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Top 10 things to do in the Bay Area on Black Friday that isn't shopping!

Top 10 things to do in the Bay Area on Black Friday that isn't shopping!

By Carrie Bittner

Does the thought of shopping on Black Friday give you the chills? Do crowds make you want to run and hide under the covers? We 100% understand! This Black Friday doesn't have to be all about shopping. Here are our top 10 things to do in the Bay Area that are not shopping!

1. Find an Ice Rink: Lace up your skates and get into the holiday spirit with the Bay Areas' ice rinks. Here are a few of our favorite Ice Rinks to visit!

2. Go see the animals! At the SF Zoo or the Oakland Zoo! We have 3 amazing Zoos with a plethora of animals you can visit this holiday season.

Oakland Zoo is hosting Glowfari A Wildly Illuminating Lantern Festival: Glowfari is an unforgettable experience for all ages to enjoy! Features hundreds of larger-than-life glowing animal lanterns throughout the Zoo, and with all-new animals displays for 2021!

Sacramento Zoo is hosting Dino Don's Dinosaur Safari! Experience the awe and wonder as more than 20 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs migrate from the Mesozoic Era to the Sacramento Zoo. Hold your ground against towering, 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex and a pack of feathered Deinonychus. Watch a tender moment between a Maiasaura mother and her baby. Avoid getting head-butted by a Pachycephalosaurus.

3. Go To a Museum! The Bay Area is full of all different kinds of museums to visit.

From seeing the indoor Rainforest at the Academy of Science to seeing how our favorite Mouse was created, and checking out a nearly 30 foot The Living Wall at SFMoma!


We’re ringing in the holidays with an outdoor market full of holiday stocking stuffers and a self-guided Christmas Tree Stroll featuring trees designed by students of the Academy of Art. Celebrate the season with our holiday lights every evening at 5 pm.

Get your hot cocoa, snuggle up next to your loved ones and see the thousands of twinkling lights that are used on the 83 Feet tall tree! Don't forget your phone to take amazing photos!

Macy's gift to the City of San Francisco - Macy's 32nd Annual Tree Lighting can be viewed in Union Square Park between Sutter & Geary streets and Powell & Stockton Streets, right across from the front of Macy's. The beautiful and reusable tree will be decorated with a plethora of twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and shining ornaments.

6. Go get your Christmas Tree

Visit a few of our favorite Christmas tree farms and our favorite Christmas Tree Patches

If you like to cut your own tree or just pick one up ready to go. Here are our favorite Christmas Tree Farms to visit!

Do you have small children? Pixieland is a great place to spend an afternoon. With an antique Carousel, Windy Grove cars, and Red Baron airplanes this small amusement park will have your kiddos smiling all afternoon!

Light up with delight this winter! Connect, play, and get inspired in the glow of luminous sculptures big and small, as eight artists turn up the radiance at Pier 15. Explore our spacious galleries to discover captivating light art by Michael Brown, CHiKA, Nick Dong, Alicia Eggert, Ekene Ijeoma, Luke Jerram, Burt Libe, and Ames Palms. Then expand your curiosity to exhibits in the Seeing and Reflections gallery, where you can experiment with color, shadows, and more. Check the calendar for illuminating adult and family programs, and don’t miss this joyful seasonal expansion of the Exploratorium’s iconic exhibits on the light.

9. Grab your Popcorn and go to the Drive-In movie theatre!

Step back in time and have relaxed family fun with a mix of old-school drive-in vibe combined with the latest technology. Toss a Frisbee or football around before the show or bring the wee ones to our play structure near the snack bar before you settle back for a one-of-a-kind movie presentation.

Get in the holiday spirit by bringing the family to ride the Redwood Forest Steam Train through the wintry redwoods to Bear Mountain. Sip hot cocoa while greeting Santa Claus. In town, enjoy winter-themed activities.

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