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Saturday, December 20


Bring Your Little Sugar Plums to Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets

when: Dec. 13 & 14, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 20 & 21, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

where: Marina, Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, Blg D, 3rd Floor, Marina Blvd and Buchanan Street, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $18-$28

ages: 2 and up


Little Ladies and Gentleman: A Holiday Tea at a Historic Mansion

when: Dec. 19 & 20, noon and 3 p.m.

where: Pacific Heights, Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $48/adult; $24/child 12 and under

ages: All Ages

For the Nature-Loving Mom

Walk Through the Forest on a Winter Solstice Hike

when: Dec 20 at 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

where: Oakland, Entrance to the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Skyline Blvd., Oakland, Ca

cost: $5/family suggested donation

ages: All Ages

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Make It Merry and Bright at SF Zoo Lights

when: Dec 20 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

where: Outer Sunset, San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $7/adult; $5/child 4-14; free for children 3 and under and members

ages: All Ages


Sail to a Holiday Party on Angel Island

when: Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

where: Tiburon, Tiburon Ferry , 21 Main St., Tiburon , Ca

cost: $36/adult; $22/children 6-12; $7.50/children 5 and under

ages: All Ages


Beyond the Bean: Kids Fun at the Farmer’s Market

when: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

where: Larkspur, Marin Country Mart , 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Banish the Bah Humbugs with Ballet San Jose’s Nutcracker

when: Dec. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28. Times vary.

where: San Jose, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts , 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose , Ca

cost: $25-$110

ages: All Ages

Culinary Dude-Kids

A Cooking Class So Cool They Won’t Notice You’ve Left

when: Dec 20 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: San Rafael , Renaissance, 1115 3rd St., San Rafael, Ca

cost: $60/child; $100/2 children; $150/3 kids

ages: 4-14

Experience the closest thing in Portland to a flying sleigh– the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring family and friends for a festive trip on the Tram. Enjoy soaring views and soaring harmonies, with caroling by singers from the Cleveland High School choir program. Savor the sweetness of the season with free treats courtesy of Lovejoy Baking. Warm up with hot chocolate, then join Puddlecycle for an easy-paced 5 mile bike ride commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Rudolf holiday t.v. special – with stops to sing songs from the show and to visit the tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Everyone on the ride gets a free pair of Santa’s Magic Glasses!

Transport Your Tots to an Enchanted Toy Shop

when: Sat., Dec. 10 at 1 & 5:30 p.m.

where: San Rafael, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at the Marin Center , 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, Ca

cost: $38/adult; $28/seniors and students; Teddy Bear Tea Party is $5.

ages: All Ages

"A Heart for Christmas" is a charity Christmas display located in Clayton, Ca. Located on a one-acre, walk-through property, the display features over 30,000 lights, 12 RGB Flood Lights, five lasers, and two snow machines! Christmas music fills the air! When guests first walk through the gates of the property and they are immediately immersed as they travel through a 50' tunnel of light! Then, holiday goers pass through a twinkling forest of magical faeries. Finally, the display culminates with a grand musical light-show on the victorian-style home at the end of the 300' driveway. The display features leaping arches, mega-trees, and RGB flood lights that paint the white house a multitude of different colors, all synchronized to Christmas music. Plus, we sprinkle an extra dose of magic with a surprise snowfall during select musical numbers. We are an outreach partnered with the Children's Organ Transplant Association and the Ronald McDonald House Care Mobile. We aim to make "A Heart For Christmas" a special place where families can come and enjoy the lights and festivities all while supporting a great cause. *Featured on KRON4 SF and The Clayton Pioneer*

Light Up Their Hearts with this Christmas Light Display

when: Wed.-Sun, Nov. 28-Dec. 20, and every day Dec. 21-28. Shows at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m.

where: Clayton, 1185 Pine Lane , 1185 Pine Ln. , Clayton , Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Turn Your Wiggle Worms into Book Worms

when: Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.

where: Fairfax, Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax , Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3-6

Jumpin', dancing, wiggling Christmas Fun with the #1 band for kids in the SE! Special guests: Santa, Gingerbread Man, Frosty, and grammy winning artist Laura Story.

A Moose on the Loose at the Fillmore: Ozokidz

when: Dec 20 at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Fillmore District, Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $10

ages: All Ages

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Take Your Tot Out to Tea at The Belrose

when: Dec 20 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: The Belrose Theater , 1415 Fifth Ave. , San Rafael

cost: $25

ages: All Ages


Home Sweet Home: Gingerbread Builders Shop

when: Nov. 21-Dec. 29. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

where: Greenbrae, Gingerbread Builders, Bon Air Center, Suite #302, Greenbrae, Ca

cost: $31-$49/Kit

ages: All

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Head to The Sleeping Lady for a Ukulele Jam

when: Sunday, 2 p.m.

where: Fairfax, The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Hear Them Go A’Wassaling at Bay Street

when: Dec 20 at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Emeryville, Bay Street Emeryville , 5616 Bay St. , Emeryville, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages


Check out the Decked Out Halls of The Christmas House

when: Open Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 9-4 p.m.

where: Sun Valley/West End , West End Nursery , 1938 Fifth Ave. , San Rafael, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Come Sail Away on a Holiday Lights Cruise

when: Saturday, 5:30-7 p.m.

where: Pier 39 , Blue and Gold Fleet, Gate #3, Pier 39, San Francisco, Ca

cost: $45/adult; $30/children 5-11; children 4 and under are free

ages: All Ages

Fourth annual family boat building and demonstration. Watch 12 teams launch finished projects, come down for sailboat rides, toy boat building, classic wooden boat show. Live music and Ninkasi Beer Garden.

A Three Hour Tour: Sausalito Wooden Boat Tour

when: Sat. & Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m.

where: Sausalito, Downtown Sausalito , Humboldt and Anchor Streets, Sausalito, Ca

cost: $50

ages: 2 and up

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Build With 1000s of Legos at Play-Well Marin

when: Dec 20

where: San Anselmo, Play-Well Marin Activity Center , 216 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo , Ca

cost: $10/hr per child

ages: All Ages

High on Hill above the Castro district in San Francisco stands a unique gingerbread Victorian home, dwarfed by a 65-foot-high Live Norfolk Island pine tree covered in lights and surrounded by gift-wrapped boxes – some as big as compact cars! Welcome to the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree presented for the past 20 plus years by Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein. This opulent display is presented annually to the city of SF as a gift from Tom & Jerry for all to enjoy and revel in. It is estimated that each year over 30,000 adults and children come to view and get pleasure from the display. The Tree & decorations are located at 3560 21st St. (btw’n Church & Sanchez Sts.) in SF 94114 will be on display for all to admire from Dec. 10 - 24, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm with Santa in attendance with candy canes and photo ops in abundance. A FREE public event. It is outdoors so dress appropriately to the weather. (The Tree display will be on display thru New Year’s day, but Santa will there thru 12/24 only.) The display, which also includes trains, moving stuffed animals, and a mini amusement park, is meant to embody the Holiday Spirit and is not of any religious or sectarian view. The ornaments and stuffed animals are of a magnitude to reflect the size and grandeur of the live tree. As the tree grew ever taller, Mr. Taylor stuck with a theme: The decorations grew at the same rate so the tree would always look as though it was a scale version of a typical 6-foot Christmas tree. The house vanishes behind the decorations. The garage serves as a sort of fireplace, above which are hung two 8-foot-high stockings brimming with gigantic teddy bears.

Don’t Miss the Tom and Jerry Christmas Lights!

when: Dec 20 - Dec 24 at 6:30 p.m. to midnight

where: Castro, Tom & Jerry Home - 3560 21st St. SF CA 94114, 3560 21st St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All ages


Feliz Navidad: Christmas in Mexico

when: Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

where: San Jose, School of Arts and Culture, Mexican Heritage Plaza , 1700 Alum Rock Ave. , San Jose , Ca

cost: $20-$30

ages: All Ages

Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on December 5-7, 13-14, 19-23 Children and their favorite stuffed animals are invited to gather in the Terrace Room of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco for this popular family show featuring an entertaining elf, his animated sidekick and the giant teddy bear. Festive treats will be served while the children are entertained with holiday stories, lively sing-a-longs, and a treasured photo with the giant teddy bear to take home as well as a small teddy bear. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco will donate $1 per every Teddy Bear Tea purchased to the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Teddy Bear Tea tickets are priced at $110 per guest, inclusive of tax and gratuity for both adults and children. To purchase tickets, please call (415) 773-6168; tickets will be e-mailed to each guest. Tickets are non-refundable and will be charged within 72 hours of making the reservation. Advance purchase required. Alcoholic beverages will be available for adults to purchase.

Beyond the Teapot: Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz

when: Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

where: Nob Hill, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: $110

ages: All Ages


Check Out Some Retro Toys at a History Museum

when: Fri.-Sun., 1-4 p.m.

where: Saratoga, Saratoga History Museum , 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd., Saratoga, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages


Let it Go at a Frozen Sing-Along

when: Sat., Dec. 13 & 20, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

where: SoMA, Children's Creativity Museum , 221 Fourth St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $5

ages: All Ages

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Make a Snowman Mobile at the CCM

when: Dec 20 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

where: SoMA, Children's Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $12 (museum admission)

ages: 3 and up

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Go Treasure Hunting at the KPFA Craft Fair

when: Dec 20 - Dec 21 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Richmond, The Craneway Pavilion , 1414 Harbour Way South , Richmond, Ca

cost: $10/adult; $5/seniors; free for children 17 and under

ages: All Ages

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An Enchanted Evening with Cinderella

when: Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. (Sat. 13 , 3 & 8 p.m.)

where: Civic Center , Buriel Clay Theater, African-American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. , San Francisco, Ca

cost: $15-34

ages: All Ages

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Take a Victorian Holiday Tour of the Historic Patterson House

when: Fri, 1, 2, & 3 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.

where: Fremont, Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, Ca

cost: $4/adults; $3/child; children 2 and up are free.

ages: All ages

Celebrate Hanukkah at the City Museum by making a personalized picture frame for a loved one and enjoying a jelly doughnut. Before creating your frame, view the immersive video art installation Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács, music by the Klezmatics. This extraordinary exhibition features home movies made by New York’s Jewish immigrants who travelled back to their Polish hometowns to visit relatives in the 1920s and ‘30s. Bring a family photograph to include in your frame, or add one later on. Drop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. No reservations required.

DIY Latkes at Saturdays Unplugged: Hanukkah

when: Dec 20 at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Presidio Heights, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Fill Their Stockings With Books: Library Book Sale

when: Dec 20 at 10 a.m. (1 p.m on Sun.) to 5 p.m.

where: San Jose, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library , 150 E. San Fernando St. , San Jose , Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

For LEGO Maniacs: The LEGO Store at Water Tower Place

Let’s Go to a LEGO Show!

when: Dec. 19-21, 26-28 and Jan. 2, 3, 4, & 9 from 11a.m.-3:30 p.m.

where: Palo Alto, Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave. , Palo Alto, Ca

cost: $2 (cash only)

ages: All Ages

10. Go to a PARTY!

Stay Merry at a Holiday Concert at BADM

when: Dec 20 at 10 & 11:15 a.m.

where: Sausalito, Bay Area Discovery Museum , 557 McReynolds Rd. , Sausalito, Ca

cost: $7/general; $5/members

ages: All Ages

Dickens Fair

Meet Your Great Expectations at the Dickens Christmas Fair

when: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekends from Nov. 22-Dec. 21 plus the Friday after Thanksgiving

where: Daly City , Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, Ca

cost: $20-$30/adult; $10/child

ages: All Ages

Build your Child's Social and Intellectual Skills by Joining Wondertree Kids's School Readiness Programs!

It’s Steam Saturday at the San Rafael Library

when: Sat., 11-11:45 a.m.

where: San Rafael, San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St. , San Rafael, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 3-6

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