Best Bay Area Christmas Events for Families - 510 Families

Best Bay Area Christmas Events for Families

We found so many lovely events, activities, performances, and outings in celebration of the Christmas season, that you might have a hard time choosing a few that sound best for your family.

Thank you to Filoli, historic home and garden, for sponsoring our guide to our favorite festive Christmas and holiday activities in the East Bay and beyond. Filoli hosts Santa Weekends throughout December.

filoli decorated with lights and words: the ultimate guide to bay area christmas events

Holidays at Filoli | Calendar of Christmas Events | Book Ahead Christmas Outings | Free, Festive, & Family-Friendly

Upcoming East Bay Christmas Events for Kids & Families

Here are 10 cool Christmas events for families coming soon. Our calendar picks keep changing. Check back for more inspiration throughout the holiday season!

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Holidays at Filoli are from Nov. 18 to Jan. 7

Our sponsor, Filoli, makes the holidays magical with twinkling lights in the house and acres of outdoor gardens. Warm up with festive drinks and hot chocolate. Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, stroll the Estate Trail, and see peak fall foliage and the decorations aglow in the winter sun. Open evenings from 4 pm to 9 pm during the holidays for the best light viewing and drinks around the crackling firepits.

Santa Claus visits on the weekends (Find him December 2,3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, & 23) for photo opportunities on a golden throne in a lush setting. No additional charge to say “hi” to Santa while you’re there.

Sensory early hours are available certain days, too. Email in advance for information about a sensory-sensitive Santa visit.

What makes Filoli special? This one-of-a-kind setting is just South of San Francisco with 16 acres of outdoor space and a one-mile Estate Trail with room to run, play, and be merry.

See over 20 miles worth of lights strung throughout the 16-acre Garden; count 14 Christmas trees in the historic House with each room lavishly decorated; find sounds and scents that bring history to life.

More Favorite Christmas Outings

Christmas isn’t here until we visit these East Bay spots (year after year).

Big thanks to our sponsor today, Filoli. We love to see them shine and twinkle during the holidays.

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