Check out these 2018 holiday lights!
Chanukah Train – Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the lighting of the menorah at 6:15pm, and then set off on an incredible one-hour train ride on Roaring Camp’s vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations. Mon., Dec. 3. 6:15pm. $33 adult, $27 child. 400 Beach St.
Christmas in the Park – For more than 30 years, the two-acre Christmas in the Park has been delighting visitors of all ages. Trees decorated by local community groups, animated musical displays, free visits with Santa, musical performances and more. Nov. 23-Jan.6. 9am-12am. FREE. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, S. Market Street, San Jose. .
Fantasy of Lights – Drive or walk through this 1.5-mile-long annual display in Vasona Lake County Park to see lit-up dinosaurs, penguins, Santa shooting hoops and more. Drive through: Dec. 4-30, closed Dec. 25. 6-10pm. $20 per vehicle (up to 12 guests), $50 per oversize vehicle (13 or more). Walk-through nights will take place Dec. 2-3 from 4-9pm. $10 adults, $5 child, 3 and under FREE. All tickets must be purchased in advance. 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos.
Christmas Tree Lane, Palo Alto – Since 1940, residents of Fulton Street have been decorating their homes for the enjoyment of others. Dec. 16-31. 5-11pm. Parking and walking is recommended. FREE. 1700-1800 blocks of Fulton Street.
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits. Nov. 23-24, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-23. 5, 6:30 and 8pm. $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz Lighted Boat Parade – Fifty beautifully decorated power and sailboats parade through the Santa Cruz Harbor. Sat., Dec. 1. 5:30pm. FREE. 135 5th Ave.
Willow Glen – Visit to see trees decorated by residents and businesses in this San Jose neighborhood. FREE. . Or view the lights by cable car to benefit the Willow Glen Business Association. $12 kids, $25 adults. See website for hours. willowglen.org/CableCar-Rides.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Lighted Boat Parade – Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the San Francisco waterfront in the oldest and largest boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Fri., Dec. 14. 6-8pm. FREE. Best viewing locations: Pier 39, Aquatic Park, Marina Green and Crissy Field. 415-673- 3530.
Union Square – See the giant Macy’s Christmas tree, holiday displays in shop windows and enjoy ice skating and more holiday fun. The tree will be lit Nov. 23 at 6pm. FREE. .
Half Moon Bay Night of Lights – Festivities include a tree lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park, a parade down Main Street, carolers, musical entertainment, roasted chestnuts, trees decorated in dazzling lights and stores open late for holiday shopping. Fri., Dec. 7. 6-9pm. FREE. Downtown Half Moon Bay. 650-726-8380.
San Carlos Night of Holiday Lights – Enjoy the holiday festivities with music, businesses open and children’s games. Fri., Nov. 30. 5:30-8:30pm. Lighting at 6pm. FREE. Downtown, Laurel Street. 650-802-4382.
Casa Del Pomba – Walk through holiday displays and thousands of lights festooning this private home owned by Livermore legend “Deacon Dave.” Dec. 1-Jan. 1. 6-9pm. FREE. 352 Hillcrest Ave., Livermore.
Castro Valley Light Parade – Decorate your car, bike or wagon with lights and meet in the street to join an eclectic, electric light parade. Sat., Nov. 10. 5:30-9pm. FREE. Castro Valley Boulevard between Lake Chabot Boulevard and Redwood Road.
Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda – The residents of this street have gone all out with their annual holiday display since 1938. Nightly in December. FREE. 3200 block of Thompson Avenue.
Mountain View Cemetery Circle of Lights – Drive past reindeer, snowmen and more in this whimsical display of hundreds of Christmas lights. Santa visits Sun., Dec. 2 from 12-3pm in the Chapel Tower for free photos plus music and complimentary refreshments followed by the 10th annual Holiday Remembrance Tree Lighting from 3-5pm. Dec. 2-31. 5-9pm. FREE. 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
Oakland Mormon Temple – The grounds of the temple, including rows of palms trees, are lit for the season starting Mon., Nov. 26. FREE. 4780 Lincoln Ave., Oakland.
Railway Train of Lights – Indulge in holiday refreshments, music and cheer on an hour-long ride through Niles Canyon aboard a train decked out with lights. Trains depart from Niles at 4:30pm Nov. 23-Dec. 30 and Sunol at 7:30 p.m. every Wed., Fri., Sat. and Sun. except for Christmas Eve and Christmas. $30 coach, $50 first-class dome, $600 private caboose. Niles Train Station, 37001 Mission Blvd., Fremont; Sunol Train Station, 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol. 510-996-8420.
Vista San Ramon Festival of Lights – A majority of the 161 homes in this development turn their neighborhood into magic for Christmas. Residents encourage visitors to park their cars and walk and to bring canned goods for a donation drive. Across from San Ramon Central Park, off Alcosta Boulevard. FREE.
Widmer World – Synchronized lights, animatronic holiday displays and more draw onlookers every year to this walk-through holiday lights extravaganza at a private home. Dec. 1-31. 6-9pm. FREE. 3671 Chelsea Court, Pleasanton.
Zoo Lights – Hundreds of thousands of LED lights will brighten Oakland’s night sky in this zoo-wide event. Highlights include a Candy Cane Lane-themed rides area, a nighttime adventure on the train, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Children’s Zoo, and a light show with hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Dec. 7-31, closed Dec. 24 and 25. 5:30-9pm. $10 adults, $9 children and seniors, under 2 and over 80 FREE (not included with regular zoo admission). Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9525.