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Wednesday, Nov 23 2005
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Holiday Performances

Nov. 9-Dec. 31

Irving Berlin's White Christmas: This modernized musical version of the WWII-era film features vibrant vocals, decadent design, and charming choreography. Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the show chronicles the friendship and shared experiences of two performers in a Vermont-based inn.
$40-85, Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., 512-7770.

Nov. 11-Jan. 8

Corteo: Cirque du Soleil presents a passionately acted show of grace and power in an area existent between heaven and earth, imagined by a clown. In this dreamland where angels watch over carnival performers, audiences will be enraptured by the mystical and the funny. Call for show times.
$40.50-200, Under the Grand Chapiteau at SBC Park, 800-678-5440.

Nov. 11-June 23

Six Concert Friday G Series: Introduce your ears to thrilling and moving symphonic music that will keep you intrigued. Among those conducting and performing in the various concerts are David Robertson, Patricia Petibon and Richard Troxell. Call for show times.
$30-107. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 864-6000.

Nov. 12-Dec. 17

Prelude to a Kiss: Craig Lucas' light and engaging modern fairy tale proves that love conquers all, including age.

Nov. 13-Mar. 25
Call for show times, $36, SF Playhouse, 536 Sutter St., 677-9596.

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver's 30-year-old hit musical is a wacky spoof on pop culture icons and music, sure to thrill and conjure laughs.
$25-75, Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. (Green St. in North Beach), 421-4222.

Nov. 25-Dec. 4

The Velveteen Rabbit: ODC Dance presents the theatrical production of the timeless classic with fantastical dancing, music, and narration. A milk and cookies party on Nov. 27th follows the 2 p.m. show ($10).

Nov. 25-Dec. 24

Black Nativity: With new twists on songs and poems from Langston Hughes' 1961 play, this Christmas performance, featuring gospel artist Robin Hodge-Williams and jazz vocalist Faye Carol, explores new and joyful depths.
Call for show times. $25-32, The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter St. (at Mason), 474-8800.

Nov. 26-Dec. 24

A Christmas Carol: The American Conservatory Theatre hosts Dickens' heart-warming classic as adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh. With new songs, sets, and costumes, this regular to the Geary Theatre is sure to instill Christmas cheer and conjure memories of happy holidays past.
Call for show times. $18-40, American Conservatory Theatre, 405 Geary St. (at Mason), 749-2228.

Dec. 2-29

San Francisco Ballet's The Nutcracker: Helgi Tomasson's magical favorite will surely titillate as it whisks audiences away to a land where the sugar-plum fairy twirls, the nutcracker wards off villains, and a young girl gets her true Christmas wish. Call for show times.
$18-175, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 861-5600.

Dec. 3-17

"Carols in the Caves": Sing along to familiar carols and tunes of folklore from centuries past in a variety of different locations. Changing atmospheres determine the mood and style of the music.
Call (707) 224-4222 for locations and times or visit www.cavemusic.net for locations and schedules.

Dec. 7 and 24

SF Gay Men's Chorus: This 15th annual show has two engaging performances set to remind all that at the end of the day love and relationships among friends, family members, and significant others are what really matter in life.
Call for show times, $15, Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (at Market), 621-5288 ext. 15.

Dec. 9-23

Smuin Ballet Christmas Ballet: This traditional ballet, set to Hanukkah and Christmas music, will appeal to all ages. A tap-dancing Frosty is just one of the many characters set to excite audiences.
Call for show times, $27.50-55, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. (at Third), 978-ARTS.

Dec. 9

"A Holiday Guitar Concert": The San Francisco Guitar Ensemble, starring Lawrence Ferrera, performs Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Roncalli, Sanz, and Bach.
8 p.m., $15 ($12 for seniors and students), Old First Church, 1725 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness), 474-1608.

Dec. 10-11

Dance-Along Nutcracker: The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will set the tone for this dance event with zany, movie-star-inspired characters. Expect the unexpected.
Call for show times, $22-40, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St. (at Third), 978-ARTS.

Dec. 11

Piedmont Choirs Candlelight Concert: Featuring four singing groups from 25 Bay Area cities, this traditional event will be a diverse delight for both newcomers and seasoned audience members.
3 p.m. $12-15, Old First Church, 1725 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness), 474-1608.

Dec. 11

Creative Voices Annual Benefit Concert: Various church members perform traditional small pieces in duets and solos.
3 p.m., $20 donation, Lafayette Christian Church, 584 Glenside Dr., Lafayette, (925) 283-8304.

Dec. 13-15

Colors of Christmas: Four musical artists, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, Melissa Manchester, and Oleta Adams, team up to sing their hearts out with holiday hits.
8 p.m. $18-77, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 552-8000 or 864-6000.

Dec. 15

Handel's Messiah: Check out the world-class soloists, orchestra, and chorus members in this perennial event. Jeffrey Thomas conducts.
7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (at Taylor). 749-6350.

Dec. 16-18

"Choral Christmas Spectacular": Traditional heart-touching Christmas melodies sung by the 140-member San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Vance George conducts. Call for show times.
$15-65, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., or Flint Center (of Cupertino), 552-8000 or 864-6000.

Dec. 17

Peter and the Wolf: Prokofiev's classic tale features a surprise celebrity narrator and a slew of familiar holiday songs for audiences of all ages. Call for show times.
$12-44, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 552-8000 or 864-6000.

Dec. 17

"A Celtic Christmas" with Golden Bough: This trio of modern-day minstrels will perform Scottish, Irish, and Welsh carols and winter favorites.
8 p.m., $12-15, Old First Church, 1725 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness), 474-1608.

Dec. 22-25

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Come check out what the chosen ones are up to at Christmastime. In a Bar/Bat Mitzvah-type celebration featuring comedians and writers Wendy Lebman, Gregg Rogell, Betsy Salkind, and hostess Lisa Gelduldig, eight hilarious shows will be performed over four days. Enjoy a seven-course Chinese banquet for $60, or a cocktail show with veggie egg rolls for $40. Call for show times and ticket info.
$40 or $60, New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., Chinatown, 522-3737 or 925-275-9005.

Dec. 26-31

Bobby Slayton: The "Pitbull of Comedy" performs with characteristic energy and intensity this New Year's Eve.
8 p.m., $15, The Punchline, 444 Battery St., 397-PLSF.

Dec. 29

Emerald Bowl: Families can catch the Pac-10's No. 6 go up against the Mountain West contender, while eating hot dogs and gulping down soda from bleacher seats.
$99, 1:30 p.m. SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 972-2000.

Through Dec. 31

Teatro Zinzanni: Take part in a cabaret experience from another realm. In its sixth year running in a mirror-lined tent, Teatro Zinzanni will deliver circus stunts, brightly-clad divas, and madmen. In the process, enjoy a five-course meal and magical live music and performances. Call for show times.
$110-135, Le Palais Nostalgique, Piers 27-29, Embarcadero at Battery St. 438-2668.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Show: The orange-clad liberators Trans Am, and the setlist-free Fucking Champs and Fuckin Am, (both bands together) will be rocking out and bringing in the New Year at the hippest venue in the West Bay.
$20, 8:30 p.m. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., 621-4455.

Dec. 31

Comedy at Its Best: Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Patton Oswalt (King of Queens), and Arj Baker (The Marijuana-Logues) take the stage for an all-out crazy comedic event on New Year's Eve.
7:30 or 9 p.m. $30 or $50. Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., 928-4320.

Dec. 31

"Comedy Countdown 2005 with David Cross": Featuring Zach Galfinakis, Marie Bamford, Al Madrigal, Boug Benson, and Tony Camin, this cutting-edge show is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
$55, 9:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 421-8497.

Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Organ Recital: Keyboardist Tom Hazleton will perform from scores including Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in d minor," Andre Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, and others by Vierne and Lemare.
10 p.m. to 12 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (at Taylor). 749-6350.

Dec. 31

Marga Gomez's New Year's Eve Spectacular: The queer comedic stylings of this daring comedian leave little to the imagination in her latest show, themed around various politicians and their actions. Includes a countdown and a balloon drop.
7 and 9 p.m. shows. $25, The Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., 861-5079.

Dec. 31

Kathy Griffin: The nationally acclaimed television comedian indulges audiences with her hilarious perspectives on the ins and outs of popular culture. She's known for dissing and dishing the dirt on celebrities from Britney Spears to Whitney Houston in her engaging, sarcastic style.
8 and 10:30 p.m., $75-85, Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., 392-4400.

Dec. 31

"Kiki and Herb New Year's Eve Gala Performance": They've just concluded a North American tour and now these two eye-catching performers will be getting "bombed" onstage with a phenomenal concert appearance here in SF.
7 and 10 p.m., $35-150, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., (at McAllister), 392-4400.

Holiday Activities and Celebrations

Through Feb. 5

"Hatshepsut": From Queen to Pharaoh: This exhibit features art created during the reign of the female ruler Hatshepsut from 1479 BC to 1458 BC. It includes innovative architecture, sculptures, furniture, jewelry, and ceremonial items to impress all.
$6. 10 Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, 750-3600.

Ongoing

Indoor Ice skating: Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center. Call for public skating hours.
$5.50 children 12 and under, $7 adults, 750 Folsom (at Third St.), 777-3727.

Ongoing

Indoor Ice Skating: Oakland Ice Center, Call for public skating hours.
$6.50 children 12 and under, $7.50 for adults, 519 18th St. (At Telegraph), Oakland. (510) 268-9000.

Nov. 9-Jan. 1

Kristi Yamaguchi Embarcadero Center Holiday Ice Rink: Get 90-minute ice-skating lessons solo or in groups at the slickest rink in the city at the start of every even hour. Call for times.
$3.50-7.50; skate rental $3.50, Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero Center. 956-2688.

Nov. 20

Holiday Harmony: Starting at noon, this family-friendly event celebrates Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with various art performances and the lighting of a tree topped with 400 ornaments, 500 bows, and 2,000 lights in the Entrance plaza. Santa will also appear.
Noon to 5:30 p.m., free, Pier 39, 705-5500.

Nov. 25-Dec. 30

Holiday Tea: Brush up on your etiquette and attend a tea party at Top of the Mark. Treat your taste buds to sandwiches, scones, and desserts, and your ears to the jazz piano music offered there. For children, tea parties complete with magicians and gifts occur on Fridays and Saturdays ($39).
Noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, $31, 999 California St. (at 1 Nob Hill), 616-6940.

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

Nutcracker Tea: Enter a gingerbread winter wonderland and enjoy tea in the Laurel Court Fairmont Hotel. Children will receive a free Nutcracker toy.
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., $49, 950 Mason (at Nob Hill), 772-5204.

Nov. 27-Dec. 18

Great Dickens Christmas Fair: This gathering is worth traveling 150 years back in time for. With London-based backdrops, attendees can don Victorian-era attire, bask in the presence of costumed performers emulating Dickens' characters (Scrooge, Tiny Tim, etc.). On the menu is Greek food, fudge, and English favorites like fish and chips and an array of ales.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $20 (student/senior/military $17), Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., 421-8497.

Dec. 2-21

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train: Drink cider and listen to carolers as you ride an illuminated train through the streets of Santa Cruz. Call for reservations.
$15, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, (888) 25-EVENT.

Dec. 2

Aspettando di Natale: Indulge in an Italian buffet dinner with live music and dancing presented by Italingua Institute. Advanced registration required by Nov. 18.
6:30 to 11 p.m., $50, the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club in North Beach, 362-6025.

Dec. 3

Oakland Tribune Holiday Parade: Giant helium balloons, floats, marching bands, and horses make their way through downtown Oakland in "America's Children's Parade." (Benefits the Children's Hospital Oakland Foundation and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Foundation.)
2 p.m. Starting at 11th and Broadway, Oakland, (510) 874-4810.

Dec. 3

Nonna's North Beach Christmas Festival: Sponsored by the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, Upper Grant Avenue Merchants, and Delilah Crown, merchants in North Beach will be celebrating the season with lights, decorations, music, and the world's "Longest Cookie Crawl" contest. A Candy Cane Parade is scheduled at 3 p.m. and the cookie award ceremony is at 5 p.m.
2 to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue (at Vallejo, Green, and Union Streets), 955-8901 or 765-9060.

Dec. 3

"Holidays Around the World," 29th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade: Members and friends of the Encinal Yacht Club, Oakland Yacht Club, and Marina Village Yacht Harbor will sail the seas in vessels of all shapes and sizes decorated for the holidays; supports the Oakland Firefighters' "Random Acts of Kindness" program and the Alameda Food Bank.
6 p.m., $20, Along the Oakland/Alameda Estuary between Jack London Square and Coast Guard Island. (510) 522-3272.

Dec. 3-4

Trains for Tots: Caltrain's holiday-style train ride with 20-minute stops at nine stations between SF and Santa Clara is sure to bring holiday joy. Children can meet Santa, see the 40,000 lights adorning the train, and hear carolers. The first stop is 4th and King in San Francisco at 4:30 p.m. Travelers are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy.
4:30 to 8 p.m., free, San Francisco Caltrain Terminal (4th and King sts.), (800) 660-4287.

Dec. 4

Holiday Special: Come hear the Oakland Lyric Opera's special holiday season performance, part of the "Sunday Afternoon Music and Tea Series 2005."
Suggested donation $20 ($18 students and seniors), 2 p.m., Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., (510) 836-6772.

Dec. 7

SF Weekly Annual Holiday Party and Charity Benefit: Sip cocktails, sample delicious baked treats, and bid in silent auctions for luxury items of all sorts. Donate a warm, new or gently-used coat and invite one guest for free.
7 to 10 p.m., $35, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., www.sfweekly.com.

Dec. 7

Christmas Celebration: The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir sings with glee. Holiday festivities are planned.
Noon to 1 p.m., City Center, 12th and City Center, Oakland, (510) 628-8490.

Dec. 10

Christmas at Sea: Starting at 5 p.m., "Living History" players present a holiday program aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Come for music, refreshments, ornament making, and an appearance by Santa.
3 p.m., under 17 free, Hyde St. Pier, (Hyde & Jefferson sts.), 447-5000.

Dec. 11

The Festival of Lights: This 12th annual festival combines holiday-friendly music, theatre, comedy, and dance.
3 p.m. $12-20, Veterans Building Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave. (at McAllister) 346-8959.

Dec. 14

Kwanzaa Celebration: Featuring a performance by the West African Highlife band along with other holiday festivities.
Noon to 1 p.m. City Center, 12th and City Center, Oakland, (510) 628-8490.

Dec. 21

Hanukkah Celebration: With a performance by Klez X Klezmer, this event will ring in the cheer.
Noon to 1 p.m. City Center, 12th and City Center, Oakland, 510-628-8490.

Through Dec. 24

Teddy Bear Tea: Mr. Ritz E. Bear is hosting. Stories will be told and holiday songs sung.
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, $58, Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St.(at California), 773-6198.

Dec. 31

Asian Art Museum's New Year's Bell-Ringing: Visitors can literally ring in the New Year with a 2,100-lb., 16th-century bell made of bronze for the Japanese New Year.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., 581-4400.

Dec. 31

Crawl SF New Year's Eve 2006 San Francisco: This fourth annual celebration on the Embarcadero waterfront in a 450-person venue will feature multiple bars, various DJs playing '70s, '80s, hip-hop and house hits, and a great array of hors d' oeuvres. Dress is stylish/classy. Over 21 only.
$99-200, Crossing the Bar, 33 The Embarcadero, (212) 843-2400 ext. 144.

Dec. 31

Afrofunk New Year's Eve Shakedown: Get your dance on to gritty, African funk tunes presented by Sila and the Afrofunk Experience. Over 21 only.
10 p.m., $25-35, The Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., 552-7788.

Dec. 31

Hyatt Regency San Francisco's Dancin' 3-D Celebration: The Pointer Sisters, Rose Royce, and Pride & Joy will perform tracks from three decades of smashing hits at the waterfront. Over 21 only.

8 p.m. $100-125, 5 Embarcadero Center, 788-1234.

Dec. 31

Pan Pacific Hotel New Year's Eve Celebration: There are multiple packages available for celebrating the year's end including dinner, party, and hotel accommodations starting at $209.

Pan Pacific San Francisco Hotel, 500 Post St. (at Union Square), 771-8600.

Dec. 31

"Disco 2006": Presented by Live 105, Popscene & Mezzanine. The bands The Lovemakers, Every Move a Picture, and She Wants Revenge perform flaming sets that are sure to sizzle. DJs Aaron, Omar, Nako, and Shawn spin, and an outdoor lounge with Club Bootie features drink specials, a champagne toast, party favors, and more.
9 p.m., $50, mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., 625-8880.

Craft Fairs and Holiday Shopping

Nov. 17

Herbal Holiday Gift Making: Led by Suzanne Elliot, explore the natural essence of creating gifts. Pre-payment is required.
7 p.m., $10, 117 Valencia St., 821-0997.

Nov. 18-20

Norwegian Fair: Enjoy arts, crafts, sweaters, foods, and confections at this unique event.
Norwegian Seamen's Church, 2454 Hyde St. 775-6566.

Nov. 19

Crafts Marketplace: Includes crafts, entertainment, raffle drawings, and a selection of gifts.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Lick-Wilmerding High School, 755 Ocean Ave., 585-1725 or 333-4021.

Nov. 19-Nov. 27

Celebration of Craftswomen: The 27th annual fair features 300 female artists, music, gourmet food, a Women's Building benefit raffle, arts and crafts, and more.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays), $6-8, Festival Pavilion, Ft. Mason, 843-4233.

Nov. 26-Dec. 18

Holiday Open Studios: The Berkeley Artisans free 15th annual self-guided holiday tour allows interested attendees to visit over 100 artists' studios in downtown Berkeley and draw their own conclusions.
Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free, (510) 845-2612.

Nov. 30-Dec.18

Christmas tree sale: In an arena that can hold 5,000 people, the diverse array of decorations and trees sold at this yearly sale will benefit underprivileged children.
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center. 441-3400.

Dec. 3-4

Muir Beach Quilters Holiday Arts Fair: Family fun awaits all at this event. Enjoy perusing ceramics, quilts, paintings, wearable art, and T-shirts, while indulging in food, drink, and children's activities.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, 19 Seascape Dr., Muir Beach.

Dec. 3-4

"Deco the Halls": Come see the hundreds of collectibles -- designer furniture, accessories, literature, and more from the period spanning 1900 to 1980. While there, check out a vintage fashion show and some swing dancing.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7-9, The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St. (at Brannan).

Dec. 8

"Circa '75": New Langton's 21st annual Art Auction celebrates 30 years of art with live performances, gourmet food, fine wines, and over 100 works of art up for auction, starting at $50.
5:30 to 8 p.m. New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom St., 626-5416.

Dec. 10

Studio18, Studio19 and Studio20 Winter Opening Festival: Check out this evening of art and jazz (featuring the Roy Bailey Trio) where photographers, media artists, sculptors, painters, and even a metal smith expose their work. Over age 21 only.
7 to 10:30 p.m., free, 1500 Partridge Ave., Bldg. 8, (408) 242-7170.

Dec. 10

Winter Fest: Celebrate Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah with a day of holiday activities, entertainment, and a special world craft market.
Noon to 4 p.m., $5-8, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200.

Dec. 10-24

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: Over 300 artists and artisans showcase their work on the Avenue, decked in evergreens and lights. Call for dates.
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Telegraph Avenue between Bancroft and Dwight, Berkeley, (510) 234-1013.

Dec. 10-11

KPFA Community Crafts Fair: Featuring live world music, speakers, a vast array of foods from different cultures, and 225 craftsmakers and artists, this fair is aimed at all audiences.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $8., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., (510) 848-6767.

Dec. 10-11

Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show: This 20th annual gift show features over 100 exhibitors at the Marriott. Children's activities and entertainment will be provided.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., $6, Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 10th and Broadway, downtown Oakland, (510) 534-1594.

Tree Lightings and Holiday Lights

Nov. 18

Hyatt Regency San Francisco's Tree Lighting Celebration: Check out the atrium lobby in all its grandeur, with 30,000 cascading lights and a 45-foot Christmas tree featuring 3,000 ceramic ornaments.
5 Embarcadero Center, (800) 233-1234.

Nov. 20

Embarcadero Center Lighting Ceremony: View thousands of lights being lit on Embarcadero office buildings at 6 p.m. and enjoy ice-skating performances, entertainment, and food.
4 p.m., free, 1 Embarcadero Center, 772-0500.

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

Zoolights: The 18th annual celebration features live entertainment along with an impressive display of lights in a winter wonderland setting.
5 to 9 p.m. $5-7, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road (off Highway 580), Oakland, (510) 632-9525.

Nov. 25

Ghiradelli Square Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: On this day it's the tree -- not just the chocolate -- that causes families to flock to the "sweetest" site in San Francisco. Lights on the 50-foot tree, complete with chocolate trimmings, begin sparkling at 5:30 p.m. Other festivities include caroling, dancing, and a visit from Santa.
5:30 p.m. Ghiradelli Square, 900 North Point St. (at Larkin), 775-5500.

Nov. 26

Macy's Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony: Festivities, including music and an appearance from Old Saint Nick, are slated to go on throughout the day, starting at noon. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m.
Union Square (at Geary and Powell sts.), 885-6407.

Nov. 26

Union Street Lighting Ceremony and Fantasy of Lights Parade: This event features a light parade, carolers galore, and a special appearance by Santa and the Snow Queen. (For those anxious to meet with the North Pole native earlier, Santa will be stationed at 2040 Union St. every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. until Thanksgiving.)
5:30 p.m., free, Union St. (between Gough and Steiner).

Nov. 26

Carousel Lighting Ceremony: Watch the carousel light up and the parade march through the gardens while munching on cookies, sipping cocoa and tuning in to the free music at this all-inclusive event.
5 to 8 p.m., free, Yerba Buena Gardens, 899 Howard St., 543-1275.

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