If you’ve bought the presents, sent the cards, lit the menorah, decorated the tree, and figured out the glaze for your holiday ham, take in some of these activities to keep your holiday happening. Paxton Gate does quirky so well there are bound to be many winners at their homemade ornament arts and crafts event. Run past MoAD’s Kwanzaa Fair and Family Day for crafts, dancing, festivities, and info about the holiday. From now until New Years you can watch your favorite animals unwrap their presents at SF Zoo or you can stay for the night at their Winter Wildland Family Overnight. Come by Union Square for continuing Hanukkah fun and menorah lighting. And for some soothing holiday humming, don’t miss the Dream Circle Holiday Concert at BADM. Take a minute to listen and forget about the holiday ham.


San Francisco:

Dickens Doings

Catch the last weekend of the Dickens Fair  for some old time Victorian fun. The transformation of Cow Palace to 18th-century London is remarkable. Your kids will love the magic of the vendors, music performers, and holiday atmosphere. Frazzled parents: note the placement of the full-service pub. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Cow Palace, San Francisco, $22, kids 5 – 11 $10, Read more

Clowning Around through the Holidays

Join Unique Derique in his Fun-derful Holidaze, a good-time show full of dancing and clowning to put you in the best of holiday spirits. Through Jan. 3, 2:00 p.m., Marsh Theatre, San Francisco, $10/adults, $7/children under 12, Read more


Festivus for the Rest of Us

Still trying to get that picture with Santa? Marinwood offers another opportunity for memories with the bearded one this Friday night at WinterFest. Full of crafts, music, and fun, WinterFest is sure to get your family in the ho-ho spirit. Fri., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Marinwood, San Rafael, Free! Read More

Holiday Hymns

Don’t miss the SingersMarin holiday concert this weekend with their array of carols, Hanukkah songs, and winter standards. Music is such a big part of the holiday season; this concert will be a worthwhile addition to your family’s holiday traditions. Sun., 4:00 p.m., Marin Veterans’ Memorial, San Rafael, $20 – $3. Read more

East Bay:

Habitot for the Holidays

With the kids out for the winter holidays, you need something to do every day of the week. Habitot has your Tuesday sewn up with free admission and eats. Come by their Gingerbread House Party to work on their giant gingerbread house, but try not to eat too many shingles. Tues., 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Berkeley, Free! Read more

Lions and Tigers and… Santa,

There’s reindeer at Oakland Zoo this weekend but they’re just passing through—they’ve got a sleigh to pull. Santa’s charming the animals and your little ones too as he visits the zoo for Paws and Claus. Come for breakfast, a photo, or just to see Big Red hanging out with the lions. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Oakland, free w/admission (breakfast extra) Read more

South Bay:

Hanukkah Highstepping

“Simcha” tells the story of a Jewish family’s move from Eastern Europe to America through dance and music. Make this show a new part of your Hanukkah celebration. On Saturday the performance features a bazaar before the show so come early for crafts and treats. Sat., 4:00 p.m. bazaar, 5:00 p.m. performance, Campbell, $15 – $25, Read more


Good Times in the Glen

Take a ride down to Holiday Court  in Willow Glen for a full-service holiday experience. Visit with Santa and take in a story before grabbing a ride on a one-horse open sleigh. With events around the clock, Willow Glen will meet all your holiday needs. Sat. and Sun., Willow Glen, San Jose, Read more