Top Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in San Francisco Bay Area for Kids in 2022

Check out the life-size gingerbread house when you take holiday tea at the Fairmont! Photo courtesy of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco
Check out the life-size gingerbread house when you take holiday tea at the Fairmont! Photo courtesy of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

There are so many holiday events and Christmas activities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we've rounded up our favorite ones to help you plan and take advantage of all the Bay Area has to offer this time of year.

Because just like that, the holidays are here. There's a reason the song says this is the most wonderful time of the year: the twinkling lights, ice skating rinks, festive songs, and celebrations are pretty amazing, but it also gives us a way to connect, be together, and make memories as a family.  We've got breakfast with Santa Claus in Almeda, ice skating to Frozen songs in San Francisco, fancy holiday teas pretty much everywhere, and so much more. 

Bookmark this page—we'll update it with amazing new Christmas activities as we learn about them. For more holiday family outings don't miss our list of the best holiday lights drive-thrus and Christmas light shows in San Francisco, plus more at-home festive fun in our Holiday Events and Christmas Activities Guide!

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Places featured in this article:


Chinese American International School

Vista Collina Resort at The Meritage
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Cow Palace Exhibition Hall - 10:00 AM Pick
Santa Days at Filoli
Filoli - 10:00 AM Pick
Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco - 10:00 AM Pick
Family Fun Day at Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum - 11:00 AM Pick
Magical Tea at Top of the Mark
Top of the Mark - 12:00 PM Pick
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