(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the San Francisco Bay Area - 2020 | Kids Out and About San Francisco

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the San Francisco Bay Area - 2020


The Bay area's holiday events list is somewhat shorter this year than our traditional 101 ideas for local holiday fun, but there are still ways to make the holidays special in our area for 2020. 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

Nov 14, 2020- Jan 7, 2020 Virtual Visits with Santa - Stonestown Galleria
Nov 20- Dec 24, 2020 Photos with Santa- Stonestown Galleria
Nov 27, 2020- Dec 20, 2020 Santa Visits- Santa’s Tree Farm and Village- Half Moon Bay
Nov 27- Dec 24, 2020 Photos with Santa- The Shops at Tanforan
CANCELLED for 2020 41st Annual San Rafael Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival
Nov 28, 2020 Santa’s Riverboat Cruise- Petaluma
Dec 4-24, 2020 Photos with Santa- Broadway Plaza
Dec 4- 20, 2020 Socially Distant Santa- City Center Bishop Ranch
Dec 5, 2020 2020 Sensitive Santa Sighting- All Children Academics
Dec 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2020 Live From The Workshop- El Campanil Theatre
Dec 5, 12, 19, 2020 Socially Distanced Santa Visits- Letters to Santa- Bon Air Center
Dec 5, 2020 Pictures with Santa in A Snow Globe- Concord
CANCELLED for 2020 Santa Fly-In 2020- Pacific Coast Air Museum
Dec 15- 23, 2020 Visit To The North Pole- Lesher Center for the Arts


Light Displays

Nov 20, 2020- Dec 19, 2020 CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey Outdoors
Nov 20, 2020- Jan 17, 2021 Glowfari- Oakland Zoo
Nov 20- Dec 20, 2020 Garden of d’Lights- Ruth Bancroft Garden
Nov 29, 2020 Festival of Lights Float Display- Rancho Shopping Center- Los Altos
Dec 5- 31, 2020 Christmas Tree Lane- Alameda
Dec 10, 202- Feb 2021 Entwined- Whimsical Wonderland of Lights- Golden Gate Park
Dec 12-31, 2020 Christmas Tree Lane- Palo Alto
Dec 12, 2020 Sausalito 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
Dec 18- 30, 2020 Fairy Winterland- Children's Fairyland
 CANCELLED Holiday Lights Train- Roaring Camp


Living Nativities

Dec 1-31, 2020  BETHLEHEM Drive-Thru- Santa Clara First Baptist Church


Holiday Theatre

Nov 27-28 and 4-5, 2020 It's A Wonderful Life - A Musical Streaming Live on YouTube
Dec 4-31, 2020 A Christmas Carol: On Air- American Conservatory Theater
Dec 4-6, 2020 Broadway Holiday at The Drive-In- SOMO Village
Dec 11-13, 2020 Broadway Holiday at The Drive-In- Sonoma Raceway
Dec 17, 2020 Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol- Cal Performances at Home
Dec 18- 23, 2020 Broadway Holiday Online- Transcendence Theatre Company


Holiday Concerts

 Dec 15 - Jan 1  A Chanticleer Christmas
Dec 5-6, 2020  Deck the Hall Virtual Celebration- San Francisco Symphony
Dec 5, 2020  35th Annual Holiday Concert - "The New Main Stage"- Virtual
Dec 11, 2020 Virtual Posada Navideña by Calidanza
Dec 12, 2020- Jan 5, 2021  A Cathedral Christmas - Grace Cathedral
Dec 12, 2020- Jan 5, 2021  Soulful Joy @ Grace
Dec 12, 2020- Jan 5, 2021  Sing You A Merry Christmas- Grace Cathedral


Christmas Tree Experience

Dec 5, 2020 Festival of Trees- Gamble Garden
SEASONAL The Guardsmen Tree Lot
SEASONAL Brent's Christmas Trees
SEASONAL Santa's Tree Farm and Village- Half Moon Bay
SEASONAL  Wonderland Trees
SEASONAL  Christmas Tree Jamboree- San Francisco
SEASONAL  Clancy's Christmas Trees
SEASONAL Castro Valley Christmas Tree Farm
SEASONAL  Larsen's Christmas Tree Farm- Petaluma
SEASONAL  Frosty Mountain Tree Farm- Sebastopol
SEASONAL  Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm- Petaluma
SEASONAL  Pronzini Farms- Petaluma
SEASONAL  Garlock Christmas Tree Farm- Sebastopol
SEASONAL  Grandma Buddy's Christmas Trees- Sebastopol
SEASONAL  Reindeer Ridge Christmas Tree Farm- Sebastopol


Ice Skating

  Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center
  Oakland Ice Center
  Winter Lodge- Palo Alto
CANCELLED Union Square Ice Rink
CANCELLED Winter Park at Civic Center
CANCELLED The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center



Dec 4, 11, 2020 AT HOME KIT Chanukah Cookie Decorating Kit- Taste Buds Kitchen
Dec 6, 2020 CKids Pre-Chanukah Scavenger Hunt- Chabad of Contra Costa
Dec 7, 2020 CTeen Pre-Chanukah Paint Night- Chabad of Contra Costa
Dec 12, 2020 Season in Song- California Symphony
Dec 13, 2020 ArtBash Live: Hanukkah- Contemporary Jewish Museum
Dec 13, 2020 Chanukah Drive Thru Experience- Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds
CANCELLED Chanukah Train- Roaring Camp


Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 14, 2020 Buckeye Ranch Holiday Market- Petaluma
Nov 21, 2020 ART on the Square- Virtual Holiday Show
Nov 27, 2020 Holiday Marketplace & Christmas Tree Stroll- Ghirardelli Square


New Year's Eve

 Dec 31, 2020  New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration- Cal Performances at Home



Nov 20, 2020- Jan 3, 2021 ‘Tis the Season for Science- California Academy of Sciences
Nov 27-Dec 18, 2020 Winterfest- Mill Valley
Dec 4, 2020 Holiday Tree Lighting - Burlingame - Virtual
Dec 4-18, 2020 At Home Kit Holiday Cookie Decorating- Taste Buds Kitchen
Dec 5, 2020 Classic Film Series-The Muppet Christmas Carol- El Campanil Theatre
Dec 6, 2020 Virtual Holiday Celebration- Guide Dogs for the Blind
Dec 12, 2020 Classic Film Series-Miracle On 34th Street- El Campanil Theatre
Dec 18, 2020 Outdoor Movie Night at the Brickhouse- ELF
Dec 19, 2020 Classic Film Series-It's A Wonderful Life- El Campanil Theatre
Dec 19-20, 2020 A Christmas Carol- Lesher Center for the Arts
Dec 23, 2020  Outdoor Movie Night at the Brickhouse- A Christmas Story
CANCELLED The Building Lighting Ceremony at Embarcadero Center

 Below are items that have been posted to our calendar. If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there... it's free to postClick here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!