Celebrating the Holidays in Oakland

Celebrating the holidays in Oakland, California 2020 might be a bit different this year, but that does not mean that it can’t be merry and bright! Check out some of the events, virtual concerts, holiday displays, and places to shop near your Oakland apartment this holiday.

Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland

Fairyland turns into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, multi-cultural holiday displays, a place for kids to leave a letter to Santa and a physically distanced Festival of lights.

The event is located at Children’s Fairyland at 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland and is open through December 30th.

Check out their website for more information and to purchase tickets for this fun, family-friendly event.

Holiday Lights

The Bay Area really shines when the holidays come around and this year will be brighter than ever. From neighborhoods in Berkley and Oakland, to temples, and tree lightings, here is a list of the best holiday displays near your Orion apartment.

Shop Local This Holiday Season

It’s tempting to do all of your holiday shopping online, but local businesses need your support this year. From local artists selling jewelry, pottery, and art to specialty shops that sell books, cookware and other items, you will find some unique gift ideas when you shop in downtown Oakland. Here are some great shopping ideas that will make even the biggest Grinch smile this holiday season.


The Oakland Zoo will hold an Illuminating Lantern Festival this year, called Glowfari. This will take the place of their annual Zoolights and will include animal themed illuminated lanterns.

Tickets are required and may be purchased on their website.

14th annual Posada Navideña Virtual

Join Calidanza for an online Celebration of Christmas this year. You will experience the songs and traditions of Mexico from the safety of your own Oakland apartment. Presented by the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Los Cien Sonoma County Latino Leaders, this virtual even is free. Find out more information here.

Celebrating the holidays in Oakland with these virtual and safe-distancing events will surely get you in the holiday spirit.