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Weekend Picks: San Francisco Lighted Boat Parade, Berkeley Holiday Street Fair, San Jose Craft Fair, and Oakland Victorian Holiday Open House

December 14, 2016

Catch the oldest and largest boat parade in San Francisco, find the perfect gift at holiday fairs in Berkeley and San Jose, and go back in time to experience a Victorian Holiday in Oakland. Bring the whole family and get ready for holiday fun this weekend along the Capitol Corridor!

Holiday Lights Boat Parade: 12/16, San Francisco

Bring the whole family and secure a spot along the waterfront at Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday, December 16, to see the oldest and largest Holiday Lights Boat Parade. From 6 to 8pm, boats will be festooned with lights and holiday decorations, parading along the waterfront. The parade route will begin at PIER 39, proceed west past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around at Crissy Field to return along the waterfront. Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field. The Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet will also remain lit throughout the holiday season. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from the Emeryville Station to the Transbay Temporary Terminal stop in San Francisco, or connect to BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station. From any of these San Francisco bus or BART stops, you can take SF Muni, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber. Discounted BART tickets are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 12/17- 12/18, Berkeley

Still scrambling to find the perfect holiday gift for someone who is difficult to shop for? Then make your way over to downtown Berkeley this weekend for the 33rd annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair. With more than 200 artists participating to showcase their fine art works, there is something unique for everyone. From 11am to 6pm on December 17 and 18, shoppers will be treated to an abundance of great music, fine food, and unique handcrafted goods by some of Northern California’s finest artists. There will be a diversity of arts and crafts to browse and purchase, including jewelry, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, photography, sculptures, and more. The fair is located on Telegraph Ave., between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way, next to the University of California, Berkeley. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley Station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, which is just a few blocks from the venue.

San Jose Craft Holiday Fair: 12/17–12/18, San Jose

Head over to the San Jose Convention Center this weekend for the San Jose Craft Holiday Fair, a festive, large-scale, all-in-one holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted, artisan made goods. From 11am to 6pm, there will be over 120 craft makers, food producers, artists, designers, and small businesses showcasing products ranging from handcrafted jewelry to paper goods. There will be a pop-up beer garden offering craft brews from the city’s emerging brew entrepreneurs and a food and beverage pop-up cafe featuring locally-sourced ingredients. This is the largest attempt to draw high-level visibility and support to the San Jose area’s robust maker community. To get there, take the train to the San Jose Diridon Station. Most venues are within walking distance of the station or are accessible by the VTA, with free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor. Public transit options can be found on Google Maps.

Victorian Holiday Open House: 12/18, Oakland

Travel back in time and start your holiday season off Victorian style at the annual Camron-Stanford House Holiday Open House on Lake Merritt. Explore the exquisitely restored period rooms of this 1876 Italianate Victorian house, all dolled up in their Victorian Christmas finery. From 1pm to 5pm, come see the dollhouses, toys, and a special Christmas exhibit in the galleries before the docent-led tour of the historical house. There will be special treats for children, live organ Holiday music, and an opportunity to step back into Christmas past to learn where many traditions began. The Camron-Stanford House, which was once a private residence, is a beautiful, 19th-century mansion that once surrounded Lake Merritt. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Jack London Station, which is just under a mile walk from the Camron-Stanford House, or take AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo credit: Santa Cruz Yacht Club