Holiday outing: Lake Merritt water sleighs and caroling

Lake Merritt Holiday Boat

At 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings until December 22, families can ride a “water sleigh” on Lake Merritt for a special holiday treat. Rides are $6 per person or groups can charter a sleigh for $100 and bring up to 19 people, leaving anytime between 3 pm and 8 pm.

Tours depart from the Lake Merritt Boating Center and include hot cider and cookies in the Holiday Room before boarding. A tour in the dark will allow you to enjoy the lights of Lake Merritt and be a part of it by riding on a lit-up water craft.


Caroling is encouraged and song sheets are provided.
Call for reservations 510-238-2196 – City of Oakland – or click this link to see the Parks & Rec PDF with details.

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  1. […] Cruise Lake Merritt in true holiday style on your very own ‘water sleigh’. Sip hot cider and nibble on special holiday cookies before boarding your festive ride – try the cruise at night to experience Lake Merritt’s necklace of lights. […]