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San Mateo County Holiday Guide

To kick off December, we've compiled together a list of the holiday happenings in San Mateo County! Whether looking for fun activities for the family or wanting to make memories with your loved ones, there is something for everyone to enjoy locally this holiday season. Take a look at our list of upcoming activities and events so that you can make the most of this holiday season!


San Mateo on Ice

This holiday season, head out to San Mateo Central Park to enjoy ice skating with the family at San Mateo on Ice. This outdoor skating rink features 11,000 feet of real ice to accommodate large numbers of skaters at a time. The rink is open every day until January 9th (including holidays!) There will be three free community skating days during the month of December for community members to enjoy: December 1st, 7th, and 15th. Book your skating reservation here


Santa Comes to Town in South San Francisco

On December 5th, Santa will be on the steps at South San Francisco City Hall for the annual festive photo op! Bring your kids and get the chance to meet Santa, take some photos, and make some holiday memories that will last forever. The event is free and open to the public.


Glass Blowing Class in Half Moon Bay

If you’re looking for something a bit more special this holiday season, consider taking a glass blowing class at Half Moon Bay Art Glass and making some personal glass ornaments for your Christmas tree. Classes are about 2 hours and offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Children aged 6-11 are able to take the holiday ball or molded heart with parents present, and children above age 12 are able to participate in all three class tiers and the jellyfish class. Reserve your spot here and enter code "LEMON40" for 40% off at checkout!


Festival of Trees

Head out to Gamble Garden for the Festival of Trees on December 3rd or 4th. Enjoy holiday trees, a silent auction, family night, holiday marketplace, bake sale, wreath sale, and more! The Festival of Trees is a winter wonderland of holiday trees, featuring decorations by local designers, organizations, and businesses. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased here in advance from EventBrite.


Holidays at Filoli 

Holidays at Filoli is the perfect place to make special memories with loved ones and friends this holiday season. Take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the winter garden adorned with lights and colorful decor, show your seasonal spirit and come dressed up for Monday theme nights and receive a special gift, enjoy some holiday shopping at the Clock Tower, reserve a private fire pit experience, and come by during specific Santa Weekends for a selfie with Santa on his golden throne. Filoli’s holiday experience is open every day and every night of the week starting November 20 and continues until January 2. Purchase tickets and make your reservations here.


Studio 54 New Years Eve at the Bottle Shop

Head out to Redwood City for a 2021 send off brunch, Studio 54-style! Come decked out for a delicious New Years Brunch with bottomless mimosas, included in your ticket cost. Reserve your spot at the table here and start off the New Year with a bang.


However you make memories this holiday season, make sure to enjoy time with your family and plan some time in your schedule to check out what the county has to offer this year! Happy Holidays!


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