday Handbell Concert (San Mateo County History Museum)
Saturday, December 4 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
Holiday Handbell Concert (San Mateo County History Museum)
Ring in the holidays with the sounds of handbells! On Saturday, December 4, at 1 p.m., the San Mateo County History Museum comes alive to the sound of holiday music. Bell Appeal, a group sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church in San Francisco, will perform ...
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021
Saturday, December 4 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World's Largest Toy Train | 2021

After cancelling the festive Holiday Train in 2020, Caltrain has announced its bringing back its World’s Largest Toy Train on December 4-5, 2021. Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine this December to delight Bay Area families with holiday ...

Sunday, December 5

Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World’s Largest Toy Train | 2021
Sunday, December 5 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Bay Area
Caltrain Holiday Train Whistle-Stop Tour: World's Largest Toy Train | 2021

After cancelling the festive Holiday Train in 2020, Caltrain has announced its bringing back its World’s Largest Toy Train on December 4-5, 2021. Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train will fire up its engine this December to delight Bay Area families with holiday ...

Monday, December 6

Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Monday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required: https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/8457280
| Mountain View Public Library
Dopplehangers: Paintings That Accidentally Resemble Famous People (Mountain View)
Registration is required. Sign up below to receive the Zoom link on the morning of the event. Join us for a virtual examination of paintings from the Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) Collection. This collection includes efforts to capture (or try to capture) the likeness of ...

Friday, December 10

Pacifica’s 2021 Winter Art Faire (Dec. 10-11)
Friday, December 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to enter, but donations are always welcome!
| Sanchez Art Center
Pacifica's 2021 Winter Art Faire (Dec. 10-11)
Art Guild of Pacifica’s Winter Art Faire & Sanchez Artists Open Studios The Art Guild of Pacifica welcomes back Winter Art Faire, its annual holiday art show and sale, at Sanchez Art Center, beginning with a festive opening night reception on Friday, Dec 10, 6–9 pm. ...
2021 Half Moon Bay “Nights of Lights” Holiday Market
Friday, December 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
2021 Half Moon Bay "Nights of Lights" Holiday Market

The 22nd Annual Nights of Lights is a month-long celebration featuring beautiful holiday lights, artisan shopping, and weekly festivities on Friday nights along Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. – Friday, November 26: Kick off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. ...Every Friday

Saturday, December 11

Wintry Redwood & Oak Tree Walk at Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)
Saturday, December 11 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gamble Garden
Wintry Redwood & Oak Tree Walk at Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)
All ages are welcome to spend a beautiful December morning exploring the trees at Gamble Garden. Learn about Gamble’s Oak, Buckeye, and Redwood trees and the indigenous people who depended on them at Gamble Garden’s December Second Saturday. Enjoy nature crafts for kids and nature walks ...

Friday, December 17

22nd Annual Half Moon Bay “Nights of Lights” (2021)
Friday, December 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
22nd Annual Half Moon Bay "Nights of Lights" (2021)

The 22nd Annual Nights of Lights is a month-long celebration featuring beautiful holiday lights, artisan shopping, and weekly festivities on Friday nights along Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. – Friday, November 26: Kick off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. ...Every Friday

Friday, January 7

History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)
Friday, January 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)

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. The History Museum is ...Monthly

Friday, February 4

History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)
Friday, February 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Mateo County History Museum
History Museum: Free First Fridays (Redwood City)

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. The History Museum is ...Monthly