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Holiday & Seasonal Events in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley


If you are looking for things to do in San Mateo County this holiday season you have come to the right place! From delicious Thanksgiving dinners at award-winning restaurants to special tree lighting and Holiday events, there is something festive for everyone in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley!

The months of September and October are the start of the fall season, which brings the best weather in the San Francisco Bay Area. This time of year is perfect for activities such as visiting a pumpkin patch, hay mazes, collecting chestnuts, wine tasting, hunting for fall leaves, and indulging in festive fall menus. Our San Mateo County farms are in full-harvest for the season during these months and you can pick-your-own produce or visit farm animals at a goat dairy farm in Pescadero. Additionally, many of the museums in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley are family-friendly venues that offer great Halloween events too!

In November and December, the holidays come alive with tree lightings, festive downtown holiday street fairs, shopping specials, and Christmas events. The Hillsdale Shopping Center has a huge tree lighting event annually and many of our cities, such as Redwood City, host their own festive downtown events. If you are looking for a festive activity, then you must visit the Filoli Historic House & Garden during the holiday season or head to the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden located in Palo Alto, which offers amazing holiday workshops like wreath making.

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