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There’s no better place to be during the December holidays than in the Bay area. From Christmas Fairs and Vineyard celebrations to Holiday Plays and Ballets, there is a wealth of family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy.

Take a look at our list below, and then call us to arrange the perfect transportation for groups from 2 to 55 people. It’s the Black Tie way to celebrate, and make it easy, safe and fun for all!

Holiday Events in SF/East Bay/San Jose

Date

Event

Time

Location

Details

12/1
Wine Walk
4-8pm
SF (24th street from Diamond to Church)
Taste wine at businesses located along 24th Street during Noe Valley Holiday Wine Walk. Repeats Aug.

12/3
Swedish Christmas Fair
9-4pm
Cathedral of St. Mary -SF
Enjoy Swedish folk music and dancing in costumes, shop for Swedish crafts, drink mulled wine, eat Swedish food, and meet Santa at the SWEA San Francisco Christmas Fair at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

12/3-4
Holidays in the Vineyards
 
Livermore Valley Wineries
Wineries showcase their decorated tasting rooms with special wines, arts, crafts, holiday music, activities and more. Admission is free, however, tasting fees may apply and vary by winery.

12/4
Santa Hat Run
8am
Chrissy Field-SF
Your registration fee for Run Wild San(ta) Francisco 5K and kids dash includes a Santa hat to wear, a race-day T-shirt, a finish-line award, a timing chip, and a post-race expo at Crissy Field.

12/4
Family Holiday Concert
11am & 3pm
Davies Symphony Hall, SF
San Francisco Symphony performs holiday favorites and leads a sing-along for children at Deck the Hall, followed by a post-concert party with entertainment, arts and crafts, and snacks.

12/7
Aroma Bar and Blind Barrel Taste off
6:30-8:30pm
McGrail Vineyards
Embark on an educational seminar where you will blindly smell through 12 scents that can be found in McGrail Wine!

12/7 & 8
Classic Christmas Concert
7:30pm
Davies Symphony Hall, SF
A Classic Christmas by the SF Symphony and guest singers features selections from The Nutcracker, Ceremony of Carols, and Hansel and Gretel.

12/10
Gingerbread Family Workshop
10-12pm
Wente Vineyards
Celebrate the holidays together by creating your own unique gingerbread house. All materials are provided to decorate a delicious centerpiece

12/10
SantaCon Pub Crawl
Noon-until
Union Square, SF
Noon, Saturday, December 10th 2016 In San Francisco, California. SantaCon2016 will Ho HoHo again!
Ekology will be putting together a huge SantaCon bar lineup & Banter will be sharing real-time photos & videos from across San Francisco.Bring a new, unwrapped toy for SFFD Toy Drive!

12/1-
South Bay Santa Con
11am-11pm
San Jose TBD
Santa’s elves have already been talking about how to make this year’s South Bay Santa Con bigger and more cacophonous than ever! Mark this date on your calendar, and stay tuned for more info! We’re planning to ride on Santa’s Sleigh, and wind up at the North Pole for an after-party … Ho HoHO!

12/11
Santa Run
8:30am
Chrissy Field
A ticket to San Francisco Great Santa Run includes a five-piece Santa suit, a commemorative holiday medal and a 5K/1-mile run

12/14
Livermore Shakespeare Festival
5:30pm
Swirl on the square
Performance, Tapas Sampler Plate, 1 glass of wine

12/15
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
7:30 pm
SAP Center, San Jose
The perfect celebration for the holidays as the cast of Cirque Musica performs incredible feats of strength, skill, and grace to great Holiday music favorites performed by a live symphony

12/16
Holiday Lights and Sights Boat Parade
6-8pm
Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf
A holiday tradition since 1994, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club will once again present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on the San Francisco Bay. More than 60 boats are expected to be part of the event.

12/24
Christmas Rocks Concert w/Brian Setzer Orchestra
8pm
The Warfield
Christmas Rocks features legendary rocker Brian Setzer (lead guitarist and vocalist) and his orchestra (trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, string bass, and drums) playing holiday songs at The Warfield. Discount tickets.

11/4-1/3
Embarcadero Ice Rink
The Embarcadero SF
The Holiday Ice Rink opens each winter for nine magical weeks. Get ready to skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco.

11/12-1/16
Union Square Ice Rink
Union Square, SF
Ice rink in the center of the prime shopping area of the city.

11/18-12/30
Beach Blanket Babylon’s Seasonal Extravaganza
2pm & 7pm
Club Fugazi
The long-running North Beach revue that combines topical humor, madcap sketches and enormous head-pieces plays up commercial excesses with a wink and a nod (as well as some tap-dancing Douglas firs).

11/18-12/23
Beauty and the Beast Musical
1pm & 7pm
Berkeley Playhouse
Beauty and the Beast is a popular Broadway musical with unforgettable songs

11/19-12/13
Odysseo
AT&T Park
Equestrian arts and high tech theatrical effects unfold under the largest touring tent on Earth.

11/19-12/18
Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Cow Palace
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers 7 stages of entertainment, costumed carolers, holiday shops, pubs, and tearooms built to look like old England.

11/23-Jan. 8
Tis the Season For Science
California Academy of Sciences
Visitors to the California Academy of Sciences can experience ” ‘Tis the Season for Science,” the museum’s annual holiday exhibit. Meet a pair of live reindeer, brave an indoor snowstorm, compete in quiz shows and enjoy live performances — all under one roof in Golden Gate Park.

11/25-12/11
The Velveteen Rabbit
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,SF
ODC Dance Company presentation of the timeless children’s play

11/25-12/24
A Christmas Carol
2 & 7pm
A.C.T’s Geary Theater
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your “humbugs” at the door!

11/26-12/31
Gingerbread House
Fairmont Hotel SF
See the two-story giant Gingerbread House made of thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. Free. Optional Gingerbread Holiday Tea.

12/1-12/23
Golden Girls Comedy Show
Victoria Theater SF
An all-male cast performs two “lost” Christmas episodes of popular TV sitcom The Golden Girls live onstage at Victoria Theatre

12/2-24
Christmas Ballet
Carmel- Dec. 2-3 Mountain View, Dec. 7-11
SF, Dec. 15-24
A holiday tradition, The Christmas Ballet is a mix of ballet, tap, and swing by Smuin Ballet.

12/8-12/23
Lights of Livermore Holiday Tour
5:30 & 7:30pm
Concannon
Join Concannon Vineyard and the Livermore Wine Trolley for a unique holiday experience of lights, bites and flights throughout the month of December! Start at our historic estate where we will be hosting a private tasting reception paired with light bites then enjoy a 1-hour and 15 minute tour on the Livermore Wine Trolley for its Lights of Livermore Holiday Tour.

12/10-11 & 12/16-18
The Nutcracker
2pm & 7pm
The Bankhead Theater Livermore
The talented dancers introduce thousands of young minds to the athleticism and grace of ballet.

12/10-12/29
The Nutcracker
Various times
War Memorial Opera House
SF Ballet: The talented dancers introduce thousands of young minds to the athleticism and grace of ballet.

12/11-1/17
Holiday Lego Extravaganza
11am-3pm
Museum of American Heritage, Palo Alto
The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), the Bay Area LEGO User Group (BayLUG), and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) will once again co-host the Annual Holiday LEGO Extravaganza at MOAH.Visitors will enjoy a variety of LEGO creations made by members of the club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits, and more.

12/16-12/30
ZooLights
5-8pm
SF Zoo
See trees covered with lights, Santa (until Dec. 23), reindeer, an indoor tropical rainforest, games, nightly shows, and take a $5 train ride at ZooLights at San Francisco Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

12/23-12/25
Jewish Comedy Show
5pm & 7pm
New Asia Restaurant Chinatown
See great comedians with dinner or cocktails during Kung Pao Kosher Comedy at New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown.

12/24-12/31
Menorah Lighting
7:30pm
Union Square
Celebrate Jewish Hanukkah at one of the many free Community Menorah Lightings, which often include treats, crafts, and music. The Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square is the first giant one erected in the U.S.

 
 
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Family Arriving for Thanksgiving? Let Black Tie Help Make It a Great Holiday!

It’s not “over the river and through the woods” anymore—now relatives and friends arrive by jet for Thanksgiving, and the airports tell the frustrating tale of congested freeways and crowded access roads. Then you have the problem of what to do with everyone after Turkey Day.

If your holiday is going to be full of family from afar, think about how Black Tie Transportation can help.

First, we’ve got vehicles from 2-passenger BMW 740Li and Cadillac Escalades to limovans and motorcoaches to accommodate groups of any size plus all their luggage. Our professional chauffeurs will easily navigate the airport traffic so you don’t have to, and deliver them safe and happy to your door.

Then, when you are looking for ideas on entertaining them through the weekend, we’ve got some great ideas. Again, you can pack the whole group into one of our vehicles, have a great afternoon at one of the fun events below, and earn the reputation as one of the best holiday hosts ever!
 
 
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Friday, Nov. 25– Christmas Tree Lighting at Union Square, San Francisco

Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Nov. 27 – Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at ACT’s Geary Theater, San Francisco

Saturday, Nov. 26 – Unveiling of the Gingerbread House and Holiday Tea at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel

Saturday, Nov. 26 or Sunday, Nov. 27 – Holiday Display and Afternoon Holiday Tea at the Westin St. Francis Hotel

Other family-pleasing events running through the holiday weekend include “The Lion King” at the Orpheum Theater and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, as well as the Lumination Chinese Light Show at Gilroy Gardens Park in Gilroy.

We get busy during the holiday, so get your reservations in early. And have a great family Thanksgiving!

Black Tie Goes “Pink Tie” for October

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in October Black Tie Transportation’s chauffeurs will go “Pink Tie” to raise money for breast cancer research.

For every customer who mentions “Pink Tie” at the time of booking a reservation or likes Black Tie on their Facebook page, the company will donate $10 toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation. All chauffeurs will exchange their regular black ties for bright pink ones, so customers can be reminded of the effort.

Last year, Black Tie began this special effort and raised over $1,000. Because it was so popular with clients, chauffeurs and the entire staff, the company decided to make it a regular annual activity.

Those wanting to participate can call 800-445- 0444 to make a reservation, or go to the Black Tie Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlackTieTrans

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Valentine’s Day, cue the violins, roses and candlelight. If you’re tired of the same old Valentine’s plans, why not try these new and clever ways to spend the holiday of LOVE.

  • Skip dinner. Try breakfast. – Every restaurant is always packed for dinner. So why not change it up and try breakfast instead. Need ideas for great breakfast places? Here is yelp’s list of best breakfast places in the Bay Area
  • See the Bay Bridge as you’ve never seen it before- In November, the Bay Bridge opened up the pedestrian and bike path, the weather has been so great in Northern California, you may be able to see a great sunset from the new addition to the Bay Bridge. Find more information about it http://baybridgeinfo.org/path
  • Don’t buy a meal. Make a meal – Want to try an expensive meal while learning a new thing or two? Take a couples cooking class. It will bring a new light to the term “Kiss the Cook” Try these classes: Kitchen on Fire,  Back to the Table and Sur La Table

 

Do you have any ideas that we missed? Comment below and give us your ideas!

 

Where is a place that people can enjoy history, family hospitality, and excellent wine all in one? Livermore Valley. Although Livermore Valley isn’t as well-known as Sonoma and Napa, the gems of Livermore wineries are definitely worth seeing. Just outside of San Francisco, San Jose and Silicon Valley, there are over three-dozen wineries residing in the Livermore Valley.

Driving down the highway, you wouldn’t think there could possibly be a wine country so close and convenient to home. However, the land seems to play tricks on the eyes and after driving through suburban landscapes, your eyes come upon vineyards stretched across the valley floor and rising onto the lower slopes of the hills.

The Varietals of Livermore

Many wine regions are known for a particular grape. Some example of this is in Napa Valley, you have cabernet sauvignon; Marlborough has Sauvignon Blanc; and Mendoza Valley has Malbec. Livermore is no different and the particular grapes that Livermore is known for are chardonnay and petite sirah, both of which owe a large portion of their California history to Livermore.

Just a few of the Livermore Wineries

The Concannon Vineyards

If you want a more classy night, then you should look into the Concannon Vineyards. This winery allows visitors to experience all of the history of wine country in one visit. This vineyard boats some of the finest cabernets and has been a Livermore mainstay for over a century and a quarter. The main claim to fame for Concannon comes from being the first to bottle petite sirah as a varietal wine in the United States. Concannon has grown to be the second largest producer of wine in Livermore.

Wente Vineyards

This vineyard has some of the best sustainable growth wines in Northern California. It is one of the biggest of the Livermore wineries and boasts other great attractions; such as live concerts, a hillside golf course, and a fantastic restaurant. The chardonnays are the signature varietals with styles ranging from completely stainless steel to those aged in French, American and Hungarian oaks. As customers sample the range of different ones, they are sure to find one that suits them.

Retzlaff Vineyards

It is here that customers can be swooned buy the great sounds of open air jazz, while enjoying a wonderful picnic. This vineyard is perfect for day trips and is nestled among the pepper trees of Livermore.

Thinking about visiting Livermore’s Wine Country? Black Tie Transportation offers luxury private limousine and charter wine tours for groups of any size. For first timers, it’d definitely worth the consideration. You’re able to get a full tour of Livermore Valley’s wine country and all that it has to offer without having to worry about driving.