EAST BAY

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30. Jack London Square, Oakland. Performances by Radio Disney stars Amber Lily, Emme and Jeremy Thurber and the Jamaica Youth Heights Marching Band, tap-dancing Christmas trees, pet and feed reindeer and more. www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Christmas Fantasy in the Woods: 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 23. Tilden Park, Berkeley. Festive themed trees and holiday gifts, outdoor light display and seasonal refreshments. Santa will also be stopping by. For his schedule, call 510-524-6773.

"The Nutcracker": 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Virginia J. Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W. Second St., Antioch. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" with music from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Frank Ballesteros directs. Admission is $10 for everyone. For information and tickets, call 925-234-1465.

Holidays on the Farm: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Visit with Santa and two of his reindeer, play old-fashioned games, make a Victorian ornament, tractor rides, food, holiday vendors, entertainment and more. Farm tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Glass House Museum tours: 10 a.m. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tours are $5 or $8 for both. Free admission. 925-973-3284.

Antioch Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Weather permitting. The best locations to view the parade are the Antioch Municipal Pier and along Second Street in downtown Antioch. Free. 925-757-2226.

Discovery Bay Parade of Lights/Tree Lighting: 3 p.m. Dec. 1 5901 Marina Road. Festivities begin with a visit from Santa followed by the parade with over 200 floats, closing with a tree lighting ceremony. Prizes awarded to float entries in 20 categories. For information, call Amanda Dove, 925-408-8332.

LUHSD Foundation Holiday Tour: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1. Embrace the spirit of the season in East County with a tour of festively decorated homes and businesses for the holidays. The tour is presented by the Liberty Union High School District Education Foundation with proceeds benefiting the foundation. $35, $40 at the door (incudes a glass of wine). Tickets: www.educationwins.org or at Hannah Nicole Vineyards, 6700 Balfour Road, Brentwood. For information, call 925-634-2166, or go to www.educationwins.org.

Rodgers Ranch Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2. 315 Cortese Road, Pleasant Hill. Shop for unique gifts in an 1867 farmhouse. Santa visits from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 925-937-3677, www.rodgersranch.org.

St. Bart's Dickens Faire: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 1 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore. Costumed actors present excerpts from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," craft "shoppes" line a Victorian London street in the parish hall, tea with scones and pastries and carolers. For kids: "snow," special crafts, and visits with Father Christmas. $15 general, $10 students/seniors, $5 for ages 5 and older; includes all performances. Free parking. 925-447-3289, www.saintbartslivermore.com.

Holidays on the Farm: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 1 and 8. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Enjoy an old-fashioned celebration. Come and see two of Santa's reindeer. Enjoy entertainment, tractor rides, Victorian ornament making, sheep herding demos, tours of the farm and Glass House Museum, and special vendors. Free. 925-973-3284.

Richmond Art Center's Holiday Arts Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond. Featuring arts, crafts, artisan and vintage goods, ceramics, jewelry, prints, ornaments, custom made chocolate, kids' art activities and more. This year's "Vintage Edition" celebrates the festival's half-century mark with a 1960s theme; 60s inspired dress is encouraged. Free. 510-620-6772; www.therac.org.

Oakland Holiday Bazaar: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 Ninth St., Suite 290. Features local artisans, crafts, vendors, cooks and more. Free. www.oacc.cc.

Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 LaCassie, Walnut Creek and 4 p.m. Dec. 2. First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway, Oakland. The Cantarte Con Vivo Chorale joins forces with the Cantare Chamber Ensemble and the Cantare Honors Children's Choir to present "All I Want For Christmas Is You!," featuring holiday classics from around the world. $10-$35. Purchase online or at the door. www.cantareconvivo.org, 510-836-0789.

Stories of the Season: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. Santa visits 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8. McConaghy House, 18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Explore this Victorian-era home where each room's decorations are inspired by a different Christmas story. Don't miss a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol, staged inside the 1886 house where audiences follow actors throughout the rooms to watch Dickens' tale unfold. Performances: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22. Reservations required. $25. 510-581-9223, www.haywardareahistory.org.

"Christmas Belles": A production by Onstage Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 8:15 p.m. Dec. 7; 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 8, Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St., Concord. $15, seniors students $12. Tickets: 925-518-3277.

Black Diamond Ballet Theatre presents "Nutcracker": 7:30 p.m. Dec 7-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Creative Arts Building, 250 School St., Pittsburg. More than 50 local student performers join the cast of professionals for the traditional holiday show. Adults $20, seniors $15, for seniors (62 and older), 17 and younger $15; Tickets: www.blackdiamondballet.org or can be purchased at Railroad Book Depot, 650 Railroad Blvd., Pittsburg (925-427-2334), or at the Delta Ballet Academy, 300 G St., Antioch (925-754-9833).

Handel's "Messiah": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. Handel's most successful and best known oratorio with orchestra members from cities throughout the Bay Area. $12. Tickets: 925-757-9500, ww.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Pittsburg Holiday Parade/Tree Lighting: 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Railroad Avenue and Eighth Street. Floats, decorated cars, marching band and more. A tree lighting ceremony follows at 5:30 p.m., Railroad Avenue and Fourth Street. http://oldtownpittsburgca.com.

Brunch with Santa: Noon and 2 p.m. seatings Dec. 8, Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St., Oakley. Sponsored by the city of Oakley. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa. Adults $8.75, children 12 and younger $6.75. Registration is required. Cindy, 925625-7044 or coelho@ci.oakley.ca.us.

Diablo Women's Chorale Holiday Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 8. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Featuring traditional holiday songs as well as Broadway, pop, film, jazz, folk and rock styles; special guests and an audience singalong. A reception follows the concert. $15 general, $10 students, group rates available. 925-672-2689, www.diablowomenschorale.org.

Fiestas Navidenas: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Cal State East Bay, Hayward, 25800 Carlos Lee Blvd. Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro presents its holiday production featuring music, song and dance from Mexico. $20 general, $17 children/seniors, $25/$20 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com.

Bay Point Breakfast with Santa: 8-11 a.m. Dec. 8, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. A pancake breakfast, music, holiday treats for good boys and girls and pictures with Santa. $3, children 12 and younger free. 925-458-1601 or visit www.ambroserec.org.

Grand Menorah Lighting: 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. A huge Menorah will be erected by the Promenade Fountain followed by music, traditional Hanukkah doughnuts, face painting, crafts for children and greetings by city dignitaries.

Antioch Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour: 12-4 p.m.; reception 2:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tour festively decorated homes for the holiday season. Raffle with a chance to win a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon gift card. Admission is $30. Information: Earline, 925-757-8771; Sandy, 925-754-8771; Juan, 925-360-0562; Denise, 925-779-1864.

Hanukkah on Ice: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12. Walnut Creek Civic Park. Menorah lighting, ice skating, Jewish music, traditional Hanukkah doughnuts, crafts for kids. $14 per person, $54 family pack of four if purchased in advance at www.jewishcontracosta.com. $16 at event if available.

Bay Point Holiday Tree Lighting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. Free carriage rides, holiday singing, season's greetings with elected officials, recreation program demonstrations, pictures with Santa and more. For information, call 925-458-1601 or go to www.ambroserec.org.

Have Yourself a Little Gospel Christmas: 8-10 p.m. Dec. 14. A Music Celebration presented by the D-Lucca Music Group. Featuring: DLMG Band, Victoria Theadore, Joe Hebert, Oak Grove Blue Grass Band, Dale Anthony and Faith Out Loud also featuring Gospel Comedian Chelle-T. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org.

Santa Beer Crawl 4-7 p.m. Dec. 15, Main Street, downtown Martinez. Sample local craft beers. Prizes for best Christmas costume, costumes optional. Caroling. $25, $35 at door. Details, tickets: http://santabeercrawl.com/santacrawldetails.html.

Navidad Nuestra: 8 p.m. Dec. 15. The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. The San Francisco Boys Chorus presents "Navidad Nuestra," a folk drama of the Nativity in the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America and other holiday favorites. $20, $25 at the door, kids free. www.sfbc.org.

The Biggest Gift: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 15, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. The Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble present this family friendly musical that encourages audience participation from all ages. $14. 925-943-7469, www.leshercenter.org.

Have Yourself a Little Gospel Christmas: 8-10 p.m. Dec. 14. Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. A holiday music celebration for all ages featuring the DLMG Band, Victoria Theadore, Joe Hebert, Oak Grove Bluegrass Band, Dale Anthony, Faith Out Loud and Gospel comedian Chelle-T. $20 adults, 10 youth. 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org.

Brentwood Children's Ballet Theater presents 'Nutcracker': 4 p.m. Dec. 15-16, El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St., Antioch. $20 orchestra, $18 loge and $16 opera. Reduced price offered at the 4 p.m. performance on Dec. 15. Doors will open at 3 p.m. with an opportunity for guests to have their photo taken with the dancers. $18 orchestra, $16 loge and $14 opera. 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com. For information about the Brentwood Children's Theater, go to www.brentwoodballet.org.

Clayton Historical Society annual Christmas Home Tour: Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 16. A self-guided tour of five festively decorated homes. Tour begins at Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. $20. Refreshments served. Tickets: 925-672-7680, www.claytonhistory.org or at the door.

PENINSULA

Christmas in Antwerp and Amsterdam: 8 p.m. Dec. 1. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Traditional Christmas carols from the Netherlands and Flanders sung in Latin and Dutch. $30. 650-485-1097, www.asaints.org.

Menlo Park Chorus Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. Seasonal favorites directed by April McNeely, accompaniment by John Iosefa. General $15, seniors and students $12, children younger than 12 are free. 510-504-4784, www.menloparkchorus.org.

Santa Clara Historic Home Tour: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Includes four private homes representing architectural styles: Bungalow, Craftsman Bungalow,Victorian Stick Eastlake, and Colonial Revival. The St. Clare Parish Rectory, 725 Washington St., will also be on the tour with refreshments and drawings. Proceeds will benefit the Harris Lass Musuem. $25-$30; $35 at the door. 408- 249-7905, http://sc-hometour.com.

"A Christmas Story": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, St. Catherine of Siena School, 1300 Bayswater Ave, Burlingame. A winter classic directed by teacher Michael Miller with a cast and crew comprise of talented and dedicated students from junior high classes. General $10, students and children $8. 650- 344-7176, www.stcos.com.

Holiday Puppet Show at Gamble Garden: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The Nick Barone Puppets with lovable monsters and festive songs. The story is designed to delight families and children of all ages. Light refreshments served. Members $10, nonmembers $15. 650-329-1356, ext. 201, www.gamblegarden.org.

Adore Him -- Christmas Music Spectacular: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, North Valley Baptist Church, 3530 De La Cruz Blvd. Santa Clara. Enjoy the beautiful Christmas Spectacular, "Adore Him" presented by a variety of choirs, ensembles and orchestral groups. Free. 408-988-8881.

"Messiah" Sing -- Good Tidings of Great Joy: 7:30 Dec. 10, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro St. Scholia Cantorum presents its annual singalong of everyone's holiday favorite, Handel's "Messiah." Come to sing or just to listen. General $24, seniors $20, students $18. 650-903-6000, www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa/dec12.html.

"12 Gifts of Christmas": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Cinearts, 3000 El Camino Real, Building 6, Palo Alto. Inspirational stories, musical performances, holiday humor and a master illusionist. Hosted by Lisa Whelchel. $13-$15. www.cinemark.com/12-gifts-of-Christmas.

Gabriel's Trio Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa. Free. 650-780-7018, www.redwoodcity.org.

Festival of Trees: 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Lytton Gardens Senior Communities Palo Alto, 437 Webster St. Over 14 festively decorated trees with many holiday themes. Enjoy singing by the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, an ornament workshop, pictures with Santa, live piano performance, cookies and cider. Vote for your favorite tree. Free. 650-328-3300, www.lyttongardens.org.

SAN FRANCISCO

Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, San Francisco. Features costumed players in a Victorian setting with music, dancing, Christmas shops and more. $25 general, $21 seniors/students, $12 children ages 5-11; $10 parking. 800-510-1558; www.dickensfair.com.

Union Street Festival of Lights: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1. Union Street in the Cow Hallow neighborhood. Features thousands of holiday lights set off Victorian buildings, jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeers, costumed characters, singers, hay ride and live entertainment. Pose for pictures with Santa from 5:30-7 p.m. in front of Cudworth Mansion. www.sresproductions.com

Holiday concert and lighting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy the sounds of the San Francisco City Chorus as they perform holiday songs in the lagoon at Fisherman's Wharf. New this year -- a countdown and lighting of the Fisherman's and Seaman's Memorial Chapel and a special appearance by old St. Nick. Free. www.visitfishermanswharf.com.

Golden Gate Park Tree Lighting: 5 p.m. Dec. 6. McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan St. Rides for kids, live entertainment, cookie factory, arts and crafts and a visit from Santa. Free. www.sfrecpark.org.

Santa Concert with the San Francisco Bay Men's Chorus: 8 p.m. Dec. 6, Davies Symphony Hall, Van Ness and Grove streets and 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 24, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. Features seasonal carols, singalongs and comic routines. $15-$75. www.sfgmc.org.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Presidio: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Corner of Lincoln Blvd. and Funston Ave., Presidio's Main Post. Traditional tree-lighting ceremony includes entertainment by the Golden Gate Carolers and light refreshments. After the tree lighting, don't miss the lantern-lit evening forest walk, which starts at 6:15 p.m. Bring a flashlight. Meet in the YMCA gym. www.presidio.gov/calendar/pages/holiday-lights. aspx.

Sing You a Merry Christmas: 11 a.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15. Grace Cathedreal, 1100 California St. Children and families are invited to sing along to favorite Christmas carols with a cast of colorful characters. $5-$25. www.gracecathedral.org.

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: Dec. 8-15. Union Square. Ceremony times vary each night. A candle will be lit each day for eight days starting Dec. 8. Snacks and warm drinks will be offered at each lighting ceremony with activities for kids. www.chabadsf.org.

KPFA Crafts Fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 85th Street at Brannan, San Francisco. Original and contemporary handcrafted items in all media from wearable art to art for the home; leather, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, gourmet food, self-care products and more. $10 general, $8 for ages 65 and older and persons with disabilities, free for ages 17 and younger. 510-848-6767, www.kpfa.org/craftsfair.

Boat Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 14. More than 60 boats decorated with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront starting at Pier 39 and travel to Marina Green before returning to Pier 39. www.visitfishermanswharf.com.

SOUTH BAY

Christmas in the Park: 9 a.m.-midnight daily, through New Year's Day. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose. Features lights, Christmas trees, holiday music and animated elves, Winter Wonderland, amusement rides and attractions, including a 60-foot Ferris wheel that sprawls through downtown. www.christmasinthepark.com.

Downtown Ice: This outdoor ice skating rink is located between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose. Hours vary. Admission to the rink, which is open until Jan. 13, is $13-$15 (including skates and ice time). www.sjdowntown.com/downtownice.

Holiday Harmony with Voices in Harmony: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Holiday music a cappella style performed by the award winning men's chorus, quartets and soloists. $10-$25 .www.vihchorus.org.

Symphony Silicon Valley: California Theatre, 325 South First St., San Jose. Dec. 1-2: Peter Serkin joins the symphony for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with George Cleve conducting. ($38-$78). Dec. 8: "Carols in the California" program with the Symphony Silicon Chorale and conductor Elena Sharkova ($35). Schedule: www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.

Holiday Lights: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-23, Dec. 26-30. Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway. Lighting displays, holiday-themed rides, Santa's workshop, ice skating under the stars and more. http://www.gilroygardens.org/holiday-lights.

Children's Holiday Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. 635 Phelan Ave., San Jose. Live music, caroling, refreshments, crafts and train rides. Santa arrives on the Trolley at 1 p.m. $5. www.historysanjose.org/wp/events/childrens-holiday-festival.

"The Nutcracker": Times vary. Dec. 8-23. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd. Ballet San Jose presents this holiday classic of a young girl and her beloved nutcracker. $30-$105. Schedule: www.balletsj.org/nutcracker.html. 408-288-2800.

Season of Hope: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-23, 80 S Market St., San Jose. This series of free concerts offered by Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph starts with the San Jose Youth Symphony on Dec. 12 and ends with the Harpers Hall Celtic Harpists on Dec. 23. Schedule: www.stjosephcathedral.org.

City Lights Theater Company's "Christmas Shorts": Through Dec. 23, City Lights, 528 S. Second St. A series of short holiday-related plays by playwright Matt Hoverman. $16.95-$29.95 http://cltc.org.