2015 San Francisco Holiday Events: Bazaars, Christmas, Shopping, Light Displays, Buy Local, & More

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San Francisco & Bay Area holiday shopping and event season is here! Throughout November and December, we have a great resource for holiday sales, specials, events, parties, local crafts and goods, and GIVEAWAYS.

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2015 San Francisco & Bay Area Holiday Events:

  • All Month: Free San Francisco Walking Tours | Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (More info)
  • November 7: Dia de los Muertos @ Excelsior Playground | Live Music, Face Painting, Altar Displays, Arts & Crafts, Car Show, 5-8PM (more info)
  • November 7: Vacaville – Alamo Craft Fair @ Alamo Elementary School | Arts & Crafts Sale, Holiday Commissions For Custom Art, 9AM-3PM (more info)
  • November 7-8: Urban Epicurean Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Market With Handmade Goods, Art, Housewares, Food & Drink, Workshops, & More!
  • November 13: Brew-Ha-Holiday Warehouse Sale & Beer Pop-Up @ Alite Design Showroom | Free Entry, Discounted Inventory, Limited Editions, Happy Hour, 2-8PM (more info)
  • November 13-14: Oakland – California Indian Market @ Oakland Museum Of California | Native American Goods Sale, Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Free Entry (more info)
  • November 13-15: Green Festival @ Cow Palace | Fair Trade Gifts, Artisanal Food, Live Music, Cooking Demos, Panel Discussions (more info)
  • November 13-15: Goddess Harvest Festival @ herchurch | Performance Arts, Market With Unique Gifts, Workshops (more info)
  • November 14: Oakland – “Jack Of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Free Entry, 100+ Local Makers, Antiquers, Artists, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • November 14-15: West Coast Craft @ Fort Mason Center | 250+ Vendors, Art Installations, Free Entry (more info)
  • November 14-15: Los Altos – Holiday Boutique | Handcrafted Art, Food, & Gifts (more info)
  • November 19: Family Fest Dome Show Kick-Off @ Westfield SF Centre | 3-D Holiday Light Spectacular, Ballet Performance, Photos With Santa, Activites (more info)
  • November 19-December 31: Nutcracker Under The Dome @ Westfield SF Centre | Every 30 Minutes Starting At 5PM, 3D Light Shows (more info)
  • November 20: Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival @ Embarcadero Center | Dramatic Illumination of SF Skyline, Ice Skating Performances, Kids’ Activities, & More!
  • November 20: Macy’s Holiday Windows Unveiling | Featuring SF SPCA Adoptable Animals, w/ Snoopy & Children’s Choir
  • November 20: 3rd On Third @ Bayview Opera House | Tree Lighting & Holiday Market, Free, Pop-Up Galleries, Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden, 5-8PM (more info)
  • November 20: San Mateo – 32-Ft. Tree Lighting @ Hillsdale Shopping Center | Free, KQED’s Daniel Tiger, Free Jingle Bells, 5-6:30PM (more info)
  • November 20: Turkey Cook-Off | Free, Audience-Judged Turkeys, Side Dishes, & Desserts, Live Entertainment, Tastings, 7-10PM (more info)
  • November 20: Albany – Family Camp Night @ Memorial Park | Fireside Songs, Classic Hot Chocolate, S’Mores, 6:30-8:30PM (more info)
  • November 21: Holiday Fair @ SF Center For The Book | Free Entry, Unique Holiday Gifts, Arts & Crafts, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • November 21: Pinterest & SFMade “38Makers” Holiday Gift Fair @ Pinterest HQ | Artisan Locally Made Gifts, Refreshments, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • November 21-22: “The Nutcracker” Acrobatic Puppet Show With Live Orchestra @ Noe Valley Ministry | Free, Acrobatic Antics In This Version Of The Holiday Classic, 2-2:45PM (more info)
  • November 21-22: Renegade Craft Fair – Holiday Edition @ Fort Mason Center | Free Entry, Handmade Gifts From SF’s Finest Makers, DIY Workshops, Installations, & Activities, 11AM-6PM
  • November 22: Walnut Creek – Vintage Paper Fair @ Elks Lodge | Free, Large Collection Of Postcards, Trade Cards, Photography, Memorabilia, & More, 10AM-5PM (more info)
  • November 22-December 24: Photos With Santa @ Westfield SF Centre | Fun For All, On 4th Level, Under The Dome (more info)
  • November 26-29: Bay Area Thanksgiving Events: Parade, Black Friday, Star Lighting & More
  • November 26-January 1: Illuminate SF Festival of Lights | 27 Dramatic Light Art Installations throughout 12 Neighborhoods, Free Guided Tours, Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day
  • November 27: Macy’s Great Tree Lighting @ Union Square Park | Beautiful 83′ Tree, Live Musical Performances Headlined By Jordin Sparks, Visit From Santa
  • November 27: Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Free, Live Music, Warm Drinks, Gift Vendors, 4-9PM – Lighting At 5:30PM (more info)
  • November 27: Oakland – Black Friday Trunk Show @ Left Coast Power Yoga | Vendors, Drinks, All Ages Welcome, 5-9PM (more info)
  • November 27: Saratoga – Holiday Tree Lighting & Wine Stroll @ Downtown Saratoga | Wine Tastings, Kids’ Activities, Holiday Shopping, Music, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides (more info)
  • November 27: Orange & Black Friday | Your First Chance To Buy Select 2016 Giants Games Tickets, 8AM (more info)
  • November 27-January 1: Winter Walk SF @ Union Square | Pop-Up Plaza with Carolers & Live Music, Nightly 3D Light Shows, Food Trucks, & More, Nov 27-Jan 1
  • November 28: Gingerbread Open House @ Fairmont San Francisco | Holiday Hotel Display Made Of Edible Materials, Music, Photos With Santa, 11AM-3PM (more info)
  • November 28: Winter Carousel Lighting @ Yerba Buena Gardens | Lighting Historic Carousel, Free Rides, Music, Ice Skating Performances, Raffle Prizes, 5-7PM (more info)
  • November 28: Oakland – Cottage Industry Holiday Artisan Fair @ Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church | Free, 30+ Local Artists & Craftspeople, 10AM-4PM (more info)
  • November 28-29: SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium @ Pier 35 | 180 Local Artisans & Small Batch Food Vendors, Free Entry, Music, Snacks, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • December 3: Wunderfaire @ IDEO SF | 40+ Vendors, Live Music, Food Trucks, 4:30-8PM (more info)
  • December 3: Holiday Tree Lighting & Winter Carnival @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Sledding, Snow Play Area, Santa, Live Entertainment, Caroling, 4PM (more info)
  • December 4: Half Moon Bay – Night Of Lights | Free, Family-friendly, Carolers, Live Music, Holiday Lights, Roasted Chestnuts, Kids’ Activities (more info)
  • December 3: Walnut Creek – Tree Lighting With Santa Claus & Snowfall @ Broadway Plaza | Free, 6-9PM (more info)
  • December 3: Holiday Wine Walk @ Noe Valley Neighborhood | Holiday Stroll, Wine Tastings, Finger Foods, $20, 4-8PM (more info)
  • December 4: Mission Holiday Block Party & Cookie Crawl @ Valencia Corridor | Free, Discounts, Holiday Spirits, Music, Cookies, 5-10PM (more info)
  • December 4: Oakland – Tree Lighting @ Jack London Square | Free, 55′ Tall Tree, Live Reindeer, Holiday Market, Live Music, 5-7PM (more info)
  • December 5: Holiday Arts Festival @ Richmond Art Center | Live Music, Festive Wine, Hors d’Oeuvres, Live Auction, 11-3PM (more info)
  • December 5: Oakland – “Brave The Bay” Holiday Cable Car Races & Santa Triathalon @ Aquatic Park | Free, Fun Run, Polar Plunge, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • December 5: Lower Haight Holiday Block Party & Art Walk | Free, Art Shows, DJs, Discounts, Food & Drink Specials, 6-10PM (more info)
  • December 5: Fantasy of Lights @ Union Street | Free, Lights Display, Santa, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, 3-7PM (more info)
  • December 6: Santastic Block Party & Street Fair @ Inner Sunset | Free, Holiday Fair, Live Music, Games, Dance, Art, Caroling (more info)
  • December 6: Berkeley – Snow Day @ Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto | Arts & Crafts, Pony Rides, Hot Cider & Cookies, Visit With Snow Queen, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • December 10: Holiday Bazaar NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | Merry Marketplace Filled with Gift-Worthy Treasures, Live Reindeer, Crafts, Dancing, & More!
  • December 10: Night At The Jewseum @ Contemporary Jewish Museum | $5 Museum Admission, Food, Drinks, Menora Lighting, 21+, 6:30-9PM (more info)
  • December 10: Bing Crosby In “White Christmas” @ Orinda Theatre | Free Movie Night, 7PM (more info)
  • December 10: Drag Queens On Ice @ Union Square Park | Free, SF’s Most Colorful Drag Personalities Performing Ice Skating Routines, 8-9:30PM (more info)
  • December 11: Holiday Lights & Sights At The Wharf | View Parade With 60+ Boats Festooned In Lights & Decorations
  • December 11-12: Holigays Are Here @ Nourse Theater | SF Gay Men’s Chorus Performances With Classics & World Premier Pieces (more info)
  • December 12: Kimochi Silver Bells @ St. Mary’s Cathedral | Arts & Crafts Faire, Free Admission & Raffle Tickets, Unique Gift Shopping
  • December 12: SantaCon 2015 | City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl, Hundreds Of Costumed Participants, Free, All Day (more info)
  • December 12-13: Last Chance Market @ Cyclecide Swearhouse | Local Vendors For Holiday Shopping, Live Music, Food, Record Swapping, Beer & Bloody Mary Bar, 11AM-7PM (more info)
  • December 13: Santa Skivvies Run through The Castro | Festive Costumes, Race for a Cause, Hundreds of Runners, Block Party
  • December 13: Holiday “Urban Air Market” @ Pier 70 | Free, 125+ Sustainable Design Brands, Activity & DIY Zones, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • December 13: Chanukah Grand Finale @ Union Square Park | Free, 25′ Tall Menorah, Live Music & Performances, 5PM (more info)
  • December 13: Hannukah Under The Dome @ Westfield SF Centre | Free, Lighting The 8th Candle On 25′ Menorah, Traditional Jewish Treats, Crafts, Music, 3-5PM (more info)
  • December 13: Berkeley – Hanukkah Fest @ JCC East Bay | Menorah Lighting, Crafts, Live Music, Ask-The-Rabbi, 3:30-6PM (more info)
  • December 13: David Benoit Christmas Tribute To Charlie Brown @ Montalvo Arts Center | Carriage House Concert Series Performance, 7:30PM (more info)
  • December 17: Holiday In The Plaza @ Annie Street Plaza | Free, Music, Gift Wrapping Station, 12:30-2:30PM (more info)
  • December 18-24: A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! @ Davies Symphony Hall | Live Action Performance Of Peanuts Classic, Carols, Sing-A-Longs (more info)
  • December 19: Unsilent Night Holiday Walk @ Civic Center Plaza | Free, Family-Friendly Night Filled with Music & Caroling
  • December 19: Sing You A Merry Christmas @ Grace Cathedral | Holiday Sing Along, Family-Friendly, 11AM-1PM (more info)
  • December 19: SantaCon 2015 | Massive Caltrain Santa Pub Crawl, Carols, Costumes, Free (more info)
  • December 19: Holiday Spirit Hike @ Golden Gate Park | Free, Group Walk With Cocoa & Drinks, 1-4PM (more info)
  • December 19: Light-Up Bike Parade & Stargazing Telescope Night @ Presidio Main Post Lawn | Free, Festively Decorated Bikes, Astronomers, 4PM (more info)
  • December 19: Oakland – Winter Solstice Wellness Celebration @ Mohari | Tea Tasting & Acupuncture, Free, Aerial Silks Performance, Belly Dancing, Music, Yoga, Tastings, 9AM-6PM (more info)
  • December 20: Holiday Hoedown @ The Yard At Mission Rock | Farmers Market Pop-Up, Cooking Demos, DIYs, Free, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • December 20: Oakland – Christmas Bird Walk | Free, Start Off Christmas Bird Count Day With Bird Watching (more info)
  • December 20: Winter Solstice Eve @ Ocean Beach | Beach Celebration & Plunge, Dancing, Singing, Drumming, Free, 3:30PM (more info)
  • December 23-24: Berkeley – Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | 200+ Artists, Festive Lights, Free, 11AM-6PM (more info)
  • December 24: Home For The Holidays @ Castro Theatre | SF Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas Eve Performances, 5,7,&9PM (more info)
  • December 24: Whiskey & Chocolate @ Secession Art & Design | Last-Minute Christmas Eve Shopping, Free Entry, 60 Independent Makers, Hand-Made Treasures (more info)
  • December 24: Holiday 3D Light Show @ Westfield SF Centre | Free, Iconic Dome Covered In Animated 3D Spectacular, Every Half-Hour, 5-9PM (more info)
  • December 24: “Jingle Ball” EDM Dance Party @ The Grand | Mix Of EDM, Hip-Hop, K-Pop, Top 40, & More, Red & Green Theme, 9:30PM-2AM (more info)
  • December 24: Candlelight Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long With Choir @ St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church | Free, 10PM (more info)
  • December 25: Free Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park (more info)
  • December 25: Christmas Orphans’ Bike Tour @ McLaren Lodge | Free, 29-Mile Figure 8 Loop Bike Ride, Costumes Encouraged, 10AM (more info)
  • December 25: San Jose – Christmas In The Park @ Plaza de Cesar Chavez | Free, Over 60 Musical & Animated Exhibits, 60′-Tall Giving Tree, Live Music, 9AM-Midnight (more info)
  • December 25: A Jewish Christmas @ Make-Out Room | Strip Dreidel, Chinese Food, Woody Allen Movie Night, Drinks, Burlesque Review, 6-11PM (more info)
  • December 25: Oakland – Xmas Party On The Street | Free, Community Christmas Party For The Homeless, Donations Of Food & Supplies Needed, Live Music, Food, 7PM (more info)
  • December 26: Velocity Circus @ Winter Walk | Innovative Performance Arts Group, Encore Performance in Union Square
  • December 26: Boxing Day Dance Party @ Hemlock Tavern | Free, DJ, 60s & 70s Soul Music, 9PM-2AM (more info)
  • December 31: Free Tipsy Tow Program – Get A Free Ride / Tow Home | 6PM. December 31 – 6AM. Jan 1, 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) (more info)
  • December 31: Bay Area New Year’s Eve Parties, Events, Champagne Toasts

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