2017 Holiday Events

Every year, Jeremiah & I not only continue our holiday traditions, we also try to start new ones. I decided to compile a list this year of some of our fave events, as well as ones that we’re thinking about trying.

I hope this list can help you out too if you’re in need of something to do this holiday season 🎄🎅🏽☃️

Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square San Francisco (SF, CA)

November 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018
Bring a friend or loved one, rent some skates, & have a splendid time in the heart of Union Square.

For more info on ice rink sessions/hours & costs, click here.

For more pictures of our time together at Union Square during the holidays, click here.

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Global Winter Wonderland (Sacramento, CA)

November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018

I’ve been wanting to check this out since 2011, but for some reason, I’m always unable to go! I expressed to Jeremiah last year how much I want to check it out. We unfortunately weren’t able to make it because of time constraints. I don’t know if we’ll be able to see it this year, but it looks so cute!

For more more info on Global Winter Wonderland, click here.

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Santana Row Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (San Jose, CA)

November 14, 2017 at 7 PM

Join in on Santana Row’s festivities with their Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, photo op with Santa Claus, live music, & annual tree lighting ceremony.
Jeremiah & I attended this event for the first time together last year. I had no idea how festive it would be! We unfortunately can’t make it to their Tree Lighting Ceremony this year 😢 If you’re a South Bay resident who hasn’t attended this event yet, I highly recommend it.

For more info on their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & festivities, click here.

For more pictures of our first time together at Santana Row’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, click here.

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Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival (SF, CA)

November 17, 2017 at 4 PM – 7 PM
Holiday building lights, fireworks, & a show presented by Disney on Ice!
Jeremiah & I have never been to Embarcadero Center’s Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival, so we definitely plan to check it out this year! Hopefully our timing works out.

For more more info on their Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival, click here.

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Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration (SF, CA)

November 19, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM

Meet & greet with friends from Disneyland Resort, write letters to Santa, holiday crafting, etc.
Jeremiah & I have never been to Pier 39’s Tree Lighting Celebration, but we are curious to find out who the Disneyland resort “friends” are. Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy? We don’t want to get our hopes up & get disappointed. We still haven’t decided if we’ll attend, as we already have other plans on this day.

For more info on their Tree Lighting Celebration & festivities, click here.

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Holiday Lights Train at the Boardwalk (Santa Cruz, CA)

November 24, 2017 – December 23, 2017

See the decorated trains in holiday lights, sip on apple cider, & meet Santa!
Jeremiah & I have never done this & have also never heard of it, but I thought to add it to the list! They also have an ice skating rink, rides, games, & mini golf!

For more info on their Holiday Train Rides at the Boardwalk, click here.

For more info on their ice skating rink & other festivities, click here.

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Christmas in the Park’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Opening Day (San Jose, CA)

November 24, 2017 at 6 PM

Take your loved ones & friends to Christmas in the Park’s Tree Lighting Ceremony the day after Thanksgiving! Sip on hot chocolate, ride carnival rides, & check out their ice skating rink!

For more info on their Tree Lighting Ceremony & other events being held throughout the month, click here.

For more pictures of our time together at Christmas in the Park, click here & click here.

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Macy’s 28th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square San Francisco (SF, CA)

November 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Christmas shop ’til you drop, check out their holiday windows, & window displays to adopt furry friends from SF SPCA.
Jeremiah & I have never been able to make their tree lighting ceremony because of work. We will probably be missing it again this year, but no worries because the tree will be up until January!

For more info on their Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony, click here

For more pictures of our time together at Union Square during the holidays, click here.

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California’s Great America Winter Fest (Santa Clara, CA)

November 24, 2017 (various dates)

Over 25 rides & attractions, ice skating in front of the carousel, & live holiday shows!
I’ve heard of this Winter Fest before & I think one of my best friend’s went once, but I have never experienced it. It looks very family friendly!

For more info on California’s Great America Winter Fest, click here.

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Winter Walk SF (SF, CA)

November 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Beer & wine gardens, food trucks, & different entertainment on different days!
Jeremiah & I checked this out last year, but I think we missed most of the entertainment since we arrived late. We probably won’t go again this year since we want to check out some other events.

For more info on the Winter Walk SF & their events, click here.

For more pictures of our time together at Winter Walk SF, click here.

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Fairmont San Francisco’s Gingerbread House & Holiday Tea (SF, CA)

November 25, 2017

Check out the stunning Gingerbread House that stands 25 feet high, 35 feet wide, & 10 feet deep! Also, don’t forget to make a reservation for their Gingerbread Holiday Tea!
Jeremiah & I have never seen the Gingerbread House, nor have done the Gingerbread Holiday Tea event, but I learned about this event while I was at my internship last year. I definitely want to check out the Gingerbread House, but we are doing a hard pass on the Gingerbread Holiday Tea because it’s way too expensive.

For more info on Fairmont San Francisco’s Gingerbread House & Holiday Tea, click here.

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The Nutcracker Ballet – San Jose Dance Theatre (San Jose, CA)

December 2017 (various dates)

Watching The Nutcracker Ballet is a longtime holiday tradition of mine. Jeremiah & I are currently trying to decide on which performance night to attend.

For more info on The Nutcracker Ballet – San Jose Dance Theatre, click here.

For more pictures of our time together at The Nutcracker Ballet, click here & click here.

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Holiday@Night at Gilroy Gardens (Gilroy, CA)

December (various dates)

Watch a live show of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, ice skate under the stars, & enjoy a holiday feast with your family!
My sister suggested I add this to the list as she has enjoyed going to Gilroy Gardens with her family. If you’re looking for something family-friendly, check this event out!

For more info on Holiday@Night at Gilroy Gardens, click here.

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Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade & Tree Lighting (Livermore, CA)

December 2, 2017

Watch a parade of over 50 floats, marching bands, & an official tree lighting!

For more info of Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade & Tree Lighting, click here.

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Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru (Los Gatos, CA)

December 2, 2017 – December 3, 2017

I really want to check this out this year since the last time I’ve been was in 2011, but I don’t think Jeremiah & I will be able to go on this particular weekend. It’s a fun, quick thing to do, so check it out if you’re free!

For more info on the Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru, click here.

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Dell’Osso’s Holidays on the Farm (Lathrop, CA)

December 16, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Bring your family to go snow tubing, ice skating, & get a photo op with Santa.

Jeremiah & I love going to Dell’Osso’s Pumpkin Patch as I’ve expressed here. & he’s mentioned more than a couple of times that they are also open for the holidays. They transform the family farm into a little winter wonderland. We might go this year, but it’s still up in the air.

For more info on Dell’Osso’s Holidays on the Farm, click here.

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Home Alone – Feature Film with Live Orchestra (SF, CA)

December 16, 2017 – December 20, 2017 (various dates)

Jeremiah & I have never been to this event, but I saw it on San Francisco Symphony’s event list & thought it would be something fun to do together. Home Alone is our favorite holiday movie.


For more info on Home Alone – Feature Film with Live Orchestra, click here.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas – LIVE (SF, CA)

December 21, 2017 – December 24, 2017 (various dates)

Jeremiah & I are thinking about going to this, but we haven’t decided yet. It seems cute to watch with a loved one or family.

For more info on A Charlie Brown Christmas – LIVE, click here.

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