'Tis the Season in Pleasant Hill


Jingle all the way to Pleasant Hill this winter and get in the spirit with our guide to the Holidays.

1. Check Out The Festivities

From November to January, roam around the Oakland Zoo for Glowfari, a wildly illuminating lantern festival with hundreds of larger-than-life animal and plant lanterns that will leave visitors of all ages marveling.

Credit: Glowfari Lantern Festival Oakland Zoo

Transport yourself to a winter wonderland at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's Holiday in the Park. Visit with Santa or pose with a real life penguin. Step back in time at Victorian Christmas Village with costumes, food (think turkey legs or bangers & brats), handcrafted wares, and romantic decor. Or catch a glimpse of Santa's reindeer as you ride high in the sky on their thrilling rollercoasters. End the fun-filled day with a nightly lighting of their 65-foot tree animated to a choreographed soundtrack of holiday classics.

Credit: Six Flags Holiday in the Park

2. Pick the Perfect Gift

There's no shortage of shopping options around Pleasant Hill for all your gifting needs. With over 150 specialty stores, Sunvalley Shopping Center will be sure to have something for everyone. Or head over to the San Francisco Premium Outlets for holiday deals on your favorite brands. Visit Downtown Pleasant Hill for a blend of specialty shops and restaurants or make a day of it and explore The Veranda. Shop for gifts then take a bite to-go as you de-stress from the shopping frenzy with a relaxing lunch next to their calming water fountains.

Shop local at Pleasant Hill's annual Super Holiday Boutique, a two-day, one-stop shopping extravaganza. Explore offerings from over 40 local vendors and artisans and get that special one-of-a-kind holiday gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.

Sport your local Pleasant Hill pride and give the gift that keeps on giving with our PHill branded swag. Find a variety of gifts that are perfect for locals or mementos to share with family visiting for the holidays.

3. Get in the Holiday Spirit(s)

Warm up and fill up with seasonal spirits from one of our many local vineyards this winter.

Raise your glasses at Holidays in the Vineyards, a Livermore Valley wine country tradition. Drink in decorated tasting rooms and enjoy holiday music, activities, wines and more.

Give the gift of luxury and pamper a loved one with a private Summit Tasting at Shadowbrook Winery, a unique tailored experience featuring a selection of small-production Estate wines.

Experience wine country with your running shoes on at the annual Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon, named one of the top 7 most scenic half marathons in the U.S. by Forbes.

4. Plan Ahead

Things may look a little different this year so remember to plan ahead and book early. Advance tickets and registrations may be required at many locations so be sure to look online or call to get the most up-to-date information for particular businesses and events. However you celebrate, we wish you a safe and joyful holiday.