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!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

10:00 AM: Christmas at McConaghy House @ McConaghy House, Hayward
11:30 AM: Origami Ornament Making @ The Public Market, Emeryville
12:00 PM: Santa & Sleigh on Fourth @ Fourth Street Shops, Berkeley
12:00 PM: Santa on Solano Ave. @ Solano Avenue, Albany
3:00 PM: Fratello Marionettes Show: The North Pole Review @ Hercules Library, Hercules
3:00 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting @ Fernandez Park, Pinole
3:30 PM: Light Up the Season @ Hayward City Hall Plaza, Hayward
4:30 PM: Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Piedmont Key Route Plaza, Piedmont
5:00 PM: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting @ Downtown Pleasanton, Pleasanton
5:15 PM: Free Outdoor Xmas Movie @ Neptune Court and Adventure Court, Alameda
5:30 PM: Oakland's Lighted Yacht Parade @ Jack London Square, Oakland
5:45 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Jack London Square, Oakland
6:00 PM: Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting @ Pacific Commons, Fremont

Sunday, December 4, 2022

10:00 AM: Family Gingerbread House Decorating (RSVP) @ Hacienda de las Flores + Casita, Moraga
10:00 AM: Holiday Family Fun Day @ Metropolitan Golf Links, Oakland
11:00 AM: Christmas Tours at the Patterson House for Families @ Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont
12:00 PM: Santa on Solano Ave. @ Solano Avenue, Albany
3:30 PM: Holiday Tree Lighting @ Hercules Community Swim Center, Hercules
4:30 PM: It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Celebration @ Downtown Lafayette, Lafayette

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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