Family Fun

Holiday Events Guide

The Holidays are here and we have so many fun events going on! Don’t miss out on events and happenings, make sure to sign up on our site so we can send you weekly happenings straight to your inbox! No need to go searching and wasting time looking for happenings, when we do all the work for you! Make sure you follow us on FB and [email protected] to stay informed and up-to-date with everything! Thinking of adopting a cat or dog?? The East Bay SPCA is waiving adoption fees (on select animals) until 12/29/19! The address is 4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin.

Visit the Winter Wonderland Fairy, Livermore Outlets, Now-12/22, 2 pm-4 pm. 
Every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm-4 pm, near the Christmas tree at the main entrance near Tommy Hilfiger don’t forget to bring your camera and take a pic with the Winter Wonderland Fairy! More info here!
**Don’t forget to go shopping and save! Wednesdays just got way better! Local residents are invited to shop at the Livermore Outlets and enjoy a Local Residents Discount Card, a free special gift and more. Visit Simon Guest Services for details. And now Monday – Thursday local residents are able to pick up a free Local Residents Discount Card free of charge!
**On Thanksgiving Day, starting at 3 pm, the outlets will be open for 31 hours straight! There will be lots of deals going on for Black Friday.

Holiday Gifting Event at Neiman Marcus, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 12/12, 5:30 pm-9 pm.
Bites, Bubbles, Festive Music, Prizes, and Surprises, and Complimentary Gift Wrapping! Must RSVP here: [email protected] More info here!

Family Fun:

Round Table Pizza, Featuring Pinots & Pallet, Danville, 12/15, 2 pm-3:30 pm.
This is an All Ages Event! Take the kids to Round Table Pizza for an all-ages event. To purchase tickets, click here! Painters will be painting on a 10×10 canvas or $10.00 more on a canvas tote. This adorable snowman is both whimsical and endearing. Perfect to brighten your holiday season.

Paint by Day, CPC Danville, 12/14, 9 am-11:30 am.
A fun new Christmas class! Paint By Day Holiday Edition will feature a fun painting workshop for 1st-4th graders, designed for all skill levels! Invite your friends and join the CPC gym. The cost is $20! To register, click here!

Holiday Playdate, CPC Danville, 12/12, 9:30 am-11:30 am.
Join us for a HOLIDAY PLAYDATE with Bounce Houses & Crafts for kids 5 and under. They will have FREE coffee and lots of Christmas Cheer! The location is 222 W. El Pintado.

Elf Workshop, Danville Community Center, Town of Danville, 12/13 & 12/14, Times Vary.
Children will love this holiday craft workshop! Light refreshments will be served, pictures with Santa, and children will enjoy hands-on holiday crafts. Please register here! Some workshops are full, but a waitlist is available! For ages; 1yr-9yr.

Holiday Hangout, Danville Community Center, Town of Danville, 12/12, 4 pm-5:30 pm.
Head down and get out of the house! There will be tween games and activities! Just to name a few; candy cane blindfold testing, Marshmallow challenges, homemade crafts, prizes & more! Refreshments will be served Parents are welcome to stay! There is a fee to register. Please click here! For ages; 8-12 years old.

Livermore Wine Trolly’s Family Lights of Livermore Tour, Livermore, 12/12-12/23, 6 pm & 7:30 pm. 
Great for kids 2 and up! On 12/12, 12/14, 12/19, 12/20 & 12/21, you will be riding in their new White Trolley with perimeter seating and USB ports near each seat! Hop on the Trolley and experience one of Livermore’s Favorite Holiday Traditions! Receive discounts at participating restaurants with your receipt. Pick up the Trolley in Downtown Livermore, 2350 Railroad Avenue – at Bus Stop near CREAM across the street from the Livermore Valley Parking Garage. No Alcohol Allowed. More info and purchase tickets here!

Santa Visits at the Danville Livery, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24.

Photos with Santa, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, Now-12/24. 
Santa may be away from his house at various times throughout the season helping with special events. Santa’s Villa will be closed on Thanksgiving. Santa’s Villa is located in Center Court near the fireplace. Take photos with Santa at his beautiful waterfront villa! More info and pictures pricing here!
Pet Photo Nights! Bring Your Dog to See Santa! Blackhawk Plaza, 12/11, and 12/18, 6 pm-8 pm.

Holiday Train Rides, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, 12/13-12/24, 12 pm-3 pm. 
They are partnering with a non-profit organization that recycles used crayons to create new crayons to donate to children’s hospitals in the bay area. The rides may be rescheduled due to rain. $1 per ticket, all sales go to non-profit. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Frozen Dance Show, Nextstep Dance Studio, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, 12/15, 2 pm.
Head down to Blackhawk Plaza and enjoy this FREE, beautiful Holiday Frozen II Dance Show, presented by Next Step Dance Studio! This event will take place in the Rotunda area of the Plaza.

European Model Train Exhibit, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk, Now-1/5, 10 am-5 pm.
Visitors will marvel at the selection of locomotives, freight and passenger cars from various European countries as well as detailed scale versions of European landscapes including mountains, villages, bridges, farms, lakes, and industries which come alive when the trains travel through the layout. Admission is $5. More info here!

Elf Skate & Santa Social, The Veranda, Concord, 12/15, & 12/22, 3 pm-6 pm.
Santa’s Elves will be skating on the ice and talking all things Christmas and Santa’s workshop! You will also have a chance to meet Santa himself and take photos with him, so don’t forget to bring your camera! For hours and times of the Veranda Ice Rink, click here!

Zoo Lights, Oakland Zoo, Now-1/5, 5:30 pm-9 pm. 
Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy our dazzling Penguin Playground attraction featuring Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. Meet Santa every night between 12/6-12/23, from 6 pm-9 pm. More info & purchase tickets here!

LumiNight Lantern Festival, Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, Now-2/2, 5 pm-10 pm.
LumiNight presents One World. A Million Lights, a unique celebration of our planet’s most treasured wonders, wildlife, and nature that includes a Forest of a Million Lights, dinosaurs, Chinese Zodiac animals, the Great Barrier Reef, the story of Noah’s Ark, and more. Admission starts at $12. More info here!

Gingerbread House Day, Downtown Danville, 12/12, 10 am-9 pm.
Decorate a small gingerbread house, or stock up on candy to make your own at home! Located at Sweet Street in Downtown Danville.

Grand Menorah Lighting, Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 12/22, 4 pm-6 pm.
Admission is FREE! Families are invited to enjoy the Grand Menorah Lighting hosted by the Chabad of Contra Costa. More info here!

Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Skating Rink, Now-1/5/20.
The first and only outdoor ice rink in the Tri-Valley will officially celebrate its grand opening on 11/15 at 5 PM. The 4,100-square-foot ice rink is named after the beloved 1992 Olympic gold medal winner in women’s figure skating and East Bay native, Kristi Yamaguchi, who will kick off the grand opening with a few words. The event will continue with a choreographed holiday skating performance called, “An Icy Christmas” by Polina Edmunds, the 2016 US Silver Champion, with young up-and-coming local skaters, including Yamaguchi’s daughter, Emma Hedican. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, a local organization committed to inspiring underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs, and promote the importance of early childhood literacy. Hours/Price: Ticket prices are $12 per skater and $5 for skate rentals.
Selfies with Santa at City Center Bishop Ranch: Santa returns to City Center Bishop Ranch starting 11/22. St. Nick will greet visitors in Alexander Square every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. throughout the holiday season. Shoppers are invited to share holiday wishes and take complimentary Selfies with Santa.


Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, Bankhead Theatre, Livermore, 12/29, 1 pm, 4 pm, & 7 pm.
Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. Tickets start at $20. More info and purchase tickets here!

Construction Site on Christmas Night, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, SF, Now-12/29.
Down in the big construction site, Bulldozer, Excavator, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck and Crane Truck are giving their all to build a big new home for the fire trucks before Christmas. Will they make it? And what surprises are in store before they bid each other goodnight once more? Recommended for ages 3 and up. Address and Parking tips here! Purchase tickets here!

Adult Festivities: 

11th Annual Sweaty Eddy & Santa Pub Crawl, Norms Place, Danville, 12/14, 6 pm-11 pm.
Pub Crawl Locations: Norm’s Place, Auburn Lounge, Elliott’s, McGah’s, Primo’s, Tower Grille and Meenar. DJ, Runway Costume Contests. Get your Friends, Families, and Co-workers out for this annual holiday event. Come dressed in your Ugliest Holiday Sweaters, Holiday Costume or as the big guy himself, Santa! More info and to register, click here!

Annual Alamo Danville Artists’ Society Christmas Party, Blackhawk Gallery, Blackhawk Plaza, 12/15, 3 pm-5 pm.
Blackhawk Gallery is a nonprofit co-op art gallery, operated by the Alamo Danville Artists’ Society. Additionally, Blackhawk Gallery Artists enhance art programs in local public schools by donating a percentage of sales to the ADAS Art For The School Program Grants. Join for their Christmas party and have fun, while sipping on drinks and appetizers! Please RSVP to Megan Parks-Haller. Email: [email protected].

Livermore’s Wine Trolly’s Lights of Livermore Holiday Show, December-12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23, 5:30 pm & 7 pm. 
Join Concannon Vineyard and the Livermore Wine Trolley for a unique Holiday experience of lights, bites, and flights throughout the month of December! Begin at Concannon’s historic estate where they will host a private tasting reception of perfect wines for the holidays, assorted holiday desserts and lots of Holiday Cheer! This is a 21 & over event. Then embark on the Livermore Wine Trolley for a magical ride to Livermore’s most dazzling displays on a holiday tour unlike any other. Bottles of wine are available for purchase to enjoy on your Trolley ride through the festively decorated streets of Livermore. More info and purchase tickets here!

Santa Beer Crawl, Downtown Martinez, 12/14, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. 
Join the jolliest bunch of Santas in the East Bay for the annual Santa Beer Crawl through downtown Martinez. Santa costumes and ugly sweaters are encouraged, but not required. Tickets start at $30. More info and purchase tickets here!

Spirit & Sweater Stroll, Downtown Pleasanton, 12/14, 5 pm-8 pm. 
Don your ugliest sweater and head to Downtown Pleasanton for the annual Spirit & Sweater Stroll. Guests 21 and over will check in at the Museum on Main where they will pick up a commemorative glass and event program with a map and list of all participating businesses along with a menu of poured items. More info and purchase tickets here!






Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays

‘Tis The Season! Grab some hot cocoa and load the kids in the car to go see the Holiday Lights! We are lucky to live in an area full of neighborhoods with an array of lights! Make sure to follow us on FB & Instagram, @danvillesocial to see live video of some of our favorite neighborhood lights below!

108 Dana Highlands, Wood Ranch, Danville
Enjoy the array of lights! There are a lot ton of lights to view! This is a MUST see house!

1441 Harlan Dr., Danville
There will be a food donation barrel out for the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank. Tune into Radio Station, 106.7 FM to hear the music! Sun-Thurs, 5 pm-9:30 pm and Fri-Sat, 5 pm-10:30 pm.

361 Love Lane, Danville(THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR)
Behind SRVHS, that sets the lights to music and has 15 min shows.** Try to avoid Friday/Saturday, super crowded on a road that really can’t support that kind of traffic. It will start at 5:30 pm-9:30 pm every night, repeating every 15 minutes. There are 6 songs dancing to 84 channels and almost 50,000 LEDs. Please bring canned goods for the Contra Costa Food Bank and place them in the bins in front. Unfortunately, this is the last year they will be doing the light show.

340 Del Amigo Rd., Danville
Drive over and check out the lighted bushes in shapes that seem to come to life when lit! You won’t be disappointed! Lights will be displayed from 5:30 pm-10 pm.

753 Tunbridge Rd., Danville
A San Ramon Valley High brother and sister team started this light show! The kids will be sure to enjoy these lights! Lights are displayed Mon-Thurs from 5 pm-10 pm and Fri, Sat, Sun from 5 pm-11 pm.

Hilltop Court & Woodview Circle, Vista San Ramon Neighborhood, San Ramon
You can park your car at Iron Horse Middle School or at San Ramon Central Park and walk to this Neighborhood. Contra Costa Food Bank bins are set up for donations. Please bring a canned food and deposit it in the bins on Woodland Terrace Drive at the intersections of Overlook Drive, or Woodland Drive. The music is broadcast on 87.9FM. Lights are displayed from 5 pm-10 pm.
**December 14th ONLY over 2,000 luminaries will decorate the streets of the Vista San Ramon neighborhood. Expect bumper to bumper traffic that night. 25 Hilltop house will be lit on Dec 7th, but the other houses may not all be on until the 14th. 

3301 El Suyo Drive, San Ramon
Calling ALL Dog Lovers! This house features 29 different light up dogs! Both stationary and blow-ups. Lights are on display on Sunday-Thursday, from 5 pm-9:30 pm and Friday & Saturday, from 5 pm-10 pm.

Widmer World, 3671 Chelsea Court, Pleasanton
Bring your family & friends and head over to Widmer World! Lights will be displayed from 6 pm-9 pm. Unfortunately, Santa will NOT be making an appearance this year. For more information click here!

467 Knottingham Circle, Livermore
This also a MUST SEE! Tune into 107.9 FM to listen to the music, followed by a light show! Don’t forget to bring your quarters for the snow machine. It gets very crowded, especially on weekends, so plan accordingly! Lights are displayed from 5 pm-10 pm daily.

Deacon Dave’s, 352 Hillcrest Ave, Livermore
This is a MUST SEE! There are 577,850 lights displayed! Plan ahead and get there early, as it gets busy closer to Christmas. For more information, click here! Lights are displayed from 6 pm-9 pm.

Riesling Circle, Livermore
Always a spectacular street to drive on! With 26 houses decorated, enjoy a nice stroll down the neighborhood to look at the lights! Lights are displayed from 5 pm-10 pm daily.

Christmas in the Park, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose
Enjoy the family-oriented Christmas lights in downtown San Jose! There will be exciting activities throughout the month. For more information click here!

Fourth Street, Berkeley
This stunning array of lights is a must-see! Santa is there to celebrate with you! For more information on events going on throughout December, click here!

Holiday Circle of Lights, Mountain View Cemetary, Oakland
It seems like an interesting spot for Christmas lights, but you won’t want to miss the water feature and circling figurines! For more info, click here! Open from 5 pm-9 pm, daily.

Jack London Square Christmas Tree, Oakland
Jack London Square lights are spectacular! Located close to Broadway near the harbor. With over 5,000 lights, you won’t be able to miss this tree! For more info, click here!

Oakland Temple of Lights, Oakland
They have an array of lights and it is beautiful, especially at night! For more information, click here!

Christmas Tree Lane, 3200 Thompson Ave., Alameda
Every house has a different theme and will change yearly! It’s worth it to check it out!

Country Clubs:

3169 Roundhill Rd., Roundhill Country Club, Alamo
If you have a chance to head over to Alamo, check out the neighborhoods in Roundhill Country Club and enjoy the light displays!

1700 Club House Rd., Diablo Country Club, Diablo
Diablo Country Club is tucked away in Diablo. The neighborhood has an East Coast feel to it. The beautiful neighborhood lights are a must-see!

599 Blackhawk Club Dr., Blackhawk Country Club, Blackhawk
There are two entrances into this club, the main entrance(off Blackhawk Rd.) and the East Gate(off Camino Tassajara),  unfortunately, unless you are a member, live there, or know someone in the gates, you won’t be able to drive through the neighborhood. If you do have a chance to go, make sure to check it out! There are a lot of entertaining displays.


Zoo Lights, Oakland Zoo
Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. For more information click here!

Great America’s Winterfest, Santa Clara
For tickets and more info, click here!