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Oakland Holiday Events

From colorful parades to Christmas trees that light up the waterfront, Oakland offers a cornucopia of festive holiday events. Enjoy shopping and dining in eclectic neighborhoods - from the Temescal District to Union Square - aglow with colorful decorations and holiday cheer. Fly into Oakland International Airport and enjoy a winter break at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - a warm, contemporary hotel for relaxing and sharing memories in the Bay Area.

Oakland Things to See and Do

  • America's Children's Holiday Parade


    Get merry with thousands of spectators on the streets of downtown Oakland for the annual America's Children's Holiday Parade. This festive holiday event on Dec. 7th features giant balloons, marching bands, exciting entertainment and colorful floats like Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Jack London Square Lights up for the Holidays


    Get merry with thousands of spectators on the streets of downtown Oakland for the annual America's Children's Holiday Parade. This festive holiday event on Dec. 7th features giant balloons, marching bands, exciting entertainment and colorful floats like Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Boo at the Zoo


    Get merry with thousands of spectators on the streets of downtown Oakland for the annual America's Children's Holiday Parade. This festive holiday event on Dec. 7th features giant balloons, marching bands, exciting entertainment and colorful floats like Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Dining

  • The Terrace Room


    Host a holiday gathering at The Terrace Room, a charming lakefront restaurant in Oakland. With beautiful views of Lake Merritt, and a 1920's Art Deco supper club feel, this charming restaurant serves seasonal California cuisine made from local, organic farms. Stop by on Thursday nights to groove to the DJ.
  • Plum Restaurant


    Gather around a table for a holiday dinner at this eclectic eatery in Oakland. Plum dishes out seasonal, local cuisine with bright, bold flavors that reflect the Bay Area's natural bounty. Indulge in the tasting menu and seductive deserts, and sip house cocktails, craft beers, after dinner drinks and a selection of wines.
  • Flora


    With its art deco ambiance, Flora is a restaurant and bar in downtown Oakland with the feel of a past era. Enjoy the season sipping crafted cocktails and enjoying a menu of reinvented American classics. Housed in the Oakland Floral Depot building – an East Bay landmark - Flora offers a chic setting that brings people together for the holidays.

Shopping

  • Temescal Shopping District


    Enjoy a fabulous holiday shopping adventure in Oakland's hip and historic Temescal District. With lighted trees, colorful planters and art murals, this cool neighborhood offers a fun mix of art galleries, shops, eateries, and bars – a funky spot for finding unique gifts to put under the tree.
  • Union Square San Francisco


    Feel the glow of the holiday season at Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The Bay Area's most popular shopping and dining destination offers trendy shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and theaters around the historic plaza. Enjoy holiday shopping, eating and playing at this iconic San Francisco landmark.
  • Westfield Center San Francisco


    A blend of contemporary design and historic architecture, this urban shopping and dining center is the heartbeat of fashion and culture in San Francisco. Enjoy holiday shopping at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's and find the perfect gift at Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Fossil, and True Religion Jeans.