While this weekend might be filled with making all your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes, it’s also a great weekend to get out there and explore all the holiday events that are kicking off.

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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.

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

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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