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!

  1. Fairy Winterland at Children's Fairyland | December 16-30
  2. Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker | December 16-17
  3. Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo | Through January 2024
  4. More Holiday Events

Fairy Winterland at Children's Fairyland | December 16-30

Fairy Winterland at Children's Fairyland

Embrace the spirit of togetherness and new beginnings at this year's Fairy Winterland celebration, themed "United By Light." Join us for a magical evening filled with candle and ornament making activities, free hot cocoa and cider, and the enchanting Black Santa + Festival of Lights Parade. Experience the joy of the season with twinkling trees and the warmth of community. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event of giving and festive cheer!

Oakland Ballet Presents: Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker | December 16-17

Oakland Symphony presents the Nutcracker in Oakland Ca

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 2024

Frog at Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo

Glowfari is a wildly 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!  Get your tickets now!

Other Fun Holiday Events in Oakland:

  • The Whispers & The Dramatics: Home for the Holidays | December 8
  • Holiday Fest - Winter Market | December 16
  • Twas the Night Before Fairy Winterland for Grown Ups | December 14
  • Anita Baker - The Songstress Tour | December 23
  • Holiday Tea at the Claremont Club & Spa | Through December 30

Looking for more options? Explore our full calendar of events!

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