The Bay Area is a great place to spend the holiday season. Here are 5 activities that are always on my Bay Area holiday bucket list.
1. Visit Santa!
Our favorite Santa is the one at Stanford Mall in Palo Alto. If you get there early enough in the season, Santa will read a short story to your kids. He usually hands out a stuffed animal or candy canes which is cute.
Fantasy of Lights is a drive through or walk thru holiday light display in Vasona Park In Los Gatos. It’s a fun holiday tradition in the South Bay!
A seasonal, family-friendly outdoor skating rink where the cost of admission includes rental skates. Children 10 & younger: $15
11 & older: $17. Bring your own skates: $10
On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House watched the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition. It’s a 2 hour show with a 20 minute intermission which could be too much for young children.
This year’s Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony (Macy’s 27th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony) is on Friday, November 25, 2016. Festivities begin at 6pm with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:40pm, which means you should get there early for a parking spot. The tree illuminates every night throughout the holidays.