Winter holidays: Oakland North’s favorite stories from the most wonderful time of the year

Decorated homes along Picardy Drive in East Oakland. Photo by Roberto Daza.

Decorated homes along Picardy Drive in East Oakland. Photo by Roberto Daza.

Happy holidays, Oakland! Here are some of our favorite winter holiday stories from the last few years, on everything from how the city installs its giant Christmas tree to how to make gingerbread cookies to how the postal service handles the deluge of holiday mail.

2012

Winter holidays 2012: What’s open, what’s closed and what to see while you’re in town

How to donate to (or sign up for) the Mayor’s Toy Drive

The West Africa Highlife Band performs in downtown Oakland to celebrate Kwanzaa

 

2011

Oakland’s Catholics celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe with a six-mile pilgrimage

It’s almost Christmas, which means it’s time for tamales

Fir or plastic? Oakland residents weigh their Christmas tree options

Time to dispose of the Christmas tree? Here’s how

Children’s holiday parade marches through downtown Oakland

Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir hosts holiday concert

The OPD shares tips for avoiding crime during the holidays

2010

For Oakland’s mail carriers, it’s the busiest week of the year 

Fifty-five foot Christmas tree raised in Jack London Square

Oakland kicks off the holiday season with City Center tree lighting ceremony

Oakland’s Jewish community celebrates eight days of Hanukkah

Christmas beer spreads goodwill, intoxication

Creches light up the scene at Catholic Christmas festival

It’s “ice” skating season

In photos: Oakland celebrates the holidays

Gingerbread cookies: A video how-to guide

 

2009

Hooligan Toy Drive in Oakland

30-foot tree lit up for the holidays in downtown Oakland

Cold-weather recipes from Oakland North’s readers (starting with school board member Jody London’s apple cider-braised turkey.)

Kuro mame, a Japanese delicacy for New Year’s

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