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, tree lighting ceremonies, and an ice skating rink 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

Outdoor Events


Oakland Central is incredibly excited to bring Downtown Oakland it’s very own outdoor holiday ice skating rink, the Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink. We have found a home for this important initiative on the corner of 9th and Washington, in one of Oakland’s most beautiful and iconic neighborhoods. Join us as we celebrate the holiday season and bring in the new year on the ice! PARKING There are many parking options in Downtown Oakland including street parking, surface lots, and parking garages. All...

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Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink



Embrace the holiday spirit. Share the joy of the holiday season by joining your family and friends at Oakland Ballet Company's Nutcracker! Experience the beautiful dancing, colorful scenery, and fanciful costumes of Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s charming version of this classic work - and experience the glamorous Paramount Theatre at its glittering holiday best. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with the dancing...

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Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker

Ancient Mysteries of Andalusian Spain Our Revels story begins in 1600 in that part of Spain called Andalusia. Three individuals - a young Moorish woman, a Sephardic Jew, and a Castilian scullery maid - happen to meet, each armed with a mysterious clue that is guiding them on a quest. They are all hoping to find their way back through time to the era of La Convivencia , a time when, as they understand it, all three cultures - Muslim, Jewish, and Christian - lived in a spirit of tolerance and...

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33rd Annual Christmas Revels

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 Foundtain & Holiday Cove before returning to the Boating Center. Thursday Tours: December 6th, 13th & 20th from 4:00pm-8:00pm* Friday Tours: December 7th, 14th & 21st from 4:00pm-8:00pm* Saturday Tours: December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd from 3:00pm to 8:00pm* Sunday Tours: December 2nd,...

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Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt

Shopping in Oakland


‘Tis the season for hosting parties, game nights, dinners, and holiday festivities. Whether you are adding a statement piece or setting a pretty table, Oakland offers products that will create a welcoming home. Here are our 2018 picks courtesy of Oakland merchants and makers. For Oakland Grown's full list of Home For

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Oakland Grown Gift Guide: Home For the Holidays

Celebrating the holidays, no matter which holiday, often involves a ritual around food. Dining out with loved ones, family dinners, religious gatherings, gifts for the foodies on your list, corporate lunches, and then of course, Thanksgiving. Our Food & Drink Guide spotlights delicious Oakland offerings for all of your

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Oakland Grown Gift Guide: Holiday Food & Drink

For The Kids


For 10 days in December, Fairyland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and visits from Santa! For one modest admission fee—$12 for each adult and child over the age of 1 ($6 for members)—you’ll enjoy: * Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater * Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m. * Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment...

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Fairy Winterland

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. New this year, enjoy swirling snowfalls over a dazzling Winter Wonderland attraction featuring Santa in his decked-out workshop 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...

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ZooLights: Oakland Zoo

Black Santa Winter Wonderland Pop-Up The exclusive pop-up winter wonderland will feature festive workshops including ornament making and writing dreamers notes, meet-and-greets with Black Santa and Mrs. C, photo opportunities for the whole family, special events such as kids’ yoga and dance parties, Mrs. C’s Sweet Shop, which offers nostalgic novelty holiday sweets, and Black Santa merchandise. Black Santa’s U Wish Workshop in Jack London Square will provide families and the Oakland community a...

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Black Santa’s U Wish Workshop

Also, check out our Instagram for Holiday giveaways all season!

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