Best Places to Catch Holiday Cheer in the Bay Area

Best Places to Catch Holiday Cheer in the Bay Area


It is upon us, the holiday season and we could not be more excited. There are so many different and fun ways to celebrate the holiday season all across the Bay Area and we would love to be your guide. With so many festive activities, you’ll want to go to more than one.


San Francisco:

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace


Have you ever wondered what it was like in Victorian London during the holiday season? Well now you can transport there by visiting this one-of-a-kind immersive adventure. The Dickens Christmas Fair has been a celebrated and loved Bay Area tradition since 1970. The Cow Palace transforms into Victorian London, walk the streets and meet the locals, grab some roasted chestnuts, stop by the pub and grab an ale and go back in time to absorb all the holiday goodness.


San Jose:

Enchant at PayPal Park


Do you love Christmas lights and can’t get enough? This year at Enchant, they have an all-new light maze called Santa’s Magic Timepiece where you can find the eight missing star fragments that make up Santa’s magic timepiece in order to save Christmas. Enchant isn’t just Christmas lights, they also have a village, ice skating, food, drinks and more. Bring the family to enjoy all the beauty and wonder that Enchant has to offer.



Yuletide Holiday Weekend at Koa


Do you want to start a new holiday tradition and love camping? YuleTide holiday events invite you to come camp in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Area and show everyone your holiday spirit. Bring your festive lights and decorations for a camp wide decorating contest, have breakfast with Santa, make a nature wreath, share part of your culture or family tradition with the Holiday Tradition Potluck, and more! Do you want to climb a palm tree or make snowman marshmallow launchers? This just may be the holiday adventure for you!


Walnut Creek:

“A Christmas Carol” at Lesher Center for the Arts


Critics have called this “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area” and you will just have to see it to know why. The Christmas Carol has been a Christmas tradition for generations, whether it is reading the timeless book, seeing the play or watching the movie. Go check out the live-action, theater event with music, dance, laughter and amazing special effects. 

East Bay:

Tree Lighting Ceremony all across the East Bay

What is one of the largest Christmas traditions in cities all over the world? Having a tree lighting ceremony! We have gathered some of the East Bay’s tree lighting ceremonies so you can find one near you, if one of these aren’t near you, please look into a community website near you.

San Ramon at City Center Bishop Ranch- 12/1 at 6PM

Concord at Todos Santas Plaza- 12/1 at 5:30PM

Oakland at Jack London Square- 12/2 at 5:45PM

Pleasanton at Downtown Main Street- 12/2 at 5PM

Lafayette at Downtown Lafayette- 12/3 at 4:30PM

Piedmont at Piedmont Community Hall- 12/6 at 7PM



There are so many places around the Bay Area where you can find some holiday cheer, so make sure you go out and find some. Check out some bright Christmas lights, see a holiday play or watch Santa in a Christmas parade, find joy and share it with everyone around you. Meraki Real Estate feels honored and blessed to be able to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.

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