Purim in the Bay Area - 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

With lots of Purim celebrations and Megillah reading events, you will sure find the perfect outing for your family! 

February 24, 2018
Purim-Themed Tot Shabbat Service (Los Altos)
Purim-themed Shabbat service for families with children ages 0-5 years. Be sure to come in costume for the costume parade. Following the service, enjoy grape juice, challah and hamentaschen, as well as arts and crafts. 
FREE, RSVP Required!

February 25, 2018
Purim Storytime (San Francisco)
In Habrew. FREE.  

Purim: Through the Looking Glass (Berkeley)
Enter a fantastical world as we climb through a mirror and rappel into a peculiar and animated world. Unlock the door to all shapes and sizes. Trick your senses, experience live magic with Magical Nathaniel, and transform your face with your very own mask. Snap some pictures at the photo booth and nosh on delicious hamantaschen. Dress up in your best costume and become part of the dream yourself.
In advance online: $6; at the door: $8.
Purim Carnival for Families (Los Gatos)
Fun-filled Purim carnival for families.
Tickets: $5.

Purim Shpiel and Carnival (San Jose)
Carnival games and prizes, jumpy house, BBQ lunch and more.
Tickets: $30.

Purim Unmasked (SF)
Live music, belly dancing, puppet show, and more. Dress up in your costumed best to go undercover and over the top. 

Purim ETZtravaganza (Palo Alto)
Ride a horse like Mordechai, visit Queen Esther in her palace, feast with King Ahashuerus, bake hamantaschen in the Shushan Bakery, and more. A perfect Purim plan for children 12 and under.

Purim Palooza Costume Party (Foster City)
Costumes, interactive Purim story, songs, crafts, Purim snacks, playtime and goody bags.

February 26, 2018
Purim Kids Show (Sunnyvale)
Come dressed up in costumes and join us for a new and funny Purim kids show.  
For ages 3-9, in Hebrew, tickets: $18.

February 28, 2018
Purim Extravaganza (San Jose)
Featuring live music performance plus the complete Megillah reading. Musical bands will be performing. Wanna-be Mordechais and Esthers encouraged. Music, groggers, libations and hamentashen provided.

Persian Nights (SF)
Fun activities for all ages.
Tickets: $13-20
March 1, 2018
Purim in the Circus (Palo Alto)
Megillah reading, activities and show for the all family.

Purim in Africa with Chabad of Contra Costa (Walnut Creek)
Interactive Megilah reading, authentic African cuisine, music, Mishalach Manot, African jungle masquerade, animal show, drum circle, and More.
$10/Person or $36/Family.

iPurim (Chabad Palo Alto) 
Megillah, festive dinner, music & dancing, crafts, games, giveaways & raffles.

Purim at Mollie Stone's (Palo Alto)
Hamantaschen, Mishloach Manot, charity for the poor and crafts for the kids.

Cirque De Purim (Fremont)
Jeremy the Fire Juggler, delicious dinner, photo booth, multimedia Megillah, fun for the kids, desserts & drinks.
$10/child, $22/adult.

Black & White Purim (Redwood City)
Megillah, masquerade, Purim Feast, photo ops, charades, bingo, activities for the Kids, and more.
$20-25/adult, $15-18/child, $72-85/family.

Purim Festival (Santa Clara)
Delicious feast, fire Show, facepainting, , mask decorating, Megillah, Hamentash/Oznei Haman baking.
Suggested Donation: Individual: $18, Family: $54.

Purim with Chabad (Los Altos)
Megillah reading, delicious dinner, interactive family game show, kids crafts & activities. Come in costume! Prize for every child that comes in costume.
$25/Adult, $20/Child.

Family Friendly Megillah Reading (Sunnyvale)
Street shows and activities for the all family.

Emoji Purim (San Mateo)
Live music, kids entertainer, Emoji themed menu, build your own Lego gragger, Emoji crafts, facepainting, masquerade, and more.
Tickets: $5 (max $15 per family). Food and drink for purchase: $7 for kids; $10 adults ($40 max per family).

Purim in the City (SF)
Megillah reading, dinner, graffiti art, and more activities. 
Suggested donation: $18/Adult and $10/Child or $40/Family.

March 2, 2018
Purim Extravaganza (Palo Alto)
Join us for a fun family Shabbat dinner, including a creative reading of the Megillah, dancing and a costume parade.
In Hebrew. $18/Adult, $9/Child, $48/Family.
March 3, 2018
Purim Celebration for Young Children (Berkeley)
Join other families in an open and welcoming environment to celebrate this joyful Jewish costume holiday. It's just right for young children, and a great place to connect with other families. Enjoy Purim songs and movement, a kid-friendly Purim story, a hands-on holiday project, yummy Purim treats, and more.
$13/Adult, $6/child. 

March 4, 2018
Purim Shushan-Style (Palo Alto)
Put on your costume and join the Oriental Bazaar at Shushan City for families with children 2–12 years old.
In Russian, $40/family.

Purimon Around the World (Sunnyvale)
Escape room, storytime, crafts, and more.

Lonar Year of the Dog Celebrations in the Bay Area

Ring in the new year and celebrate the Year of the Dog with lots of celebrations throughout the Bay Area! 

FREE Lunar New Year Fair (Main St. Cupertino) 
February 16-17, 2018 
Bring your family and join thousands of neighbors in celebrating 2018 Lunar New Year, the year of the Dog! Come participate in family-friendly activities, experience an authentic New Year’s marketplace, and enjoy cultural performances from renowned artists. 

FREE New Year-Tet Festival (Oakridge Mall, San Jose)
February 16-18, 2018 3pm-11pm
Live entertainment, lion dances, kids activities and more.

FREE Community Day: Lunar New Year (San Jose Museum of Art) 
February 17, 2018 11am-5pm
Welcome the Year of the Dog with art-making activities, lion dance, cultural demonstrations, and live performances. This contemporary celebration honors Lunar New Year traditions commemorated around the globe and here in San José. Admission is free. Order online and print your tickets in advance to skip the line at the door --> https://goo.gl/b35Lxa

FREE Celebrate Chinese New Year at Pacific Commons (Fremont) 
February 17, 2018 1pm-3pm 
Live performance, photos with the lion, learn the lion dance, kid's craft activity, and more. 
Year of the Dog (Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose) 
February 17-18, 2018 12pm-4pm 
Calligraphic art, lion dances, 3-D Paper Art Towel/Origami Dogs, fireworks Painting, storytimes, and more! 

Chinese New Year Celebration (Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito) 
February 19, 2018 9am-4pm 
Celebrate the magic of the year of the dog with a full schedule of programming and performances. The day includes lion dancers, a Kung Fu demonstration, a chance to watch master calligraphers at work, lantern making in BADM’s Fab Lab and much more! https://goo.gl/7hJ1xL 

Chinese New Year Parade (SF)
February 24, 2018 5:30pm-8:30pm
The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia. 
Gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and her court. 

Lunar New Year Celebration (SF Zoo) 
February 24-25, 2018 10am-4pm 
Soak up the ambiance of the occasion and marvel at traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances at 11:00 and 1:30 daily. Go on a Zodiac Scavenger Hunt through the Zoo to learn fun facts about the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Stop by Wolf Canyon to see our wolves to celebrate the Year of the Dog! 
Guests born in the Year of the Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018) will receive free Zoo admission on that day. 

Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions (Oakland Museum)
February 25, 2018 12pm-4:30pm
Lucky lion and dragon dances, magic show, martial arts demonstration, Chinese yo-yo tricks, cooking demonstrations, a visit from live farm animals and hands-on activities all day long. 

Lunar New Year Celebration (Hakone Gardens, Saratoga)
March 4, 2018, 11am-3pm 
Music performances, martial arts, Chinese food, face painting and more. 

Holiday Train Rides

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Whether it’s a ride on a diesel train or steam engine, in the city or in the woods, whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas - riding a train decked out with lights is a magical holiday excursion. 

These train rides have proven to be very popular—be sure to book early, most of these train rides sell out in advance. Remember, trains don’t wait for anyone. Plan on arriving at the station at least twenty minutes before the scheduled time.

Caltrain Holiday Train
Decorated with 70,000 glittering lights, the dazzling show-train will visit nine Caltrain stations between San Francisco and Santa Clara over two nights in December, providing holiday entertainment and collecting donations of toys for local children who otherwise might not receive a gift during the holidays.
Saturday and Sunday, December2-3, 2017.

Times: 4pm-9pm, check the schedule here.

The Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train departs from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  
Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the merriment with a $6 MyBoardwalk card good for attractions, arcades and games in Neptune's Kingdom.
November 24-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23, 2017
Adult - $31, Children - $25, 2 and under - free.

The Roaring Camp also offering Holiday Tree Walk - Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain.  At the summit, guests may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.
November 24-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 2017
Adult - $27, Children - $20, 2 and under - free. 

If you're celebrating Hanukkah, you don't want to miss the Hanukkah Train
Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the 5th night of Hanukkah for the lighting of the menorah at 6:15 pm, and then set off on an incredible 1-hour train ride on Roaring Camp’s vintage excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Hanukkah decorations.  
Sharing in Hanukkah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Hanukkah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea.
December 14, 2017
Adult - $31, Children - $25, 2 and under - free.

Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights
The Train of Lights offers a rare opportunity to experience a train ride through Niles Canyon at night. With one departure from Niles at dusk and a second departure from Sunol after dark, you can choose your favorite time to ride.
The Holiday Train at Billy Jones Railroad
Ride aboard the wildcat railroad through the enchanting Fantasy of Lights set up in Vasona Park.
Ride through large animated displays while listening to Holiday music. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing Pirate Cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.
December1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31, 2017
Tickets are $6.00 and includes one train ride and unlimited carousel rides. Children 2 and under - free with paid adult. 
For more holiday events and festivals, check out our calendar! November and December.