101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the San Francisco Bay Area - 2022 | Kids Out and About San Francisco

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the San Francisco Bay Area - 2022

 

Christmas concerts, lights, trees, nativities, and more. . . plus activities for Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

November 26, 2022 Santa's Riverboat Arrival & Small Business Saturday - Petaluma Downtown Associaton 
December 2, 2022 Holiday Night with Santa - Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
December 3, 2022 Santa Arrives by Helicopter - Hiller Aviation Museum
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 2, 2022 Winter Wonderland - Tilden Park Merry Go Round
Multiple dates starting on Dec 3, 2022 Santa Days - Filoli Historic House & Garden
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 3, 2022 Breakfast with Santa - Tilden Park Merry Go Round
December 5, 2022 Community Tree Lighting - City of San Ramon, CA
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 10, 2022 Visit to the North Pole - Lesher Center for the Arts
   
   

 

Old-Time Christmas

Multiple date starting on Nov. 19, 2022  The Dickens Chrismtas Fair - Daly City, CA

Light Displays

Multiple dates starting on Nov. 4, 2022 IlluminOdyssey - CuriOddyssey
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 11, 2022 Glofari: A Wildly Illuminating Lantern Festival - Oakland Zoo
November 18, 2022 36th Annual Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival - Embarcadero Center
Multiple dates starting on Nov, 17, 2022 GLOW 2022: Discover the Art of Light - The Exploratorium 
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 19, 2022 Holidays at Filoli - Woodside, CA
November 19, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Westfield Oakridge 
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting - Pier 39
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 24, 2022 Winter Wonderland - Santa Crus Beach Boardwalk
November 25, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - Downtown Santa Rosa
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Holiday Tree Walk - Roaring Camp
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Enchant - San Jose, CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 California Christmas Lights - Los Angeles, CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Holiday Lights Train - Roaring Camp
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Days of Christmas - Temple Hill - Oakland, CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Garden d'Lights - Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery 
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Holiday Magic - Gilroy Gardens
November 26, 2022 Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland - Downtown San Rafael Business Improvment District
November 26, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting - Downtown Matinez & Co. 
November 26, 2022 Geyserville Lighted Tractor Parade - Sonoma County, CA
Multiple dates starting Dec. 1, 2022 Entwined - San Francisco Parks Alliance
December 2, 2022 Tree Lighting - City of Cupertino, CA
December 2, 2022 Tree Lighting Ceremony - San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 3, 2022 24th Annual Fantasy of Lights - Santa Clara County Parks
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 3, 2022 Capistrano Lights - Hiller Aviation Museum 
December 7, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting - San Franciso Civic Center
December 10, 2022 34th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade - Winterfest Sausalito 
December 10, 2022 20th Annual Parol Lantern Festival - San Francisco, CA
December 11, 2022 Cable Car Ride to View Holiday Lights - Willow Glen Business Association
   
   

 

Living Nativities

   

 

Holiday Theatre

Multiple dates starting on Nov. 18, 2022 Frozen - Broadway San Francisco
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 18, 2022 Christmas with C.S. Lewis - Broadway San Francisco
Noember 19 & 20, 2022 Smuin's The Christmas Ballet - Lesher Center for the Arts
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Contra Costa Ballet's The Nutcracker - Lesher Center for the Arts
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 The Nutcracker - Pacific Ballet Academy
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 26, 2022 The Velveteen Rabbit - ODC Dance Commons
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 26, 2022 Nutcracker Sweet - San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 1, 2022 A Christmas Carol - American Conservatory Theater
December 2 & 3, 2022 Once Upon a Christmas - Lesher Center for the Arts
December 2 & 3, 2022 The Nutcracker - Ballet Academy of Silicon Valley
December 2 & 3, 2022 The Nutcracker - Academy of American Ballet
December 8 - 10, 2022  Elf Jr. - City of Milpitas, California
Multiple dates stsarting on Dec. 2, 2022 A Christmas Carol - Silicon Valley Shakespere
December 3 & 4, 2022 Holiday Spectacular - The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 8, 2022 A Christmas Carol - Lesher Center for the Arts
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 9, 2022 The Nutcracker - Petaluma School of Ballet
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 9, 2022 57th Annual Nutcracker - San Jose Dance Theatre
December 10 & 11, 2022 The Nutcracker - Marin Ballet
December 17 & 18, 2022 Nutcracker: Experience the Magic - Cabrillo College
December 17 & 18, 2022 Snow Queen - Bayer Ballet Academy
December 17 & 18, 2022 Hip-Hop Nutcracker - Peninsula Bellet Theatre
December 16 - 18, 2022 The Biggest Gift - Lesher Center for the Arts

 

Holiday Concerts

November 29, 2022 Holiday Concert - Lesher Center for the Arts
December 4, 2022 Deck the Halls - San Francisco Symphony 
December 10, 2022 Carols in the California - Symphony San Jose
December 13, 2022 Holidays with a Twist - Oshman Family JCC
   
   

 

Christmas Tree Experience

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Ice Skating

Multiple dates starting on Nov. 2, 2022 Holiday Ice Rink - Union Square
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 4, 2022 Ice at the Veranda - The Veranda
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 11, 2022 Holiday Ice Rink - San Ramon, CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 11, 2022 San Mateo on Ice - San Mateo,CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 18, 2022 Brentwood on Ice - Brentwood, CA
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022  Skating on the Square - Downtown Santa Rosa
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Ice Rink - San Jose, CA
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 21, 2022 Tots on Ice - Downtown Santa Rosa
   

 

Hanukkah

Multiple dates starting on Nov. 16, 2022 Celebrate Chanukah - Chabad Jewish Center of Novato
December 4, 2022 Family Cooking: Donuts for Hanukkah - Oshman Family JCC
December 18 - 22, 2022 Annual Hanukkah Celebration - Downtown Martinez & Co. 
December 26, 2022 Chanukah Train - Roaring Camp
   
   
   
   
   

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

November 12 & 13, 2022 Holly Jolly Trade Shows & More - The Bombshell Group
November 26, 2022 Holiday Sparkle Sip & Shop - Downtown Martinez & Co. 
November 27, 2022 Holiday Artisan Maker's Village Craft Fair - Village 360
December 2 & 3, 2022 Winter Festival Marketplace - Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
December 2, 2022 Holiday Open House - City of Benicia, CA
December 3, 2022 Petaluma Merchant Holiday Open House & Kentucky Street Marketplace - Petaluma Downtown Association
December 10, 2022 Christmas Parade & Holiday Market - City of Benicia, CA
December 19, 2022 Holidays at the Ranch Oasis - The Bombshell Group

 

New Year's Eve

December 31, 2022 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! - Charles M. Schulz Museum
December 31, 2022 Noon Year's Eve Celebration - Hiller Aviation Museum

 

Miscellaneous

November 17, 2022 Kids Night at the Museum Holiday Tales - Charles M. Schulz Museum
November 20, 2022 Nightmare Before Christmas - The Cut Outdoor Cinema
November 20, 2022 Nutcracker Holiday Tea - Palo Alto Auxiliary 
Multple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Winterfest - Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
Multople dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Holidays in the Park - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Multiple dates starting on Nov. 25, 2022 Winterfest - California's Great America: Bay Area
November 27, 2022 Los Altos Christmas Parade - Los Altos, CA
December 1, 2022 Winter Festival Opening Party - Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
December 3, 2022 Run! Grinch! Run - City of San Ramon, CA
December 3, 2022 Winterfest - Ross Auxiliary 
December 3, 2022 Hometown Holidays - City of Pleasanton, CA
Multiple dates starting on Dec. 3, 2022 Holidays on the Farm - City of San Ramon, CA
December 4, 2022 Holly Jollypalooza - Miramar Events
December 11, 2022 Jingle Bell 5K & Brunch - Sausalito Winterfest
December 17, 2022 Holiday Open House - Calistoga, CA
December 17 & 18, 2022 Snoopy Gingerbread Doghouse Workshops - Charles M. Schulz Museum
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

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