• Sunday, Nov 24- Saturday, Jan 4: Holiday Ice Public Skating Various Hours, Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street. Enjoy the holidays by gliding across the rink. Skate one session and get 50% off the second session on the same day. Warm clothing and gloves recommended. For more information, please visit www.oaklandice.org
  • Friday, November 29: Plaid FridayVarious Times, Various Oakland Locations. Avoid the stampedes at the malls; shop locally and joyfully instead. The traditional Black Friday has been renamed and reinvented by Oakland entrepreneurs. Activities will include Santa Village at Latham Square from noon to 7:00 p.m. complete with free photos with Santa, over 45 retail shops will be open downtown throughout the day, pop-up artisans and vendors at various downtown bars from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and much more. Shoppers can pick up a free Oakland Grown card to earn rewards and chances for hourly and grand prizes for shopping local that day. Shop for your holiday gifts in Oakland and help support local business while keeping your tax dollars in our city to support vital services. For more information, please visit www.oaklandgrown.org/plaid-friday

  • Saturday, November 30, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Rockridge in the Snow –  Rockridge BART Station Plaza, College Avenue at Keith. Join the merchants of Rockridge in celebrating the season with memorable meals, unique gift shopping opportunities and special holiday offers. Kids can frolic in the play area with snow, enjoy pony rides and visit with Santa and his helpers. Enjoy live holiday entertainment and more. For more information, please visit www.rockridgedistrict.com.
  • Thursday, December 5, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m: 11th Annual Holiday Stroll- Montclair Village, Mountain Boulevard at LaSalle. Special discounts and promotions are offered as over 40 merchants stay open to greet guests with music, food and drink. Holiday carols will fill the streets with performances by local choirs at this family friendly event. Enjoy the Tap Dancing Trees and a visit with Santa. For more information, please visit www.montclairvillage.com
  • Friday, December 6, 5:00-7:00: 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony, Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th Street. Join in the joy and merriment of the season with live entertainment, cookie decorating and much more. Visit with Santa and his elves. For more information, please visit www.oaklandcitycenter.com

  • Friday, December 6, 5:00-7:00: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy this special evening of holiday magic on the waterfront including festive music, live reindeer, a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, costumed characters and more than 90 local artisans and more. Catch a sneak preview of festive entertainment and meet costumed characters from the America’s Children Holiday Parade. For more information, please visit www.jacklondonsquare.com

  • Friday, December 6, 5:00-9:00: Holiday Pop Up! Indie Shopping Fair, Jack London Square Pavilion, foot of Broadway. Shop for your holiday gifts locally from Oakland and Bay Area small businesses. Tons of fun vendors, music, performers, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, wine, holiday treats and more. Proceeds support Youth Uprising; Young, Gifted and Black and Oakland Grown. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/events/1381654998721799/.
  • Friday, December 6, 6:00-9:00 pm: Winter Art Hop Temescal District, Telegraph Avenue at 51st Street. Temescal’s neighborhood galleries, cafes, bars and retailers have teamed up to bring you a night of walking about and art browsing. Enjoy live music in Temescal Alley and on Telegraph Avenue. For more information, please visit www.temescalfirstfriday.com

  • Saturday, December 7, 2:00pm 14th Annual America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, Downtown Oakland, Broadway between 14 and 20 streets. Some 20 marching bands and nearly 40 children’s characters march up Broadway along with giant parade balloons. For more information, please visit www.amerricas-holiday-parade.com 

  • Saturday, December 7, 5:30pm 37th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade, Oakland EstuaryScores of decorated yachts and boats ply up and down the estuary for this holiday tradition. For more information, please visit http://www.lightyachtparade.com 

  • Saturday, December 7, 6:00-8:00pm, 5th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Stroll Key Route Plaza, Piedmont Avenue at 41st Street. Enjoy festive performances, caroling and a visit with Santa Claus as participating retailers stay open for late night shopping. For more information, please visit www.piedmontavenue.org

  • Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm 28th Annual Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Holiday Concert, Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway. The award-winning Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is a multiracial, interfaith group led by Artistic Director Terrance Kelly. Enjoy traditional and contemporary black gospel music and spirituals with special guests. Please visit www.paramounttheatre.com 

  • Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8 11:00am-6:00pm 8th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk, Jingletown Arts District, between Park Street and Fruitvale Street bridges along the Oakland estuary. This open studio event highlights the work of more than 50 artists who call Jingletown home. Food trucks will feature delicious local products. Enjoy the annual T-Sisters 

    Parade. For more information, please visit www.jingletown.org

  • Saturday December 7 & Sunday, December 8, Noon-4:00pm A Holiday Tradition, Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court. The Office of Parks and Recreation invites you to step back in time and experience a turn-of-the-20th-century Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Visitors tour the magnificent 37-room mansion 

    transformed into a breathtaking masterpiece of an Edwardian holiday. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations. Kids and families can have brunch with Santa and then enjoy holiday crafts, games and face painting in the Kid’s Zone. For more information, please visit www.dunsmuir-hellman.com

  • Saturday, December 7, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8, 5:00 pm Splash of Color Holiday Concert, Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street. Join Jeremiah Selvey as he conducts the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus. The concert includes classics that everyone knows and loves as well as African, spiritual, gospel and gospel-style 

    music. For more information, please visit www.oebgmc.org

  • Beginning Thursday, December 12 and various dates throughout the month of December, Holiday Caroling at Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Avenue. Inviting Families to come out to enjoy some time in our Holiday room with hot cider 

    and cookies before beginning your voyage around Lake Merritt. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the Boating Center. For more information, please contact Megan Seccombe at (510) 238-2196, or visit www.sailoakland.com

  • Saturday, December 21, Sunday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 24, 2 pm: The Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker. Tickets purchased at the Paramount Theatre box office along with a non-perishable food donation receive a 10 percent discount. Offer starts November 23 and is limited to the Paramount Theatre box office. 
  • January 4th, 6:30-9:30 pm Chabot Space and Science Center, Mayor's Annual Holiday Party. Mayor Jean Quan is hosting a community party at the Chabot Science Center with food, music, and a chance for city activists to just talk.  Quan and friends cook much of the food and includes one of the center's  planetarium shows. 
  • December 23: 22nd Annual Holiday Dinner, Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, 11:00am - 2:00 pm. The City of Oakland's Department of Human Services, Communities United Committee, Community Action Partnership and the Emergency Food Providers Committee hold an annual city-wide event to feed seniors and those who are homeless and/or low income. At the Annual Holiday Dinner, the free turkey feast will provide a nutritious meal and entertainment to more than 2,000 low-income families, seniors and homeless individuals while providing them the opportunity to obtain a
    winter coat/jacket if needed. To volunteer or make a donation please call the Department of Human Services' Hunger and Homeless Program at 510-238-2077 or mailing address: 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Checks should be made to the City of Oakland Hunger Program and your donations are tax deductible and the tax identification
    number is 94-6000384. 
  • December 13, 4:00-6:00pm and December 14, 2:00-4:00pm: Holiday Season Celebration. Lakeshore Avenue from MacArthur Boulevard to Trestle Glen. Celebrate the holiday season with free carriage rides, visits with Santa, face painting and more. For more information, please visit www.lakeshoreoakland.com or call (510) 593-3721. 


  • December 13, 7:00pm and December 15, 1:00pm: Holiday Lights by the Bay. Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street. Enjoy a 90-minute figure skating exhibition presented by youth and adults from the center’s skating schools and teams. Special guests will include current elite and national level competitors. For more information, please visit www.oaklandice.com or call (510) 268-9000
  • December 15 & Friday, December 20 to Sunday, December 22, various times28th Annual Christmas Revels: Spirits of Haddon Hall. Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive. The Lord and Lady of Haddon Hall, a stately medieval manor, can 

    no longer afford the cost of upkeep and the staff necessary to run it. Can the ghosts of past generations convince the current owners to find a way to remain in the Hall, or will this be their final Yuletide at Haddon? For more information, please visit www.californiarevels.org or call (510) 452-9334.

  • December 14, 3:00pm & 8:00pm: 28th Anniversary Winter Dance Showcase – Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street. Dance-A-Vision hosts its 28th Anniversary Winter Dance Showcase with a theme of The Gift of Dance “Move It.”  Special guest performances by The Art of Ballet & Bodi Rock Kidz, Lyric Performing Arts, Dance Hall In The Groove, The Art of Ballet, Studio 1924 and The Beat. For more information, please contact Darrin Hodges, Center 

    Director, at (510) 238-7221.

  • December 14, 6:00 pm: Holiday Concert: One World, One Voice, Our Song! –  First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway. Celebrate the Bay Area’s multiculturalism with a rousing concert unlike any other holiday show this season. The evening includes stunning performances by the Oakland Youth Chorus’ incredibly talented middle and high school Concert 

    Chorus. For more information, please visit www.oaklandyouthchorus.org or call (510) 287-9700.

  • December 15, 4:00pm: Let Us Break Bread Together Holiday Celebration Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway. The Oakland East Bay Symphony is joined by several different choruses in a program that celebrates and festively fuses multiple holiday traditions. For more information, please visit www.paramounttheatre.com or call (510) 465-6400.

  • Friday December 20, 7:00 & Saturday December 21, 2:00: Nutcracker International, Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street. This show is a new take on a well-known holiday tradition and will highlight the many communities found in Oakland, including the Aztec, African American, Haitian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and LGBTQ 

    communities. The narrator will deliver an educational storyline that weaves the magical scenes together and, along with surprise video and special effects, provides an engaging and historical overview of Oakland. For more information, please visit www.laney.edu/wp/music/choir/

  • December 20-December 22, 3:00-7:00 Christmas Night Market – Fruitvale District, International Boulevard between 33rd and 38th avenues. Shop the Fruitvale for your holiday gift needs while enjoying live music, a visit with Santa Claus, popcorn, cotton candies and great bargains from merchants. For more information, please call (510) 535-6919. 


  • December 21, 2:30-5:30 Holiday Open House –  Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Avenue. Drop by for free hot cocoa, spiced apple juice, hot tamales and other sweet treats. Special holiday decorations reflect the cultures from the neighborhood. For more information, please visit www.peraltahacienda.org
  • December 21, 4:00-7:30: Traditional Christmas Posada - Fruitvale DistrictInternational Boulevard. Enjoy the traditional procession and caroling from two starting points: Hispanic Services, 3204 International Boulevard and Majestic Home Furniture, 4030 International Boulevard. Both groups will stroll to International Produce at 3851 International Boulevard for the final celebration where kids will break piñatas and sip traditional tea. For more information, please call (510) 535-6919.