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Ho-ho-ho! Holiday time is here! Make the most of it and enjoy family-friendly events and activities in Alameda County. Whether you enjoy a holiday concert or a Christmas carol performance, a festive parade or a light show, East Bay offers something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite holiday and Christmas events for you and your family.

Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland
Children’s Fairyland celebrates the winter holidays for 11 exciting days. Enjoy crafts, lights, costume parade, shows, and a visit from Santa. Your children will love it!

Oakland ZooLights
Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! As part of the ZooLights festivities, riding the train at night is certainly a real highlight. Hop on the illuminated train and warm up with hot cocoa and dinner at the Landing Café with a scenic view for miles!

Little Ice Rink in Alameda
Chill out at the East Bay’s annual seasonal ice rink at Alameda’s South Shore Center shopping plaza because there’s so much to do. The Little Ice Rink is open every day until 10 pm through mid-January. Skate and sip cocoa, meet Santa, and have pictures taken at the Santa House. 

WinterFest at Tilden Park Steam Trains in Berkeley
Take your family to the winterfest at the Tilden Park Steam Train. The trains and tracks are lit up for the holidays. During special holiday hours, the area around the Merry-Go-Round will be decorated in twinkle lights. Above all, your children will have a chance to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus for free.

Niles Canyon Train of Lights in Fremont
The Train of Lights has been an annual tradition for Bay Area families for more than a decade. Make it yours too! This will be a rare opportunity for your family to experience a train ride through Niles Canyon at night. The Train of Lights begins at Niles Canyon Fremont or at Sunol, and provides an hour-long round trip ride filled with music and lights. Be sure to bundle up because the train cars are vintage and open-air.

Breakfast with Santa in Dublin
Santa Claus is coming to Dublin! Enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast with Santa. Children will also get a chance to get holiday photos clicked with Santa. Each year, the city of Dublin organizes the Warm Wishes Gift Drive that helps to bring a little joy to those less fortunate in our community. You can be a part of the drive and make holidays special for your neighbors. Pick up a gift tag at City Hall or choose a wish online and return your wrapped gift to City Hall, Shannon Community Center, or the Senior Center by December 10 at 5 pm.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival Holiday Celebration
Celebrate the season with friends and family at Livermore Shakespeare Festival while listening to classic holiday stories. Don’t forget to enjoy delicious wine and tapas from Swirl on the Square.

Elf Workshop With Crafts in Danville
Children will love this holiday craft workshop. Enjoy holiday treats, create hands-on holiday crafts, and get a chance to visit Santa and take a photo with him, all in one stop!

We hope you have an amazing holiday season with your family. Don’t forget to make a little time to kick back and relax. You deserve it!

Happy Holidays, from the Bunch!


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