Best Bay Area Christmas Events for Families - 510 Families

Best Bay Area Christmas Events for Families

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.

east bay christmas events guide

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

Upcoming East Bay Christmas Events for Kids & Families

Here are 20 cool Christmas events for families coming soon. Our calendar picks keep changing. Check back for more inspiration throughout the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

12:00 PM: Jolly Tuesday Santa Photos with little gift @ South Shore Center, Center Court, Alameda

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

6:00 PM: Thrive City Winter Wonderland: Lighting Ceremony @ Chase Center, San Francisco

Thursday, December 1, 2022

4:30 PM: Tree Lighting with Santa & Carolers @ Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel, Berkeley
6:00 PM: Holiday Celebration @ Downtown Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill
6:00 PM: Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting @ Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
6:00 PM: Tree Lighting Celebration at City Center Bishop Ranch @ City Center Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
6:30 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting @ Moraga Commons Park, Moraga

Friday, December 2, 2022

5:15 PM: Cinema Under the Stars FREE Christmas Movie @ Neptune Court and Adventure Court, Alameda
5:30 PM: It's a Wonderful Night Holiday Tree Lighting & Celebration @ Downtown San Leandro, San Leandro
5:30 PM: Tree Lighting @ Emeryville City Hall, Emeryville
5:30 PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Todos Santos Plaza, Concord
6:30 PM: Let's Glow SF: Switch-On Ceremony @ Downtown San Francisco, San Francisco

Saturday, December 3, 2022

10:00 AM: Christmas at McConaghy House @ McConaghy House, Hayward
10:00 AM: Tots Winter Carnival @ Frances Albrier Community Center (San Pablo Park), Berkeley
12:00 PM: Santa on Solano Ave. @ Solano Avenue, Albany
3:00 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting @ Fernandez Park, Pinole
3:30 PM: Light Up the Season @ Hayward City Hall Plaza, Hayward
5:00 PM: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting @ Downtown Pleasanton, Pleasanton
5:00 PM: Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Piedmont Key Route Plaza, Piedmont
5:15 PM: Cinema Under the Stars FREE Christmas Movie @ Neptune Court and Adventure Court, Alameda

Holidays at Filoli are Nov. 19 to Jan. 8

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 best light viewing and drinks around the crackling firepits.

Santa Claus visits weekends (Dec. 3-23) for photo opportunities on a golden throne in a lush setting. No additional charge to say “hi” to Santa while you’re there.

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 over year).

Looking for a holiday splurge?

filoli garden lights on bushes
Filoli garden lights twinkle | Photo: Filoli

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. 

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