Kids Christmas Events in East Bay

Published Oct 30, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

We’re really lucky here because some of the best Bay Area Christmas events take place right here in the East Bay. Here’s a bit more information about some amazing events happening this year…

Annual Lighted Yacht Parade

December 1, around the Grand Marina

Take in the 42nd annual yacht parade around the Grand Marina, starting around 5:30pm at sunset. The staging area will be at Wind River.

Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto

December 2 in Berkeley

Play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on Shattuck Avenue between Rose and Vine Streets in Berkeley.

Visit with the Snow Queen as she listens to all of your holiday wishes, ride the live ponies, make free DIY crafts for kids, and shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from local art, craft, and artisan food vendors.

56th Annual Holiday Arts Festival

December 2 at the Richmond Art Center

This annual event is the go-to place for buying local holiday gifts. Peruse a marketplace of local arts and crafts vendors, our famous ceramics sale featuring hundreds of plates, mugs and objects made by the Art Center’s ceramic enthusiasts, and so much more.

Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 8 at Alameda City Hall

Aside from the Tree Lighting itself, entertainment includes the Alameda Community Band, Alameda Adaptive Arts, Tap Dancing Christmas Trees and leading Santa's Sleigh, and the Mistletones Rockin' Holiday Special. Kids will enjoy candy canes, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

A Holiday Tradition

Saturdays and Sundays, December 8-22 at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate

Enjoy a light lunch or snack at the Winter Café, stroll around the 50-acre estate, indulge in the adult or children’s Holiday Tea, and be entertained by holiday performers. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations to provide you with ideas for your own home decorations.

Fairy Winterland

December 14-23 at Children's Fairyland

Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. You'll enjoy stories, crafts, special performances, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.

Berkeley Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker

December 14-16 (multiple shows) at Holy Names University

For more than thirty years, Berkeley Ballet Theater’s rendition of the holiday classic The Nutcracker has been an East Bay family favorite. BBT’s moving version of the ballet’s storyline highlights the holiday spirit of giving and is an extension of the school’s commitment to bringing good things to those less fortunate.


December 17-January 6 (closed December 24-25), at the Oakland Zoo

See the annual ZooLights laser light show that brightens Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love, an adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a Winter Wonderland with Santa in his decked-out workshop!

For more Kids Christmas Events in the East Bay check out ChatterBlock’s event listings!

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