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.

Wednesdays through December 24, various hours
Wacky Wednesdays*
Fruitvale District, International Blvd. at Fruitvale Ave.
Great sales at more than 50 Fruitvale shops. Look for the Wacky Wednesday flyer that identifies participating stores. or (510) 535-6900

November 22 to January 4, various hours
Holiday Ice
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
Don a pair of skates and glide across the ice during the holidays. Warm clothing and gloves recommended. All sessions are skate one session and get a second same-day session 50% off. or (510) 268-9000

November 28, 5-9 pm
“Black Friday” Night, Part of Friday Nights @ OMCA
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Take a break from Thanksgiving and join in the fun, festivities and food trucks from Off the Grid. Check out the museum’s galleries, live music, dance lessons, food demos, kids’ activities and more. or (510) 318-8400

November 28-30, various hours
Plaid Friday*
Participating indy stores throughout Oakland

November 29, 3 - 6 pm
Rockridge Holiday in the Snow*
Rockridge BART Station Plaza, corner of College Avenue and Keith
Kids are with real snow, ponies and petting zoo, live entertainment, visit with Santa and his helpers. Donations for One Warm Coat and Toys for Tots are welcome. or (510) 604-3125

December 3, Noon-1pm
Christmas with Natasha Miller*
Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th
Enjoy smooth sounds of jazz vocalist Natasha Miller to get into the holiday spirit with beautiful music of the season. or (510) 830-1650

December 4, 5:30-8 pm
12th Annual Holiday Stroll*
Montclair Village, Mountain Boulevard at LaSalle Ave.
Come and see the various performances by local schools and organizations, take photos with Santa and special offers & in-store events this year. The event kicks off with Santa's Procession at 5:30 pm. Live music fills the streets with 12 different performances. or (510) 339-1000

December 4-5, 5-8pm, & December 6, 1-4pm
Small Works Show 
White Box Gallery, Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th St.
The OSA Visual Arts Department present this show. or (510) 873-8800

December 5, 5-7 pm
Jack London Square Lights Up For The Holidays!*
Jack London Square, foot of Broadway
Ring in the holiday season at this annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront featuring live performances, cookie decorating, ornament making and a holiday pop-up with 90 local artisans. or (510) 645-9292

December 5, 5-9 pm
5th Annual Holiday Pop-Up*
Jack London Square, 55 Harrison St.
Buy your holiday gifts from local small businesses, creators and artisans.

December 5, 6-9 pm
Temescal Winter Art Hop*
Temescal District, Telegraph Ave. and 51st St.
Shops and galleries hopping with all kinds of Holiday cheer. Roaming musicians up and down Telegraph. No Holiday event would be complete without Santa Claus.

December 5-23, Noon-7 pm
Fairy Winterland Celebration
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave.
For eleven exciting days, Fairyland features live performances celebrating holidays from many cultures, appearances by Santa Claus, special decorations, thousands of twinkling lights, rides, puppet shows, free holiday treats, cider, hot cocoa, and more surprises! or (510) 238-6876

December 5-January 4,  various hours
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. ZooLights is closed on December 13, 24 & 25. or (510) 632-9525

December 6, 5:30 pm
38th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade*
Oakland/Alameda Estuary, viewable from Jack London Square
Bay Area boat owners share in the holiday spirit by decorating their boats in this year’s theme of “Light Up the Night” and ply the estuary.

December 6, 6-8 pm
Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Stroll*
Enjoy festive performances, caroling, late-night shopping, holiday merriment and a visit with Santa Claus.
Piedmont Ave. at 41st St.

December 6, 7 pm
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s 29th Annual Holiday Concert
Paramount Theater of the Arts, 2025 Broadway
OIGC will be joined by Stellar Award winner and gospel great Ms. Kim Burrell, beatbox artist Kid Beyond, the ever-growing Oakland Interfaith Community Choir, Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir, and liturgical dancers Imani Ya Watume. or (510) 465-6400

December 6 & 7, 11 am - 6pm
Jingletown Winter Art Walk*
The annual winter open studio event highlights the work of more than 50 artists who live and/or work in the area known as Jingletown, which is situated between the Park and Fruitvale Street bridges bordered by the estuary separating Oakland from the island of Alameda. There will be food trucks featuring delicious local products and the annual T-Sisters Parade.

December 6, 7 pm & December 7, 3pm
Wholly Family Holiday Concert
Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College, 900 Fallon St.
The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus presents this holiday concert for all families.

Weekdays December 8-23, 6:15-7:45 pm
Holiday Carolers*
Jack London Square, foot of Broadway
Enjoy TOSCA, the Oakland Symphony's chorus group while visiting Jack London Square. This ensemble of beautiful voices will be singing holiday carols live and in person on the beautiful waterfront. or (510) 645-9292

December 10, Noon-1 pm
Chanukah with Kugelplex*
Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th
Kugelplex brings Chanukah to life with their exuberant, dance-able, old-world soul music. or (510) 830-1650

December 12, 7 pm & December 14, 1 pm
Holiday Lights by the Bay
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
Enjoy a 90-mintue figure skating exhibition by skaters of all ages from the center’s skating school as well as the Special Skates program and Adult Synchronized Skating team. Special guests to include current Elite and National level competitors.

December 12-14 & 19-21, Fridays 8 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1 pm & 5 pm
29th Annual Christmas Revels: An American Journey
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Dr.
This year’s Revels opens in the 1930s where our protagonist meets a mystery man who sends him on a journey east to Appalachia, south through the bayous of Louisiana, north to the mid-Atlantic states and finally westward ho to California! or (510) 452-9334

December 13, 2014, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Holiday Open House*
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
Drop by Peralta House Museum for holiday cheer. Share your special holiday memories while enjoying spiced cider, music and craft activities. Learn about Oakland history in the exhibit rooms and mingle with your neighbors, Peralta Hacienda board, staff, community docent storytellers and volunteers. or (510) 532-9142

December 13, 3 pm & 6pm
Oakland Youth Chorus' 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert
First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway
At 3 pm, OYC's Kindergarten through 3rd grade Miracle Chorus ensembles from 11 school and community sites delight the audience with their own concert full of joyful world music. At 6 pm, OYC's Chamber Singers, Concert Chorus, Middle School ensembles and 3rd-5th grade Miracle Choruses from Oakland and other East Bay communities shine as they premiere a commissioned work by local jazz great Marcus Shelby and sing music from around the world. or (510) 287-9700

December 13, 5:30 pm (New Date)
Fruitvale’s Christmas Tree Lighting*
35th Ave. at International Blvd.
Enjoy caroling and the traditional Christmas “Ponche” as the district’s 12-foot tree is lit. or (510) 535-6900

December 13, 7 pm
Sounds of the Season 
Sweets Ballroom, 1933 Broadway
The Oakland School for the Arts’ Vocal Music Department presents this concert of holiday music. or (510) 873-8800

December 13, 11 am – 6 pm & December 14, Noon - 5 pm
Gifty Winter Open House and Holiday Art Sale*
The Crucible, 1260 7th St.
More than sixty leading East Bay artists and tradespeople, as well as numerous Crucible faculty members, will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. Live industrial art demos, tasty food and drink and more. Special member preview on Friday. or (510) 444-0919

December 13-14, 11 am - 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 at the magnificent 37-room mansion. Volunteers put in more than 2,000 hours to transform the historic home into a breathtaking Edwardian holiday masterpiece. Special performances, holiday shopping, games, food and more. Admission fee for special Holiday High Teas and Brunch with Santa. or (510) 615-5555

December 14, Noon-3 pm
Family Drop-in Workshop: Winterfest
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Explore the traditions honored in celebrations including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Mexican Christmas through hands-on art activities for the whole family. or (510) 318-8400

December 14, 4 pm
Let Us Break Bread Together: A Holiday Tribute to Pete Seeger
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway
This beloved multi-chorus extravaganza hosted by the Oakland East Bay Symphony features gospel music, holiday favorites and audience sing-alongs that will get you in the spirit of the season. or (510) 444-0801 

December 16, 6 pm
9th Annual Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting*
Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd. at south end of the lake
Enjoy donuts, latkes, music, chocolate gelt, hot drinks and free menorahs and dreidels. or (510) 545-6770


December 17, Noon - 1 pm 
Kwanzaa with West African Highlife Band*
Oakland City Center, Broadway at 13th
The West African Highlife Band brings Kwanzaa to life this holiday season with a fusion of African and world music. or (510) 830-1650

December 17, Noon - 1 pm
City and Port of Oakland Employees Chorus*
Dalziel Building, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Enjoy the soaring voices of City and Port employees during this 76th Holiday Chorus Concert Series.
(510) 238-7662

December 18, Noon - 1 pm
City and Port of Oakland Employees Chorus*
Oakland Police Department Administration Building, 455 7th St.
Enjoy the soaring voices of City and Port employees during this 76th Holiday Chorus Concert Series.
(510) 238-7662

December 18, 4:30 pm
Foothill Blvd. Christmas Posada*
Gather at 3318 Foothill Blvd.
Join in a night of caroling, Christmas Ponche, goody bags for a kids, pinatas and a wonderful feast free for all to enjoy. or (510) 535-6900

December 19, Noon - 1 pm
City and Port of Oakland Employees Chorus*
City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Enjoy the soaring voices of City and Port employees during this 76th Holiday Chorus Concert Series.
(510) 238-7662

December 19, 4:30 pm
International Blvd. Posada*
Gather at 3851 International Blvd.
Join in a night of caroling, Christmas Ponche, goody bags for a kids, pinatas and a wonderful feast free for all to enjoy. or (510) 535-6900

December 19, 4 - 6 pm & December 20, 2 – 4 pm
Lakeshore Avenue Holiday Family Fun*
Lakeshore Ave. between LakePark and Trestle Glen
Enjoy carriage rides, face painting, visits with Santa and more. or

December 20, 2 pm & 8 pm & December 21, 2 pm
Oakland Ballet presents Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2125 Broadway
Brimming with holiday magic that is fun for the entire family featuring live music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. A reception, Sweet Dreams Parties and ball enhance the experience. or (800) 745-3000

December 31, 11 am - 4 pm
Balloon Drop Celebration
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd
Kids can ring in the New Year without staying up all night. Celebrate strokes of midnight around the world at 11 am, 1 pm and 4pm. Kids will count down and celebrate with hundreds of colorful balloons dropping from above. Stay for the day and participate in fun activities. or (510) 336-7373

December 31, 11 pm
New Year’s Eve Black Comedy Explosion
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway
Cedric the Entertainer headlines the comedy bill.