“Home for the holidays” is not everyone’s ideal way to spend the holiday season. Many prefer to spend the holidays with loved ones who are far away, while others might use the holidays as an opportunity for a vacation. And just like some prefer to take a vacation for the holidays, some might dream of a sunnier holiday season near the water instead of a snowy cabin Christmas. Thinking of spending the holidays in Oakland? Here are a few things you need to know:
Oakland enjoys the same warm climate that most of California sees. December has highs in the high fifties and lows in the forties on average. That means you can enjoy the holidays in Oakland without having to pack a heavy coat — a pair of jeans and a light jacket should do it. It’s dry and sunny throughout the year. Though December might experience more rain and cloudy days than the summer, you’re sure to have at least one sunny day while you’re in Oakland, perfect for making a trip to the beach.
Holiday shopping is big in Oakland, from Black Friday sales through Christmas Eve and even Christmas Day. You can purchase gifts for loved ones who can’t join you or find the perfect gift for an Oakland local before you go to their holiday celebration. For a big shopping experience, you can check out Eastmont Town Center or Foothill Square Shopping Center.You can also shop for holiday gifts from local stores, like these located right in Jack London Square:
Some holiday activities in Oakland require no special event: spending time with family, having a picnic on the beach, or going fishing with loved ones. However, there are a number of exciting holiday events that you can enjoy while spending the holidays in Oakland. You can see a tremendous light show that the whole family will enjoy at the Oakland Zoo for Glowfari. You can also take the kids to see Santa Claus at Fairyland, where Santa has been Black every year since 1993. Eric Martin is the third in a line of Black santas that you can get a picture with and cherish for years to come or send as a Christmas card. You can also take a tour of a historic mansion decked out in holiday decor at Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, something of a tradition within Oakland.
Planning to spend the holidays in Oakland? There’s no better place than right in the heart of Jack London Square, Oakland’s exciting business and entertainment district. That’s what you can enjoy at Z Hotel in Jack London Square, within easy walking distance of all the amenities you could want. Contact us today for more information or to book your stay for the holidays, whether this year or next year.