You’d better not pout because kiddos, it’s the weekend. Time to throw on your favorite holiday sweater and hit up our faves from classic Nutcracker performances to all kinds of festive crafting down to a stargazing hike with a side of roasted marshmallows.

Weekend Holiday Activities

San Francisco

Make Your Christmas Very Meow-y
When it’s time to decorate your Christmas tree, make yours light up with custom ornaments for your furry family members! Paint the Town is teaming with the San Francisco SPCA to show you how to design personalized ornaments in the likeness of your pet in this fun, interactive workshop. Each person can make up to 3 ornaments. We will provide mini canvases, painting supplies, accessories, and 2 hours of art time with experienced instructors. Get ready to unleash your creative pet-tential. Sat. Event details.

Listen to Peter and the Wold Come to Life
Hear Prokofiev’s timeless musical fable of a boy and his animal friends, a beloved work that has introduced generations to the orchestra through musical storytelling. Watch and listen as the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra brings this delightful fairytale to life, illustrating each character with a particular instrument and melody. Then, stay for a sing-along featuring your favorite holiday songs. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

This Annual Chocolate Sale is Pretty Sweet
Join Ghirardelli Chocolate for the sweetest sale of the year! The sales floor will be expanded to offer additional discounted gifts just in time for the Holidays. Discover a unique assortment of signature SQUARES chocolates, gift baskets, baking chocolate, gift tins, and a variety of exclusive chocolate gifts not available anywhere else. Plus, a coloring station for kids, holiday photo opportunities, a chance to win chocolate prizes Ghirardelli hot cocoa sample for everyone. Sat. Event details.

Make Garden Holiday Nature Crafts
A visit to the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley is a holiday tradition. Children will learn to create gifts and decorations based on the garden collection. It’s the perfect way to teach children to make something special with their own hands for a loved one. Wreaths, pressed botanical cards, ornaments and more. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

It’s that Time of Year: Christmas in the Park!
San Jose’s most famous holiday lights and Christmas party is open every day and even on Christmas Day! From 9 a.m. to midnight you can cruise the attractions including the Lima Train, a Victorian Village featuring an animated Nutcracker Suite exhibit and Santa’s Photo Den. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of trees and Christmas houses decorated by San Jose schools, community groups and businesses. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bring Your Little Sugar Plums to the Nutcracker
The San Jose Dance Theatre celebrates its 52nd production of The Nutcracker! Featuring a live orchestra, the kids will be enchanted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and all the characters as they dance across the stage. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


This Crafting Event is a Jolly Good Time
Santa’s isn’t the only one busy in his workshop this season. Hillsdale Shopping Center has set up a work space of our own, where kids can make crafts to decorate home or that special holiday gift. All of the supplies ready and waiting. Sat. Event details.

Opera for Families: “The Magic Flute”
“The Magic Flute”, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a fairy tale set to music. It’s the story of a princess and her pursuer, who takes along a magic flute as he journeys with a sidekick to save the princess from peril. Highlights from “The Magic Flute” will be performed by Program Curator and pianist Efrat Levy, soprano Amy Foote, tenor Sergio Gonzalez and bass Jason Sarten. This interactive educational experience will spread opera’s magic among children of all ages. It was created to provide access to a new audience in a way that is up-to-date, fascinating and, of course, fun. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Go Stargazing on a Fall Night Hike
Amazing stargazing! Using binoculars, a spotting scope, and telescopes, we’ll study the face of the moon and learn more about constellations and the night sky. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your favorite pair! Weather may prevent us from actually seeing the moon and stars, but we will still have fun and learn about constellations, the features of the moon, and astronomical myths. Sat. Event details.

Visit Santa Claus at Marin Country Mart
Meet Santa Claus at the Mart each Saturday in December before Christmas! Be sure to bring your list to ask Santa for the present you want – and put your best smile on for the complimentary photo. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your holiday wish-list? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers