It's the holiday season here in Oakland, California! Plan a visit to The Town and you will find plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit! Here’s a list for holiday shopping, and more to get you started! Get your calendar out, select the holiday events that look the most fun for you and your family, and create ever-lasting memories!
Seasons greetings from Oakland!
- The Crucible's GIFTY Craft Show | December 2-4
- Holiday Tree Lighting at Jack London Square | December 3
- 2022 Yuletide Youth Concert | December 3
- Fairy Winterland at Children's Fairyland | December 16-30
- Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker | December 17-18
- Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo | Through January 2023
- More Holiday Events
The Crucible's GIFTY Craft Show | December 2-4
GIFTY, The Crucible’s annual Craft Show & Open House returns this December 2-4. Join us for three days of the best shopping in the Bay Area. Find holiday gifts made by local artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty. From one-a-kind sculpture to functional pottery to locally made soaps and more, find something for everyone on your list at GIFTY.
In between shopping, enjoy family-friendly activities and demonstrations. And make sure to stop by our bar for refreshments and snacks. RSVP to the event today!
Holiday Tree Lighting at Jack London Square | December 3
Visit Jack London Square for a FREE Holiday Tree Lighting sponsored by KTVU FOX 2 on Saturday, December 3, from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm. The event will take place at the plaza near Plank and will feature laser shows with snow, photos with Santa, Frosty and Christmas teddy bear (bring your own camera), illuminated LED ballerina and special performances by 11-time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay, Oaktown Jazz Workshops' Performance Ensemble and The Lyric Performing Arts Academy.
2022 Yuletide Youth Concert | December 3
With the new Oakland Youth Chorus ensembles, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir has five youth choirs including youth ages 5 to 17! Come see the 2022 Yuletide Youth Concert in Oakland and watch them perform a variety of music from Black gospel music to world music, holiday favorites, and of course, get ready to scoop up some joy!
Fairy Winterland at Children's Fairyland | December 16-30
Evenings in late December sparkle with the return of Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland. This magical multicultural event brings families together to share in the season’s festivities and explore decked out halls gleaming with thousands of twinkly lights.
This year, flying in from the North Pole, Black Santa is coming to the Town and visitors have the magical chance to visit him before his big night or say “thank you” the days following Christmas. After sharing holiday wishes and snapping photos, children receive a special treat and can join him at the Festival of Lights Parade. Get your tickets now!
Oakland Ballet Presents: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker | December 17-18
The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with our dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life. Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker will be the highlight of your holiday season! Get tickets now!
Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo | Through January 2023
Glowfari is a widly illuminating lantern festival at the Oakland Zoo. This year's experience features new displays including a walkabout through the land down under with kangaroos and koalas, icons of the California coastline including whales, otters, and jellies, exotic animals of the tropical rainforest, and a trip to the past with a towering t-rex and a megalodon shark tunnel!
Finish your experience with a ride on the train through a fantasy wonderland full of fabled creatures like fairies, unicorns, and more mythical beasts. You may also visit Santa in the Rides Area Fridays - Sundays in November and every night December 1-23 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. Get your tickets now!
Other Fun Holiday Events in Oakland:
- Oakland First Fridays - Frost Fridays | December 2
- Holiday Tea at the Claremont Club & Spa | December 3-17
- 20th Annual Montclair Village Holiday Stroll | December 8
- Children's Santa Cruise | December 11
- Winterland for Grown Ups at Children's Fairyland | December 15
- Happy Holidays at Rockridge District | Weekends in November & December
- Free Selfies with Santa | December 2022
- Orchestra Nostalgico at Duende | December 22
- Five Palms Ice at the Claremont Club & Spa | Through February 2023
Looking for more options? Explore our full calendar of events!
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