It's holiday season here in Oakland, California! Along with lights and festive decorations, events are popping up all around The Town! Here’s a list of performances, holiday shopping, walking tours, and more to get you started! So, get your calendar out, pick the events that look the most fun for you and your family, and create ever-lasting memories! Seasons greetings from Oakland!

  1. Outdoor Events
  2. Performances
  3. Shopping in The Town
  4. For The Kids
  5. Eat and Drink

Outdoor Events

Create one of the most magical traditions this holiday season and join us for our Walk through Wonderland at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Celebrate this season enjoying the breathtaking views of the estate during the winter. Tour our holiday decorated mansion and be sure to stop by our magical gift shop! We'll be sure to have entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! Take a little piece of the Holiday Tradition of Dunsmuir with you and stop by our gift shop.Come for the sights, fun,...

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Walk through Wonderland: A Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Galleries in the neighborhood will also hold 2nd Friday Jingletown receptions on December 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. The 14th Annual Winter Art Walk event includes open studios and gallery exhibits highlighting the work of outstanding artists who live and/or work in Jingletown. The neighborhood is a recognized arts districts in the Bay Area. Featured in our annual event will be local artists and gallery shows displaying art in our unique and walkable...

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14th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk/Open Studios

Visit The Laurel Oakland Saturday, December 14th for our Annual Santa Stroll! From a Santa Meet + Greet at Cafe Santana, to a Free Holiday Ornament Making Workshop at Mischief, to our Annual Laurel Oakland Food Drive, we’re making spirits bright at Oakland’s Laurel District this holiday season! Follow for holiday contests + giveaways all season long! Shop Local ~ Shop The Laurel Oakland's Neighborhood - On MacArthur between 35th Ave and High St

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The Laurel Santa Stroll and Light Up The Laurel

Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy storytime with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, and more. Create a candle to take home as we wrap up the final Friday Nights at OMCA for 2019.

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Friday Nights at OMCA - Winter Fest


WINTERSONGS, Kitka's cherished and wildly popular December concert tradition, showcases seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European and Eurasian lands, as well as original new works inspired by midwinter mysteries. WINTERSONGS-WEATHERING THE STORM is Kitka's artistic response to urgent environmental concerns that impact us all. This year's concerts will feature songs that invoke the powers of the elements in wintertime: blustering winds, storms, avalanches, snow, ice, and floods....

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KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble presents: Wintersongs-Weathering the Storm

Always a seasonal high point, the holidays are simply not the same without Cantare setting the stage. With adult, youth and children’s choirs on deck, accompanied by full orchestra and organ, we will feature works by Bach, Bruckner, Howells, Glick, along with arrangements of “Silver Bells”, “Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 3”, “Home for the Holidays”, Oseh Shalom, and several others. All choirs will present Boito’s breathtaking “Final Psalmody” from his opera Mefistofele. The audience is invited...

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Star of Wonder, Star of Night

Shopping in Oakland

It’s The Crucible’s craft show! Join us for GIFTY, the best place in the Bay to find your holiday gifts made right here by local artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty. With jewelers, metalworkers, artisan bath suppliers, button makers, bottle cap fashionistas, candle extraordinaires, and so much more, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. While you shop, our expert faculty will be showing off their skills in live demonstrations in Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry,...

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GIFTY 2019: A Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture

For The Kids

Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. See the Music in Motion laser light shows and stroll through twinkling holiday lights, animal structures and a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love. Hop on the...

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ZooLights at Oakland Zoo

Eat & Drink

Create one of the most magical traditions this holiday season and join us for our Holiday High Tea at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Celebrate this season enjoying the breathtaking views of the estate during the winter.Tea will be served in the Dinkelspiel House along with an unmatched selection of sweet and savory bites to choose from. Holiday High Tea Schedule - 1 pm Schedule 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Tea Seating & Service 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Mansion Tours *time is subject to change

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A Holiday Tradition - High Tea at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
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