Top Ten Things to Do for the Holidays

Make the most of the holidays in Concord this year!

1. Get Your Picture With Santa

Photo courtesy Sunvalley Mall

Get into the holiday spirit and make cherished memories with your loved ones this season! Head down to the Sunvalley Shopping Center, where the magic of Christmas comes to life. Don't miss the chance to reserve your spot for your pictures with Santa! Capture the joy and wonder of the holidays as you share your wishes with the man in the red suit. Whether you're young or young at heart, a visit with Santa at Sunvalley is an experience you won't want to miss. So, gather your family and friends, and make your reservation today for a picture-perfect holiday moment with Santa at Sunvalley Shopping Center.

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 Twinkling Lights

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Todos Santos Plaza! Starting at the City of Concord's Annual Tree Lighting the first Friday of December, the plaza comes alive with beautifully lit lights throughout December. Be enchanted by the sparkling Christmas tree and festive lights that illuminate the heart of the city!

5. Treat Yourself

Photo Courtesy Rachel Dunn Chocolate

Tis the season for tasty treats. If you’re short on time or just looking for something special, stop by the Rachel Dunn store front located in the Concord Visitor Center in the Salvio Pacheco Square and get inspired by their tempting selection of holiday goodies like Peppermint Cookies, and Giant Caramel Apples. 

6. Shop for Last-Minute Gifts

Find great selections for everyone on your list at The Veranda, Park N' Shop, Willows and Sunvalley shopping centers and enjoy free parking. For unique Concord-themed gifts, stop by the Visitor Center in the Salvio Pacheco Square 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

Join the more than two million volunteers and supporters who will gather to Remember, Honor and Teach at more than 4,000 participating locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. Sponsor a veteran’s wreath in honor of or in memory of a loved one who served in our armed forces. Or, sponsor and allow us to designate a recipient among the millions of heroes who rest in honored glory.


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 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, Holiday gifts, and more. Go to Visit Concord for more information on these events and more. 

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