Kids Christmas Events on the Peninsula

Published Oct 30, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

Keep this in your back pocket for the holiday season and you'll never have a shortage of fun Christmassy activities to do.

Holiday Movie Series 

November 30 and December 21 at the Burlingame Recreation Center

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department invites you to our Holiday Movie series! This year's movies will be The Nightmare Before Christmas (on November 30th) and Home Alone (on December 21st).

Holiday Tree Lighting

November 30 at Fremont Park

Enjoy the live entertainment and Christmas Carol sing-along with some free hot cocoa and cookies. There will be a visit by Santa and his elves and the Mayor, who will be lighting the holiday tree. The event is a free and will occur rain or shine.

Hometown Holidays

December 1 in Downtown Redwood City

Each year on the first Saturday of December, Redwood City's Downtown Business group throws a party to celebrate the Holiday Season. Enjoy the parade, entertainment, music, snow, Santa, and the tree lighting in Courthouse Square.

Nutcracker~Sweet! - The PreSchool Holiday Event

December 1-16 at the Peninsula Ballet

Peninsula Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker~Sweet has been delighting audiences on the Peninsula for five years and counting!

This condensed version of the ballet classic is ideal for preschoolers (1-hour shows) and sells out every year.

Annual Holiday Faire & Boutique

December 1 at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula

For one day, the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Los Altos campus transforms into a magical winter wonderland for all ages to enjoy! Activities will include the Gnome Adventure, wreath making, games & prizes, a craft workshop for all ages, puppet shows, and more!

Breakfast with Santa

December 1 at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center

Guests will enjoy a pancake breakfast, holiday crafts, letter writing to Santa, a family photo booth, and the opportunity to visit with Santa!  You may register for one of four separate sessions ($10/ticket). There are four breakfast shifts to choose from but once your here, stay as long as you'd like. 

Festival of Lights

December 2 at Brisbane Community Park

The Festival of Lights is a holiday celebration, focused on the holidays as a season of giving and enjoying the company of each other as a community. The event begins with caroling from the top of Visitacion Avenue to the Brisbane Community Park. The tradition includes a visit from Santa Claus and the lighting of the tree by our Volunteer of the Year and Mayor. 

Mountain View Tree Lighting

December 3 at Civic Center Plaza

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at the Mountain View Community Tree Lighting Celebration. Enjoy live holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of Santa Claus. Children can visit and have their picture taken with Santa at this free event, please bring your own camera. In the spirit of the season, guests are encouraged to bring a can of food to benefit the Community Services Agency.

Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show®

Fridays-Sundays, December 7-January 13 at the Museum of American Heritage

Come visit MOAH as we host the Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO® Show Featuring festive holidays scenes in a miniature city! This is an exhibit everyone in the family can enjoy.

The Learning Center becomes all things LEGO® with fun unique creations in every corner and even a few hanging from the ceiling!

The Playhouse Series: The Gingerbread Man

December 15-16 at Palo Alto Children's Theatre

The Playhouse is a very special, interactive experience designed for our littlest audience members, where local high school performers bring classic fairy tales to life on our Magic Castle stage. With very simple sets and costumes, and lots of opportunities to get up and wiggle, this story-teller style theatre is perfect for young children, suggested ages: 2-6. The December 15-16 show is The Gingerbread Man.

9th Annual Chanukah Festival

December 2 at the Redwood City Courthouse Square 

Spread the light of Chanukah and join together with the Jewish community of the Mid Peninsula for a grand public Menorah lighting!  Children's activities start at 4pm, Menorah lighting at 4:30.

This year's event features Ben Kramarz Live!

Bethlehem A.D.

December 21-23 at the Tapestry Church

From the moment you step in line for this walk-through only event, you begin to immerse yourself in another time and place - the city of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Rooftop angels, Roman soldiers, slaves, dancers, and ordinary peasants - they have everything!   See the marketplace in action. Pet the animals, including a camel! And at the end, take in the scene at the manger. There is something here to appeal to everyone. Bring your friends and family. Enjoy the experience, and then stop by the church across the street for a warm drink and a tasty treat! 

For more Kids Christmas Events in the SF Peninsula, visit our full Events page



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