Your Go-To Guide For Holiday Happenings, Oakland-Style
Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! Oakland is taking on the season with full force, from tasty treats to festive gatherings. Proceed with caution theres a lot of ground to cover in The Town.
Happy Thanksgiving +Hanukkah = Thanksgivukkah Once in a blue moon, Thanksgiving and Hannukah fall on the same dates, and this year happens to be a very special Thanksgivukkah. Pick up your latkes, sour cream and house-made organic apple sauce at Beautys Bagel Shop, available November 27 December 5 (closed on Turkey day). The Grand Lake Kitchen will also offer Hanukkah a la carte specials, including matzoh ball soup, latkes and more. Not in the mood to cook at home this year? Head to Lungomare in Jack London Square for a locally-sourced Thanksgiving Feast, including your choice of tasty first and main courses. Enjoy your Thanksgiving grub lakeside at the Lake Chalet, where you can enjoy a three-course menu for the holiday. And don't forget our favorite Spicy Monkey. ;)
Shop Til You Drop with over 100 local vendors who'll sell crafts and curated treats for a fun-filled day of shopping. Food vendors and live music? Beats the mall anytime! Shake off your turkey coma and get out to Oaklands Plaid Friday shopping extravaganza on November 29. Oaklands crafty businesses have reinvented the wheel yet again, turning the biggest shopping day of the year into a unique, locally-focused event. Shop at dozens of indie retailers throughout Oakland, including pop-up vendors in 10 downtown bars at night. Latham Square will be transformed into Oaklands own Santa Village, including DJs, bands, DIY arts, face painting, and of course, a free photo opp with Mr. Claus himself. Local makers and artists are taking over the Oaklandish new pop-up shop in Jack London Square this November 20 through the new year. Pick up a fresh new tee for your favorite family members at 472 Water Street. Dont miss the Bay Areas most unique holiday bazaar The Crucibles Holiday Gifty & Open House, December 14-15. Catch live demonstrations and fiery performances as you peruse the crafty concoctions. On December 5, BUIILD Oakland will host their 7th Annual Holiday Sales Bazaar at the Scottish Rite Center, where youll find more great gifts for the family. From December 6 January 10, Creative Growth Art Center will feature the Holiday 2013: Past Present Future studio sale, including works from over 100 artists. The sale will kick off with an exhibition and opening party on December 6 from 5 9 p.m. Just around the corner, Vessel Gallery will host their Holiday Art Jewelry Trunk Show on December 7 from 3 6 p.m.
Festive Entertainment Get your ho-ho-holidays on when Jack London Square kicks off the season with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 6 from 5 7:30 p.m. Say hi to Rudolph, find out if youre on Santas naughty or nice list, dance to festive music and shop at 90 different local artisan stands! Celebrate the season with Santa and his elves at Oakland City Center's tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 6 from 5 -7pm. Join in the merriment with live entertainment, cookie decorating, and more! Cruise into the holidays with this year's 37th annual Lighted Yacht Parade on Saturday, December 7 at 5:30pm. Enjoy the lights from the Jack London Square waterfront or donate a toy and float your way down the estuary as a part of the parade on the San Francisco Bay Ferry. No holiday season would be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker. The Oakland Ballet Companys live performance will be held at the historic Paramount Theatre December 21, 22 and 24, including collaborations with the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Youth Chorus. An arts trifecta not to be missed! Enjoy the heavenly sounds of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir at their 28th Annual Holiday Concert at the Paramount Theatre on December 7. More of a scrooge than a Tiny Tim? Head to the Kinetic Arts Center November 22-24 for the I Hate The Holidays Circus Cabaret for a weekend of anti-holiday circus antics. Burn off those holiday calories when the Oracle Arena hosts Live 105 Not So Silent Night December 6 -7. Rock out to some of the biggest acts in today's music mix, including Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. Park for free when you shop at the Oakland Museum of Californias Store through December 20. A pop-up holiday kiosk will be out during Friday Nights @ OMCA events, including featured selections from the OMCA Store. Enjoy holiday tunes and a holiday card-making workshop when you frequent the Friday Nights @ OMCA in December.
For the Kiddos Oaklands 14th annual Americas Childrens Holiday Parade hits the streets of Oakland on December 7. Giant balloons, floats, childrens stars and marching bands will adorn the downtown area for one of the most exciting events of the holiday season. Grab a spot along the parades route, you wont want to miss it! Hundreds of thousands of LED lights will brighten Oaklands night sky for the Oakland Zoos ZooLights, held on select dates November 29 January 5. Cruise on the candy cane lane themed rides, have an adventure on the Outback Express train, and experience an out-of-this world light show. Childrens Fairyland will transform into a Fairy Winterland this December 14-23. Celebrate the holidays of many cultures with arts and crafts, special decorations, puppet shows and treats, and of course a daily appearance by Santa Claus. Welcome winter with open arms at Chabot Space & Science Centers Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21. Observe the Cosmos through one of Chabots historic telescopes, and get your scientist on with lights, lasers and prismsoh my! Lace up your skates and bring your fam to the Oakland Ice Center in Uptown Oakland, or bundle up the bunch for a home game with the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors! Where to Stay Give thanks to your family and friends by bringing them to Oakland this holiday season! The Waterfront Hotel will offer 20% off best available rates during the season, and The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa will offer a Home For The Holidays special for families and guests coming to town. Transportation Holiday costs got you down? Fly with OAK this holiday season for up to three days of free parking for mid-week flights between Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Download these special coupons before you go! Didnt find exactly what you were looking for? Visit our full calendar of events for more party time goodness!