Have you checked off your holiday must-do list yet? There’s still time to go ice skating, see a holiday theater performance and spend the weekend at a lighted boat fest. This weekend’s going to be lit, that’s for sure!

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San Francisco

Lighted Boat Parade
A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade route will begin just off of PIER 39, proceeding west past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around off of Crissy Field to return along the waterfront. Fri. Event details

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Treat the kids to a magical family performance of The San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, set right in the City by the Bay. One hour prior to curtain, the characters are also available for photo opps—so dress the family in their best gear, get there early and don’t forget your camera. Fri.-Sun. Event details

East Bay

Fairy Winterland
For 10 days in December, Fairyland celebrates the winter holidays of many cultures: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali and Chinese New Year. Enjoy stories, crafts, a festival of lights and visits from Santa! Fri.-Sun. Event details

A Christmas Story: the Musical
This holiday season, journey on a nostalgic romp full of joyful spirit. 9-year-old Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. This production is one the family will remember. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Half Moon Bay’s Night of Lights
Old-fashioned fun and tons of the white stuff will make Half Moon Bay the place to be on December 13. This event kicks off with a tree lighting and parade. Kids can then head over to the Winter Wonderland to enjoy piles of snow, carriage rides, food vendors and games. Fri. Event details

German Holiday Market
The German Holiday Market recreates the festive and inviting atmosphere of the open-air winter markets found in villages throughout Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Enjoy the warm hospitality and gastronomical delights of: Glühwein (warm mulled wine), Würste (sausages), Bier (beer), Bretzln (pretzels), Stollen (cake with candied fruit and dusted with powdered sugar) and more. Sat. Event details

South Bay

Christmas in the Park
San Jose’s most famous holiday lights and Christmas party is open every day and even on Christmas Day! From 9 a.m. to midnight you can cruise the attractions including the Lima Train, a Victorian Village featuring an animated Nutcracker Suite exhibit and Santa’s Photo Den. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru
Cruise through this winter wonderland and tune your car to the indicated station to get music to go along with the show! Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
The parade in Sausalito starts at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks and a dance party. Dozens of brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats parade along the scenic shoreline. Food trucks are available. Fri. Event details.

Kids Night at the Museum
Get your holiday shopping done while the kids enjoy after-hours fun at the Schulz Museum. Kids will have the Museum to themselves for pizza dinner, games, cartooning and holiday crafts! Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth