This is the weekend to get in your last Santa visits if you haven’t had a chance to see the big man in red. Spend some time enjoying the festivities at one of our local amusement parks and then relax with a cup of hot cocoa. Cheers to the holidays!

photo: Six Flags

San Francisco

‘Twas the Night – A Festival of Carols
Enjoy a cozy holiday concert at Davies Symphony Hall, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. With timeless holiday carols and sing-alongs performed by the Symphony’s brass section and chorus—all accompanied by the majestic Ruffatti organ—you and your loved ones will enjoy a merry evening and memories to last a lifetime. Fri. Event details

‘Tis the Season for Science
Enter the immersive digital dome of the Snowman Theater and watch a short, kid-friendly show exploring the science and beauty of Aurora Borealis. Step outside the theater to revel in delightful indoor snow flurries. Then swing by the East Garden to meet Velvet and Tinsel, a pair of real-life reindeer. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo
Soar over the Oakland hills in festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls and meet Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. See the Music in Motion laser light shows and stroll through twinkling holiday lights, animal structures and a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Holiday in the Park
Deck the halls in a dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds for this holiday extravaganza for select days through Jan. 5. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers an entirely new and unique holiday celebration experience unlike anything seen before. Boasting thrilling rides, shows and attractions, this winter season just got so much cooler. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show
BayLUG and BayLTC will be displaying a variety of creative holiday scenes, which include holiday trains, miniature cities and more. This year’s theme is BayLUG at the Beach, featuring a whimsical beach scene. Fri.-Sun. Event details

The Great Dickens Fair
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is an enchanting journey through a merrier era—the streets of Victorian London circa Christmas 1860. Visitors will explore twilight-lit streets with shops, pubs, stages and dance halls filled with more than 800 Victorian characters and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty fare. Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

My Very First Nutcracker
My Very First Nutcracker is a special one-hour classical ballet presentation suitable for the youngest audiences that features the first act of The San Jose Nutcracker, including a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz and their family in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Holiday Train
The Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad offers all of the holiday fun on a smaller scale. The sweet little open-air train winds through part of Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights spectacular. The 1.5-mile loop is just enough to get that festive fix and get to bed on time. If you’re up for a little more action after the ride, there are plenty more light displays in the park to check out, which aren’t visible from the train. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop
A kindly toymaker arrives with his mischievous alley cats and is touched by Sophie’s generous, kind spirit. He rewards her with an amazing journey to a beautiful snow kingdom filled with snow princesses, fairies and other delights. It is a journey she truly will never forget. Sat. Event details

Free Holiday Puppet Shows at Town Center
From parents to little ones, everyone is invited to enjoy free holiday puppet shows at Town Center Corte Madera this holiday season. All activities will take place in the center court, under the clock tower, across from Blue Barn. Sat.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth