We’re cruising into December (crazy, right?) and that means the end of 2020 is near. What do you have on your must-do list that you haven’t checked off yet? Now is the perfect time to spend some time appreciating all the holiday lights that take over our neighborhoods like the Illuminate SF Festival. Welcome to the weekend!

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Visit “Entwined” in Golden Gate Park
An art installation coming to Golden Gate Park will transform Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light. “Entwined,” by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, will honor Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Illuminate SF Festival of Lights
This urban lights festival offers 40+ eco-friendly displays that are all accessible by public transportation within San Francisco’s 49 square miles. Pick a neighborhood to explore and walk through to see these gorgeous light installations. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Mill Valley Winterfest Holiday Hunt
The festivities kick off this weekend with the Winterfest Holiday Hunt, a three-week, scavenger hunt-style contest at more than 40 businesses throughout Mill Valley. The contest centers around Silver Stars, which business owners will place in storefront windows or inside their businesses. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Half Moon Bay’s Nights of Lights
This month-long celebration will feature beautiful holiday lights, artisan shopping, and weekly festivities. From locally designed jewelry and stylish accessories to home decor and specialty gift items, Main Street in Downtown Half Moon Bay is a shopper’s paradise for finding the perfect gifts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey Outdoors
Wander through a winter light scape throughout the zoo, the Discovery Field and the Bay View Grove. Fri.-Sun. Event details

GLOWFARI at the Oakland Zoo
This brand-new family-friendly experience features hundreds of larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, storytelling the ongoing journey of wildlife, the importance of every species on our planet, and Oakland Zoo’s commitment to conservation. Dozens of towering and even interactive, glowing lanterns of every order await to entertain and enlighten you at every turn. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Garden of D’Lights
Experience the Ruth Bancroft Garden in a whole new way at this year’s Garden of d’Lights.  With more lights and more lasers, this year’s Garden of d’Lights is set to be better than ever. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Virtual Visit With Santa
To safely visit with Santa Claus this year, Hillsdale Shopping Center is bringing Santa virtually into the homes of kids in the community.  He’ll be able to listen to those all-important wish lists and interact with children online, as if they were propped upon his knee. Event details.

The Golden Gate Park Observation Wheel Is Open
Book your 12-minute ride in one of the 36 fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, which each seat six people. Reservations are required. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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