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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