Downtown Sacramento Holiday Ice Rink: 11/6/15 – 1/18/16, Sacramento
Grab your hats and gloves and make your way to downtown Sacramento for some frosty fun at the Holiday Ice Rink. The outdoor rink has been a holiday staple in Sacramento for more than 20 years, and thanks to its central location at the corner of 7th and K Streets, it’s the perfect stop before or after a day of holiday shopping or exploring downtown. The rink is open from 2pm to 8pm Monday through Thursday; 10 am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10am to 8pm on Sunday through January 18, 2016. Skates, lockers, gloves, and socks are available for rental. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento station, which is less than half a mile from the Ice Rink.
Tree Lighting Celebration at Pier 39: 11/21-11/22, San Francisco
Bring the whole family out to Pier 39 for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, where you’ll enjoy holiday sing-alongs, interactive exhibits, appearances by Disney characters, and more courtesy of the Disneyland resort crew. Both days of the event will reach their apex as a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is lit in the Entrance Plaza at 6pm. On Saturday, take the Capitol Corridor to the Pier 39 stop, and you’ll be steps from the holiday fun. On Sunday, the Pier 39 stop will be closed due to the Urbanathalon, but you can get to downtown San Francisco by connecting to Bart at the Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations. For public transit connections, check out Google Maps.
Jingle Fest: 11/21-11/22, Santa Clara
Head to the Santa Clara Convention Center for the third annual Jingle Fest, a free holiday craft fair that will feature artisan crafts including handmade jewelry, body care products, clothing, Christmas decorations, fine art, hand-crafted cards and albums, handbags, recycled textiles, chocolates, stationary, and more. Exhibitors looking to hone their own creative abilities will also have the opportunity to take part in a free crafting workshop. One of the largest craft fairs in the Bay Area, Jingle Fest will take place from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Clara Convention Center. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Santa Clara/Great America station, which is about half a mile from the Convention Center.
CUESA Thanksgiving Farmers Market: 11/22, San Francisco
Stock up on all the best fall produce for your Thanksgiving feast at the Thanksgiving Market put on by the CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) Mission Rock Farmers Market. In addition to the regularly featured 25 local farms, food crafters, and restaurants, the special Thanksgiving Market will include a smoked turkey cooking demo, a lacto fermented relish demo, a book signing and discussion of “Honoring Food Traditions and Establishing New Ones,” a work by local authors, and other educational activities. The market will be open from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, and is located across from AT&T Park at the corner of 3rd St. and Terry Francois Blvd. Take the train-bus connection to the SF Caltrain Depot station, and you’ll be just a couple of blocks from the venue.