Kids Events December 2018
Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Dec. 1-23. Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. $33 ages 13 and up, $27 2-12, under 2 FREE. Santa Cruz.
Fantasy of Lights. Dec. 4-30. Drive through a 1.5-mile-long annual holiday display in Vasona Lake County Park to see electric dinosaurs and penguins, Santa shooting hoops and so much more. $20 per car. Los Gatos.
Holidays on the Ranch. Dec. 15. Celebrate the season with crafts, games, music and merriment from the early 20th century at Wilder Ranch State Park. Make a wreath, join in the sing-a-long and go on a draft-horse carriage ride. Free admission, $10 parking. Santa Cruz.
Gilroy Gardens at Night. Through Dec. 31. Festive lights, Santa, ice skating and live shows in the tradition of the holiday season. Feast on turkey and all the trimmings and bundle up with family for a ride around the park on the train. Check website for ticket prices.
Noon Year’s Eve Across Time Zones. Jan. 31. Celebrate the arrival of 2019 with the whole family by participating in the countdown to noon across the time zones and the museum's version of the Times Square Ball Drop with lots of confetti. Ball drops at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Adults: $15; children: $15; seniors: $14; infants and members are free. San Jose.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
Hometown Holidays. Dec. 1. Visit downtown Redwood City for snow, a children’s parade, entertainment, a children’s festival, ice sculpture, photos with Santa, a carnival, a tree lighting, food and craft vendors and the Caltrain toy collection train. FREE. Redwood City.
Burlingame Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade. Dec. 7. Celebrate the holidays with the community, enjoy kiddie rides, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. FREE. Burlingame.
Lighted Boat Parade. Dec. 14. 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. FREE. San Francisco.
Iceless Skating Rink. Through Dec. 30. Get into the holiday spirit by taking a spin out on Bay Area Discovery Museum’s iceless skating rink. Sausalito. $14.95.
Bay Area Parent’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. Dec. 31. Join Bay Area Parent at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos for a wonderful family-friendly Noon Year's Eve celebration. Families can ring in the New Year with music, activities, face painting, prizes, food and a countdown balloon drop at noon. $18 adults, $11 youth 5-17, 4 and under FREE w/paid adult. San Carlos.
Mountain View Cemetery. Dec. 2. Drive past reindeer, snowmen and more all month long in this whimsical display of hundreds of Christmas lights. Santa will visit today 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. Circle of Lights: 5-9pm each evening. FREE. 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland.
Community Hanukkah Celebration. Dec. 9. Join the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay’s annual celebration in preparation for the Festival of Lights with Bay Area children’s musician, performer and educator Alison Faith Levy and the Big Time Tot Rock Band. Berkeley.
Fairy Winterland. Dec. 14-23. Celebrate the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. There will be stories, magic, crafts, a festival of lights and more. 12-7pm. Parade nightly at 6:15pm. $10 general, $5 members. Oakland.
Merry Mariachi Band. Dec. 22. The Bayfair Center will ring in the holiday season with free, live entertainment groups strolling through the area spreading cheer. 1-3pm. FREE. San Leandro.
Chabot Celebration. Dec. 31. Ring in the new year at Chabot Space & Science Center, where families can celebrate strokes of midnight from around the world at 11am, 1pm or 4pm. Participate in fun activities, including counting down to catch hundreds of colorful balloons as they drop from the ceiling. 11am-4:30pm. $5 per child plus general admission. Oakland.