Fantasy of lights; Mad Hatter Holiday Festival: NorCal Weekend

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Patch has hosted fun, interesting and entertaining events across Northern California – from the beaches of Santa Cruz, through South Bay, East Bay and the Peninsula, to the highest points in North Bay and Wine Country.

Some are free. Some are chargeable.

Whether you opt for an activity near you, a mini day trip, or a virtual event, see what’s in store this weekend from Saturday December 4 through Sunday December 5.

Check with event planners to confirm dates, times, and locations in case activities have been updated since posting to Patch.


Christmasville to Emeryville: Christmasville, Emeryville

Dave Badilla: LVK Elevation, Livermore

Donuts and Dreidels: Community Hall of Piedmont, Piedmont

Christmas by the Fireside: A Christmas Special in Asbury: Asbury United Methodist Church, Livermore and Virtual

Gifts & Crafts Fair: Concord Senior Center, Concord

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting: The Verandah, Concord

Craft Vacation Sale: Shadelands Art Center, Walnut Creek

Handel’s Messiah Ballet: Center for Performing Arts and Education, Dublin

Community Hanukkah Celebration: Main Street Plaza, Martinez

Holiday Art Shop: KeyPoint Credit Union, Dublin

Holiday Concert “Sing Joy! »: Broadway Plaza in Jack London Square, Oakland

Holiday Sounds and Sounds Parade: First Street, Livermore

Holiday Tree Lighting: Community Swimming Center, Hercules

Christmas tree lighting: Fernandez park, avenue San Pablo and avenue Tivent, Pinole

Holidays in the vineyards: Caves Rosa Fierro: Livermore

Vineyard Vacations: Cuda Ridge Wines, Livermore

Vineyard Vacations: McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Livermore

Hometown Holiday Celebration: Main Street, Downtown Pleasanton

“Into the Woods”: Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley

“It’s a wonderful life in Lafayette”: Lafayette’s Plaza Park, Lafayette

Magic shows from friends of the snow: Fremont Hub, Fremont

Menagerie Holiday Oddities Market: Webster Street, Alameda

Outside the Holiday Craft Show: Mount Diablo Universalist Unitarian Church, Walnut Creek

Santa Claus on Solano: Peggy Smith’s Allstate Insurance Agency, Berkeley

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina, Berkeley

Ballet “The Snow Queen”: Center for Performing Arts and Education, Dublin

Veretski Pass Klezmer Trio: St. Alban Episcopal Church, Albany

Widmer World: Chelsea Court, Pleasanton


Ackerman Afternoon Tea Ceremony: Ackerman Family Vineyards at the Ackerman Heritage House, Napa

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade: Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga

Charles Dickens Christmas with Santa: Ackerman Family Vineyards at the Ackerman Heritage House, Napa

Christmas by the Water: Suisun City Harbor Plaza, Suisun City

Copper Leaf Gilding Workshop: Virtual via The Image Flow, Mill Valley

Contest and Gingerbread House Tour: Participating Companies, Sausalito

Hanukkah Celebration: Town Hall, Novato

Holiday Craft Fair: Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa

Hannukah Inside Out: Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael

Healdsburg Choir: Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg

Holiday Craft Fair: Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley

Holiday Craft Festival: Margaret Todd Senior Center, Novato

Open House: Luther Burbank, Santa Rosa

Holiday Tea: Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg

Christmas tree lighting: Sherman Avenue, downtown Novato

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop: McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble: The 222 Performing Arts Center, Healdsburg

Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, parade and tree lighting: downtown Vallejo

“Magic of the season”: Shenandoah Park, American Canyon

Make Good Market: Heath Ceramics, Sausalito

Christmas markets “Mercatini di Natale”: Orsi Family Vineyards, Healdsburg

Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar: Alexander Valley Community Hall, Geyserville

Reindeer Run: Wetlands Edge Trailhead, American Canyon and Virtual via American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation, American Canyon

Sheyda: Village 360, Fairfield

Sing Christmas: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Healdsburg

Solano Symphony Orchestra Holiday Celebration: Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, Vacaville

“The Nutcracker”: Virtual via Benicia Ballet Theater, Benicia

Winter Art Market: Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma

Winter Craft Fair: Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma

Winter Wineries Passport: Fourteen Wineries in Calistoga, St. Helena, Lake County, Pope Valley

Winterfest: Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley

Wknd Fest: BARN5400, Petaluma


After Village: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto

Ballet America’s Nutcracker: Carrington Hall, Redwood City

Brunch with Santa Claus: Pinstripes, San Mateo

Caltrain and Toy Drive Vacation Train: Peninsula & San Francisco Bay Area

Hanukkah Car Parade: Downtown Burlingame

Vacation Shop: Highlands Community Club, Redwood City

Holiday Show: American Heritage Museum, Palo Alto

Hometown Vacation: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

Wreath Making Workshop on Public Place Improvements: Joseph Fernekes Recreation Building, South San Francisco

La Honda Christmas Market: Route de La Honda, La Honda

Market: A pop-up shop: Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Menorah Lighting: Town Hall, Palo Alto

Pacifica Elf Market: Pacifica Community Center, Pacifica

Palo Alto Art Center Studio Vacation Sale: Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto

Santa is coming to town: Station 71, Pacifica

Santa is coming to town: City Hall, South San Francisco

Santa’s Weekends: Filoli, Woodside

Drive-Thru of the Great Dickensian Christmas Fair: The Cow Palace, Daly City

Tree Lighting Celebration: Town Hall, Millbrae

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Tanforan Shops, San Bruno

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Leo Ryan Park, Foster City

Winter Wonderland: Central Park, San Mateo


A Candlelight Christmas in Nature: Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

Bayview Beautification Day: Café Alma, San Francisco

Caltrain and Toy Drive Vacation Train: Peninsula & San Francisco Bay Area

“Carols by Candlelight” with Young Women’s Chorus of Young Women’s Choral Projects: Virtual via Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

“Study of Colors”: Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

“Datum”: Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

District 2 Cleanup Day: Washington and Steiner Streets, San Francisco

Contest and Gingerbread House Tour: Participating Companies, Sausalito

GLOW Fest: Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Brilliant Hanukkah Festival: Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

Japantown Community Cleanup Day: Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco

Krampus Competition: El Rio, San Francisco

“The Nutcracker Sweets” by Mark Foehringer: Cowell Theater, San Francisco

Memories to Light: Never Brighter: Virtual via McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco

MUNA Waste Collection Day: The Benches Garden, San Francisco

San Francisco SantaCon Bar Crawl: Del Mar + Various Locations, San Francisco

San Francisco Yiddish Combo at Old First Concerts: Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco

The Art of Brick: 1 Grant Avenue, San Francisco

The Dinner Detective Interactive Mystery Show: Le Méridien San Francisco, San Francisco

Word Power: A Comedy-Themed Show: Milk Bar, San Francisco


Art in the Cellars Holiday Festival: Bargetto Winery, Soquel

Downtown Holiday Fair: Downtown Santa Cruz

Guided Coastal Walk: Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz

Historic Ranch Grounds Tour: Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz

Club Nature: Pogonip: A journey through history: Pogonip, Santa Cruz

No rooms at the Inn’s Nativity Exhibit: St. Philip the Apostle Episcopal Church, Scotts Valley

Old-Growth Redwood Tours: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

Tea Party: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton

UCSC Jazz Orchestra: UC Santa Cruz Theater Arts Center, Santa Cruz

Winter Art Market: Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz


“Beethoven turns 251” with pianist Jon Nakamatsu: California Theater, San Jose

Breakfast with Santa Claus: Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino

Hanukkah Concert and Menorah Lighting: Santana Row, San José

Fantasy of Lights: Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos

Gilroy Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting: Downtown Gilroy

Holiday Art Shop: Gilroy Art Center, Gilroy

Holiday Walk: North Avenue of Santa Cruz, Los Gatos

Menorahs and Miracles: Children’s Discovery Museum, San José

Milk and Cookies with Santa Claus: Barbara Lee Senior Center, Milpitas

Morgan Hill Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting: Downtown Morgan Hill

Photos with Santa Claus: Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House, Campbell

Sensory Santa: Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara

Symphony San Jose presents “All-Beethoven Program”: California Theater, San Jose

“The Nutcracker Meshuga!” : 3Below Theaters, San Jose

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