Celebrate the holiday season with a festive parade or light display. Enjoy a holiday concert or a performance of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Learn how to make cards, presents and other fun holiday crafts. Enjoy an invigorating skate at an outdoor ice rink.

Featured Bay Area Events

Celebrate the Holidays – December at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, December 1-31
Visit live reindeer, meet Santa, explore winter-themed projects, like building ice castles, all at the Bay Area Discovery Museum this winter. Each week in December, BADM has something new for kids and families to explore. Buy general admission tickets online for our holiday events or purchase a membership and visit each weekend in December – 3 visits pay for a Family Membership!

Santa Saturdays at Filoli ~ Woodside, November 18-December 23
Each Saturday during the holidays, Filoli will feature activities and programs geared to families. Appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus reading next to the family-themed music, and special family activities will engage all ages in the Holiday experience.

Great America’s WinterFest ~ Santa Clara, November 24-December 30
During WinterFest, Great America is magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Skate in front of the iconic carousel, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows and experience 25 rides and attractions.

Holiday Parades

Lighted Boat Parade – San Francisco, December 15

Holiday Light Displays

Christmas in the Park – San Jose, November 24-January 1
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Santa Cruz, November 24-December 23
Holiday Circle of Lights – Oakland, December 1-January 1
ZooLights at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, December 1-January 1
Union Street Fantasy of Lights – San Francisco, December 2-29
Fantasy of Lights – Los Gatos, December 2-30
Christmas at Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, December 9-25
Zoo Lights at San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, December 15-30

Amusement Parks

Winterfest at Great America – Santa Clara, November 24-December 30
Holiday in the Park at Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, November 24-December 31
Holiday at Night at Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy, December 1-31

Santa Visits

Napa Valley Santa Trains – Napa, November 18-December 29
Santa Claus Fly-In at the Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa, December 16
Meet Santa at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, December 16 & 17

Holiday Crafts

Gingerbread Doghouses at the Schulz Museum – Santa Rosa, December 16 & 17
Holiday Nature Crafts – Palo Alto, December 16

Other Holiday Events & Activities

The Great Dickens Christmas Faire – San Francisco, November 18-December 17
‘Tis the Season for Science at Cal Academy – San Francisco, November 22-January 7
Holiday at the Carousel in Tilden Park – Berkeley, November 24-December 23
Holidays at Dunsmuir Hellman Estate – Oakland, December 2-17
Holiday Movie Series – Burlingame, December 15
Annual Holiday LEGO® Show at MOAH – Palo Alto, December 8 – January 14
Fairy Winterland – Oakland, December 15-23
The North Pole Review at Gamble Garden – Palo Alto, December 17
Santa Run – San Jose, December 17
Bethlehem A.D. – Redwood City, December 21-23

Hannukah Celebrations

Hanukkah Celebration for Families with Young Children – Berkeley, December 17
Bill Graham Menorah Day – San Francisco, December 25

Holiday Concerts

A Chanticleer Christmas – Several Locations, December 10-23
Chanukah Train – Santa Cruz, December 14
Tis the Season by Singers Marin – San Rafael, December 17
A Charlie Brown Christmas with San Francisco Symphony – San Francisco, December 21-24

Performances: A Christmas Carol

American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, December 1-24
Northside Theatre Company – San Jose, December 6-24
Stapleton School – San Anselmo, December 14-17
West Coast Performing Arts – San Jose, December 16
West Coast Performing Arts – Walnut Creek, December 17

Performances: The Nutcracker

Valley Dance Theatre – Livermore, December 9-17
Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets – San Francisco, December 9-23
San Francisco Ballet – San Francisco, December 13-30
Santa Cruz City Ballet – Aptos, December 16-17
Ballet Company of the East Bay – Antioch, December 15-17
Berkeley Ballet Theater – Berkeley, December 15-17
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre – Santa Cruz, December 15-17
Bay Pointe Ballet – San Mateo, December 16-17
Peninsula Ballet Theater – Redwood City, December 16-17
Agape Dance Studio – Watsonville, December 16-17
Moscow Ballet – Cupertino, December 17
Oakland Ballet – Oakland, December 23-24

Performances: Other Holiday Performances

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Pleasanton, December 8-17
Christmas in Oz – Castro Valley, November 17-December 17
The Biggest Gift – Walnut Creek, December 14-17
The Snow Queen by Bayer Ballet – Mountain View, December 16-17

New Years Celebrations

New Years at Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley, December 31
Family New Years Eve Party at Playland – El Cerrito, December 31
Ring in the New Year Balloon Drop at Chabot Space and Science – Oakland, December 31
Noon Years Eve Party at Hiller Aviation – San Carlos, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, December 31
Noon Years Eve at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, December 31
Happy New Year Charlie Brown at Schulz Museum – Santa Rosa, December 31

Holiday Ice Rinks

The Little Ice Rink – Alameda, November 3-January 15
iSkate Capitola – Capitola, December 15-January 7
Downtown Holiday Ice – Martinez, November 18-January 7
Napa On Ice – Napa, November 17-January 7
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center – San Francisco, November 3-January 7
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – San Francisco, November 1-January 15
Downtown Ice – San Jose, November 17-January 15
San Mateo on Ice – San Mateo, November 10-January 15
Main on Ice – San Rafael, November 8-January 7
Snowflake Lake at Great America – Santa Clara, November 24-December 30
Santa Clara on Ice – Santa Clara, November 20-January 15
Boardwalk Holiday Ice – Santa Cruz, November 11-January 7
Walnut Creek on Ice – Walnut Creek, November 10-January 15

Source: http://www.bayareakidfun.com/christmas-fun-in-the-bay-area/