2021 Holiday Events

While you're out shopping local for the holidays, take a break to enjoy festive community events.

Community Events

Please check with the respective event organizers for the COVID protocols in place at their venues.

Through Sunday, November 28, Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm
El Día de los Muertos Ofrenda
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
In collaboration with OMCA’s El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Community Committee, we are honoring The Day of the Dead both onsite and virtually.
https://museumca.org/el-dia-de-los-muertos
Free

Every Sunday through December 26, 4-7pm
Adult Skate
UMOJA RINK at Liberation Park, 7101 Foothill Blvd.
The Black Cultural Zone invites you to come get your skate on every Sunday. The $10-entry fee, includes skate rental/pads/helmet or bring your own skates (in-line skates allowed). A waiver must be signed before entering rink. Food/drink vendors on-site. Please note this event is intended for adults.
https://blackculturalzone.org/
Admission Charge

Friday, November 12 to Sunday, January 30 (Closed 11/25 & 12/25), 5-10pm
Oakland Zoo Glowfari
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road
This wildly popular, family-friendly experience is back with hundreds of new, larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo. Each lantern tells the story of the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo's commitment to conservation. 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 a Winter Wonderland.
https://www.oaklandzoo.org/programs-and-events/glowfari or (510) 632-9525
Admission Fee

Launching Friday, November 19, 9am
Creative Growth Holiday Show
Virtual
The beloved art show will be hosted online this year and will feature every artist in the Creative Growth Studio. The Holiday Show is your opportunity to shop a large selection of original artwork at every price point. All purchases not only bring incredible art into your home and the lives of those you love, they also directly support the artists and Creative Growth.
https://creativegrowth.org/exhibitions/holiday-show-2021
Free

Monday, November 22, 6-9pm
Town Nights with the Black Cultural Zone
Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave.
Town Nights series kicks off with the Black Cultural Zone will be hosting a Town Nights Community Dinner. R.S.V.P. required to insure headcount for meals.
https://blackculturalzone.org/
Free

Monday, November 22 to Sunday, November 28 & Saturday, December 18 to Sunday, January 6, various times
Holiday Ice
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th St.
Looking for affordable family fun? Look no further than Oakland Ice. Bring your family and friends to experience the Bay Area's premier ice skating and hockey facilities.
www.oaklandice.com or (510) 268-9000
Admission Fee

Thursday, November 25, 8:30am
Oakland Turkey Trot
Pergola at Lake Merritt, 599 El Embarcadero
Start your healthy Thanksgiving tradition with the Oakland Turkey Trot and earn your day’s indulgence with a 5K run or walk around Lake Merritt. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland Public Schools and local sponsors and charities, we are honored to bring Oakland this annual Thanksgiving Day community fitness event that is 100% The Town.
https://oaklandturkeytrot.org or (415) 640-1111
Admission Fee

Thursday, November 25, 1-4pm
19th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Two Star Market, 2020 MacArthur Blvd.
Free, multi-generational, community-made dinner. We all share the food, music, and we dance!
Want to volunteer? Email 2starmarket@gmail.com
https://2starmarket.com or (510) 531-3576
Free

Every Friday to Sunday, November 26 to December 19, 11am - 4pm
Rockridge Hollydays
Rockridge BART Plaza, 5660 College Ave.
Rockridge is your destination shopping and dining district throughout the holiday season! With live music every weekend (Friday - Sunday) at Rockridge BART Plaza, visit from Santa Claus, Merry Minstrels and carolers, big sales, holiday events, and more. Check the website for daily entertainment lineup.
www.RockridgeDistrict.com
Free

Saturday, November 27, Noon-8pm
Old Oakland Celebrates the Holidays
Old Oakland, 9th at Broadway
40+ merchants and vendors, food & drink specials, video games, outdoor art exhibits and an outdoor screen of Disney - Pixar's SOUL.
Free

Saturday, November 27; Friday, December 3 & Saturday, December 4, various times
Scrooge! The Musical
Temple Hill Auditorium, 4780 Lincoln Ave.
Begin your family’s Christmas season with this wonderful musical version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a personal transformation at Christmas time.
https://templehill.org/event-calendar/list/
Free

Saturday, November 27 to Friday, December 31, Dusk
Christmas Light Displays
Oakland Temple Hill Gardens, 4770 Lincoln Ave.
Lights and decorations create a festive setting overlooking Oakland. Gates open daily 5:30-9:30pm
https://templehill.org/event/lighting-the-hill/
Free

Friday, December 3, 5-9pm
Oakland First Fridays
Telegraph Avenue from W. Grand Ave. to 27th St.
Art, crafts, music, food, performers and holiday surprises. The epicenter for the community to come together to celebrate, sustain and support the arts.
www.oaklandfirstfridays.org or (510) 361-0615
Free

Fridays, December 3, 10 & 17, 6-9pm
Town Nights with the Black Cultural Zone
Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, 7701 Krause Ave.
Updated info on the community fun planned for the December Town Nights Events will be posted on BCZ’s website shortly.
https://blackculturalzone.org/
Free

Saturday, December 4, 10am-4pm
Temescal Holiday Marketplace
49th St., between Telegraph and Webster
HEAD WEST, a local, outdoor retail marketplace in partnership with the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District, hosts over 50 booths for makers, crafters, designers, artists, small brands, local shops, specialty service providers and local nonprofits. HEAD WEST supports, encourages and provides space for diversity, inclusion and equity within its marketplaces by offering no-cost community booths to creatives who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+.
https://headwestmarketplace.com/dates/120421
Free

Saturday, December 4, 4pm
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 36th Annual Holiday Concert “Sing Joy”

Jack London Square, outdoor concert on the Broadway Plaza
Join the Oakland Interfaith Family of Choirs under the direction of Terrance Kelly with ASL interpretation from Sherry Hicks and Michael Velez of Half-N-Half.
www.oigc.org

Free

Saturday, December 4, 5-6:30pm
Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting*

Key Route Plaza
Enjoy holiday music, the tree lighting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
www.piedmontavenue.org

Free

Saturday, December 4, 5:30pm
45th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade
Alameda/Oakland Estuary
Enjoy illuminated boats and ships of all sizes as they ply the Estuary.
http://lightedyachtparade.com/
Free

Saturday, December 4, 11am-6pm & Sunday, December 5, 11am-4pm
GIFTY 2021: A Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture
The Crucible, 1260 7th St.
After the all-virtual event last year, The Crucible hosts its annual GIFTY Craft Show & Open House in-person this holiday season. Find all your holiday gifts made by a variety of local artists, craftspeople and Crucible faculty. With metalworkers, ceramicists, jewelers, artisan bath suppliers, chandlers, and so much more, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. In between shopping, catch live demonstrations in Neon & Light, Glass Flameworking, Blacksmithing, and more. There will also be family-friendly paid and free hands-on activities. And while you explore, enjoy seasonal treats and delicious beverages.
https://www.thecrucible.org/event/gifty-2021/
Free

Sunday, December 5, 10am-3pm
Akoma Outdoor Market
Liberation Park, 7101 Foothill Blvd.
​​Don’t miss December’s Akoma Farmers and Holiday Cultural Market with family roller skating. Find a myriad of food/produce/dessert, jewelry, clothing, body care vendors, libation lounge, kids' zone, community resources and more. This is the last market of the year with local, Black-owned farm stands, restaurants, the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, and roller skating. Adult skating runs 4-7pm.
www.blackculturalzone.org or (510) 463-4687
Free

Sunday, December 5, 11am-3pm
OAACC 4th Annual Black Sunday Holiday Expo @ Akoma Market
Liberation Park, 7101 Foothill Blvd.
Black Sunday was created 4 years ago to elevate Black-owned business in addition to circulating our dollars in the Black community.
http://oaacc.org or (510) 268-1600
Free

Sunday, December 5, Noon-4pm
Pottery and Craft Sale
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th St.
The Pottery and Craft Sale returns. This is a great time to buy presents for someone you know this holiday season. Special Dance performance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya at 1pm. Bring a blanket and a snack and enjoy the afternoon.
www.studiooneartcenter.net or (510) 597-5027
Free

Sunday, December 5, 4:30 pm
Grand Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration

Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd.
Join us for the 16th Annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony as we celebrate the spirit of love & unity in the Oakland community. Enjoy a fire show, Latkes, Sufganiyot (jelly donuts), Chocolate Gelt, Menorahs & candles, Dreidels & lots of holiday spirit
www.JewishOakland.org or (510) 545-6770
Free

Thursday, December 9, 5:30-8pm
18th Annual Montclair Village Holiday Stroll
Montclair Village commercial district, Mountain Blvd.
Family-friendly holiday festival featuring live performances with local youth and school groups and award-winning Bay Area talent, Children’s Holiday Court, Toy Drive, Santa Photo Booth, and Special discounts and promotions are offered as over 40 locally owned, independent merchants who stay open late to greet guests with music, food & drink. Donate a toy to the “Random Acts Toy Drive” hosted by the Oakland Fire Department, bring canned goods for the community food drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The Whiskey Chaser Lounge features a holiday cocktail series.
www.MontclairVillage.com or (510) 339-1000
Free

Friday, December 10, 5:30-8pm
Kids Art Night Out
3400 Piedmont Ave.
Kids Art Night Out is a great way to get your young artists (ages 5 to 10) creativity flowing. Parents take the night off while your kids spend the evening making art. Dinner is included and every participant will take home a masterpiece.
www.asearts.org or (510) 517-9501
Admission Charge

Saturday, December 11, 6-8pm
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
6pm-8pm
Jack London Square, 472 Water Street
Live entertainment featuring Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, The Merrie Old Christmas Carolers, Selfies with Peppermint Princess Elf stilt walker, Rudolph, and special appearance by Santa.
https://jacklondonsquare.com/ or (510) 645-9292
Free

December 11-12 & December 17-19, various times
36th Annual Christmas Revels
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St.
Dive into the Age of Sail, blending 19th Century London with folklore and traditions from the Caribbean and Gullah Islands in an odyssey across the Atlantic. From sea chanties, mermaids and Christmas carols to Jonkonnu and Papa Bois, the production celebrates the Winter Solstice through the eyes of Joseph Johnson, a man who lived his life in all these traditions. In addition to live performances, the production will be available for streaming on-demand starting December 21.
https://www.californiarevels.org/ or (510) 452-9334
Admission Fee

Sunday, December 12, 4pm
Let Us Break Bread Together – The Music of Ray Charles and B. B. King
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Celebrate life, love, and the holidays with your community and the Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Symphony Chorus. Michael Morgan’s “inspired, multifarious, musical bash” (SF Classical Voice) draws its energy this year from the blues and soul of Ray Charles and B.B. King. Special guests abound in this annual rollicking holiday party.
https://www.oaklandsymphony.org/event/let-us-break-bread-together-the-music-of-ray-charles-and-bb-king/
Admission Fee

Thursday, December 16, 4-8 pm
Holiday Lakeshore Stroll
Lakeshore Ave. between LakePark and Trestle Glen
Join an Enchanting Night of Holiday shopping, specials and treats, Elves, carolers, festive meals, gift baskets, a raffle, and giving back.
https://lakeshoreavenue.com or (510) 306-1939
Free

Friday, December 17 to Thursday, December 30, 4-7pm (Closed 12/24 & 12/25)
Fairy Winterland & “Thank You, Santa” Nights
Children's Fairyland, 666 Bellevue Ave.
Evenings in late December are lit with the return of Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland. This magical multicultural event brings families together to share in the season’s festivities. It’s the same Winterland you know and love, with a few additional measures to help keep everyone safe. Black Santa will be there each evening at 6:30 p.m., and he’ll lead the physically distanced Festival of Lights Parade and, at the end, a treat will be given to all the kids. Cozy up with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa.
www.fairyland.org or (510) 452-2259
Admission Fee

Saturday, December 18, 11am-9pm
Santa Stroll in The Laurel
Laurel District, MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Claus visits The Laurel to bring holiday cheer and meet kids (at a social distance). Live outdoor music, big sales, pop up shops, and entertainment await holiday shoppers.
www.LaurelOakland.com
Free

Saturday, December 18, Noon-5pm
Holiday Art Fair
3718 MacArthur Blvd.
Shop original fine art, fine art prints, photography, hand-made ceramics, greeting cards, jewelry, and T-shirts. Find truly unique gifts for your loved ones and support local artists at the same time. www.rbacreative.com or (510) 842-7871
Free

Saturday, December 18, 1pm & 5pm and Sunday, December 19, 1pm
Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
The spirit of the holidays is brought to life with beautiful dancing, magnificent scenery and imaginative costumes. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King and then soar with our dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets where luscious treats await. The Oakland Symphony along with the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir bring Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score to life.
https://oaklandballet.org/performances-events/graham-lustigs-the-nutcracker/
Admission Fee

Saturday, January 22 & Sunday, January 23, 10am-5pm
"Year of Tiger" Lunar New Year Bazaar
Oakland Chinatown, 9th & Franklin Sts.
Chinatown Annual Lunar New Year marketplace for the API community to prepare and celebrate the holiday.
www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org or (510) 893-8979
Free

Winter Camps

Monday, December 20 to Thursday, December 30 (Closed 12/24 and 12/31), 8:30am-5:30pm
Inclusion Winter Camp - Session 1
Mosswood Recreation Center 3612 Webster St.
This winter day camp is open to teens and young adults enrolled in the OUSD YAP program. Staff, who have experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities, will lead activities focused on fitness, art, nature exploration, and more. If you're interested in enrolling but have financial or accommodation questions, please email Bianca Posada at bposada@oaklandca.gov.
https://cityofoakland.perfectmind.com/Classes/Planner2/?calendartype=courses,singlebooking,appointments,perpetualclasses# or (510) 597-5064
Admission Fee

Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 14, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Inclusion Winter Camp - Session 2
Mosswood Recreation Center, 3612 Webster St.
This winter day camp is open to young adults enrolled in the OUSD YAP program. Staff, who have experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities, will lead activities focused on fitness, art, nature exploration, and more. If you're interested in enrolling but have financial or accommodation questions, please email Bianca Posada at bposada@oaklandca.gov.
https://cityofoakland.perfectmind.com/Classes/Planner2/?calendartype=courses,singlebooking,appointments,perpetualclasses# or (510) 597-5064
Admission Fee