The Town Offers Visitors A Calendar of Events

(Oakland, CA) — Visit Oakland, the city’s destination marketing organization, is inviting travelers to take part in the season’s holiday activities. With so many events to choose from, visitors are encouraged to turn their day into a staycation. Book a hotel stay at for yourself or friends and family and make it a holiday to remember.

Among the many family activities scheduled in Oakland, a few highlights include:

  • Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Friday Dec. 4, 5PM-7PM

  • Zoolights @ Oakland Zoo: Dec. 4 to Jan. 3, 5:30PM-9PM

  • Fairy Winterland @ Children’s Fairyland: Dec. 4-20 (Fri. to Sun.) and 21-23 (Mon. to Wed.)

  • Lighted Yacht Parade @ Oakland Estuary: Sat., Dec. 5, 5:30PM

  • A Holiday Tradition @ the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate: Dec. 5-20 (weekends), 12PM-4PM

    Holiday celebrations are not complete without a live musical performance:

  • Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s 30th Annual Holiday Concert @ Paramount Theatre: Dec. 5, 7PM

  • Grammy award-winning Chanticleer @ The Cathedral of Christ the Light: Saturday, Dec. 12, 8PM

  • Oakland Symphony’s Let Us Break Bread Together—Sinatra Style @ Paramount Theatre: Sunday, Dec. 13, 4PM

  • Oakland Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker @ Paramount Theatre: Dec. 19 & 20

    Looking for the perfect gift? Support local Oakland businesses by participating in Plaid Friday. Be the perfect dinner party guest and bring a bottle of vino from one of the Oakland Urban Wine Trail vintners. Those looking for one-of-a-kind gifts can attend the Holiday GIFTY shopping event on Dec. 11-13.

    Don’t forget that Oakland’s sports teams will be playing at home throughout the holiday season. Support the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors by attending a game or purchasing tickets to make the day of your favorite sports fans.

    As always, the Visit Oakland Visitor Center at 481 Water Street in Jack London Square has plenty of gifting options for the traveler wanting to bring a little bit of Oakland back home. Visit Oakland shirts, jackets, and reusable water bottles are all on sale for the holiday season.



    Visit Oakland is a non-profit organization marketing Oakland, California as a travel destination. Visit Oakland offers a wide variety of complimentary services and materials for travelers interested in visiting Oakland. For more information, see our website at
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    Frances Wong | PR & Community Relations Manager | O: (510) 208-0561 C: (510) 396-8367 |