Best Christmas Markets In The Bay Area

Port of San Francisco | © Clay Gilliland/Flickr
Port of San Francisco | © Clay Gilliland/Flickr
Photo of Lea C. King
10 April 2017

The holiday season is a great time to enjoy some Yuletide merriment with friends. Whether you’re singing your favorite Christmas carols or sipping on a nice cup of hot cocoa, it’ll feel like your very own winter wonderland when you visit these Santa-approved Bay Area Christmas markets.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair

What better way to start off your holiday season than by going to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair? At this fair, there are so many things to do, you’ll never get bored. There’s entertainment, dining, and shops, so you can watch a show, grab some food, then do your Christmas shopping all in one day. The best thing about the shops here is that you’re bound to find something for everyone you love. Get your holiday started by getting your tickets to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair today!

Entertainment at the Charles Dickens Christmas Fair | © HarshLight / Flickr

Christmas By The Cove

If you’re looking for some affordable, yet adorable, Christmas-themed goods, Christmas By The Cove is a must. This store is a very festive place to shop for Christmas goodies, and the best part about Christmas By The Cove is that it’s open all year round, so you can feel the holiday joy, even during the summer. Not only is this an exciting place to shop, it’s also located in a fun shopping center. So stop on by for a visit and check out all of the great ornaments and other Christmas decorations.

Christmas Decorations | © Jed De La Cruz / Flickr

Santa’s Tree Farm And Village

The day after Thanksgiving, head over to the small town of Half Moon Bay to enjoy Santa’s Tree Farm And Village! At this festive village, you can pick out your Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas stocking, and do a little holiday shopping at the Sleigh Bells Gift Shop. And as if this village wasn’t cool enough, you can also make your way to Half Moon Bay’s Main Street for even more holiday enjoyment, including Christmas shopping and festively decorated inns and hotels.

Embarcadero Center Building Lighting & Carnival

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of the best traditions in the Bay Area is the annual Embarcadero Center Building Lighting & Carnival! This annual event takes place from 4PM to 7PM on November 20th, and it’s all located in the Embarcadero Center. While there, you can decorate cookies, play carnival games, and meet Santa. There is also a special event this year: a special sneak peak of Disney On Ice presents Frozen. In addition to getting to watch an ice show right in Embarcadero Center, you can also go ice skating there from November 3rd to January 3rd.

Ice Skating in San Francisco | © Stephen Kelly / Flickr

Harley Farms Holiday Faire

If arts and crafts are your thing, you should definitely check out Harley Farms Holiday Faire! You can listen to live music and enjoy some hot food that’ll really create a festive Christmas mood. This faire is also a great place to learn how to do new things, like make Christmas wreathes. You can sign up for workshops like this ahead of time to add some extra fun to your day out. It’s located about twenty minutes away from Half Moon Bay, so head here after you visit Santa’s Tree Farm And Village!

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