Holiday Festivals & Parades in the Bay Area

November 14, 2017

The Tiburon Holiday Festival takes place in Downtown Tiburon on December 2 from 2–6 pm

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit with one of these fun celebrations, festivals, and parades in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Fireworks, Carnival & Disney on Ice Show
    Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
    November 17, 4–7 pm

    Four iconic buildings lit with 17,000 holiday lights, fireworks, a free show presented by Disney on Ice, carnival and more. Free. Event details.
  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
    Cow Palace San Francisco
    November 18–December 17, 10 am–7 pm, every weekend

    Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage. Event details.
  • 'Tis the Season for Science
    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    November 22–January 7, 8:30 am–5 pm
    Indoor snow flurries, ice skating, live reindeer, a hands-on polar-themed exhibit, and live festive music. Event details.
  • Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
    Downtown San Rafael
    November 24, noon–8 pm & 25, 9 am–noon

    Enjoy free snow sledding, holiday marketplace, tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment and more. Event details.
  • Santa's Riverboat Arrival
    Downtown Petaluma
    November 25
    , 11:30 am–2 pm
    Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive by tug about noon. Santa will be on hand for pictures until 2 pm. Event details.
  • Napa's Christmas Parade
    Downtown Napa

    November 25, 5–7 pm
    The theme of 54th annual Christmas parade is “'Twas the Night Before Christmas”, which lends itself to all kinds of creative interpretations. Napans build floats, decorate cars, animals and children, and march down the street in full Holiday spirit. Free admission. Event details.
  • 14th Annual Winter Faire
    Greenwood School, Mill Valley
    December 2, 10 am– 4 pm

    Greenwood’s 14th Annual Winter Faire in downtown Mill Valley promises to delight, surprise and enchant. Explore the Crystal Cave, fist for prizes in the frozen pond, decorate cookies and a log candle-holder, run the Knight's Course, shop at a holiday marketplace, gourmet cafe and more. Event details.
  • A Dickens Family Victorian Holiday
    Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
    December 2, 6:30–9 pm
    Meet Charles Dickens, listen to him read from his famous works, play Victorian parlor games, dance and sing and make traditional holiday crafts. Light food and drink will be served. Event details.
  • Tiburon Holiday Festival
    Downtown Tiburon

    December 2, 2–6 pm
    Santa arrives by firetruck, pictures with Santa, snow party, horse drawn carriage rides, gingerbread house decorating, kids crafts, cookies, hot chocolate and much more. Downtown Tiburon. Event details.
  • Lighting of the Snowmen Holiday Festival
    Cornerstone Sonoma
    December 2, 4–8 pm

    Bring the family to watch the annual 13th annual Lighting of the Snowmen. Enjoy live holiday music, lights and decorations, face painting and ornament making, pictures with Santa, hot soup, beer and wine tasting, and much more. Free admission. Parking $10 donation. Event details.
  • Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade and Holiday Village
    Main Street, Calistoga

    December 2, 7–8 pm
    This small town holiday celebration features vintage and modern tractors and other vehicles decked out in dazzling lights on Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga's charming main street. Santa will make a special appearance, of course. The weather forecast is 100% chance of snow! Admission is free. Event details.
  • Union Street Fantasy of Lights Holiday Celebration
    San Francisco

    December 2, 3 pm-7 pm
    Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage ride, crafts and more. Cow Hollow, San Francisco. Event details.
  • Mill Valley Winterfest
    Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley
    December 3, 11 am–5 pm
    Mill Valley's annual celebration of the holiday season features a snow sledding hill, the one and only Santa Claus in an antique fire truck, great food and drinks, an array of fun games, great music and entertainment, and a tree lighting. This is one of Mill Valley's hallmark events. Depot Plaza, downtown Mill Valley. Event details.
  • Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto
    Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
    December 3, 10 am–3 pm

    Bring your boots and mittens to play in the falling snow, visit with the Snow Queen, pony rides, make holiday crafts, hot cider and cookies.  Event details.
  • Winterfest!
    Marinwood Community Center, San Rafael
    December 8, 5–7 pm

    Photos with Santa, festive arts and crafts, live music, holiday treats, facepainting, carnival games and more. Event details.
  • Sausalito Winterfest
    Waterfront
    December 9, 5–7 pm

    Lighted boat parade, fireworks, Jingle Bell 5K children's fun run, and more. Event details.
  • San Rafael Lighted Boat Parade
    San Rafael Canal
    December 9, 5:30 pm
    Come see the amazing lighted boat parade in the San Rafael canal. Event details.
  • Parol Lantern Festival & Parade
    Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
    December 9, 5–9 pm
    The 15th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival – a must-see event during the holiday season.The festival begins with a series of parol lantern-making workshops held at the Bayanihan Community Center and are still going on. Parol workshops are open to the public.  Event details.
  • Festival of Lights
    Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
    December 10, 11:30 am–2 pm

    Enjoy dancing, arts & crafts, live music, delicious food, games, face painting, and lots of Hanukkah-related fun! Event details.
  • Lighted Boat Parade
    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
    December 15, 6–8 pm

    Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront. Event details.
  • Sundays on Sherman: Winter Fun
    Downtown Novato
    December 17, 11 am–5 pm

    Bring the family for a day of fun: ice skating, face painting, crafts, Legos, penguin iceburg races, snowman snowball toss, music crafts, winter photo booth, food, and much more. Event details.