Pack your Thanksgiving weekend full of family fun! There are holiday lights displays to visit, tree lightings and holiday train rides. We’ve got the full scoop below to keep you busy all weekend.

photo: CuriOdyssey

San Francisco

Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting
An 83-foot tree, 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments kick off the holiday season in Union Square. For the best viewing, stop by Union Square early to stake out your spot. Fri. Event details

Night Bloom
Night Bloom returns this holiday season and is shining even brighter at the Conservatory of Flowers. Light and sound infuse the Conservatory of Flowers’ one-of-a-kind plant collection and its iconic facade in a limited engagement light-filled wonderland. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Curious Contraptions: Flights of Fancy
Curious Contraptions explores small, surreal worlds through fantastical, often amusing mechanical sculptures known as automata. These whimsical flying, sailing and cycling machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks and other simple mechanisms. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Garden of d’Lights
Don’t miss the Garden of d’Lights, a spectacular new holiday light show at the Ruth Bancroft Garden that will glow your mind! Using specially-programmed laser, spot and LED lights, the illuminated Garden comes alive at night, creating magical colorful sculptures from its many cacti, succulents and trees. Wander the meandering paths and discover the Garden in a whole new light. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Beyond the Ring
Enjoy this contemporary circus performance about lost things, an epic journey and the antics of clowns. Follow the aerial adventures and physical theater journeys of eight unlikely people who lose something precious and the bumps along the way to finding it. These eight must journey to find their lost prizes, where they belong, and themselves in a big crazy clowning world. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


IlluminOdyssey Winter Light Experience
Electrify your child’s imagination at CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey, a dazzling winter light experience for kids. See four floors of walls, floors and ceiling come alive with radiant, moving color. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

A Year With Frog and Toad
Families will delight in this heartwarming, jazzy-rhythmed tale of friendship, as cheerful Frog and his more reserved pal Toad swim, sled, bake cookies and otherwise romp through a year of comic adventures, accompanied by their woodland animal friends, like Snail, who, by golly, will deliver the mail. Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Winterfest at California’s Great America
For 2019, Great America’s entire footprint will be open and decorated for WinterFest, including two themed areas and millions more lights than ever before. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting
This year’s Annual Community Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony includes a festive tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. with an opening night variety show. Fri. Event details

North Bay

Family Fun Weekend at the Charles M. Schulz Museum
Join cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos for live performances and cartoon workshops throughout the day! Fri.-Sat. Event details

Family Days at MarinMOCA
Choose from several hands-on art projects taught by professional teachers who can customize an art project so that you and every child in your family can take home a personalized creation. Sun. Event details

—Kate Loweth