Holiday Activities

Tree Lighting Celebrations

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the holidays than at one of the area’s annual tree lighting ceremonies. Whether you live in Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton or Livermore, we have you covered with what to expect at your hometown celebration. So gather friends, family, and neighbors and get your merry on. If you go, be sure to send us your photos or tag us on social media at @danvillesocial

 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday, November 22 • 5 – 9 p.m. San Ramon City Center, San Ramon
More info: here!

The countdown to Christmas starts in San Ramon! Head over to the City Center where Pride & Joy, the Monte Vista High School Marching Band, San Ramon Voices and Santa will help with the lighting of a magnificent 50-foot Mount Shasta Fir tree adorned with 14,000 lights and ornaments. Revelers can sip on hot cocoa and cider provided by Williams Sonoma while enjoying the evening’s festivities.

The Lighting of the Old Oak Tree
Friday, November 29 • 5 p.m. Danville Blvd., Danville
More info: here!

Father Christmas and the Snow Angel make their annual trek to Danville to sprinkle magic dust on the Old Oak Tree and bring it to light. Kids of all ages will enjoy holiday tunes sung by local choral groups and participating downtown businesses will have warm drinks and holiday refreshments sure to keep you cozy. It’s a magical evening perfect for families to enjoy together as well as a fun, seasonally inspired date night for grown-ups.

36th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 5 • 7 p.m. Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin
More info: here!

Seasonal entertainment, cookies and hot cocoa await guests at the annual Dublin Tree Lighting Ceremony. Featured guests include the Dublin High School Choir, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County and a sighting of Santa himself.

Pleasanton Hometown Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 7 • 5 – 7:30 p.m. Main Street, Downtown Pleasanton
More info: here!

Everything is merry and bright along Main Street in Pleasanton when the annual Holiday Parade featuring seasonal-themed floats, marching bands, community groups and more heads down Main Street bringing holiday cheer to all. Following the parade, gather over at the Museum on Main (603 Main Street) for the Tree Lighting Ceremony (around 6:45 p.m.) where Mayor Jerry Thorne will light the tree. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment and an appearance by the man with the bag!

Holiday Sights and Sounds Parade
Saturday, December 7 • 6 p.m. First Street, Livermore
More info: here!

Watch as Downtown Livermore turns into a Winter Wonderland when 50 holiday-inspired floats take over First Street in Livermore. The parade culminates when Santa arrives from the North Pole just in time to help light the tree.

 Alamo Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 8 • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Oak Tree Plaza, Alamo
More info: here!

Join host. the Alamo Rotary Club, for a special evening featuring school choirs, jazz bands, and a special visit from Santa Claus who will be ready to entertain little ones.

Garden of d’ Lights
November 30-December 29. Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery, Walnut Creek.
More info: here!

Whether you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, inspiration, or a fun day with loved ones, the Garden is the perfect getaway. Each season offers something new among the largest collection of succulents from around the world. Get lost in awe at the beauty of Ruth’s work, and walk away feeling refreshed and renewed. Bring your lunch or dinner along and make it a picnic! Read below to learn about our hours, admission fees, directions to the garden, and parking.

Macy’s Tree Lighting
November 29, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Union Square, SF
More info: here!

Performances are usually followed by the lighting of the tree! Every year, the Christmas tree is given to the city as a gift from Macy’s. This year’s reusable tree is 83 feet tall and will feature more than 30,000 lights and around 1,100 decorations. After the official ceremony, the tree will be lit each night through the end of the year.



Father's Day, Danville, CA.

Last Minute Father’s Day Happenings

Acclaimed world-wide, Father’s Day is celebrated in America on the third week of every June. On this very special occasion we recognize all father figures. The people from our past and present raising, inspiring and supporting us. Whether ever-present coaches or quietly leading by example, they are our own personal heroes, someone we might strive to impress, or maybe the best tickle monsters and storytellers alive.
We are grateful for all that you do! Living in Danville means you have probably shuttled kids to several of the great parks in our town. Perhaps, you’re the Father who consistently wakes at the crack of dawn to get your All Stars to their games? Family friendly Danville is a haven for sports fanatics, musical concerts, art events and markets.
It is probably no coincidence that your children live here amongst some the highest rated schools in the nation. Maybe you chose to settle in Danville to raise your family, because your own father endowed you with an appreciation for the vibrant lifestyle of our Bay Area community?
Here are a few hotspots to celebrate Father’s Day:

Father’s Day Car Show at Blackhawk Museum
6/16/19, 8AM-12PM, Blackhawk Museum, Danville, FREE!
Father’s Day Brunch by Scott’s Catering from 10am to 2pm. Call 925.934.0598 to make your reservation.Tickets are: $35-100.

Northern California’s Pirate Festival
6/15/19 & 6/16/19, 10AM-6PM, Waterfront Park, Vallejo. Featuring over 500 costumed actors, crafters and musicians, the Northern California Pirate Festival is the largest pirate event in the United States.

Blackhawk Grille
Celebrate DAD with a special all-day buffet. $55 per adult and $20 per children.

Alameda County Fair
You won’t want to miss the Alameda County Fair! Big O Tires Concert! The Fair is going on until 7/7/19.

Norm’s Place
How about this offer from Norm’s – FREE breakfast for all dads this Sunday!

Father’s Day at Oakland Zoo
Watch some of our resident animal dads enjoy some special, and much deserved holiday enrichment during regular scheduled feedings. All Dads receive one (1) FREE train ride in celebration of Father’s Day! Please collect at the Adventure Landing (Rides Area) ticket booth.

5th Annual Growlerfest
6/15/19, 2PM-7PM, The Growler, Danville. Featuring 15+ Breweries and live music, from the School of Rock, San Ramon!

Hurry! Advised only two tables left for brunch. Grab your phones!

Completely booked for large parties during brunch, but smaller parties might be able to find a seat. Still accepting lunch and dinner reservations.

Danville Brewing Company
Serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Treat Dad to an adult “Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.” One of their beers that won Best of Craft Beer Award.

Faz Restaurant
Still accepting reservations for brunch!

Completely booked for brunch, but walk-ins might be able to find a table outside. Join them for lunch or dinner.

The event will be held from 10AM- 5PM on 6/17/19 & 6/18/19. Downtown Danville will be a busy place this Father’s Day Weekend as Summerfest showcases over 150 regional artisans, culinary delights, live entertainment, kid’s activities, boutiques unique only to Danville, and a classic car show on Sunday.

EB Parks
Does your dad love nature? Picnic tables, BBQ grills, landscaped outdoor swimming, complete with lifeguards and white sand at Cull Canyon Recreational Park. Sorry, no dogs.

Charles Vineyards
Interested in wine tasting in nearby Livermore? Charles R Vineyards is hosting Grillin’ & Chillin’ with Dad Sunday, 12PM. BYO BBQ picnic, pack some meat for the grill and they will provide the flame. Dad can pick his favorite bottle of wine to pair with the menu, and they provide Port for his dessert. Play some corn hole, darts, board games, or just let Pop chill. Performing: Maddy Hudson, American Idol Season XIV contestant and Singer Songwriter from Pleasanton

Campo di Bocce
Is bocce more your game? Or, maybe your Dad’s game? Then enjoy bocce and lunch!

For this special event bring your blanket and low chairs to enjoy live music by Greg Lamboy! Our Wood Fired Kitchen will be serving up a delicious menu as well as southern style bar-be-que by Pork Butt BBQ. This event is FREE to attend, wine for purchase by the glass and by the bottle. Please no outside food. Tables & Cabanas are for reservations ONLY to wine club members. Please email or call Wente to Reserve one.

Murrietas Well
How do we celebrate dads? With some delicious wine, great company, and homegrown live music on the lawn with Crawdad Republic, Livermore’s original folk-bluegrass band. Joining them will be a Two Day Town funk-favorite, Big Sticky Mess. Be sure to bring your dance moves to this family friendly event. Grab your family and join us for a fun night of dancing, live music, and family fun!  Enjoy food by Smokin’ Hot Meats & Treats, snow cones from Ready, Set, Sno, live music by Crawdad Republic, and wine from McGrail Vineyards.  Get your tickets quickly, as this event tends to sell out!


One day is not enough. Gratitude isn’t just a feeling; it is an action.

“My daddy is special because he makes food for me. And he also takes care of me the same time he is working. For Father’s Day I am giving him a clay monster that I made him at school with a card I also made.” – Eva 7

“My daddy is very special because he lets me have anything I want. He is kind.” – Sadhana 5

“Dads agree to more than moms. The dads take us to most of our activities and helps us. Ours takes us to where we want to go. We’ll take him out to dinner to say thanks.” – Smaran 8, Arnav 9, Sriyan 10