Annual Events

Colorful costume celebrations, twinkling winter enchantments, and summer campouts on the shores of Lake Merritt—Children’s Fairyland celebrates throughout the year. (We also have a gala dinner the first Thursday in June; it’s one of our most magical events.)

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Spooktastic costumes on parade at Jack o’Lantern Jamboree.

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Join the revelers at our annual Fairy Winterland.

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Sleep under the stars at Fairyland this summer.

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Sparkling lights herald the season during Fairy Winterland.

Complete with goodies, activities, festive performances, and (in December) a visit from a jolly man in a big red suit, our special events make a lovely tradition for families of all sizes.

Fairy Winterland

In December, Fairy Winterland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, and Chinese New Year. Join us for stories, crafts, a festival of lights, and a visit from Santa.


2015 Fairy Winterland dates: December 4-20, Friday - Sunday and Monday - Wednesday December 21-23

For one modest admission fee—$10 for each adult and child over the age of 1 ($5 for members)—you’ll enjoy:

  • Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater
  • A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m.
  • Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment
  • A daily visit from Santa Claus
  • Holiday-themed arts and crafts
  • Unlimited rides

And many more special surprises!

The park is open from noon to 7 p.m. during Fairy Winterland (weather permitting).

Jack o’Lantern Jamboree

On the last weekend in October, join us to celebrate with fun and games that are more delightful than frightful. 


2016 Jack o’Lantern Jamboree dates: October 29 and 30.

Admission to Fairyland for the Jack o’Lantern Jamboree is just $10 per person ($5 for members). Come in costume and enjoy a spooktacular extravaganza with:

  • Unlimited rides
  • Parades
  • Goody bags and treat stations for kids*
  • Two jumpers, one for little kids and one for bigger kids
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pirate school
  • Balloon twisting
  • Special performances
  • Shows by our Children’s Theater Program and Storybook Puppet Theater

*While supplies last

Jack o’Lantern Jamboree is made possible each year through contributions from our generous local sponsors. Contact us to add your company’s name to the list.

(Sorry, no passes, coupons or vouchers accepted for this event.) 


2015 Sponsors

We would like to thank our donors for helping make this event possible.


Grand Lake Ace Hardware, Inc.

Dr. Michelle Agazzi DDS

Berkeley Farms


Critters by the Bay

Donsuemor Madelines

Folkmanis, Inc.

Grant J. Hunt Company




Seymour L. Kurtz, D.M.D.

Donald Ruddell, DDS


Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Sysco San Francisco, Inc.