Kids Christmas Events on the Peninsula

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Published Dec 4, 2015

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

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There are some truly magical Christmas Events this holiday season, so here’s a list of fun events to get you in the holiday spirit:

Christmas Events on the SF Peninsula

Menlo Park Holiday Tree Lighting

When: December 4 at Fremont Park

The City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Menlo Park Holiday Tree lighting on Friday  at 5:30-7:00pm! The festivities will include holiday treats, a family movie, and a spectacular tree lighting. And if you have been good boys and girls this year, Santa just might make a special appearance!

Hometown Holidays

When: December 5 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, ice sculpture, snow, Santa, and in lieu of fireworks, they have a "Special Effect Light Show Spectacular!"

Free Holiday Programs at the San Mateo County History Museum

When: December 5 at the San Mateo History Museum

“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, which will perform some favorite holiday tunes.

Annual Holiday Faire

When: December 5 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!

6th Annual Chanukah Festival

When: December 6 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! The Square will tented so the event will go on, rain or shine.

First Night of Hanukkah

When: December 6 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center

Children and families can build their own Hanukkiah (menorahs), make Lego and origami dreidels (spinning tops), participate in a dreidel-spinning competition, enjoy latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and more, followed by  a candle lighting ceremony. Please bring an unwrapped, unopened gift for the Hanukkah gift drive.

Mountain View Tree Lighting

When: December 7 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.

The Nutcracker

When: December 10-20 (several shows) at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre

Join Clara on the journey from her family party to the Land of Sweets, filled with swirling snowflakes and Tchaikovsky's beloved music. This enchanting winter tale will appeal to audiences of all ages! Buy tickets ahead of time as several shows are sold out.

Merit Students Holiday Concert

When: December 12 at Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts

Community School of Music and Arts Merit Scholarship Student Ensembles perform favorite selections to celebrate the holidays. Join us to celebrate these outstanding rising stars!

#CSEdWeek Family Festival

When: December 13 at Opus 1 Music Studio

Come celebrate Computer Science Education Week (#CSEdWeek) and Ada Lovelace at the Computer History Museum! At this free family festival, kids of all ages can play games/puzzles that teach CS concepts and also dabble in some coding.

Opus 1 Music Studio Holiday Party

When: December 13 at Opus 1 Music Studio

Join Opus 1 for family-friendly fun, holiday food, and specially prepared performances by our students and teachers. 

Bethlehem A.D.

When: 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! Stand in line to sign the Roman Census and pay tax (don't worry, the line is entertaining and moves quickly, and a tax "shekel" is provided). 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, Christmas Events page



Written by Kit Dean

Kit was originally born in Richmond, BC and moved to Victoria to do his degree in business and psychology. He is the Community Engagement Manager for ChatterBlock. In his past time, Kit enjoys skiing, watching Canuck games and playing bass guitar.

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