Mark your calendar: Fall and winter fun for families awaits

Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
The Los Altos Village Association’s Halloween Spooktacular features trick-or-treating at participating downtown stores.

As the fall and holiday seasons approach, the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View have scheduled an array of events over the next few months.


First Fridays

6-8 p.m. Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1

Downtown Los Altos

Los Altos First Fridays are community-building events organized by Los Altos Forward, a group of residents dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown. Shops extend their hours, offering in-store activities, discounts and complimentary refreshments as live bands perform throughout downtown.

For more information, visit

Los Altos Fall Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8

Downtown Los Altos

The 26th annual Los Altos Fall Festival, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, features live entertainment, fine wines, a beer tent, more than 100 arts and crafts booths, a classic-car show and a children’s area with games. The event takes place in the South Parking Plaza between First Street and San Antonio Road. Pets are not permitted.

For more information, call 948-1455 or visit

Art Exhibition and Reception

Begins with reception, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 8

Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road

"Seeing in Black and White," a photography exhibition by Los Altos Hills residents Tom and Marjorie Green, reflects urban, industrial and rural works of man. Their art aims to find beauty and design in common objects and capture how they evoke a mood or story.

For more information, visit or call 941-7222.

Vines and Wines

2-5 p.m. Oct. 15

Los Altos Hills Town Hall

Vines and Wines, the fifth annual wine-tasting event sponsored by Hills 2000, offers samples of noncommercial wines created by Los Altos Hills vintners. Wine is not sold at the event, and pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, visit

Halloween Middle School Lock-In

6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 20

Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers

The second middle school lock-in, hosted by the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission, features a free night of games, music, movies, snacks, a costume contest and more Halloween-themed fun.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trick-or-Treat Downtown

1-4 p.m. Oct. 28

Downtown Mountain View

Children 12 and under, decked out in their Halloween costumes, stroll along Castro Street and receive festive goodies from participating businesses (identified through window signs).

For more information, visit

Halloween Spooktacular

Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31

Downtown Los Altos

Local children trick-or-treat at participating stores during the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored Halloween Spooktacular. The annual event features face painting, games, crafts, balloon art and plenty of candy.

For more information, visit

Holiday Stroll

5-9 p.m. Nov. 10

Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Village Association’s annual Holiday Stroll is an opportunity for residents to enjoy holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere as carolers roam the streets. Roasted chestnuts and beverages are available for purchase, and most downtown shops are scheduled to participate. Complimentary carriage rides are available.

For more information, visit

Festival of Lights Parade

6 p.m. Nov. 26

Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 35 years. The family-friendly event - staged on Main and State streets - features colorful holiday-themed floats; local school marching bands; illuminated, costumed characters; and an appearance by Santa Claus, complete with sleigh and reindeer.

For more information, visit

Holiday Tree Lighting

6-8 p.m. Dec. 1

Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Village Association hosts a Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony in Veterans Community Plaza, located at the corner of Main and State streets. Festivities include holiday music, free train rides and consults with Santa.

For more information, visit

Holiday Barn Lighting

2-5 p.m. Dec. 3

Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

Attendees can sample cookies and hot cider, partake in wine tasting, play seasonal games, make crafts, have their faces painted, take photos with Santa, ride a pony and visit a petting zoo. Local student groups will perform traditional carols and holiday music. The barn is scheduled to light up at 5 p.m.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Tree-Lighting Celebration

5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View

Santa Claus is slated to appear at this year’s Community Tree-Lighting Celebration in Mountain View. Attendees can enjoy holiday music, refreshments and festive lights. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to Community Services Agency.

For more information, call 903-6331 or visit

Mountain View Holiday Open House

6-8 p.m. Dec. 4

Civiv Center Plaza

Sponsored by the Central Business Association, the Mountain View Holiday Open House encourages people to shop and dine at participating downtown businesses as the Madrigals carol along Castro Street.

For more information, call 964-3395 or visit

Caroling in the Hills

7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 21

Parks and Recreation Center, Los Altos Hills Town Hall

After enjoying drinks and treats, carolers travel to Los Altos Hills neighborhoods to bring holiday cheer to local residents. Adults, kids, families, seniors and members of surrounding communities are welcome to participate. Carolers are advised to wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight. In case of inclement weather, caroling will be held at town hall only.

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- Compiled by Christina Cheng

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