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  • JLS Lights Up For The Holidays!

    JLS Lights Up For The Holidays!

    Friday, December 4  |  5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Foot of Broadway
    Ring in the holiday season with Jack London Square's annual tree lighting festivities! Enjoy an enchanting evening with holiday music, live reindeer, Santa and the lighting of a 55-ft tree with more than 5,000 sparkling lights!

    Vocal Rush - Oakland School for the Arts
    Chamber Choir - Oakland School for the Arts
    Jazz Guitar Ensemble - Oakland School for the Arts
    Oakland Spirit Orchestra - West Oakland Middle School
    Photos with Santa
    The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees
    Circus Spire Youth Troupe - Kinetic Arts Center
    Oakland Ballet Company Students - Nutcracker snippets

    Nneka's Holiday Pop Up - more than 70 local vendors/artisans from 5 – 9 pm at 55 Harrison Street

    SEE + PLAY
    Feed live reindeer
    Decorate cookies
    Make holiday ornaments

    Facebook Event Page | 510.645.9292

  • Nneka's Holiday Pop-Up

    Nneka's Holiday Pop-Up

    Friday, December 4  |  5:00pm - 9:00pm

    55 Harrison Street

    The Holiday Pop-Up at a Jack London Square provides for a great opportunity to shop Bay Area artisans for holiday gifts! Free to attend, this eclectic urban extravaganza will feature a vibrant mix of 70 local artisans, alongside musicians playing from the Bay Area. From friends to families, everyone is invited to enjoy this lively evening which takes place the same day as the Jack London Square tree lighting. For more information, visit www.nnekasmarketplace.com | Facebook Page

    If you are an artisan and interested in participating in this event, please apply here: http://goo.gl/forms/rk41gYfPeI  


    Saturday, December 5th Starting at 5:30pm

    Oakland/Alameda Estuary
    "Deck The Hulls!" Bay Area boaters start the holiday season by decorating their boats of all sizes and cruise the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Parade route is from the Oakland/SF Ferry to Grand Marina. You can view from either the Oakland and Alameda waterfront or your favorite Estuary restaurant.


  • USS Potomac Kids Santa Cruises

    USS Potomac Kids Santa Cruises

    Sunday, December 6  |  4:00pm - 6:00pm

    On board the USS Potomac Celebrate the holidays aboard the USS Potomac with our special children and family Santa Cruises. Enjoy a visit with Santa, cocoa, cookies and candy canes, plus a one hour cruise along the estuary. The ship will be decorated for Christmas and full of holiday good cheer ! $35 adults/ $10 ages 2-12.

    • Sunday, December 6th 4pm-6pm
    • Friday, December 11th 4pm-6pm
    • Friday, December 18th 4pm-6pm

    Please call 510.627.1215 for tickets, or usspotomac.org.

  • Jack Of All Trades

    Jack Of All Trades

    Saturday, December 12  |  11:00am - 5:00pm

    Throughout Jack London Square
    Jack of All Trades will fill Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antique dealers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages. Jack of All Trades will take place on the second Saturday of each month. For additional information on Jack of All Trades, visit www.JackofAllTradesOakland.com.

  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    Saturday, December 26th

    California Canoe & Kayak
    Enjoy an evening of moonlight paddling on the Oakland estuary with California Canoe & Kayak. Everyone is invited to experience the calm waters and city lights on this leisure adventure that starts at sunset. For more information, visit www.calkayak.com.