December 1-January 1 (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 music-themed light show that's sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs!
December 1 at the College of Alameda
Enjoy pre-show games and crafts for kids, followed by "Elf", starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, the over-sized Elf.
December 1, 8, at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Take the little ones (aged 1-3) for some fun, hands-on nature education and art projects on Fridays at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. Activities change each week.
December 2 at Alameda City Hall
Aside from the Tree Lighting itself, entertainment includes the Alameda Community Band, Alameda Miracles Youth Chorus, 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.
December 2, around the Grand Marina
This year the parade will follow a longer route passing by Fortman and Grand Marina to include the Alameda and Island Yacht Clubs. Staging between Wind River and the Fortman Marina’s public pier as the sun goes down.
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17, 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 inside our the Pavilion building. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations to provide you with ideas for your own home decorations.
December 3 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.
December 3 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.
December 14, 21, at Center Street at Shattuck
All ages and all levels of experience wanting to get in the holiday spirit and experience caroling. The more the merrier! All you need to do is show up on Downtown Berkeley at the corner of Shattuck and Center St. Each participant will be given a sheet of music and each adult participant will be given a candle at the evening caroling session.
December 15-23 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.
December 15-17 (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.