Ultimate Guide to Free Weekend Activities in East Bay: Santa Sightings & Festive Fun!

Ultimate Guide to Free Weekend Activities in East Bay: Santa Sightings & Festive Fun!
East Bay sparkles with festive cheer this weekend, offering a sleigh-load of free activities for families and friends. Whether you’re looking to snap a selfie with Santa or bask in the glow of holiday lights, East Bay has something special for everyone. Here's your ultimate guide to this weekend's can't-miss events:

A. Selfies with Santa at Alexander Square
When: Nov 24–Dec 23, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00pm–4:00pm)
Where: Alexander Square, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd Suite 2650, San Ramon, CA 94583

Santa’s landing in Alexander Square is a magical event not to be missed. From November 24th through December 23rd, capture the joy of the season with a free photo session with Santa. The area buzzes with the spirit of the holidays, perfect for a family outing. Don't forget to drop your letters to Santa in the special North Pole mailbox – no postage required!

B. Santa Claus is Coming to Danville
When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Camino Ramon and Fostoria to Veterans Hall, Danville

Watch the magic unfold as Santa Claus rides through Danville on a light-strewn SRVFPD fire truck. The journey ends at Veterans Hall, where Santa and the fire truck will be available for memorable photo ops until 8 pm.

C. Santa on Solano Ave.
When: Dec 16 & 17, 2023, Noon to 3 pm
Where: Peggy Smith Allstate Insurance, 1758 Solano Avenue, Berkeley

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus near the Starbucks on Solano Avenue. This pet-friendly event invites you to bring your camera and capture as many moments as you like for free. Take this opportunity to support the small businesses in Berkeley and Albany while soaking in the holiday atmosphere.

D. Free Selfies with Santa at Water Street
When: Dec 9 – Dec 24, 2023 (Weekends, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
Where: Space #435 Water Street, Across from Plank

Santa's forest offers a unique backdrop for your festive selfies. Bring your camera and your well-behaved dogs for a delightful photo session with Santa.

2023 Holidays on Fourth Street: Fantasy Parade | Berkeley
When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Fourth Street (Berkeley) | Fourth St. and Virginia St., Berkeley, CA

Witness the enchanting Holiday Fantasy Parade, where costumed characters and LED-lit stilt walkers line the sidewalks under the sparkling holiday lights. Don't miss the Holiday Artisan Market and enjoy extended shopping hours at local shops.

“OakLuv Fruitvale Posada” Free Carnival & Roller Coaster, Petting Zoo + 3,000 Free Tamales (2023)
When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Fruitvale BART | 3401 East 12th St, Oakland, CA

Join the vibrant OakLuv Fruitvale Posada for a day of multicultural performances, a petting zoo, a snow playground, and more. Indulge in free tamales and celebrate the festival's Quinceañera with a giant piñata!

Union Square’s 2023 “Winter Walk” (Dec. 15-24)
When: December 15-24, 2023, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Where: Stockton Street (O'Farrell to Post Street) | 240 Stockton Street

Explore the Winter Walk at Union Square, featuring a modern arctic adventure with giant glaciers and a family of penguins. Enjoy themed food trucks, festive cocktails, and live music, all in a pedestrian-only street party.


East Bay is brimming with holiday spirit, and these free events are a fantastic way to dive into the joys of the season. Whether it's a selfie with Santa or a stroll under twinkling lights, there's something magical waiting for you in East Bay this weekend. Share your experiences and any other free holiday activities you love in the comments below!


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