Forest Home Farms – Visit a historic farm and make a holiday wreath on Dec. 2 or Victorian Christmas cards on Dec. 16 at free family programs. There will also be old-fashioned ornament making, along with entertainment, refreshments, a Victorian Santa and reindeer at Holiday on the Farm on Dec. 9. FREE. Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. 925-973-3284.
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids – Lakeshore Learning offers free, drop-in seasonal crafts for kids every Sat. from 11am-3pm. There are locations in San Leandro, Walnut Creek and San Jose. FREE. .
Richmond Art Center – Browse and buy handmade arts and crafts from local vendors while enjoying music, food trucks and art-making activities for kids at the annual Holiday Arts Festival. Dec. 3. 11 am-5pm. 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. 510-620-6772.
Slow Burn Glass – Experienced glass artists will help you make your own blown-glass ornament or solid glass snowman while introducing you to their art. Classes for ages 12 and over. Weekends in late November and December. $115 (check Groupon or similar websites for discounts.) 2690 Union St., Oakland.
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley – Create gifts inspired by natures including mini evergreen wreaths, greeting cards, felt projects and more at this annual program for families. Dec. 9. $20. 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.
Renegade Craft Fair – Participate in DIY workshops while enjoying food, music and gifts from hundreds of makers. Nov. 11 and 12. Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. .
Workshop – Make wreaths, candles, succulent gardens and more at classes taught by local makers and designers. Check website for schedule and pricing. Adults only. 415-874-9186. 1798 McAllister St., San Francisco.
Palo Alto Art Center – Enjoy a Holiday Family Day with performances and art-making for ages 5 and up. Dec. 10. 2-4:30pm. FREE. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. 650-329-2366.
Silicon Valley and South
Hidden Villa – Collect pine and cedar to decorate handmade beeswax candles, make ornaments with sheep wool and decorate cookies with organic naturally colored icing. Dec. 2. 1-3pm. $15. Reservations required. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos. 650-949-8650.
The Art Beat – Drop your kids off for an ornament painting party. Dec. 10. 4 $25. At other classes in Nov. and Dec., you can paint ornaments, decorate a gingerbread house or paint a glass candleholder. 68 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 408-370-5002.
The English Herbalist – Join Paula Grainger to make herbal holiday gifts, including body butter, hand salve, lip balm, sugar scrubs and more. For ages 12 and up. Nov. 12 and 18. $105. 613 Spring St., Santa Cruz. To reserve, email [email protected].
Janine DeFao is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.
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