Enjoy A Fun-Filled December

Looking for some fun this December? Peruse our local list of events and fill your calendar with holiday festivities, planetarium shows, gardening classes, artist open studios, and more!

Burlingame Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The traditional Burlingame tree lighting begins at 5pm on December 2nd, followed by a parade on Burlingame Avenue.

Ballet America’s Nutcracker. This unique, full-length production includes a cast of 100 local dancers twirling alongside professional dancers on December 2th and December 4th in Redwood City.

Hometown Holidays. Redwood City throws a party in celebration of the Holiday Season with a parade, entertainment, snow and a grand finale with a fireworks show on December 3rd.

Holiday Traditions from Around the World. Celebrate Holiday Traditions from Around the World through crafts for kids on December 3rd at the San Mateo County History Museum.

DIG IT: Garden Holiday Festival. In the spirit of the holidays, it’s time to share our harvest and answer all your gardening questions for the New Year on December 3rd at Persimmon Park, Bay Meadows.

Artists’ Holiday Open Studios. On December 3-4, art lovers of all ages are invited to visit over 80 participating artists at 7 locations in Redwood City and San Carlos.

Sunday Social Bike Share Ride – Coffee with Bay Bikes. Have some fun with neighbors on a special bike share ride and learn how very bike-friendly we are around here. December 4th 10am-12pm at the San Mateo Caltrain Station. You’ll find these signature blue Bay Bikes parked right in front of Nueva at Bay Meadows! Wondering where to ride on a Bay Bike? Choose a route using the bike map available on Connect San Mateo. connectsanmateo.com/biking/

San Mateo Holiday Train image by: @megancalbright

San Mateo Holiday Train image by: @megancalbright

Holiday Train. The Caltrain Holiday Train will roll through the Bay Area Dec. 3 and 4, greeting thousands of families and spreading holiday spirit. Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling Caltrain Holiday Train is scheduled to roll into San Mateo on Dec 4th at 6:20pm. Tag your photos @baymeadowslife #baymeadowslife!

Planetarium Show. Professor Stanford presents a free planetarium show, The Sky Tonight on December 9th with two shows: 7:30 & 8:30 pm in the College of San Mateo Planetarium.

44th Anniversary of the Holiday Festival of Dance. More than 500 dancers will converge for the “Holiday Festival of Dance on December 10th at San Mateo High School.

The BAIC Corkscrew Regatta in Redwood City starts at 9:30am on December 11th. This race is located covers a long, beautiful and challenging marine obstacle course with twisty 17 turns.


Bay Meadows Resident Tree Lighting. As a resident at Bay Meadows, you’ll enjoy specialty soirees year-round for members of our community. If you are a member, be sure to mark The Annual Tree Lighting on your calendars – December 11th – and get the location and hours of this private event here.

Santa Claus is Coming to Bay Meadows! Santa is making a special visit to Bay Meadows at Paddock Park on Monday, Dec 12th from 3-5pm! Get your camera phones ready to capture the magic of the season… Be sure to tag @baymeadowslife to be entered to enjoy extra goodies in this year’s stocking.

Carvajal’s Nutcracker. Peninsula Ballet in Redwood City returns with over 125 characters in sumptuous costumes bring the story alive for young and old on Dec 17th and Dec 18th.

Mary Poppins. Take in this classic show at Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City through December 18th.

Winter 2016 Art Labs. Leonardo’s Studio is a STEAM based art program for children at the Peninsula Museum of Art through Friday, December 23rd.

New Year’s Eve Bash with Pop Fiction at Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Pop Fiction pulls out all the stops for New Year’s Eve with a 16-piece band and full horn section playing dance hits, sing-alongs, and favorites from the 1970’s through 2000’s.

San Mateo on Ice. Skaters will be able to skate in the sunshine during the day, and under the stars at night at San Mateo’s Central Park. Open through Monday, January 16th, 2017.

2016 Fame by Frame San Mateo Photo Contest. (December is Your Last Chance!) Show your love for your hometown! Everyone is welcome to participate. Get your best 2016 San Mateo photos submitted before year-end! Our favorite photos of the year will be selected to be on display in a Local Love Photo Exhibit in 2017. Guests will be invited to vote on their favorite photo to WIN $500! We’ll announce the date and details of the Pop-up Photo Gallery Celebration on Facebook.

Paddock Park Fun. Bay Meadows welcomes San Mateo parents for some family-friendly shenanigans at Paddock Park every Monday 3-5pm.

Walkscore.com rates Bay Meadows high on the list for walkable locations to live on the San Francisco Peninsula and for good reason! Why? Because we are steps from shopping (Hillsdale Center), groceries (Whole Foods), parks, a farmer’s market and an easy bike-ride from downtown San Mateo with its burgeoning restaurant scene. San Mateo’s shared Bay Bikes are on-site, so no need to own your own. And Caltrain is a quick stroll from anywhere in the neighborhood. Learn all about connecting the dots for your many transportation options with Connect San Mateo.