Winter Wonderland

Celebrate the Season in Palo Alto

The holiday season is upon us! Enjoy the sites, sounds, and festivities that make the holidays everyone's favorite time of the year. From ice skating, holiday shopping, meeting Santa, and tree lighting to live holiday-inspired performances, Palo Alto offers seasonal fun for people of all ages. Make this season merry and bright, and connect with family and friends at one of our unique festive activities. 

Winter Sale


Holiday cheer is here! And to celebrate the season of giving we're offering guests of Hotel Keen 20% off your next visit to Palo Alto, plus late checkout and a room upgrade when you book our Winter Sale Offer. Book now through December 31, 2023 for stays through September 7, 2024.

Palo Alto Holiday Events


Saturday, December 9 enjoy a time-honored European tradition at an authentic German Holiday Market. Shop for last-minute gifts like handcrafted ornaments, nutcrackers, toys, ceramics, and knitwear from Germany and local artisans. 

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Ice Skating at Winter Lodge

There’s nothing more festive than ice skating outside during the holiday season. Since 1956, Winter Lodge has delighted and entertained people of all ages on an outdoor, recreationally-sized rink that is perfect for the entire family.

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The Stanford Shopping Center has several different ways to enjoy the holidays, including photos with Santa, pet photos with Santa, holiday cookie decorating, and Breakfast with Santa. Plus, you'll find something for everyone on your gift list with premium retail at your fingertips.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 1 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy an evening of live holiday music, bell ringers, carolers, and sweet treats, while our stunning tree lights up the night with shimmering holiday colors.

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Experience the best of the holidays with live performances at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts of "The Christmas Ballet," “The Nutcracker,” and “Snow Queen.”

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December 10 - 31 the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street in Palo Alto become Christmas Tree Lane. This is the 82ne annual celebration; drive or walk down Christmas Tree Lane to create lasting memories for the entire family. 

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