Still recovering  from Thanksgiving? Well we’ve got some ideas for working off that second helping of turkey pumpkin pie. Climb aboard a holiday train, fly over to the zoo to hang with some reindeer or head to a local farm for a cool crafting sess. Need more ideas to get moving? Read on and find out what’s on our agenda this weekend.

Andrew Weeks


San Francisco

Hop to the Velveteen Rabbit
Cuddle up with your favorite toy for this beloved Bay Area holiday tradition. ODC/Dance enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Join the Reindeer Romp this Weekend
Santa’s reindeer have landed in San Francisco. Reindeer Belle, Holly and Peppermint arrive o spread holiday cheer throughout San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. The majestic reindeer will be romping at SF Zoo’s Playfield Lawn, near the spectacular Elinor Friend Playground from Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Visitors will learn reindeer fun facts and more, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season by greeting the animals that help Santa with all his special deliveries. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Light Up Alameda with Santa Claus
Alameda South Shore Center will bring cheer to the community with festivities on Black Friday featuring photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after the tree lighting until 8 p.m., carolers at 2 p.m. and live jazz music at 4 pm., and a festive Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., as well as skating at The Little Ice Rink throughout the season.Fri. Event details.

Spend Christmas Over the Rainbow in Oz
t’s Christmas Time again and somewhere in Kansas, Dorothy is lonely for her friends back in Oz. And so, with the help of the kindly Mr. Tinker, she builds herself a magical wish machine, and returns to the Emerald City–just in time for the big holiday celebration. But the holly is quickly stripped of its jolly when a sassy sorceress named Nefariosa crashes the party and kidnaps Santa Claus! Now Dorothy must recruit the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to help her rescue Saint Nick and save Christmas for the entire world. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

All Aboard for the Holiday Lights Train
Ride vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, as they roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz. Sing along to seasonal carols while sipping hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Continue the merriment at Santa’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Trains depart and return in front of Neptune’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (they do not go to Roaring Camp). Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Feel the Joy All Weekend at this Musical
The holiday season kicks off with the return of Tandy Beal & Company, presenting another dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, “JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music,” featuring the reunion of Pickle Family Circus stars Pino and Razz – also known as Cirque du Soleil soloists Jeff Raz and Diane Wasnak. The show, which follows up on last year’s critically acclaimed “Nutz RE-Mixed!,” is set to the live music of award-winning a cappella group SoVoSó, performing original Candy Land flavored tunes and other seasonal favorites, accompanying a magical madcap holiday circus featuring world-class acrobats, dancers, and circus artists in a zany holiday spectacular. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get Your Holiday Fix at Filoli
Filoli’s Santa Saturdays are sure to please good little boys and girls, hoping to put a word in for themselves this holiday season. From. Nov. 18-Dec. 23, these Saturday festivities will include a visit from Santa, stories under the tree with Mrs. Claus as well as music and special family activities. Get your photo taken with Santa, too! Sat. Event details.

Craft a Thankful Tree at Hidden Villa
In the spirit of giving thanks, how better to show your appreciation for our lives and the natural world around us than by making Thankful Trees! Make your own thankful tree using natural materials and getting the chance to express what you are thankful for. Thankful Trees can make a lovely gift for a loved one, or serve as a reminder to you to always be grateful. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Pencil in Some Fun at the Charles Schulz Museum
Get ready to do Snoopy’s happy dance. That’s because cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos will be at the museum for live performances and as well as cartoon workshops. This family fun weekend won’t disappoint! Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Get Sweet on Chocolate Ornament Decorating
Ring in the holiday season with chocolate ornament decorating at Santa’s Kollar Chocolates Workshop! Fun for the whole family, join this sweet celebrations on Saturdays from Nov. 25-Dec. 23. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available for purchase. Ticket includes one chocolate ornament, color palette, and brush. Sat. Event details.

Where are you hopping to this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers