Best Things to do in the East Bay This December

The holiday season is in full swing! December is full of exciting and festive events of all sorts. From Ghirardelli Chocolate to a holiday street fair, you sure don’t want to miss out on all the winter fun. Make December a month to remember!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Jack London Square
Jack London Square Tree Lighting-East Bay-Annual Events-December-credit @jacklondonsquare-800x450
Photo: Courtesy of Jack London Square

Jack London Square Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3

Join fellow Oakland residents and see the annual holiday tree lighting at Jack London Square. It is a FREE event featuring a laser light show with snow, photos with Santa, and special live performances by 11-time Grammy winner Tony Lindsay, Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Performance Ensemble, and The Lyric Performing Arts Academy.

More info:

holiday arts festival poster
Photo: Courtesy of Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center’s 60th Annual Holiday Arts Festival

December 4

Each year the Richmond Holiday Arts Festival offers visitors a chance to shop for unique gifts from local arts and crafts vendors, enjoy food and beverages, learn about inspiring community organizations, and participate in art-making activities for the whole family. 

More info:

Photo: Courtesy of Ghirardelli Chocolate

Ghirardelli’s Annual Chocolate Warehouse Sale

December 9-11

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Give the gift of chocolatey goodness to your family and friends with Ghirardelli. The Ghirardelli annual chocolate warehouse sale will be happening on the 2nd weekend in December at the San Leandro factory. At this event, you will find deals on seasonal chocolate squares, holiday baskets, and other confectionery favorites. 

More info:

plants for sale
Photo: Courtesy of Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair ​

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair

December 10-11, 17-18, 23-24

Enjoy some holiday shopping throughout select December weekends at the Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair. The event will feature over 200 local artisans selling handcrafted wares. Free gift wrapping will be available at the fair.

More info:

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

Scroll to Top