Christmas may be just around the corner but one more ornament won’t hurt, right? So take a break from shopping and sugary treats and spend and take a deep breath at Hidden Villa Farm where you’ll make a holiday ornament using natural materials! This is likely to be one of the most unique decorations that you’ll have on your tree! This event is free to attend with paid parking, which is $10.00.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 9:30 am at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills.
Phone: (650) 949-8650
San Jose’s most famous holiday lights and Christmas party is open every day and even on Christmas Day! Almost all day long you can cruise the attractions including the Lima Train, a Victorian Village featuring an animated Nutcracker Suite exhibit and Santa’s Photo Den. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs, and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees and Christmas houses decorated by San Jose schools, community groups and businesses. This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 am at Downtown San Jose, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose.
Phone: (408) 200-3800
Santa’s reindeer have landed in San Francisco early ! Reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint arrive o spread holiday cheer throughout San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. The majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo’s Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground for everyone to enjoy. Visitors will learn reindeer fun facts and more at this amazing event. Celebrate the holiday season by greeting the animals that help Santa with all his special deliveries. Admission ranges from $13.00 to $19.00, and kids under 3 are free.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm at Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, Sloat Blvd at The Great Highway, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 753-7080
Join Children’s Fairyland for its magical winter festival! Families will enjoy live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more surprises! Admission is $10.00 per person, or $5.00 for members.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 and Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Lake Merritt, Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland
Phone: (510) 452-2259
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. For the kids and (adult kids), they have new scavenger hunts that will keep you busy with some seriously fun holiday finds. This event is free to attend.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Widmer World, 3671 Chelsea Ct, Pleasanton.
Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handicrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists! Festive lights, colorful decorations, and a friendly multicultural shopping atmosphere complete the experience. This fair offers the rare opportunity to buy fine art originals and inexpensive gift items in the same place from over 200 aristans. Shoppers can choose from a tremendous diversity of arts and crafts including jewelry, bead work, wire work, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography, sculptures and packaged food items. This event is free to attend.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 – All Day at Telegraph Ave & Dwight Ave, Berkeley.
Phone: (510) 672-4590
Want to know what you can eat in the woods? This is a great class for anyone who wants to learn about the most common wild foods, medicinal plants and edible flowers in the Bay Area. Each class lasts about two hours and is suitable for the novice and veteran forager alike. Learn about the wild food you see on San Francisco restaurant menus—everything from miner’s lettuce to wild radish flowers. Not sure where this event is? It’s a secret! You’ll be notified by email before the event as to where the location will be for this class. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at a Secret Location
Ready for the wackiest tour of San Fran that you’ve ever had? Take a tour through San Francisco’s waterfront history alongside one of its most colorful characters. Emperor Norton was a prominent businessman who lost everything on a bad investment. Instead of throwing in the towel, he responded to his failure by declaring himself “Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.” San Francisco embraced this quirky character, treating him as royalty and even accepting his self-created currency. Tour guide Joseph Amster incorporates his journalistic and acting talents to provide a one-of-a-kind tour in which he takes on the persona of Emperor Norton and introduces you to the history of the city’s most unique and interesting sites through the eyes of this larger-than-life unofficial mascot. Over the course of just under three hours, you’ll cover about two miles along the waterfront, from the historic Ferry Building to The Cannery. Tickets are $10.00 per person.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 11:00 am at San Francisco Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 983-8030
In an extended run by popular demand, experience Reflecting Pool: an interactive artwork that generates ever-changing images that emerge from video feedback and respond to slow, Tai Chi-style motions. Hold both hands, palms down, about two feet above the gesture sensor. Tilt your hands to zoom in, or move them sideways to rotate the kaleidoscope. Moving one hand up and other down creates swirls; two fists reset the image. From time to time, rest your hands at your sides to allow the pool to settle and images to form! This exhibit is free with paid admission, which is $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for ages 13 to 17, $19.95 for ages 3 to 12, and free for those under 3.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Exploratorium, Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 528-4444
Christmas brings along so many wonderful things that we enjoy – good cheer, great food, friends, family, gifts under a tree, and murder. Wait, what? The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show hijacks our favorite season with a witty and chilling murder mystery for your enjoyment! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic meal. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect! Tickets are $84.95 + 13.00% Taxes & Service Fees.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show, 333 Battery St, San Francisco.
Phone: (866) 496-0535
Tired of packing the kids into the car and trying to play the “find-the-lights” game all by yourself? Well, just have someone else do all the dirty work for you! Hitch a ride with the San Francisco Love Tours to enjoy festive San Francisco during the holidays! Bring family and loved ones, sing along and discover the San Francisco shimmering lights. This event includes: a 2 hour tour Sightseeing tour for 6 people per VW Hippie Bus (5 buses total for large groups) and everyone gets a Santa Hat! Tickets are $55.00 per passenger.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at San Francisco Love Tours, 2899 Hyde St, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 366-6156
Love the classic look of a gorgeous circle skirt but are too afraid or seemingly unskilled to make one? Never fear! This class aims to make the math less scary for your personalized circle skirt. You will be using your measurements and a basic formula to create your personalized circle skirt pattern and skirt, with a zipper closer. Included supplies are: 2 yards of 60″ in. woven or cotton fabric, and all crafting supplies for use. Basic sewing machine operating skill and experience are required for this class, and the Intro to Sewing Bootcamp is suggested for all beginner sewists. Non-Member pricing is $45.00, or the Member Class Fee is $20.00. Please call the front desk to reserve your spot.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Sips N Sews, 1167 Sutter St, San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 814-2036
Santa is coming early this year, and he’s bringing free cookies and coffee! Uh, yeah. You can count us in for that one. Come one, come all – friends, family, co-workers and Bumble dates! Join Doughbies for their first-ever Holiday pop up! Come enjoy the cookies you know and love and snuggle up with a cup of our very own Doughbies Holiday blend. Cookies and Coffee will be served until there is nothing left but a crumb that is even too small for a mouse. This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 498 Alabama St, San Francisco.
If you’re looking for a serene, beautiful candlelight service to attend this Christmas Eve, then look no further than Hillsong SF. Invite your friends and family and join us for one of their Christmas Eve services at Hillsong San Francisco. It’s going to be an incredible day as everyone celebrates the true meaning of Christmas together in a meaningful and beautiful setting. This event is free to attend.
Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St, San Francisco.
Slytherin for some magical treats this holiday season! With this meal, Chef Miriam will take you on a visual and culinary ride into the world of Harry Potter. The feast will consist of some of the foods that Harry and his friends indulged in every Christmas in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, spotted dick, and butterbeer! All wizards will be assigned their house upon purchase of the dining ticket. Seating will be based on your house. Not to worry, you’ll be seated with your friends – unless you dare to let fate choose for you. Tickets are $45.00 and drinks are provided, but this event allows BYOW (No corkage fee). The exact location of the event will be emailed to you upon purchase.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Nob Hill, San Francisco.