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November 2017

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Celebrate the 2017 Holidays in San Mateo

Come enjoy festive, family-friendly fun activities celebrating the holidays in San Mateo during November and December. Events feature the bay area’s largest outdoor ice rinkentertainment, music, dazzling lights, even REAL SNOW (!!)… PLUS surprise holiday visitors, too!

Scroll down for all the details, links and ticket info.

Happy Holidays
from The City of San Mateo


Opening Night For San Mateo On Ice

Sun, Nov 19, 2017
6:00 PM

San-Mateo-On-Ice-RinkCelebrate the opening of San Mateo on Ice and the holiday season in San Mateo’s Historic Central Park! Santa makes a grand entrance on a fire engine, thanks to the San Mateo City Fire Department.

The evening ends with a magical celebration of light in the dazzling Tree Lighting Ceremony, covering Central Park and along El Camino Real.

Enjoy magical performances from local artists, including the Peninsula Skating Club figure skating performers, the Nazareth Ice Oasis production group “Beauty and the Beast”, School of Rock House Band and more!


This event is FREE to attend. Hope to see you there! View event flyer

San Mateo On Ice

The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, and it’s right here in the heart of San Mateo, Nov 10 thru Jan 15. Check online for hours and rink info.


Winter Wonderland in Central Park

Fri, Dec 1 & Sat, Dec 2, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SanMateo-Winter-Wonderland-2016-5Step into a magical Winter Wonderland at San Mateo’s Central Park, Fri 12/1 and Sat 12/2 @ 6-8pm. Enjoy ACTUAL SNOW in our SNOWFIELD!!!

Plus music, horse & carriage rides, cookie decorating, and photos with our Polar Bear!


Enjoy the beauty of Central Park with decorative lighting, food trucks from Sam’s Chowder House and Johnny Doughnuts will be available with food for purchase.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details COMING SOON!


Caltrain Holiday Train Stops in San Mateo


Sun, Dec 3, 2017
San Mateo Station @ 4:30-6:30 PM

Come join us at the San Mateo Downtown Transit Station for the arrival of the glittering Caltrain Holiday Train, including fun holiday entertainment!

In anticipation of the train’s 6pm arrival, students from CORE Taekwondo will perform a martial arts demonstration, choreographed to festive holiday music. Plus, starting at 4:30 PM, North B St. merchants will welcome visitors with a Posada (a Christmas festival originating in Latin America).

Holiday-Train-SantaThe Caltrain Holiday Train is expected to arrive in San Mateo at 6:00pm. During their 20-minute station stop, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the gang will get off the train to greet children and spread holiday cheer.

Our stop has proven to be one of the largest turnouts, with at least 500 people last year! Come enjoy the holiday season with your community and enjoy this Bay Area tradition.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Holiday Train Toy Drive. Festivities courtesy of Caltrain, The Downtown San Mateo Association, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation

More event details here…

Holiday Festival of Dance – 45th Anniversary

Holiday-Festival-Dance-2017-San-MateoSat, Dec 9 & Sun, Dec 10, 2017
5:30 PM

On December 9th and 10th more than 500 dancers will converge for the Holiday Festival of Dance in San Mateo. This annual event is co-sponsored by the San Mateo Parks & Recreation Dept. and the San Mateo Dance Association.

Through the magic of theatre, dance and a lot of hard work by many volunteers, the San Mateo High School Gym is transformed into a Holiday theatrical production complete with lighting, music, costumes and choreography.

This year’s presentation is the 45th Anniversary of this magical production and will feature dancers currently within the City’s Youth and Adult Dance Programs, as well as city employees who perform in our famous Reindeer and the City Dancer’s dance.

Tickets will be available for public purchase starting November 20th.

More information >>

Winter Activity Guide

Winter-Activity-Guide-San-Mateo-Cover-Page-2018City of San Mateo Parks & Recreation Department just released our Winter Activity Guide for January thru March 2018!

Download your copy here

Support San Mateo Merchants

Shop Small

This holiday season, consider supporting the many local businesses here. Downtown San Mateo, 25th Avenue, 37th Avenue, Shoreview and other local merchants are open for business throughout this holiday season. #ShopSmall  #SupportLocal

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