Kids Christmas Events in East Bay

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Published Dec 3, 2015

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…

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

Kids Christmas Events in the East Bay


When: December 4 - January 3, nightly (note: closed on December 24th, & 25th)

Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland's night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Children's Zoo, and a light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs.

Holiday Frolic & Light Parade

When: December 4

Excitement is building as City Staff come together to provide a great afternoon and evening of Holiday Fun for the community!  The parade begins at 6:30 pm, is only eight blocks long and brings Santa Claus to his home on Main StreetDon’t forget all the activities happening at the Main Street Plaza beginning at 5 pm. There will be crafts, games, face painting, tattoos, activities, photo ops and music. 

Fairy Winterland

When: Fri-Sun on December 4-20, Mon-Wed on December 21-23 at Children's Fairyland

In December, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.

Winter Arts & Crafts Show

When: December 4-24 at El Sobrante Art Guild

Discover unique handmade holiday decorations and gifts at the El Sobrante Art Guild’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show. A portion of sales goes to art classes in West Contra Costa schools.

Mayor's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: December 5 at Alameda City Hall

Aside from the Tree Lighting itself, entertainment includes the Alameda Community Band, Oakland Youth Chorus, Tap Dancing Christmas Trees and The Mistle Tones. Kids will enjoy candy canes, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Richmond Art Center’s Annual Holiday Arts Festival

When: December 5 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. Enjoy delicious food and wine from our holiday cafe, fun art-making activities for the kids, musical entertainment and both a silent and live auction with fine art by Bay Area artists, East Bay experiences and much more.

Winter 2015 SLHRS Open House & Train Show

When: December 5-6 at the San Leandro Historical Railway Society

Our G&O crew will be running full steam ahead in the back yard with some exciting holiday themed trains and out HO crew will be inside running trains across our 4,000+ feet of scale track!  We will also have our bake sale, our train sale, and offering raffle tickets for some awesome prizes – just in time for the holidays! 

A Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

When: Saturdays and Sundays December 5-20 at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations to provide you with ideas for your own home decorations. Kids and families can begin the morning with Brunch with Santa, and afterwards enjoy games, face-painting and other activities. The Holiday High Tea for adults and children is a special treat and wonderful way for families and friends to begin their own tradition and celebrate the holiday season. This year's special attraction is The Oakland Ballet’s Holiday Premiere for Children.

A Lei for Christmas

When: December 6 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center

A lei can be made of many things. When given, it encircles the receiver with honor and love. Our Christmas lei for you is woven of stories from Polynesia. A sun god, a beautiful queen, a mysterious mermaid, a demon lizard, proud warrior and more. The stories of these wonderful beings will capture your imagination and warm your heart for the Holidays. More than 100 performers from 3 – 65 years old are waiting to present you with a Holiday Lei of Aloha!

The Nutcracker

When: December 11-20 (multiple shows) at the Julia Morgan Theater

The Best Family Friendly Nutcracker in the Bay Area, Berkeley Ballet Theater’s rendition of this holiday classic has long been considered an East Bay must, and was recently called “more touching than San Francisco Ballet’s performance,” by New York Times Dance critic Alistair Macaulay.

Hope & Harmony - Oakland Youth Chorus Holiday Concert

When: December 12 at 3pm & 6pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

Enjoy the 3pm matinee featuring our youngest singers from 16 school and community programs. The 6pm performance showcases OYC’s Chamber Singers, Concert Chorus, and our upper elementary and middle school singers as they enchant the audience with stellar performances of beautiful music – classic and contemporary, holiday and music from around the world.

Holiday Classics Weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

When: December 12-13 at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

Come help celebrate every holiday of this special season with all the classic characters, including Rudolph, Frosty, Hanukkah Charlie and more. Spot them all around our Museum of Holiday Fun and win a special prize! Only $15 per adult and $10 per child and senior.

East Bay Community Hanukkah Party

When: December 13 at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay

Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with a party that has something for everyone – adults, teens, and tots. Light the menorah candles and feast on delicious Hanukkah favorites like latkes and jelly donuts. Jewish Community Center and Camp Tawonga staff will lead a variety of fun kids’ programs. Adults will have opportunities to do Hanukkah crafts and to explore the real story behind Hanukkah with Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways.

Winter Special Needs Playdate

When: December 15 at Habitot Children's Museum 

Habitot Children’s Museum opens its doors for an afternoon of fun exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Come play with our hands-on exhibits, explore the Art Studio and enjoy family bonding time in a safe, accessible and fun environment.

45th Annual KPFA Winter Crafts Fair

When: December 19-20 at Craneway Pavilion

Come experience the 45th Annual KPFA Winter Crafts Fair, a benefit event for the community. With over 200 exhibitors, the Winter Crafts Fair is the ideal place to find all holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind handcrafted items that visitors will cherish and want to keep for themselves. This year, we’re introducing “Conversations in Fiber” where attendees can learn about quilting and view a rare collection of phenomenal quilts by Bay Area quilters. 

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

Written by Josie DeGreef

Happily married to James with two darling little girls, also a gardener, gourmet cook, blog writer, clinical counselor, and love hosting parties for friends, neighbors, and family.

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