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WCMag's Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events

Splurge on Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz. Celebrate the season in style at an elegant tea party featuring sandwiches, scones, and sweets. A playful holiday show features an animated elf, a gingerbread fairy, and a teddy bear, of course. Through December 23,

Celebrate the Season in Union Square. Steps from ice skating and world-class shopping, The Westin San Francisco is all decked out for the holidays with an epic Sugar Castle, Holiday Teas, Breakfast Buffets with Santa, champagne and wine bars, plus shop 'til you drop overnight deals.


See Disney's FROZEN: Broadway SF’s smashing musical season continues with FROZEN, an unforgettable theatrical experience filled with stunning costumes and powerhouse performances. From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, the show features songs you know and love from the Oscar®-winning film. Through December 30, San Francisco.

Visit the North Pole. Head to the Lesher Center for a festive pop-up with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The couple gets up close and theatrical in their kitchen and toy workshop. Bring up to 6 family members for photo ops between December 10-22. 


Experience a Bay Area Holiday Tradition. Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, Dicken’s Christmas Carol elevates the spirits. Join the thousands who make this theatrical event an essential part of their holiday festivities. Through December 22,

Go Ice Skating in Civic Park. With 8,000-square feet of space, Walnut Creek on Ice is the place to skate December 9-January 16. From pros to first timers, this holiday rink caters to skaters of all ages and abilities with private and group lessons, family nights, and more. 


Explore The Presidio. With 25 miles of biking and walking trails, creative cuisine, charming hotels, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Sleeping Beauty on stage, dynamic sights, and gift shops, put this Bay Area gem on your holiday to-do list.  

Snag Tickets to Smuin Ballet. If you missed their Christmas Ballet in Walnut Creek, head to San Francisco for a spirited evening of jazz, tap, and ballet on December 14.


Take A Stroll through Glowfari. From kangaroos and koalas to whales, otters, and a towering t-rex, at the  Oakland Zoo’s wildly exciting holiday experience, hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns light up the night. Now through January 29.  

Bundle Up for Waterfront Fun. Holiday cheer is abundant in Sausalito this year. At Holiday by the Bay, you’ll find a gingerbread house tour, live music, artist open studios, breakfast with Santa, a lighted boat parade, and more.


Spread The Light. Join Chabad Contra Costa and the Jewish community for the Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Broadway Plaza on December 18, 4-5:30pm or at Alamo Plaza December 20, 5-6pm,


Eat Latkes. On December 18,  Saul’s in Berkeley is hosting a Hanukkah candle-lighting party with a klezmer band in the street. The deli’s latke tent will be on-site, along with other delicious Jewish food like brisket and matzo ball soup. 

Breathe In Fresh Sea Air at Jack London Square. Grab a seaside table at Forge Pizza or Farmhouse Thai and enjoy the waterfront’s famous 55-foot fir tree, adorned with thousands of lights and hundreds of colorful ornaments.

Experience Garden of d’Lights. On this spectacular walking tour, thousands of lights illuminate the vast collection of plants at Walnut Creek's Ruth Bancroft Garden. Through January 8.

Take Your Toddlers to Winterland. Oakland’s magical attraction, Children’s Fairyland, is decked out for the holidays in twinkly lights and culturally diverse displays. Each evening at 6:30pm Black Santa leads families on a Festival of Lights Parade. December 16-23.


Partake in Dickens Fair Festivities. Don your Victorian garb and shop for treasures, sing along with carolers, watch a puppet show, and drink brandied eggnog. Weekends through December 18.


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