ANTIOCH

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE": The beloved 1946 holiday film starring James Stewart will be screened 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 14; El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. $7-$20. 925-757-9500, www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: A musical story of the birth of Christ. Refreshments served after the show. 6 p.m. Dec. 14-15; First Missionary Baptist Church, 640 E. Tregallas Road. Free. www.antiochfmbc.com, 925-757-8449.

Leon Sarashki tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas during the official Los Gatos holiday tree lighting ceremony on Dec 3, 2010.(George
Leon Sarashki tells Santa Claus what he wants for Christmas during the official Los Gatos holiday tree lighting ceremony on Dec 3, 2010. (George Sakkestad/Los Gatos Weekly Times)

ANTIOCH ANIMAL SERVICES HOWL-A-DAY EXPRESS: Arts and crafts activities, tree decorating, a visit with Mrs. Claus, an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and raffles. Back by popular demand is the Animal Rescue Group rematch with Dash verses Paw Print Rescue. Special adoption prices on many of the adoptable pets during the month of December. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 15; 300 L St. Free; monetary, food, treats, animal toys and blankets donations needed. www.facebook.com/AntiochAnimalServices.

A CONCERT FOR CHRISTMAS: St. Ignatius Antioch Catholic Church presents a Christmas carols and music for the season. Organist Don Pearson accompanies. A reception follows in the parish hall. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 3351 Contra Loma Blvd. Free; free will offering appreciated. 925-778-0768.

BAY POINT

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Includes holiday music featuring the Riverview Middle School Band and more. Proceeds will benefit the Bay Point Garden Club. 8-11 a.m. Dec. 14; Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. $3.50, free for children 12 and younger. 925-458-1601, www.ambroserec.org.

SHERIFF'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER AND TOY GIVEAWAY: Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Santa photos and toy giveaway. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 21; Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road. 925-458-1601.

BERKELEY

BERKELEY ARTISANS HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS: A free self-guided tour of 100 professional artisan workshops, with all manner of fine art and crafts including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, clothing, textiles, dolls, leather bags, jewelry, sculpture, photography, paintings, original prints and works on paper, mosaics, and recycled materials. A 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 14-15, 21-22; in various locations. Free. www.berkeleyartisans.com.

A BERKELEY NOEL: Free Church Berkeley offers a Christmas concert promoting a selfless spirit of giving. Performers include For Christ's Sake a Cappella (from UC Berkeley), Kairos Youth Choir, Free Church Berkeley choral recording artists Brittain Stafford, Rachel Wilson Clark and more. Benefits the Berkeley Holiday Fund for those in need in Berkeley. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13; The Marsh Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way. Free. $10 donation appreciated. www.berkeleyholidayfund.org.

TELEGRAPH AVENUE HOLIDAY STREET FAIR: This four-block event will take place featuring 200 craft vendors, food booths and musicians and other entertainers. The fair offers unique and unusual handicrafts, fine art originals and inexpensive holiday gift items. 10 a.m., Dec. 14; Telegraph Ave, Dwight to Bancroft Way. 510-654-6346, ext. 2.

GIFTS OF THE SEASON: SPIRIT, PEACE AND JOY: A concert presented by the Young Women's Chorus of San Francisco with spiritual, peaceful and joyful music by Hildegard von Bingen, Francesco Guerrero, Frank La Rocca, and Abbie Betinis, as well as familiar carols of the season with some audience singalong. 8 p.m. Dec. 14; St. Marks's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, 510-848-5107.

BERKELEY SNOW DAY: Bring your boots and mittens to play in the "snow" predicted to fall in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto, visit with the Snow Queen, ride the decorated live ponies, make holiday crafts, and enjoy hot cider and chewy cookies courtesy of Andronico's. Local craft vendors will have items for sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14; parking lot at 1673 Shattuck Ave. www.GourmetGhetto.org.

SING THE CHRISTMAS CAROL AND HEAR THE CHRISTMAS STORY: This special service tells the Christmas story in 12 parts with Christmas songs. All faiths, walks of life welcome to this special service that features candle-lighting and an acoustic band. 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18; Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. Free. 510-548-2153.

CASTRO VALLEY

IT'S CHRISTMAS!: A family-friendly dramatic musical event; 2:30- 4:30 p.m., Dec. 14; Neighborhood Church, 20600 John Drive, Castro Valley. For ticket information go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/497883.

CLAYTON

DESSERT WITH MRS. CLAUS: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and to hear the Christmas the wishes of children ages 12 and younger, who will receive a small gift. Barrels will be on site for collection of new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Free, donations appreciated. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14. Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center Street, Clayton. 925-672-2272.

DISCOVERY BAY

YACHT CLUB LIGHTED BOAT PARADE: The annual parade features festively decorated boats for the holidays. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14; parade begins in Lighthouse Bay and finishes at the Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road. Free. 925-634-1210.

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Lunch, Christmas caroling, magic show with magician Gerald Joseph. Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; caroling 12:15-12:45 p.m.; magic show 1 p.m.; Santa arrives 2 p.m. Dec. 15; Discovery Bay Yacht Club, 5871 Marina Road. Children's lunch is free, adults $5. R.S.V.P by Dec. 12. 925-216-4411, pat4411@gmail.com.

DUBLIN

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Santa Claus will be on hand for a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Dublin High School Irish Guard Band. Santa will be available for photos. Three seating times are available: 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Dec. 14. Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave. $10-$12. 925-556-4500.

EL CERRITO

HOLIDAY ART SALE AND SHOW: Garden Delights Arts & Crafts and other local shops feature a wide range of handcrafted and original gifts, handmade jewelry, wearable art, purses, scarves, cards and prints, boxes, home decor, books, soaps, candles and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 11-15; The Village Shops and Galleries, 10330 San Pablo Ave. Free. http://GardenDelightsArts.com.

LAFAYETTE

THE BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE: An interactive performance in which tour guides will lead groups through the marketplace of Bethlehem on the night of the Messiah's birth. A feast for the senses with the smell of exotic spices, the sound of Jewish music, robed and sandaled merchants in their stalls, the taste of freshly baked unleavened bread, live animals in the stable, and the soft feel of flaxen "swaddling clothes." Refreshments served. 5:30- 8 p.m. Dec. 21-22; Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Freewill donation: $5 per person or $20 per family. 925-284-4765.

LIVERMORE

DEACON DAVE'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DISPLAY: Opening ceremonies includes an Advent/Christmas Procession, which will along Hillcrest Ave. When the procession arrives the opening ceremonies begin. During the ceremony Deacon Dave will announce this years theme and bless the lights and folks. Deacon's display has added thousands of new LED lights for this year's event. Displays 6-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Night; 6-9 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1 and 6-8 p.m. New Year Eve; gates close, lights remain on until midnight. Casa del Pomba, 352 Hillcrest Ave. Free.

MARTINEZ

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL": Performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 14-15. Poison Apple Playhouse, 835 Arnold Drive, Suite 6. $12-$15. 925-367-5879, http://poisonappleproductions.com/show-tickets.

OAKLAND

OAKLAND ZOO: Hundreds of thousands of LED lights brighten Oakland Zoo's night sky. Festivities include rides, a nighttime train adventure, Santa, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Children's Zoo, and a light show. 5:30-9 p.m. through Jan. 5. And the California Revels, a Bay Area performance group, will present its blend of traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays at 1 p.m. Dec. 7; free with zoo admission. 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9225, www.oaklandzoo.org.

HOLIDAY CAROLING ON LAKE MERRITT: Enjoy a caroling boat ride around Lake Merritt after some hot cider and cookies in the holiday room. Song sheets provided. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22; Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave. $6; $100 for private charter up to 19 people. 510-238-2196, www.sailoakland.com.

HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Holiday concerts featuring music from the all-male classical ensemble Chanticleer and the Laudamus Choir and Orchestra. A Chanticleer Christmas: 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Tickets, www.chanticleer.org. The Laudamus Choir and Orchestra perform holiday favorites: 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tickets, www.ctlcathedral.org. Christmas Jazz Reception, 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Cathedral of Christ the Light 2121 Harrison St., Suite 100, Oakland. 510-832-5057.

HOME, HOLIDAYS AND HARMONY: A winter concert featuring music from several holiday traditions. Performers include the Crescendo Choir, Joyful Noise and others. 7 p.m., Dec. 14; First Unitarian Church, 685 Fourteenth St., Hamilton Hall. www.uuoakland.org.

FAIRY WINTERLAND: Performances by our renowned Storybook Puppet Theater, A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:30 p.m., Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment, a daily visit from Santa Claus, Holiday-themed arts and crafts, unlimited rides and more, noon-7 p.m., Dec. 14-23; Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, $8 for each adult and child over the age of 1, $4 for members. For more information call 510452-2259, fairyland.org.

DUNSMUIR ESTATE: The mansion presents its annual holiday tours, teas, winter cafe, carriage rides, brunch with Santa, gift shop, live entertainment, holiday crafts, kids's zone, group tours and more. Special events: The Oakland Ballet's Hands-On Dance Workshop, featuring excerpts from the "Nutcracker Suite" Dec. 15, The Puppet Company's Wacky Winter, Dec. 22. Saturdays and Sundays only noon-4 p.m., through Dec. 22; Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Ct. 510-238-3052, t www.dunsmuir-hellman.com.

SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS: The choir performs a winter concert featuring works by Mozart, Bach, and Palestrina, alongside with classic holiday tunes. 8 to 10 p.m., Dec. 21; Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., $10-$30; www.sfbc.org.

NUTCRACKER INTERNATIONAL: Laney and the College of Alameda Dance Department will debut "Nutcracker International" at 7 p.m., Dec. 20 and 2 p.m., Dec. 21; at the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center, 900 Fallon St. For more information visit laney.edu/wp/music/choir/.

LUTHER VANDROSS HOLIDAY TRIBUTE: Ray McCoy and the Fabulous Ray McCoy Band returns to Yoshi's Oakland this holiday season with a special holiday tribute celebrating the Love, Life and Legacy of Luther Vandross. 8 p.m., Dec. 26; at Yoshi's Oakland Jazz Club, 510 Embarcadero W. For more information please visit http://www.yoshis.com/oakland.

OAKLEY

BRUNCH WITH SANTA: Features pancakes, eggs and more. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Noon and 2 p.m. seatings Dec. 14; Black Bear Diner, 3201 Main St. Reservation required. $7-$9. 925-625-7044.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 152 CHRISTMAS TREE LOT: Offering Noble and Douglas fir trees, wreaths and ornaments. Drop off toys for Toys for Tots. 4-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 4-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays; 3460 Main St. For prices to to www.troop152treelot.com.

PITTSBURG

HOLIDAY PARADE: The annual Holiday Parade returns to Old Town with floats, marching units, dance, drill teams and more. Free. 11 a.m. Dec. 14; Railroad Avenue, between Eighth and Third streets. 925-252-6970, www.pittsburgfoundation.org.

SAN FRANCISCO

PAROL LANTERN FESTIVAL AND PARADE: More than 25 local organizations march through Yerba Buena Lane with traditional Christmas lanterns, or parols, lighting up the neighborhood. Following the parade there will be music, games and entertainment. 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Jessie Square. Free.

SAN JOSE

DOWNTOWN ICE. Ice skating has returned to the Circle of the Palms next to the Fairmont Hotel, through Jan. 12. Hours vary from day to day. 120 Market St. 408-291-0525. http://sjdowntown.com/downtownice.

SAN RAMON

HAPPY HOLIDAYS MUSICAL REVUE: San Ramon Community Theater performs favorite holiday songs and holiday story appropriate for all ages. 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, through Dec. 22; Front Row Theater, Dougherty Station, Performing Arts Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road. Tickets are $16 for adults, and $13 for seniors and youth 12 and under and can be purchased at www.sanramonperformingarts.com or call 925-973-3343.

HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM: Two of Santa's reindeer will visit the farm, which will offer tours of the Glass House Museum decorated for the holidays, visits with a Victorian Santa and Victorian ornament making. Stuff your own teddy bear, play old-fashioned games, enjoy tractor rides, watch sheepdog demonstrations. Refreshments available for purchase. Some activities include fee. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 14; Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Park admission free. 925-973-3284.

HORNS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Concert by 55-member San Ramon Symphonic Band, under the direction of Larry B. Colon, featuring classic melodies, patriotic music and movie and show tunes. 7 p.m. Dec. 20; Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road; $6 children 11 and younger and students with ID are free. 925-973-2787.

WALNUT CREEK

HOSPICE OF THE EAST BAY'S TREE OF LIGHTS: Enjoy music, poetry and remembrances by family members and Hospice staff. Dedicate a light for a loved one. 12:15 p.m. Dec. 11; Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., Alamo. 925-887-5678.

31ST ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIRE: Featuring hundreds of handcrafted items for sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 15. Three-course tea luncheons with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road. $30. Reservations required: 925-935-7871.

"THE STORY" -- GOD'S REDEMPTIVE PLAN THROUGH LIVING ART: Famous works by da Vinci, Michelangelo and others are re-created onstage with elaborate sets and living models. Accompanied by As vocalists, an orchestra and narrator. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13; 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; North Creek Church, 2303 Ygnacio Valley Road. Tickets start at $7. 800-269-8223, www.thestoryinart.com.