Redwood City Holiday Giving & Events

Redwood City offers fun events and volunteer opportunities for everyone to get in the spirit for the holiday season

The Holidays are here! Looking for some holiday fun and opportunities to give back to the community? Check out these Redwood City events and ways to get involved that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Giving

The holidays are a wonderful time to join the thousands of volunteers who contribute to making the Redwood City community a wonderful place to live!

The City collaborates with several foundations and service agencies to further the City’s mission to Build a Great Community Together. During this holiday season and on #GivingTuesday, November 27, the City offers a number of ways to help others through the gift of your time or donations. Organizations that work closely with the City of Redwood City and align in the City’s goal of building community include CityTrees, Create a Smile, Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, Parks & Arts Foundation, Police Activities League (PAL) and Project Read.

If you are interested in making an impact in the Redwood City community through volunteerism or through a donation, go here for a list of opportunities. For other library volunteer opportunities, go here.

Holiday Events

Redwood City is a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays! Here are a few holiday favorites to start your holiday planning!

Hometown Holidays

Get in the holiday spirit and join the festivities, rain or shine, as Redwood City’s Downtown Business Group throws Hometown Holidays, a party to celebrate the holiday season! Guests can enjoy a parade, entertainment, carnival, snow, Santa Claus photos and more. This free family friendly event takes place December 1 starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Fox Theatre.

Hometown Holidays Event Schedule

Crafts Fair & Children’s Carnival from 10a.m. to 8p.m.

Parade at 4:30p.m.

Tree Lighting 5:45p.m.

Holiday Train Arrives 6:10p.m.

Live Holiday Music

6:00–7:00p.m. — Woodside High School Marching Band

7:00–8:00p.m. — SOJ Big Band

For more information, go here.

Annual Holiday Toy and Book Drive

Public safety agencies in San Mateo County, including the City of Redwood City Fire and Police Departments, have teamed up to bring smiles and holiday spirit to children in need through the Annual Holiday Toy and Book Drive. This event has become a welcomed tradition in the Redwood City community.

If you are interested in supporting the Annual Holiday Toy and Book Drive there are several ways to show support including:

· Donating to a toy and book barrel, though be sure to donate before November 30 when the barrels will be collected. Go here for location information.

· Making a tax-deductible donation. Hosting a party to collect toys, books and donations

· Volunteering your time

· Attending the wrapping party on December 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Red Morton Community Center.

If you are a family in need of assistance go here. Applications are due by November 30.

There are even more ways to get involved with the Annual Holiday Toy and Book Drive. Go here for a full list and more information about the program.

Kids Night Out — Winter Pajama Party

Attend the Winter Pajama Party at the Red Morton Community Center on December 7, 6–9 p.m.! Play cool winter games for prizes and create dazzling winter crafts. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in comfy pajamas. Parents, this would be a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping without the kids! Event will include pizza and drinks.

Space is limited so please register your child here. This event is appropriate for children ages 5–12, cost is $20 per child.

Holiday Concert at the Library

On December 12, from 6:30–7:45 p.m. at the Downtown Library, Gabriel’s Trumpet Trio will perform classic family-friendly holiday music, and holiday craft activities provided. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Bookstore.

For more go here. For other library events, go here.

Bethlehem A.D.

Visit the town of Bethlehem in Redwood City, and enjoy a living Christmas experience. On December 21–23 from 6:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m., join in the holiday spirit by attending this unique live performance with over 100 animals. This event is located at 1305 Middlefield Road and is free for the whole family. For more information, go here.

Co-sponsored by the City of Redwood City through a Civic Cultural Commission grant.

Ninth Annual Chanukah Festival

Join Chabad Mid Pen for the ninth annual Chanukah Festival in Courthouse Square on December 2, 4–5:30 p.m. Enjoy a giant glow in the dark menorah lighting, Chanukah latkes and donuts, entertainment, music and more. For more information, go here.

Holiday Closures

City Hall, City administrative buildings (including Fire and Police), libraries, and community centers are closed in observance of the holiday season. Although administrative offices are closed, emergency services will continue.

City hall and most departments/facilities are closed, including the administrative offices of the Police, Fire and Public Works Services Departments during the following 2018 holiday closures:

Please note that in addition to the dates above, City Hall will be closed between Christmas and New Years, December 24 -January 1. City Hall will reopen at 8 a.m. on January 2, 2019.

To learn more about City holiday closures go here.

More Events and Stay Connected!

Interested in more holiday fun? Go here for our full calendar of events.

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We wish you a happy holiday season!