After Thanksgiving, all of the Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies begin to take place around the Bay Area, and many other great events for families begin to take place.
This holiday season has been SO much fun for my little family because my kids, now 3.5 and 7, are at the perfect age to enjoy and appreciate all of the magic without questioning too much about how it happens. It’s the first year that my little miss is really into it all, but I know it may also be the last year in which my older one is this engaged.
Here are a few of our favorite Bay Area Christmas activities! One we did last year, one this year, and two we are still planning to do… but this list is definitely not exhaustive because there is SO much to do if you just look around!
This is my all-time favorite Christmas activity that we’ve ever done in the Bay. This might be a once in a lifetime experience for us because my parents no longer live in San Francisco, and the tickets are definitely not cheap, but it will forever remain in our memories! If you have the chance to do it with your little prince or princess… GO, GO, GO!!
We had the opportunity to review this for my main blog this year. The kids had a BLAST! The adults were just slightly disappointed with the execution of the event. It’s very affordable compared to other train adventures around the bay (like the Polar Express, which sold out in about 2 minutes this year… darn!), so if you live in or near Watsonville, check it out!
We have yet to drive through this glorious display yet, but we drive past it regularly on Highway 17! It costs $15/car (it was $10 before Dec 5th) **cash or check only!!**, and you get to drive through 1.5 miles of beautiful Christmas lights. We can’t wait to go this year. The kids are freaking out about lights!!
This is a tradition in San Jose, and I can’t believe the kids and I still haven’t been! It has EVERYTHING, from ice skating, to a Winter Wonderland carnival, and of course…. lots and lots of decorations and lights! And get this… ITS FREE! The activities throughout the park may cost, but it is free to walk into the breathtaking display. Their mission is to bring to us “A Gift of Joy and Magic”.
So what are your favorite Bay Area Christmas activities ? Have I missed any great ones? Let me know your favorite Bay Area Christmas activity in the comments!!
P.S. – Sorry I haven’t been “around.” We’re expecting baby #3 and I had a tough first half of my pregnancy. Hope to be back more regularly, now!