Community Events Celebrate the Season

Here’s a sampling of festive holiday events taking place in Oakland through New Year’s Eve. An * after the event name indicates free admission. All area codes are (510), unless noted.

Every Friday, 5-9pm
Friday Nights at OMCA
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street or 318-8400

November 25-26, 10 am - 4pm
Plaid Weekend Kickoff*
Latham Square, Broadway at Telegraph Avenue
Welcome table with information on holiday shopping.

November 25-26, 10 am-7 pm
Holiday Markers’ Market*
Show & Tell, 1427 Broadway

Saturday, November 26, 3-6 pm
Rockridge in the Snow*
Rockridge BART parking lot, 5660 College Ave.
Children’s play area in the snow, pony rides, live holiday entertainment, visit with Santa and much more.

Saturday, November 26, 8 pm
The Whispers: Home for the Holiday
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
With seven Gold Albums, two Platinum Albums, 12 Top Twenty Singles, and 40 charted hits, The Whispers remain one of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups. or 465-6400

Thursday, December 1, 4-7 pm
Oakland Police Department Holiday Open House*
Eastmont Police Substation, 2651 73rd Avenue
Stop by for a tour of the substation, enter a free raffle and enjoy guest appearances by McGruff, Scruff and Santa. or 238-7159

Thursday, December 1, 5:30-8 pm
14th Annual Holiday Stroll*
Montclair Village, LaSalle Ave. & Mountain Blvd.
See various performances by local schools and organizations, take photos with Santa and enjoy special offers and in-store events. or 339-1000

December 1-January 1, 5:30-9 pm -- Closed 12/24 & 12/25
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd.
Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland’s night sky. Highlights include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express train, rocking around the Christmas trees and a light show that’s sure to blow out any bah-hum-bugs. or 632-9525

Friday, December 2, 5-7 pm
Jack London Square Lights Up for the Holidays*
Foot of Broadway
Jack London Square is set to ring in the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront. or 645-9292 

Friday, December 2, 5-9 pm
Nneka’s Holiday Pop-Up*
54 Washington St., Jack London Square
The Holiday Pop-Up provides for a great opportunity to shop from over 50 Bay Area artisans and vendors for holiday gifts.

Friday, December 2, 5-8 pm
OSA Small Works Show
White Box Gallery, 1726 San Pablo Ave.
Student visual arts displays. or 873-8800

Friday, December 2, 5-9:30 pm
Oakland First Fridays Holiday Edition*
Telegraph Ave. from West Grand Ave. to 27th St.
The Holiday Edition of First Fridays is the perfect place to welcome in the holiday season and find unique gifts for all your friends and family. The 25th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa & Christmas Gift Show joins with First Friday with local entrepreneurs and small business owners coming together to deck out more than 50 feet of must-have Kwanzaa and Christmas essentials. There will be a huge variety of art, performances, delicious food and handmade goods. Get your gifts and learn more about what Kwanzaa and Christmas means to the diverse communities of Oakland.

Friday, December 2, 6 pm
Fruitvale Fiestas Tree Lighting*
Corner of 35th Ave. & International Blvd.

December 2-January 12, various hours
Holiday 2016: Revel
Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th St. or 836-2340

Saturday, December 3, Noon-6 pm
Eastside Holiday Art & Book Sale*
Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd.
Local artisan vendors, book sellers, performances and food. or 533-6629

Saturday, December 3, 2-6 pm
Laurel District Santa Stroll*
Café Santana, 4100 MacArthur

Saturday, December 3, 5:30-9:30 pm
40th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade* 
Oakland/Alameda Estuary, Jack London Square
“A Celebration of Lights!" Bay Area boaters start the holiday season by decorating their boats of all sizes and cruise the Oakland/Alameda Estuary.    

Saturday, December 3, 4-7 pm
8th Annual Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting and Stroll*
Piedmont Ave. & 41st St.
Festive performances, caroling, late night shopping and merriment.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 3-18, Noon-4 pm
A Holiday Tradition
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.
Step back in time and experience a turn-of-the-20th-century Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Each room is decorated with elegant holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings and festive decorations to provide you with ideas for your own home decorations. or 615-5555

Saturday, December 3, 7 pm
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 31st Annual Holiday Concert
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
This concert will be a gospel music extravaganza not to be missed. Special Guests: Linda Tillery, John Santos and Kev Choice. or 839-4361

Sunday, December 4, 10 am-4 pm
Temescal Holiday Art Fair*
Temescal District, Telegraph Ave. and 51st St.
Amazing and unique gifts by Temescal retailers to one-of-a-kind creations by Oakland makers as well as holiday entertainment and cheer.

December 4-23, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, various times
Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave.
Enjoy hot cider, cookies and great views of Oakland as your water sleigh glides across the lake. Private charters available. or 238-2196

Sunday, December 4, 4 pm
Fairy Tales: A Holiday Concert
Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill 
The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, under the direction of guest conductor William Sauerland, perform an eclectic repertoire of time honored classics and a sing-along. or (800) 706-2389

December 3-4, 11 am-6 pm
11th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk*
Jingletown, 23rd Ave to Fruitvale Ave (various locations)
The 11th Annual Winter Art Walk event will include open studios and galleries highlighting the work of more than 50 artists who live and/or work in the area. Food trucks will feature delicious local products.

Friday, December 9, 5-9 pm
Dimond Lights*
Dimond District, 3475 Champion St. at MacArthur Blvd. 

Friday, December 9, 6-9 pm
2nd Friday Receptions*
Jingletown, 23rd Ave. to Fruitvale Ave., (various locations)
Monthly receptions at participating galleries to highlight the work of more than 50 artists who live and/or work in the area.

Friday, December 9, 8 pm
Adore: Christmas songs of Worship Tour
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Join Chris Tomlin with special guest Matt Redman for a concert of Christmas songs of worship for the Holiday Season or 465-6400

Friday, December 9, 8 pm & 10 pm
Ray McCoy: A Luther Vandross Holiday Tribute Show
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
This passion can be found from start to finish in Ray’s Luther Vandross Tribute Show, while performing original Vandross classics including many of his well-known ballads and love songs. or 238-9200

Friday, December 9, 4-6 pm & Saturday, December 10, 1-3 pm
Holidays on Lakeshore*
Lakeshore Blvd. between Lake Park and Trestle Glen
Carriage rides, face painting and other activities. or 593-3721

Friday, December 9, 7 pm & Sunday, December 11, 1 pm
Holiday Lights by the Bay Ice Skating Show
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th St. or 268-9000

December 9-11 & 16-18, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm & 5 pm
The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Dr.
Set in the 1920’s childhood village of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, the show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log. Mummers, carolers and dragons will abound. or 452-9334

Saturday, December 10, Noon to 4 p.m.
Los Sabores de Fruitvale - Un delicioso paseo / The Flavors of Fruitvale - A delicious stroll
Fruitvale Village, E. 12th Street between 33rd and 35th avenues
- Cancelled

Saturday, December 10, 11 am-6 pm & Sunday, December 11, 11 am-5 pm
Annual Holiday Gifty*
The Crucible, 1260 7th St.
Handmade art for sale. Dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. From glass to metal, wood, ceramics, clothing and much more, you’ll find the perfect gifts for the toughest people on your list. or 444-0919

Saturday, December 10, 7 pm
OSA School of Vocal Music Presents “Soulstice”
First Congregational Church, 1726 San Pablo Ave.
A beautiful tradition with amazing voices not to be missed. or 873-8800

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Black Christmas
Eve’s Waterfront, 15 Embarcadero West
The classiest Pre-Christmas Black Party of the Year featuring an enchanted musical experience by KBLX DJ Pam the Funktress and a Luther Vandross Tribute by Leetyme Soul. Plus the awarding of the debonair man of the year. or 878-9001

Sunday, December 11, 4 pm
Oakland Symphony presents “Let Us Break Bread Together”
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers, and an important time in Oakland’s history. Oakland Symphony will pay homage by performing music from the time including Motown classics, gospel and protest music of the 60s and 70s. This non-traditional holiday tradition will feature Oakland Symphony Chorus, Linda Tillery, Vocal Rush, Kugelplex, Mt. Eden High School Concert Choir and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. or 444-0801

Wednesday, December 14 & Thursday, December 15, Noon-1 pm
City & Port of Oakland Employees Chorus*
Dalziel Building lobby, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Thursday, December 15, stores open until 8 pm
Holiday Countdown*
Montclair Village, LaSalle Ave. & Mountain Blvd.
Fill out your “Montclair Merchants” shopping list and you could win prizes. or 339-1000

Friday, December 16, Noon-1 pm
City & Port of Oakland Employees Chorus*
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

December 16-23, select days, Noon-7 pm
Fairy Winterland Celebration
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Lakeside Park
Fairyland will be transformed featuring live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, rides, puppet shows, arts and crafts, free holiday treats, cider and hot cocoa, and more surprises.

Saturday, December 17, 1 pm & 5 pm & Sunday, December 18, 2 pm
The Oakland Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
In addition to this holiday classic ballet, enjoy Sweet Dreams Parties, Land of the Sweets Tea Party and Encore Reception. or (800) 745-3000

Saturday, December 17, 4 pm
Traditional Posadas, a family oriented celebration*
Meet at the corner of Fruitvale Ave. & International Blvd.
Walk and sing with panders and guitars toward Avenida De La Fuente (34th Ave. and International Blvd.) where there will be a final celebration with piñatas, traditional Christmas tea and delicious tamales. or 535-7176

Sunday, December 18, Noon-5pm
4th Annual Diaspora Bazaar and Crafts Fair
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St.
Celebrating the community, culture and creativity of the African Diaspora.

Wednesday, December 21 & Thursday, December 22, 8 pm & 10 pm
Peter White Christmas Show
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Euge Groove is coming to town. Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun filled concert, which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year. or 238-9200

Thursday, December 22, 6-7:30 pm
Holiday Family Night*
deFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline St.
Enjoy a dinner, games for all ages and a visit from Santa Claus. or 238-7739

Sunday, December 25, 4:30 pm
Grand Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration*
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd.
Join the 11th Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting - Oakland's Largest Menorah. Enjoy Music, Doughnuts, Latkes, Hot drinks, Driedels and free Morahrahs. Fire juggling performance (not confirmed) and more! or 545-6770

Saturday, December 31, 11 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
17th Annual Balloon Drop Celebration
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.
Ring in the New Year without staying up all night! Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 am, 1 pm & 4 pm. Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities throughout the center. Now the kids can ring in the New Year without staying up past their bedtimes. or 336-7373