Now that you are (still) feeling full from Thanksgiving’s feast you can get your fill of fun around the Bay. Head to Berkeley for a sing-a-long concert, play in the snow take a fitness hike along the Hoo Koo e Koo Trail, or cuddle up with the Velveteen Rabbit. Whether you’ve got the cousins in town in need of entertaining or looking for a way to work off that extra slice, we’ve got some great picks sure to put the icing on your weekend!
Photo: ODC’s Velveteen Rabbit
SF Auto Show
It’s tanksgiving at the Moscone Center with the San Francisco Auto Show, where kids will be enchanted by all those things-that-go. With everything from electric to smart to luxury cars, this event is sure to dazzle your little racers. Special attractions include the Academy of Art’s classic car collection, hot rods, and motorcycles! Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. San Francisco. $10; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Macy’s Union Square Tree Lighting
Macy’s 25th annual tree lighting ceremony is set to dazzle shoppers and kids alike. Be sure to get there early to stake out a spot. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the lighting is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Opening Weekend of The Velveteen Rabbit
ODC/Dance brings Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Using music, dance, and a narrative, kids will be enchanted. And since it’s just 45 minutes long, it’s perfect for the under 4 ft. crowd! Sunday’s show is followed by a Milk & Cookies Party! Fri., Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. San Francisco. $15-$75. All Ages. Event details.
Friday Nights at OMCA
Dance off those mashed potatoes and Take your kids out for a night on the town right in the heart of Oakland. This Friday is Black Friday Night and in addition to the hands-on art workshop from 5 to 8 p.m., food trucks, live and DJ’d music and general revelry, the gift shop will be open late so you can get your shopping fix.. Fri., 5-9 p.m. Oakland. $7.50/adults; children 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
2nd Annual Holiday Youth Music Festival
Featuring 16 young musicians ages 10-16, the Holiday Youth Music Festival presents performances set to a storyline inspired by Ebenezer Scrooge. Sat., 2-4 p.m. Pleasanton. $5-$10. All Ages. Event details.
Sing Along Concert t La Peña Cultural Center
Sing along to traditional children’s hits, unique, funky originals, and hilarious covers.There will a guest drummer, bassist and horn players. Bring the whole (extended) family! Sat., 10:30-11:30 a..m. Berkeley. $6/adult; $5/child. All Ages. Event details.
Filoli Gardens Holiday Festival
Filoli’s nine day holiday event starts this weekend. This year’s theme Le Saison D’Elegance, means fancy pants decorations all over this beautiful estate. (Sat. Dec.. 6 is the Children’s Party for kids 5 to 10 years old, which includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.) This event sells out fast. Buffet lunches and evening bistro dining are available at select times during the week with advance reservations. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Times vary. All Ages. Event details.
Holiday Tree Lighting in Palo Alto
Decorate your own tree ornament, listen to live bands, bell ringers and carolers and visit with the elves! Tree lighting is at 6:05 p.m. Sat., 4-7 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Saratoga Wine Stroll and Holiday Festival
Kick the holiday season off with this annual Wine and Holiday Stroll in charming Saratoga. Cookie decorating, a bouncy house, and visiting with Father Christmas will keep the kiddos busy. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and pose for photos with the roving Dickens characters. And for some grown-up holiday cheer, at 5 p.m. the wine sipping begins! $45 gets you a tasting from more than 20 local wineries. Don’t forget to take a short walk to the local firehouse for some cookies and hot cider with the firefighters! Fri., 5-8 p.m. Saratoga. Free; $45 for the tasting. All Ages. Event details.
Christmas in the Park: Holiday Tree Lighting
This year’s Annual Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony will include festivities at 5:30 p.m., with the tree lighting following at approximately 6 p.m. The event will feature Santa, live entertainment and an exciting surprise for the kids! Fri., 6 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take it out on the ice! Bring your little pucks out to see the San Jose Sharks take on the Anaheim Ducks. The whole family will love the fast-paced action, and the energetic atmosphere of a live hockey game will leave them “chomping” for more. Sat., 7:30 p.m. San Jose. $50-$325. All Ages. Event details.
SJWC’s 4th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party
This fundraiser for the San Jose Women’s Club Charitable Giving Program features a fun afternoon of gingerbread house decorating in a swanky spot: the Landmark Ballroom. It’s the icing on your Thanksgiving weekend! Sun., 2-5 p.m. San Jose. $20/kit and decorations; $10/bring your own house. All Ages. Event details.
Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland in San Rafael
Downtown San Rafael will host the 35th annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. Friday includes: snow sledding (noon to 4:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.), a holiday marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment and at 5:30 p.m. one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay Area followed by Mr. and Mrs. Claus helping the mayor light the Christmas tree. On Saturday, there will be snow and kids activities from 9 a.m. to noon. Fri., noon-8 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. – noon. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Snowflake Craft at Boyd Gate House
Make a paper snowflake souvenir to take home, check out the historic photos of Marin snowfalls, and explore the exhibits in the Victorian era Boyd Gate House. Fri, 1-3 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Fitness Hike in Baltimore Canyon
Still feeling guilty after that extra helping? Join Ranger Ian McLorg for a 5-mile fitness hike exploring Baltimore Canyon. Take the Hoo Koo E Koo Trail up to the ridge, come down the Huckleberry Trail and then head back to Crown Rd (approximately 5 miles total). Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and high energy snacks! Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Kentfield. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Gingerbread Architecture Extravaganza
Kick off your holiday season with the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Get a kit and the whole fam can create a sweet holiday home. Kit includes gingerbread house pieces, icing and festive holiday candies. Sign up online for 1 hr. time slots beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sausalito. $20/kit plus museum admission ($12). All Ages. Event details.
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