Attractions Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22
Tour the mansion’s 37 rooms, each decorated with holiday trees, garlands, antique furnishings, and festive decorations. Kids’ activities include brunch with Santa, holiday crafts, games, and face-painting.
Explore the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a one to two mile hike to Redwood Peak. After the hike, stay and view the night sky through the center's telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to give back to your community and help those less fortunate, start 2014 off by heading to the New Year’s Eve Benefit Gala at the Hilton Oakland Airport (1 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland). Proceeds from the festivities will go toward Love Never Fails, a local faith-based organization that works to protect East Bay children from sex trafficking. The evening’s program will include dinner, a one-woman play by poet Regina Y. Evans, and a dance performance by Aisha Whitmore-Love, Reagan Griffith-Aragones, and Natalie Seon. Then enjoy some drinks and dance the night away to the tunes of the Reed Fromer Band, content in the knowledge that you are “partying with a purpose.”
Hike through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy 2-3 mile hike. After the hike, stay and view the beginnings of the Quadrantids meteor shower and learn about where meteors come from. Explore other amazing objects in the night sky through the center's telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop.