Top Ten Things to Do for the Holidays

Make the most of the holidays in Concord this year!

1. Glow Your Mind

Photo courtesy Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Take a night trek through the Ruth Bancroft Garden of D’Lights for a magical experience with botanical sculptures illuminated by lights and lasers. Runs through December 20, advance ticket purchase only. 

2. Find Your Tree

Photo courtesy ABC Christmas Trees

Concord’s fabulous ABC Farms Christmas tree lot is open now with a great selection of trees, plus fun activities for kids. Find them at 1765 Galindo Street, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

3. Wine Down & Relax

There's no better time than the holidays to explore the bounty of unique wine tasting rooms in and around Concord. Be sure to check out our new Contra Costa County Wine Tasting Map available now on our website.

4. See the Lights

Photo courtesy of California Christmas Lights

Take a night cruise and check out Concord’s best light displays:

  • 1094 Discovery Way
  • 4549 Lincoln Drive
  • 5390 Aspenwood Court

For more locations, visit 2021 Concord CA Christmas Lights

5. Treat Yourself

Tis the season for tasty treats and holiday baking is a great way to spend time together at home. If you’re short on time or just looking for something special, stop by Alpine Pastry and get inspired by their tempting selection of holiday goodies like Old Fashioned Fruit Cake, Nog Log and Spumoni Cake. 

6. Shop for Last-Minute Gifts

Find great selections for everyone on your list at The Veranda, Willows and Sunvalley shopping centers and enjoy free parking. For unique Concord-themed gifts, stop by the Visitor Center visit in Todos Santos Plaza or online at Visit Concord Store

7. Break the Ice

Get your holiday groove on at Ice at the Veranda. This festive outdoor skating rink located in the heart of The Veranda shopping center offers frosty, nostalgic fun for all ages.

8. Holiday Happiness on Tap

Sample the new seasonal selections like Dad’s Xmas Ale at Side Gate Brewery or Guilty Pleasures Maple Pecan Pie Brown Ale at Epidemic Ales.  You’ll also find plenty more hearty holiday brews on tap at  The Hop Grenade and Concord Tap House.

9. Take a Nature Break

Destress with scenic outdoor workout. Hike or bike your way up Mount Diablo or any of the trails at Lime Ridge Open SpaceIron Horse Trail or Contra Costa Canal. It’s an easy way to connect with nature and clear your head.  

10. Make a Difference

Concord’s local non-profits offer easy ways to give back to the community during the holidays and they are always grateful for your help. Whether you volunteer for a shift at the food bank or make a cash donation, every little bit helps to make difference.


Plan Your New Year’s Trip to Concord

There’s no better place to ring in the New Year, and now is the perfect time to book your hotel stay. From shopping and nightlife, to wining and dining, the start of a fresh, new year is always a great time to be here. 
Add Some Play to Your Stay

Visit Concord also offers a selection of themed Stay & Play hotel packages filled with fun wearables, gift cards and more. Just book a room at any of Concord’s nine hotels and let Visit Concord know your confirmation number and stay dates. The package of your choice will be ready for you at check-in!

And don’t forget, Jet Suite X (JSX) offers twice-daily, hop-on flight service from Buchanan Field Airport to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Whether visiting family & friends or a weekend of wine-tasting, it’s the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to travel between Northern and Southern California.


The Concord Visitor Center is located at 2151 Salvio Street, Suite T, in Todos Santos Plaza. We are ready to help with free advice, maps, guides, brochures, Concord merchandise and more. Go to Visit Concord for more information on these events and more.