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Hip Holiday Happenings in Oakland

California Hotel Holiday Events
Celebrate the season in the beautiful and vibrant City of Oakland, where you'll enjoy the most exciting holiday events in the San Francisco Bay Area. From dazzling tree lighting ceremonies on the waterfront to NYE fireworks on the Bay, Oakland offers fun festivities and hip happenings that make your spirit soar. Enjoy cool holiday shopping, dancing under the stars and dining out on seasonal goodness that make the holiday season in the Bay Area a blast.

Oakland Things to See and Do

  • Jack London Square Lights Up for the Holidays

    Join the community to celebrate at Jack London Square Lights Up for the Holidays. Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront and a night of festivities, including the 55-foot glistening tree and holiday music and entertainment. This classic Bay Area tradition features costumed characters, live reindeer, tap dancing trees, and holiday parade floats.
  • Boo at the Zoo

    Wear your wildest and scariest costumes to the annual Halloween event at the Oakland Zoo. Boo at the Zoo features a spooky train ride, a costume parade, face painting and trick-or-treating through the beautiful grounds. Meet the exotic animals, enjoy the season's sugary sweets and celebrate Halloween at the Oakland Zoo on
    October 6 - 7th.
  • New Year's Eve Pavilion by the Bay

    Experience San Francisco's most amazing fireworks show and ring in the New Year with a bang. New Year's Eve Pavilion by the Bay is a magical evening of entertainment, sumptuous cuisine, drinks, live music by local bands, and dazzling pyrotechnics that light up the skies above San Francisco Bay. Dance the night away to the DJs, toast at midnight, and party by the bay.


  • Temescal Shopping District

    North Oakland's hip and historic Temescal District is a vibrant neighborhood that sparkles during the holidays. Lined with lighted trees, colorful planters and public art, this lively district boasts cool shops, boutiques, art galleries, eateries, and bars. Browse the Temescal District for unique arts and gifts to put under the Christmas tree!
  • Union Square San Francisco

    Discover urban cheer this holiday season at Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The Bay Area's most vibrant shopping and dining destination, Union Square boasts wonderful shops, restaurants, bars and theaters around the beautiful and historic plaza. During the holidays, this San Francisco hotspot is the place to shop, eat and play.
  • Westfield San Francisco Center

    This urban shopping and dining destination is the pulse of fashion in the city. Anchored by Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, Westfield San Francisco Center boasts high-end stores, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Aveda, Banana Republic, Fossil, GUESS, and True Religion Jeans. A mix of historic architecture and modern design, this center is aglow with holiday décor and exciting events.