EAST BAY

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.

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.

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.


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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.

A Hip Hop Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and Dec. 21; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. The Fetterly Playhouse, 3467 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo. A modern and urban take on the classic Christmas story. $17 adults, $12 children. www.hiphopcarolshow.com.

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.

Stories of the Season: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. 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. 15 and 22. Reservations required. $25. 510-581-9223, www.haywardareahistory.org.

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.

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

"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. 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.

Sing You a Merry Christmas: 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: Through Dec. 15. Union Square. Ceremony times vary each night. Snacks and warm drinks will be offered at each lighting ceremony with activities for kids. www.chabadsf.org.

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.

Santa Concert with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: 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.

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 Lights: 4-9 p.m. 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.

"The Nutcracker": Times vary. Through Dec. 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. Through Dec. 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.