kidstrikeIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and—brrr—it feels like it too.  Luckily there’s a pile of indoor activities to keep your littles’ tootsies toasty. Nothing says cozy like tea and this weekend you’ll have your pick: check out the Bookmarks annual teddy bear tea at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library; the Marin Art and Garden Center teddy bear tea; or the Atherton Dames’ annual Children’s Holiday Tea down on the Peninsula. “Peter and the Wolf” makes its annual appearance at the SF Symphony with a few bars from “The Nutcracker.” Jump aboard the Holiday Cable Car tour for some impromptu caroling and jingling bells. And visit some other holiday celebrations at the multi-faith holiday potluck held by Colage and P-Flag. You’re sure to keep warm running around to all these events.

San Francisco:

Cozier than Caroling If your annual holiday carol-fest got rained out this year, never fear: pile the fam into Grace Cathedral and belt out your favorite tunes at their annual Holiday Singalong. Just don’t drown out the heavenly voices of the Oakland-based Pacific Boys Choir, who will be leading the musical adventure. Sat., Dec. 12 and 19, 11 a.m., Grace Cathedral, Read more for ticket information

Pas de Do! Why settle for watching “The c” when you could be part of the action? Break out the tutus for a turn at playing the lead at the Dance-Along Nutcracker. This year the Nutcracker has a decidedly western feel so lasso yourself a “pardner” to help you with your lifts! Sat., 2:30 p.m., Sun., 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, $25/adults, $16/kids, Read more

East Bay:

Pixiedust or Snowflakes?  The already fab Fairyland takes it up a notch this week and unveils its winter visage, Fairy Winterland. Come by for daily Festival of Lights parades, visits from Santa, unlimited rides, and more. Who knew so much fun could be crammed into one week? Dec. 11 – 20, 12:00 – 7:00 p.m., Oakland, $7/person, Read more

Get the Gelt Join the JCC East Bay in their Hanukah Celebration including a dance party and latke lunch. Through puppets and arts and crafts, your child will have a great time while learning the meaning of this holiday and what it signifies to the Jewish people. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Berkeley, Free! Read more


Cookies for Santa Looking for a special treat for the big bearded one? The Pixie Parkers might have just the thing. Drop by their bake sale this weekend for something that will make the reindeer dance (though, preferably, not on your newly-shingled roof). Stick around for pictures with Santa and antique shopping. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Marin, Free! Read more

A Clean, Well-Lighted Boat Lights on the tree? Check. Lights on the house? Check. Lights on the boat? Sausalito takes the holiday spirit nautical with its 21st annual Lighted Yacht Parade. Bring the kids for fireworks and Christmas on the high seas. Sat., 6 p.m., Sausalito, Free! Read more

South Bay:
Come On Ride the Train! Cruise over to Santa Cruz for a turn on the Holiday Train. Vintage cars bedazzled with lights roll your family through town as you sip cider and carol along, with accompaniment from the Clauses. On the Boardwalk, choose between mini-gold, laser tag, and arcade games. Fun for bigs and the littles. Dec. 11 – 13 and 18 – 23, 8:00 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 6:30 p.m. Sun., Santa Cruz, $22/adult, $17/child, Read more

Something Is Not Right! Catch the holiday adventures of that favorite French orphan, Madeline, in “Madeline’s Christmas” from the California Theatre Center. When everyone gets sick but Madeline, she turns in her yellow hat for a nurse’s cap. Fri., 7:00 p.m, Sat., 11:00 a.m., Sunnyvale, $11/person, Read more