This year, Oakland’s annual holiday yacht parade rings in the season with a global theme. Stake out a spot at Jack London Square, the Oakland Yacht Club (1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda), the Encinal Yacht Club (1251 Pacific Marina, Alameda), or any waterside restaurant along the Oakland/Alameda estuary and watch boats adorned with lights and festive decorations — such as giant inflatable Santas, lit-up reindeer and snowmen, holiday bands, and symbols representing holidays around the world — glide by. Owners of vessels from canoes to sailboats will go all out to compete for the “best decorations” distinction. If you’d like a closer look at the craftsmanship, you can participate in the parade yourself by donating a toy and earning a ride on the San Francisco Bay ferry for free. All proceeds will go toward the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts and the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
A 90-minute figure skating exhibition presented by the Oakland Ice Center Skating School. Performances by skaters from the Learn to Skate program as well as from the Special Skaters program and the Adult Synchronized Skating team. Special Guests to include current elite and national level competitors’.
$10 general admission, $5 for seniors and children
Featuring Off the Grid food trucks, festive holiday music, a holiday card-making family activity, food demonstrations, a pop-up holiday kiosk with gifts from the OMCA Store, and extended museum and store hours.