Kids Christmas Events on the Peninsula

Published Nov 23, 2017 | Updated Apr 17, 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 17-December 15 (multiple shows), at the Burlingame Recreation Center

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department invites you to our Indoor Holiday Movie series! Bring a blanket and enjoy time with family and friends for a classic holiday movie shown on our inflatable indoor movie screen. The event is free & open to the public, but there will be concessions available for purchase. This year's movies will be How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, and A Muppet Christmas Carol.

Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1 at Fremont Park

Enjoy live entertainment from digital artist Jeremy Sutton and music by the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, free hot cocoa, a visit by Santa and his elves and Mayor Kirsten Keith lighting the holiday tree. The event is a free and will occur rain or shine.

Holidays at the Museum

December 2 at the San Mateo County History Museum

The San Mateo County History Museum will present two free special holiday activities. “Tree Treasures,” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., will feature children’s craft activities such as making old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments. Also, children can meet Santa Claus, sit on his lap and receive FREE photographs of themselves with the jolly old fellow. At 1 p.m. there will be a presentation of the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir, who will perform some favorite holiday tunes. These programs are held in conjunction with Redwood City’s “Hometown Holidays.”

Hometown Holidays

December 2 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.

Annual Holiday Faire & Boutique

December 2 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 children's workshop, puppet shows, and more!

Teddy Bear Tea

December 2 at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

Enjoy a light breakfast, hot cocoa, stories, crafts, songs, and a visit from a snugly guest at this holiday themed party! Each participant will receive a special teddy bear to take home. Of course, you may bring your favorite cuddly friend from home to enjoy the tea, too.

Holiday Magic

December 2-16 at Fujitsu Planetarium

This highly popular laser show features a mix of everyone's favorite holiday music, and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lights". Show contains the holiday music selections such as: Joy to the World - Manheim Steamroller, Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms, White Christmas - Bing Crosby, Snow Miser - Nick at Night, Rockin‘ Round the Christmas Tree - Ronnie Lane/Darlene Love, and more.

Breakfast with Santa

December 2 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!  Families must register online in advance; $7 for adults and $5 for children. You may register for one of four separate sessions. There are four breakfast shifts to choose from but once your here, stay as long as you'd like. There is plenty to do after breakfast including photos with Santa, crafts, and more!

Festival of Lights

December 3 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. Brisbane Elementary School students will be accepting donations for a coat drive benefiting One Warm Coat.

Mountain View Tree Lighting

December 4 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®

Weekends, December 8-January 14 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!

Opera for Families - The Magic Flute

December 9 at Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

The Magic Flute, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a fairy tale set to music. It's the story of a princess and her pursuer, who takes along a magic flute as he journeys with a sidekick to save the princess from peril. Characters include a fire-breathing dragon and woodland creatures including an owl, a frog and a hare.

The Playhouse Series: The Gingerbread Man

December 16-17 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 16-17 show is The Gingerbread Man.

Holiday Gala: Pianist Joyce Yang in Recital

December 17 at Kohl Mansion

Music at Kohl Mansion is excited to invite you to a truly unforgettable evening at our Holiday Gala: Pianist Joyce Yang in Recital! This is a non-subscription Gala Holiday concert that benefits Kohl for Kids programs, serving more than 7,500 youths annually.

8th Annual Chanukah Festival

December 17 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!

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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