‘Tis the season for holiday lights appearing all over town and we could not be more thrilled. Book your tickets for all of the festivities happening this year and spend your weekend immersing yourself in the holiday spirit.

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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.

Dinosaur Drive-Thru Has Arrived!
This weekend kicks off this fun event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Drive through and see dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! Download the audio tour before you head over. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out “Venom” at the Cal Academy
Discover how often-feared yet biologically important animals like spiders, scorpions, jellyfish, and snakes sting, suck, bite, and stun while using venom to capture prey and provide deadly defense against predators. Plus, learn how scientists are studying venom to harness compounds that could hold the key to curing human diseases. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating Is On
Back again for 2020: ice skating at the beach! A covered rink is part of the fun this season at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and this year it’s bigger and better. Have a skate and then go enjoy games, snacks and holiday lights. Reservations are recommended. Sat.-Sun. 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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