Winter on the Oakland Waterfront

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Whether you’re looking to add a little cool weather accessory to your wardrobe from the new Oaklandish mini shop at Brooklyn Basin, book an hour SUP from our friends at California Canoe and Kayak to cruise the Oakland waters, or stock up on your holiday staples from Rocky’s Market, the waterfront is a magical place in winter. If you want to venture a little further from home, here are a few winter events we are looking forward to this season.

December 3, Friday Night Free Live Jazz @ Original Pattern Brewing Co. Free Friday night jazz every week at OP! Come enjoy a pint and listen to the sounds of the Nich Culp Quartet to kick off your weekend.

December 3, Oakland First Fridays. Tis the season to celebrate our unique community. The December event is the one stop shop for all your holiday needs; from jewelry to art and everything in between. 

December 4, Snowflakes at the Waterfront. Enjoy a variety of upbeat, fun activities including selfies with Santa, giant snowflake photo station, a seek-and-find scavenger hunt for prizes, and free offers from JLS tenants. You can also write your own personal messages of hope and love on foam snowflakes to be displayed at the JLS waterfront throughout the holidays. Come back at 4pm and catch the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s 36th Annual Holiday Concert. Stick around for the Lighted Yacht Parade starting at 5:30pm or enjoy the show from the comfort of your rooftop at Orion.

Through December 5, One Warm Coat. Jack London Square will be collecting new and used coats for those in need. Drop off your coats in the barrels that are located in the plaza near Plank and in front of the Jack London Square management office. 

December 5, Grand Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration. Head to Lake Merritt for the 16th Annual Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony and celebrate the spirit of love & unity in the Oakland community. Enjoy a fire show, Latkes, Sufganiyot (jelly donuts), Chocolate Gelt, Menorahs & candles, Dreidels & lots of holiday spirit.

December 10, Holiday Open House. The historic Camron-Stanford House hosts its free annual open house. Explore the decorated rooms and sip hot cocoa or tea on the veranda (weather permitting).

December 11, Holiday Tree Lighting. Celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of Jack London Square's spectacular tree, adorned with thousands of lights and hundreds of colorful ornaments. The event will feature laser light shows, snowfall, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Merrie Old Christmas carolers, peppermint princess elf stilt walker, selfies with the Christmas teddy bear and Rudolph and a special appearance by Santa.

December 14, Trivia at Crooked City Cider. Join your hosts Suzi and Jesse for six rounds of team trivia covering pop culture, sports, science, current events and more! Come for the drinks, stay for the drinks…but also, for the trivia.

Through December 15, Toy Drive at Plank. Bring a donation of an unwrapped toy to Plank and get a $5 game card!

December 29, Flamenco at Seabreeze On The Dock. Live flamenco show to celebrate the end of 2021! Mizuho Sato Flamenco & Bay Area’s most popular artists on stage at Seabreeze On The Dock.

December 31, New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Board in Alameda and enjoy an amazing night with dinner, dancing, and a fireworks display aboard the Cabernet Sauvignon Yacht.

January 2, Live Comedy at Nido's Backyard. See the Bay's best comics live, Tuesdays & occasionally Sundays at one of Oakland's hottest restaurants and bars in JLS. 

Through January 9, A Very Victorian Christmas. The Camron-Stanford House invite you to explore how different people in the United States celebrated the festive season throughout the 19th century, and learn about the history of a few of your most treasured holiday traditions.

Through January 30, Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo. Featuring hundreds of larger-than-life glowing animal lanterns throughout the Zoo; and with all-new animal displays for 2021! Take a mile-long illuminated stroll through the Zoo and visit the desert, have an African safari adventure, walk through the forests of Asia and of course ride the gondola to the land of bugs featuring a 65-foot Queen Ant Tunnel.

Saturdays, Outdoor Vinyasa at Brooklyn Basin. Class will be a 60-minute Power Vinyasa flow. Come early to check in and set up on the deck behind Rocky’s Market at the 9th Avenue Terminal Building. Saturdays at 10 and Sundays starting the first week of January!

Sundays in December and January, Live Jazz and Wine Tasting. Head to Rocky’s Market in Brooklyn Basin for live jazz with trio, image and taste some wines.

Sundays, Jack London Square Farmers Market. The holidays are here! Find delicious winter citrus, root veggies, and greens, along with some great gift ideas like handcrafted chocolates, local honey, smoked salmon and dips, gorgeous flowers, and tasty baked goods. This popular market takes place every Sunday and is a great venue to grab all types of goods. At just over a mile from your door at Orion, the transit paths along the Embarcadero make it an easy walk or bike between Brooklyn Basin and Jack London Square. Open year-round on Sundays from 9am to 2pm. 

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