2022 can’t come to an end soon enough! Take the Pledge and help support local this Holiday Season. Check out Danville’s local shops in the Holiday Gift Guide(Coming Soon).
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Christmas Lights Display, Danville & Surrounding Areas
We are lucky to live in such an amazingly beautiful area and it’s even more fun when everyone decorates for the Holidays. Check out our Holiday Lights Display Guide. Times are crazy and if we missed one, please let us know! Email- [email protected]
Letters to Santa, Danville
Start getting those letters ready for Santa! Please include your mailing address so Santa knows where to send his letter! Drop your letter off by 11/30-12/10 to receive one by 12/24. Drop it off at one of these locations: Danville Community Center(M-F, 8:30 am-1 pm) or Danville Library(M-Th, 10 am-8 pm, F-Sat, 10 am-6 pm).
44th Annual Lighting of Danville’s Oak Tree, Downtown Danville
11/26, 5 PM-8:30 PM. One of the most popular holiday events in Danville, the annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree is back this year. For more info: Town of Danville’s website.
Town of Danville’s Warm Coat Drive will be happening from 11/1-12/10.
Alamo Tree Lighting, Downtown Alamo
On 11/28, 4:30-6:30 PM, don’t miss Alamo’s Tree Lighting and a visit with Santa! Located at, 3000 Danville Blvd., Alamo.
Photos With Santa, Blackhawk Plaza, Blackhawk
Date TBD-12/24, 11 am-3 pm, book your reservation to see Santa! Social distancing will be enforced.
Bishop Ranch Holiday Fun:
Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Rink, November 17 to January 2
The grand opening of the Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Rink at City Center Bishop Ranch will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm. The opening will include remarks by Kristi Yamaguchi as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Always Dream Foundation. In addition, there will be skating and musical performances to celebrate the opening of the holiday ice rink.
The ice rink will be open from 12:00 pm to 9:30 pm daily, with online reservations required for opening night in order to allow for safe distancing in the rink. Visit www.citycenterbishopranch.com/ice_rink_open/ for details.
5 Days of Giving, November 24 to November 28
Guests will be able to make donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the local charity, Food Bank of Contra Costa, and Solano County. Bins will be set up in various locations throughout the center.
Thanksgiving Week Events:
The celebrations begin Wednesday, November 24, with the season’s giant, festive tree.
Nothing sparkles like those thousands of tiny lights. Plus, there will be a live musical performance in Alexander Square from 5 pm – 7 pm.
The day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26 from 5 pm – 7 pm, there will be another musical performance.
Cool strolling carolers, and captivating light dancers on the lawn with the performance.
Santa comes to town on Saturday, November 27, from noon – 4 pm.
Have the kids’ photos (and maybe even yours!) taken with Santa while maintaining a safe distance, as stilt holiday characters roam the Center and the Bubble Lady will circumambulate in her festive holiday finery. Rest assured, Santa and his helpers will be fully vaccinated.
**Santa will be back on Sunday, November 28 for another round of chats with the kiddos and of course the chance for photos.
**In addition to the Thanksgiving weekend visits with Santa, his jolly self will be back on each of the three weekends leading up to Christmas — December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.
Happy Hour Holidays, Every Wednesday Night in December
There will be plenty of chances to enjoy live holiday music and special holiday drinks from Fieldwork Brewing Company, Delarosa, Social-Affair, The Slanted Door, and The LOT. Eggnog, spiked hot chocolate and rum sparklers are just a few of the festive drinks on the restaurants’ menus. Happy Hour begins at 5:30 pm
Letters to Santa, Danville
Start getting those letters ready for Santa! Please include your mailing address so Santa knows where to send his letter! Drop your letter off by 12/10, so receive one by 12/24. Drop it off at one of these locations: Danville Community Center(M-F, 8:30 am-1 pm) or Danville Library(M-Th, 10 am-8 pm, F-Sat, 10 am-6 pm).
Elf Workshop, Take Home Toolbox, Danville
Register for a take-home toolbox to equip your little elves with all the crafts and fun we are known for delivering. Please pick up your toolbox at your specific registered time. To register, click here. You must log in or sign up to register.
Support Local Businesses & Shop Local, Danville
We have teamed up with some local businesses around Danville to offer a “Danville Social” special discount. Help out our local business owners and shop local this year. Here is the Holiday Shopping Guide(COMING SOON).
Niles Canyon Railway
Enjoy a 1.5 hour-long round trip through Niles Canyon filled with refreshments, music, and cheer aboard our antique coaches and open cars that feature holiday lights and decorations inside and out.
The Train of Lights offers a rare opportunity to experience a train ride through Niles Canyon at night. With one departure from Niles at dusk and a second departure from Sunol after dark, you can choose your favorite time to ride.
Santa Photos: Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Make your reservations here. The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. Santa will be there, starting November 18th and is located at his workshop in the lobby by True Food Kitchen. A visit with Santa is always FREE and photo packages are available for purchase. Don’t worry…Santa is vaccinated.
PET NIGHTS (Nov 29; Dec 6):4pm – 8pm. Bring your furry loves to see Santa!
Tis The Season For Science, California Academy of Sciences, SF
Visit with LIVE reindeer and enjoy the artificial snowy atmosphere at the California Academy of Sciences. Enjoy outdoor light installations, exhibitions, decor, Holiday music, cookies, and hot cocoa! To reserve your spot, click here.
Holiday Heroes Festivities, Oracle Park, Virtual SF
Celebrate this season of giving with an event that brings the joy of the holidays to your home, and to hundreds of other Bay Area children and their families who need a little help to make this season magical. To register, click here.
Glowfari Lights, Oakland Zoo
This is an illuminating Lantern Festival.
Features hundreds of larger-than-life glowing animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, and with all-new animals displays for 2021! Take a mile-long illuminated stroll through the Zoo and visit the desert with camels and bighorn sheep, have an African safari adventure with elephants, giraffes, and an 8-foot crocodile head, walk through the forests of Asia to meet red and giant pandas-and of course, ride the gondola to the land of bugs featuring a 65-foot Queen Ant Tunnel! Finish the evening with a visit to Santa and ride the Express Train through our Winter Wonderland!
For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Fairy Winterland, Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
Yes, Black Santa will be there., at 6:30 pm, each evening. He will lead families through the Festival of Lights Parade, and, in the end, he’ll give out a treat to all the kids. Children will also get to see him in the park (though sitting on his lap is a no-go this year). While you’re here, drop your child’s “Letter to Santa” in the mailbox at the Chapel of Peace. They make sure he gets it. And, yes, you’ll be able to cozy up with a FREE cup of hot cocoa. Reserve your tickets now!
Field of Light at Sensorio, Paso Robles
If you are up for a little drive, this is totally worth it! Imagine a multi-acre walkthrough field of lights! The lights illuminate the landscape perfectly. All brought to you by the Internationally-Acclaimed Artist, Bruce Munro. To purchase tickets and for hours of operation, click here.
Nutcracker, SF Ballet
Different from last year, The Nutcracker is back in person! From 12/10-12/30 To purchase tickets, click here.
Updated 11/3: To attend a performance or event at the War Memorial Opera House, all patrons aged 12 and over must present proof of full vaccination status alongside a matching photo ID. Children under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for vaccination must present a negative COVID-19 test result (either PCR or antigen test) taken within 48 hours of the start time of the performance they are attending. Masks are required for everyone at all times, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the War Memorial Opera House.
Union Square Christmas Tree, SF
The tree is up and the lights look spectacular, located in the heart of Union Square. Make sure to check it out this year!