It’s the first weekend of December and the holiday vibe is in full effect! There are holiday lights displays to visit, tree lightings and holiday train rides. Gear up for a weekend of family fun!

photo: Dance-Along Nutcracker

San Francisco

Dance-Along Nutcracker: Nutcrackers in Space
A zany, uniquely San Francisco holiday experience, Dance-Along Nutcracker makes Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece accessible to adults and kids of all ages! Whenever the “Dance-Along!” sign illuminates, the audience sashays under the mirror ball. This year, join Clara and Fritz as they launch into intergalactic mischief aboard the Sugar Plum Falcon! Sat.-Sun. Event details

Presidio Tree Lighting
Join the Golden Gate Carolers to light the tree and sing holiday carols. After the tree lighting, light refreshments and kids’ activities will occur in the Presidio Community Y gymnasium. Fri. Event details

It’s a Wonderful Life with the San Francisco Symphony
Its a Wonderful Life comes to life with Dimitri Tiomkin’s timeless score performed by a live symphony orchestra while the full film is shown on the big screen. Fri. Event details

East Bay

Holiday Circle of Lights
Enjoy this whimsical display, which begins at the front fountain, featuring a reindeer sled, train of toys, snowmen, skaters and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details

ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo
Celebrate the holidays amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in the festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls and meet Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Annual BayLUG Holiday LEGO Show
BayLUG and BayLTC will be displaying a variety of creative holiday scenes made out of LEGO bricks. Browse through the imaginative holiday creations, 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

IlluminOdyssey First Friday Family Night
Play inside CuriOdyssey’s dazzling IlluminOdyssey until 8 p.m. Dance with a live band, purchase hot dinner and meet CuriOdyssey’s nocturnal animals. Carry a color changing lantern as you wander through a radiant jungle and under an illuminated canopy of fiber optic strands. Fri. Event details

South Bay

Downtown Ice
This will be Downtown Ice’s 16th year in the Circle of Palms with thousands of color-changing LED lights. Skaters pay one fee for unlimited skating time and skate rental. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Los Gatos Children’s Christmas Parade
This is the 63rd annual Los Gatos Children’s Holiday Parade. Stake out your curbside seat early in the day to enjoy the parade kick off at 11 a.m. Sat. Event details

North Bay

Tiburon Holiday Festival
Downtown Tiburon comes alive with the holiday spirit. Head over for gingerbread house decorating, ornament making, horse carriage rides, train rides for tots, Santa and the delightful sounds of local choirs and a steel pans band. Sat. Event details

Ride the Santa Train
They pull out all the stops each year, as the Wine Train fills with the sounds of the season. Guests will be treated to sing-a-longs, games and stories, as they deliver Jolly the Bear to the North Pole. Fri.-Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth