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Holiday Happenings 

Wednesday, Nov 23 2005

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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.,

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.

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