Arts, culture, restaurants, and shopping — Berkeley has it all. So it’s no wonder that people from around the world come to this bohemian paradise during the holidays to capture the spirit of Christmas. After all, what better place to find peace and joy than in the city that was the center of the Flower Power Movement in the 1960s? The beauty of this locale can’t be beat. Plus, there are plenty of amazing sites and festive events taking place there during the season. Among the amazing local attractions is the quirky charm of Telegraph Avenue packed with cafes and bookshops; the beauty of the UC Berkeley campus and Berkeley Rose Garden; the creativity discovered in the Downtown Arts District; and the outdoor adventures that await in Tilden Park. On top of that, you can also catch the San Francisco skyline shining across the bay as you stroll near the waterfront. Even better? Book a City Cruises outing to see the area’s best views around and enjoy plenty of merrymaking in the process.




You Can’t Lose With a Christmas Cruise in Berkeley

 You know the phrase, “You snooze, you lose?” Well, we’ve tweaked it a bit to “You cruise, you can’t lose”—especially when you’re seeking the ideal holiday experience in Berkeley. Case in point? The three enticing options visitors have to choose from include the Berkeley Christmas Eve Premier Brunch Cruise, the Berkeley Christmas Eve Signature Dinner Cruise, and the Berkeley Christmas Day Premier Brunch Cruise.

For starters, the Berkeley Christmas Eve Premier Brunch Cruise elevates America’s favorite mid-morning meal to a magical seasonal experience. In addition to a freshly chef-prepared holiday brunch buffet, you’ll enjoy a fully stocked bar with cocktails, beer, and wine available for purchase and the exceptional hospitality of the City Cruises’ crew. While taking in the breathtaking views of Berkeley’s waterfront from climate-controlled interior decks, you’ll be treated to live music entertainment amid the most festive décor of the season. The two-hour excursion also offers scenic views of area attractions including the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island, and there’s an option for additional upgrades to customize the experience. The dress code is casual attire, so you can just sit back, relax, and be merry and bright.


Make Christmas Eve in 2023 Special with City Cruises Berkeley

berkeleyFor those who prefer an evening gathering, the Berkeley Christmas Eve Signature Dinner Cruise is where you’ll want to be. Complete with a holiday dinner buffet that’s freshly prepared by our chef, this enticing culinary experience also includes full bar service with innovative cocktails, wine, and beer available for purchase, top-notch hospitality from everyone on board, and festive surroundings to put everyone in a mood for celebrating. The views of the Berkeley area and its waterfront are stunning from the climate-controlled interiors and outdoor decks — in addition to everything you’ll see on the San Francisco Bay, including its signature attractions (hello, Golden Gate Bridge). Lasting three hours, the event also includes DJ entertainment to get you up on the dance floor, and the dress code is casual attire so you can dress down a bit and remain comfortable all the while. You can customize the experience as well with additional upgrades.


Christmas Day The City Cruises Way in Berkeley

berkeleyOf course with Christmas Eve afternoon and evening covered, it’s time to think about Christmas Day, because the perfect present you can give to family and friends would be spending quality time together without the holiday stress of hosting (and cleaning up). Enter our Berkeley Christmas Day Premier Brunch Cruise. Over the course of two hours, you’ll get to indulge in freshly chef-prepared fare in the form of our holiday brunch buffet and toast to the season with bar service that’s fully stocked and offers cocktails, wine, and beer for purchase. Our first-rate hospitality, live entertainment, and festive décor — combined with beautiful views of Berkeley and surrounding sights (including the San Francisco Bay and Bay Bridge), which are visible from our climate-controlled interior and outdoor decks — make this event a joyful one to share. You can always opt to customize the experience too with additional upgrades. The dress code is casual attire, so feel free to don some fun seasonal sweaters.


Celebrate Christmas On Land With These Events On Hand

 In between your City Cruises adventures, Berkeley also offers some festive events for Christmas time that you’ll want to check out as well. First, consider a trip to Fourth Street, which launches Lights On & Sparkling 2023 in mid-November. It features three blocks of magical holiday lights that sparkle for the season (lighting up each night at 5:00pm until February 2024), free hot beverages (cider, cocoa, and coffee), and entertainment including a magic show for kids and live music. There’s also a glowing snow fairy “flying” on stilts and a roller skating elf covered in LEDs making spirits bright. Next, and not to be outdone, is Santa on Solano. Packed with a range of restaurants and shops, Solano Avenue is a treasured spot in town ideal for finding the best gifts for family and friends—and the star of Christmas himself, Saint Nick. During the first three weekends of December, you’ll find him there ready to hear holiday requests on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.




The beauty and benefits of Berkeley are apparent to all who visit — and holiday time is no exception. In fact, it’s one of the optimal seasons to spend time in the city with festive events and several City Cruises to choose from. So make your packing list, check it twice, and get ready for a holiday experience that’s bound to be nice!