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Oakland Holiday Events

October 25, 2018
Category: Events in Oakland

If you’re home for the holidays in the Bay, don’t miss out on the many events and celebrations in Oakland. Check out these holiday events below:

Lake Merritt
This holiday season, hop on a water sleigh and do some good ol’ caroling at Lake Merritt, located in the heart of Oakland at 800 Madison Street, Oakland CA 94607. This family-friendly event offers stunning views of Oakland and is a fun way to spend your evening with familiar holiday beats, and warm holiday beverages and treats. Call (510) 238-2196 or visit for more information. Additionally, Oakland’s Chabad Jewish Center of Oakland also celebrates Chanukah with an annual Menorah Lighting at Lake Merritt. Visit to learn more about these seasonal events.

Oakland Zoo
ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo certainly brightens up Oakland’s night sky during the winter season with an explosion of glowing lights, holiday cheer, and activities for the whole family. This must-see holiday event features starlit pathways along a candy cane lane, an adventurous journey on the festive Outback Express train, an array of colorfully lit animal structures, a mind-blowing light show, plenty of holiday fare, and appearances by Santa on select evenings. Visit to learn more about ZooLights at the Oakland Zoo located on 9777 Golf Links Rd in Oakland, CA 94605.

Jack London Square
The tall, sparkly Christmas tree in Jack London Square is visible from the starting point of the infamous street, Broadway, in Oakland, CA. With several free events celebrating the Christmas season, included the annual holiday lighted yacht parade, you can get the entire family to embrace the holiday spirit. Kicking off with the annual tree lighting event, Jack London Square promises fun for the whole family throughout December including a beautifully decorated waterfront, music, dancing, and an appearance by Santa himself. Visit, or call (510) 645-9292 for information about Oakland’s holiday events.

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
The Holiday Tradition at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate of Oakland allows visitors to step back in time and experience a spectacular masterpiece of an Edwardian holiday. The 37-room mansion (located at 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct, Oakland, 94605) is transformed during the holiday season into an atmosphere of holiday trees, garlands, and more. This festive holiday event also includes morning brunch with Santa, games, family-friendly activities, and a gift shop and café onsite. Start a new tradition and create some merry memories by celebrating the holiday season with the Dunsmuir mansion on weekends until December 18th.  For more information on pricing and special package deals, call Oakland Parks and Recreation at (510) 444-2489 or visit

Holiday Fairs
Whether searching for one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family or looking to add something special to the table, Oakland boasts a number of markets and holiday fairs suitable for your needs.

Visit the Temescal Alleys Holiday Artisan Fair located at 49th Street just between Clarke Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, CA. This charismatic shopping district hosts an annual fair showcasing the works of artists, designers, and crafters selected by the shop owners of this district. The selection of jewelry and clothing, as well as the opportunity to speak with the artists themselves, is truly an inspiration.

The Crucible, located at 1260 7th Street in Oakland, CA, is hosting a holiday-themed open house on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th from 11 am-5 pm. An Oakland based non-profit education institution, The Crucible cultivates and educates students in areas such as welding, jewelry making, glass blowing, and more. With local food vendors, and the opportunity to meet educators and up-and-coming artists, attendees get to explore and purchase some of Oakland’s most unique and vibrant products. This event also features free giveaways!

A Home for the Holidays
Look no further than the Piedmont Place Oakland motel if you need a place to stay during the holidays. After an evening of holiday fun in Oakland CA, come to relax in our clean, comfortable rooms. Guests staying with us can also enjoy easy access to public transportation, free parking on site, complimentary coffee all day, and free Wi-Fi. Contact us today at (510) 658-0550 or visit to make a reservation. Piedmont Place is located at 55 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, CA.

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