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Northern California events and festivals keep crowds coming back year after year. Take a road trip into the Golden State for popular wine and beer festivals, art festivals, cooking events, and annual light shows, among a myriad of other activities. 

 

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Illuminating Lantern Festival - Oakland Zoo Presents Glowfari

Oakland Zoo 9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, California

Plan a visit to the Illuminating Lantern Festival at Oakland Zoo's Glowfari from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season for a mile-long adventure illuminated with giant, glowing animal lanterns. Keep your eye out for some of your favorites, like elephants, giraffes, and pandas! Illuminating Lantern Festival - Oakland Zoo Glowfari Hours November 12 – 30, except November […]

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Holiday Lights at Fourth Street Berkeley

Fourth Street CA

Kick off the beginning of the holiday season on Fourth Street, which boasts three full blocks of dazzling decorations to stroll. Bask in the beauty as you grab a complimentary hot beverage and tap your toes to live music. Participating shops will be open later so you can check those out, too. Don’t worry if you miss the kickoff -- […]

San Francisco Auto Show

Moscone Convention Center 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA

"After extensive consultation with health officials, the City of San Francisco, and the Moscone Convention Center, and exploring all options in light of the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, we are left with no choice but to make the difficult decision to officially announce the cancellation of this year’s San Francisco International Show." Related Post: Current Events and Festivals in San […]

Holiday Marketplace & Christmas Tree Stroll - Ghirardelli Square

Ghiradelli Square 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach & Larkin Streets, San Francisco, CA

Christmas and chocolate fanatics alike gather to marvel at the iconic Ghirardelli Square during the Holiday Marketplace & Christmas Tree Stroll event. At their annual lighting event, you'll find first-rate Christmas shopping and trees trimmed with talent, as they're designed by students at the Academy of Art. It all culminates in the lighting of the square at 5 p.m. This […]

San Rafael Parade of Lights

Downtown San Rafael Arts District San Rafael, CA

Get into the holiday spirit in San Rafael. This event features the annual parade of lights along with family activities and a marketplace.

Holiday Teddy Bear Tea - The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton 600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA

The kiddos will be adding this event to their Christmas list this year! Set in the fully decked-out Terrace Room of The Ritz-Carlton hotel, this event features a menu of hot chocolate and assorted sandwiches and sweets for the kids while they are entertained by a show starring an elf and gingerbread fairy. Dates - Holiday Teddy Bear Tea at […]

Union Square Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Union Square 333 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Come enjoy the festivity around Macy's 32nd Annual Union Square Holiday Tree! This year, Macy's will not be holding an actual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Event. "For the protection of visitors, locals, and shoppers this year - there won't be a tree lighting event with entertainment. Macy's wants to be responsible and avoid crowds to protect the public. Macy's will, […]

Nutcracker at the San Francisco Ballet

War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA

It’s a Bay Area tradition to watch the San Francisco Ballet perform the famed Nutcracker Ballet each winter.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Cow Palace 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA

Guests can get a firsthand experience of what Christmas was like during Victorian times with English foods, vibrant characters roaming around, and authentic street vendors. Related Post: San Francisco Christmas: How to Spend a Holiday by the Bay   What to Expect at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Be on the lookout for all of Dickens' classic Christmas characters during […]

The Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market

1435 Webster St 1435 Webster Street, Alameda, California

Like a scene from a fantasy storybook, The Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market stationed in the West End Arts District of San Francisco is sure to be unlike any festival you've ever traversed before. You're bound to run across the perfect gifts for the people on your list who already have everything. So stir your curiosity with this treasure trove of […]

Illuminate SF Festival of Lights

San Francisco San Francisco, CA

The bustling art scene in San Francisco means there's creativity on every corner of the city, from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to the independent artists. The holiday art scene presents another reason for art lovers to visit. During the Illuminate SF Festival of Lights, over 30 artists and 40 light art installations are showcased throughout the city. […]

6th Annual Taylor Swiftmas: Out of Exile

Valencia Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco, California

Leave a blank space on your calendar for a night of non-stop dancing to celebrate Christmas Swiftie-style. There are so many references to parties in Taylor Swift's repertoire that it's almost impossible to choose just a few, but a party this big means you'll be dancing like you're made of starlight all night long! Special Note Full vaccination status for […]

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