Here's a partial roundup of Bay Area dances, plays and concerts for the holiday season.



San Francisco Ballet: Dec. 11-29; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $25-$220;

Ballet San Jose: Dec. 13-26; San Jose Center for the Performing Arts; $20-$105;

Oakland Ballet: With Oakland East Bay Symphony; Dec. 21-24; Paramount Theatre, Oakland; $20-$59;

Dance Project|SF: "Nutcracker Sweets" is a 50-minute version designed for families with young children; Dec. 7-24; Southside Theater at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco; $18-$28;

Valley Dance Theatre: Accompanied by Livermore Amador Symphony; Dec. 14-22; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $18-$34;

Berkeley Ballet Theater: Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22; Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley; $8-$30;

Black Diamond Ballet Theatre: Dec. 7-8; Pittsburg Creative Arts Building; $15-$20;

San Jose Dance Theatre: In collaboration with Los Gatos Ballet; Dec. 6-8; San Jose Center for the Performing Arts; $22-$55;


Contra Costa Ballet: An hourlong narrated production aimed at the family crowd; Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $23-$33;

The Jewish Nutcracker: Katy Alaniz Rous' work adapts the classic ballet into a history of Judaism; Dec. 6-8; Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco; $18-$28;

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: 3 p.m. Dec. 14; Flint Center; $28-$88;

Pacific Ballet Academy: Six performances Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $26-$30;

Western Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $25-$30;

Soo Dance Company: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $22;

Nutcracker Pinata: Presented by Compania Mexico Danza; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 30; San Leandro Performing Arts Center; $10-$20;

Alameda Civic Ballet: 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22; Kofman Theatre, Alameda; $18-$25;


Smuin Ballet: The troupe's "Christmas Ballet" includes more than two dozen short works, ranging from sassy to whimsical to classical; Nov. 22-Dec. 28 at venues across the Bay Area; $24-$74;

"Velveteen Rabbit": ODC's annual adaptation of the classic children's fairy tale; Nov. 29-Dec. 15; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $20-$75;

Carolina Lugo: The East Bay flamenco performer presents a holiday show; Dec. 1-29; Pena Pachamama, San Francisco; $15 (without dinner), $39.50 (with dinner);

"Fiestas Navidenas": A blend of Mexican song, dance and pageantry presented by Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $15-$55;; 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Dec. 15; San Leandro Performing Arts Center; $20;

An International Holiday: Presented by Arete Dance Center; 8 p.m. Dec. 20; $27;

Fiesta de Navidad: A night of flamenco dancing, music and singalong carols (in Spanish); 7 p.m. Dec. 29; Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda; $10-$20;



American Conservatory Theater: Starring acclaimed Bay Area stage actor James Carpenter; Dec. 6-28, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco; $30-$140;

Center Repertory Company: Dec. 12-22; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $27-$41;

Northside Theatre Company: Dec. 5-29; Olinder Theatre, San Jose; $17-$22;


Brian Copeland's "The Jewelry Box": The writer/performer's holiday show recounts his attempts to buy his mother the perfect Christmas present; through Dec. 28; the Marsh, San Francisco; $15-$100;

"Coney Island Christmas": New musical centers on a Jewish girl who is cast as Jesus in her school's Christmas pageant; presented by City Lights Theater Company; Nov. 21-Dec. 22; City Lights Theater; $25-$30;

"Tristan & Yseult": A dark romantic fairy tale presented by London's Kneehigh Theatre Company; Nov. 22-Jan. 6; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; $14.50-$99;

Great Dickens Fair: Annual extravaganza turns Cow Palace into Victorian-era London at Christmastime, featuring street scenes, more than 700 costumed characters, music, food and grog, and -- of course -- tons of shopping opportunities; Nov. 23-Dec. 23; Cow Palace, San Francisco; $12-$25;

"The Book of Mormon": Off-color musical comedy from the creators of "South Park"; Nov. 26-Jan. 19; Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco; $90-$260;

"The Snow Queen": Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable; Nov. 27-Dec. 22; San Jose Repertory Theatre; $34-$79;

"Snoopy!": Musical based on the Charles Schulz' beloved "Peanuts" comics, presented by 42nd Street Moon; Nov. 27-Dec. 15; Eureka Theatre, San Francisco; $25-$75; www.

"It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play": Presented by San Jose Stage Company; Nov. 27-Dec. 22; $17.50-$40;

"A Grand Night for Singing": Featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, presented by Diablo Theatre Company; Nov. 29-Dec. 7; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $47-$49;

"Little Women": Adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel; presented by Theatreworks; Dec. 4-Jan. 4; Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto; $28-$55;

"Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness": Dark comedy presented by Shotgun Players; Dec. 5-Jan. 12; Ashby Stage, Berkeley; $8-$35;

"Irving Berlin's White Christmas": Dec. 6-15; presented by Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose; $30;

Holiday Shorts: A night of improv comedy by East Bay's Creatures of Impulse troupe; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6; Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton; $2-$10;

"Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)": Holiday spoof presented by Town Hall Theatre Company; Dec. 5-21; Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette; $20-$32;

"Cinderella": Acclaimed annual holiday show by African-American Shakespeare Company; Dec. 7-22; Buriel Clay Theatre, San Francisco; $12.50-$37.50;

Killing My Lobster Winter Follies: Presented by the San Francisco improv troupe, with caroling by the Boneless Children Foundation; Dec. 12-15; Z Space, San Francisco; $20;

"A Sweet Noel": Bay Area cabaret singer Craig Jessup stars in this musical revue featuring songs Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim, the Gershwins, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and more; Dec. 17-22; Aurora Theatre, Berkeley; $32-$50;

"The Biggest Gift": Annual holiday show by youth troupe Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble; 10 performances Dec. 19-22; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $14;

"Santa, We've Been Bad": A night of improv comedy by Ready or Not Improv; 8:15 p.m. Dec. 21; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $15;

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Back for its 21st year, featuring Gary Gulman, Adrianne Tolsch, Samson Koletkar, Lisa Geduldig; proceeds San Francisco and Marin Food Banks and Jewish Home San Francisco; Dec. 24-26; New Asia Restaurant, San Francisco; $44-$64 (with and without dinner); www.koshercomedy,com.


Holy Names University Chorus: Winter concert featuring works by Bardos, Gershwin, Haydn, Kodaly, Palestrina, Victoria, and others; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23; university's McLean Chapel, Oakland; $5-$10;

San Francisco Opera: The company's Adler Fellows present a holiday concert; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; Scottish Rite Masonic Center, San Francisco; $30-$65 (student rush, $15);

Concord Sing-Along Messiah: A benefit for San Francisco Rescue Mission; 7 p.m. Dec. 1; First Presbyterian Church of Concord; donations accepted;

Walnut Creek Concert Band: Holiday show features works by Leonard Bernstein, Manheim Steamroller, and more; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $14-$17;

San Francisco Girls Chorus: Two holiday concerts -- "Noel, Noel," featuring Mykola Leontovych's "Carol of the Bells" and other works; 8 p.m. Dec. 6; First Congregational Church, Berkeley; "Hark, the Herald Angels Swing," with bassist/composer Marcus Shelby and his Trio and featuring audience singalong; 8 p.m. Dec. 22; Davies Symphony Hall; San Francisco; $18-$65;

Schola Cantorum: The Silicon Valley chorus with Oxford Street Brass performs a new work by John Cavallaro, Britten's Hymn to the Virgin, and traditional Christmas carols; 3 p.m. Dec. 8; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $20-$30;

San Francisco Bach Choir: "A Candlelight Christmas" featuring William Byrd's "O Magnum Mysterium" and other works; 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 8; Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco; $10-$30;

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: Holiday show "A Cheerful Noise" features works by Mozart, Purcell, Handel and Halley; 5 p.m. Dec. 7; First Congregational Church, Palo Alto; 4 p.m. Dec. 8; Old First Church, San Francisco; 4 p.m. Dec. 15; Cunningham Memorial Chapel, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont; $10-$30; at

Chanticleer: The acclaimed male vocal group's annual holiday show, "A Chanticleer Christmas," is a blend of traditional carols, Renaissance songs, Rachmaninoff, a world premiere work by composer Steven Sametz, a medley of African-American spirituals, and more; performances Dec. 11-23 at various Bay Area venues; $28-$65;

Oakland East Bay Symphony: The orchestra's annual "Let Us Break Bread Together" holiday show includes four new gospel works, four choruses, as well as soul-stirring gospel soloists -- and a klezmer band, Kugelplex. Details: 4 p.m. Dec. 15; Paramount Theatre, Oakland. $15-$50.

A Festival of Carols: Presented by San Francisco Choral Society; 4 p.m. Dec. 15; First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Francisco; $12-$15;

American Bach Soloists: Handel's Messiah; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Mondavi Center, Davis; $20-$94;

Mountain View Sing-Along Messiah: Featuring Schola Cantorum; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16; $18-$22;

San Jose Chamber Orchestra: The orchestra performs a holiday concert with San Jose-based Choral Project; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto; 7 p.m. Dec. 22; Mission Santa Clara; $20-$30 ($25-$35 at the door);

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: "'Twas the Night" holiday concert features soprano Lisa Vroman and an audience singalong; 4 p.m. Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Dec. 24; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; $15-$75 (half price, ages 17 and under);

California Symphony: Annual holiday concert "Home for the Holidays," with Pacific Boychoir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $15-$65;


Youth Music Holiday Variety Show: Featuring young area performers; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton; $8-$12.

Irish Christmas in America: Touring show featuring vocal group Lumiere, singer-songwriter Seamus Begley, 8 p.m. Dec. 1; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $22.50-$24.50;

A Doo Wop Holiday Celebration: Featuring Hit Parade Hall of Famer Johnny Tillotson, pop band the Vibrations, A Tribute to The Platters, and more; 2 p.m. Dec. 2; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $16-$65;

Triple Ho Show: Featuring Pitbull, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Enrique Iglesias, Zendaya and more; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3; SAP Center; $37.50-$138,

Glide Memorial Church: A 50th anniversary celebration featuring Maya Angelou, Valerie Simpson, Judith Hill and more; 7 p.m. Dec. 4; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $65-$250;

A Winter's Night: A night of prose, poetry and Celtic and Scandinavian folk music featuring Ensemble Galilei; 8 p.m. Dec. 4; Freight & Salvage; $20.50-$22.50;

Cris Williamson: Singer-songwriter presents an "off-beat holiday" show; 8 p.m. Dec. 5; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $24.50-$26.50;

Alice in Wonderland: Featuring Michael Franti, Gavin DeGraw, Delta Rae, and more; 8 p.m. Dec. 5; Bimbo's 365 Club, S.F.; sold out but check for updates.

Not So Silent Night(s): Night 1 features Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys; Night 2 features Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Lorde and others. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7; Oracle Arena, Oakland; $39.50-$150,

KFOG's Concert for Kids: Featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket, Serena Ryder and Brett Dennen; 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco; $25-$100;

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: Presents its annual holiday show; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7; Paramount Theatre, Oakland; $10-$40;; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $28-$36;; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24; Slim's, San Francisco; $15; More information at

The Klezmatics: A concert by the famed Jewish roots band; 8 p.m. Dec. 8; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $26.50-$28.50;

Home for the Holidays -- A World War II Christmas: Concert by Andrea Marcovicci; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $15-$55;

Patrick Lendaza: Award-winning guitarist and singer presents a "Hawaiian Christmas," with several musical guests; 8 p.m. . Dec. 11; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $24.50-$26.50;

The Christmas Jug Band with Maria Muldaur: The musical collective, with blues singer Muldaur at the mic, presents such holiday originals as "Mistletoe Jam" and "Santa Lost a Ho"; 8 p.m. Dec. 12; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $22.50-$24.50;

A Classic Rock Christmas: Concert by touring band December People; 8 p.m. Dec. 12-13; Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton; $30-$40;

Kem: R&B-soul singer; 8 p.m. Dec. 12; Warfield, San Francisco; $49.50-$89.50;

Mix 106.5 holiday show: Featuring Matt Nathanson, Fitz and the Tantrums and Parachute; tickets given away by the station to listeners; 6:45 p.m. Dec. 13; San Jose Civic Auditorium;

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, a Cajun Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 15; Yoshi's, Oakland; $25;

Wild Jam: Featuring J. Cole, Mac Miller, Ariana Grande, Kid Ink, Iggy Azalea, Jay Sean and the Far East Movement; 7 p.m. Dec. 15; SAP Center, San Jose; $18.50-$94.50,

Hardly Strictly Klezmer: Concert featuring contemporary Jewish music performers the Red Hot Chachkas, Klezmer Playboys and Reich & Goldberg; 8 p.m. Dec. 17; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $20.50-$22.50;

A Winter Gift: A night of Celtic harp featuring Patrick Ball and others; 8 p.m. Dec. 19; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $22.50-$24.50;

A Cash Country Christmas: Starring Johnny Cash tribute performer James Garner; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21; Firehouse Arts Center; $12-$25;

The Vandals: Legendary SoCal punk stages 18th annual Christmas formal; 9 p.m. Dec. 21; Slim's, San Francisco; $18;

Christmas with the Celts: The Nashville based band performs Scottish-Irish traditional tunes and Celtic pop-rock originals; 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22; Yoshi's, San Francisco; $28-$55;

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour: With Oleta Adams, Keiko Matsui and Jonathan Butler; 8 p.m. Dec. 22; Warfield; $39.50-$125.50;

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: The former Stray Cat singer/guitarist returns with annual holiday show; 8 p.m. Dec. 24; Warfield, San Francisco; $49.50-$69.50;