Community Events Celebrate the Holiday 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. For additional holiday events, visit and

November 27 & 28, 10 am-7pm
Downtown Markers Market*
Show & Tell, 1427 Broadway

November 28, Noon-6pm
3rd Annual Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St.

Saturday, November 28, 3-6pm
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. 

Wednesday, December 2, Noon-1 pm
Christmas with D–Lucca & Dale Anthony*
City Center, Broadway at 13th St.
Performers D-Lucca and Dale Anthony bring a mix of Gospel and R & B to celebrate the holidays. or 830-1650

December 3, 5:30-8 pm
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 645-9292

Friday, December 4, 4-8 pm
Dimond Lights*
Dimond District, 3463 Champion St.
Enjoy the start of the Holiday season at this event hosted by Embrace Dimond, Dimond Improvement Association and Dimond Mine Arts with Kids' crafts, mural unveiling, tree decorating, car & bike decorating and live entertainment.

Friday, December 4, 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 4, 5-9 pm
OMCA Store Pop-up: Bears for Humanity
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
100% certified organic toy. For every Teddy Bear sold, one is given to a child in a need. or 318-8400

Friday, December 4, 5-9 pm
Nneka's Holiday Pop-Up*
55 Harrison St., Jack London Square
The Holiday Pop-Up provides for a great opportunity to shop Bay Area artisans for holiday gifts.

Friday, December 4, 6-9 pm
Winter Art Hop*
Temescal District, Telegraph and 51st St.
Pick up passports at participating businesses and win cool prizes while enjoying local artists' exhibits.

December 4 & 5, 6:30-9:30 pm
OSA Small Works Show
White Box Gallery, 1726 San Pablo Ave.
Student visual arts displays. or 873-8800

December 4-20, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 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

December 4-26, select days, Noon-7pm
Fairy Winterland Celebration
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. in Lakeside Park

December 4-January 3, 5:30-9 pm
Closed 12/24 & 12/25
ZooLights at the 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

December 4-January 16, various hours
Holiday 2015: The Great Escape
Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th St. or 836-2340

Saturday, December 5, 5:30-9:30 pm
39th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade* 
Oakland/Alameda Estuary, Jack London Square
“Deck The Hulls!" Bay Area boaters start the holiday season by decorating their boats of all sizes and cruise the Oakland/Alameda Estuary.    

Saturday, December 5, 6 pm
Fruitvale Fiestas Tree Lighting*
Corner of 35th Ave. & International Blvd.

Saturday, December 5, 6-8 pm
7th Annual Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting and Stroll*
Piedmont Ave. & 41st St.
Festive performances, caroling, late night shopping and merriment.

Saturday, December 5, 7 pm
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 30th Annual Holiday Concert
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
This concert will be a gospel music extravaganza not to be missed: hosted by Danny Glover, with performances by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Youth Choir, and Community Choir, and a special performance by the Alumni Choir. or (510) 839-4361

December 5-6, 11 am-6 pm
10th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk*
Jingletown, 23rd Ave to Fruitvale Ave (various locations)
The 10th Annual Winter Art Walk event will include open studios and galleries highlighting the work of outstanding artists who live and/or work in Jingletown.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 5-20, Noon-4 pm
A Holiday Tradition
Dunsmuir - Hellman 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., (510) 615-5555

Sunday, December 6, 11 am-6 pm
Temescal Holiday Street Fair*
47th St. between Telegraph and Shattuck
Enjoy a “one-stop” shop for all your holiday needs, from amazing and unique gifts by Temescal retailers, to one-of-a-kind creations by Oakland makers, as well as enjoy some holiday entertainment and cheer.  

Sunday, December 6, 11 am-6 pm
Temescal Alley’s 3rd Annual Holiday Artisan Fair*
Temescal Alley, 49th St. between Telegraph Ave. & Clarke St.
Please join us for a wonderful day of shopping with sixteen artisans selected by Temescal Alley shop owners as well as special events in our existing shops.

Sunday, December 6, 4:30 pm
Grand Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration*
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd.
Join the 10th 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

December 7-23: weekdays, 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Holiday Carolers*
Throughout Jack London Square, foot of Broadway

Wednesday, December 9, Noon-1 pm
Chanukah with Kugelplex*
City Center, Broadway at 13th St.
Kugelplex brings Chanukah to life with their exuberant, dance-able, old-world soul music. or 830-1650

Wednesday, December 9 & Thursday, December 10, Noon-1 pm
City & Port of Oakland Employees’ Chorus*
Dalziel Building lobby, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Friday, December 11, Noon-1 pm
City & Port of Oakland Employees’ Chorus*
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Friday, December 11, 2-4 pm & Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm
Holidays on Lakeshore*
Lakeshore Blvd. between Lake Park and Trestle Glen
Carriage rides, face painting and other activities. or 593-3721

Friday, December 11, 7 pm & Sunday, December 13, 2 pm
Holiday Lights by the Bay Ice Skating Show
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th St. or 268-9000

December 11-13 & 18-20, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm & 5 pm
The 30th Annual Christmas Revels: A Venetian Masque
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Dr.
It is the end of 1620 when a troupe of ragged Commedia dell'Arte players arrive in Venice.  Relying on their wit and ingenuity, the Commedians manage to infiltrate the festivities, and before long the Most Serene Republic of Venice is reduced to comic chaos. or 452-9334

December 12, 7-11 pm
Victorian Holiday Celebration
deFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline St.
Enjoy a silent auction, dancing and hors d'oeuvres. Evening attire is encouraged. or 238-7739

Saturday, December 12, 7 pm
OSA School of Vocal Music Presents "Light & Gold"
First Congregational Church, 1726 San Pablo Ave.
A beautiful tradition with amazing voices not to be missed. or 873-8800

Saturday, December 12, 11 am-6 pm & Sunday, December 13, Noon-5 pm
The Crucible’s 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

Sunday, December 13, 4 pm
Oakland Symphony presents “Let Us Break Bread Together”
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
The Oakland Symphony and Chorus will share the stage with a holiday host of guest artists in celebration of the 100th birthday of American icon Frank Sinatra. Music Director and conductor Michael Morgan will bring together guest artists including the award-winning Mt. Eden High School Choir, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, new-comers Vocal Rush from Oakland School for the Arts and perennial favorites the ebullient Klezmer band, Kugelplex. or 444-0801

Wednesday, December 16, Noon-1 pm 
Kwanzaa with West African Highlife Band*
City Center, Broadway at 13th St.
The West African Highlife Band brings Kwanzaa to life this holiday season with a fusion of African and world music. or 830-1650

Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20, various times
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 19, 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 20, 4 pm
“A World of Wonder” Holiday Concert Series
Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College, 900 Fallon St.
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

Friday, December 31, 11 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
16th 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. or336-7373

Friday, December 31, 10 pm
New Year's Eve Black Comedy Explosion
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion returns to its roots with an “Old School” Comedy show. Taking the stage will be George Wallace, Mark Curry, Tommy Davidson, and Speedy – And the World Famous Rick & Russ Show spinning for the evening. or 465-6400