It’s the week before Christmas, but there’s no sign of slowing down around the Bay. In San Francisco, creative families will be making “Artful Greetings” at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and “Capturing the Moment,” at a photography-focused family workshop at SFMOMA. In the East Bay, there’s everything from storytelling based on Indian myths at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center to a Wacky Winter Wonderland Weekend at Playland in El Cerrito, to Paws and Claus, a meet-and-greet with the big man from the North Pole himself, at the Oakland Zoo. And if you’re in the singing sort of mood, don’t miss the Dream Circle Holiday Concert at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.

There’s more! Here’s a taste of weekend fun to come from four corners of the Bay:

San Francisco

Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade
It’s the oldest and largest holiday lighted boat parade in San Francisco, with over 75 boats festooned with lights and holiday décor brightening the waterfront. Bring the kids for a look-see from the Aquatic Park Waterway, Pier 39, the Marina Green, or Crissy Field Beach. Fri., 6 p.m., free. Event details.


Renegade Craft Fair and Holiday Sale
Not only will there be over 200 indie-craft talents selling their wares, there’ll also be free art workshops for crafty kids, presented by the Museum of Craft and Design and FLAX art and design, giving the little ones plenty to do while their parents shop. Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Concourse Exhibition Center. Free.  Event details.


East Bay

Crèche Festival
This three-day festival celebrates a very special part of the holidays – the beautiful family tradition of the nativity scene. View amazing crèche displays, teach the kids how to make them, and enjoy a performance by the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Fri.-Sun., Cathedral of Christ the Light.  See event details for schedule and pricing. Event details.

Peace, Light and Chocolate: Winter Songs
Join Fran and Bonnie Lockhart as they sing this set of winter songs from many traditions. Perfect concert for families. Sat., 10:30 a.m., La Peña Cultural Center, $5 adults, $5 kids. Event details.



Christmas High Tea by Candlelight
Enjoy a lovely holiday tea for best friends and families, complete with gourmet food, live harp music, and holiday gift shopping. Fri., 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Lisa’s Tea Treasures, Menlo Park, $39.95. Event details.

Yalda 2010 Celebration
This special celebration of the winter solstice includes light refreshments, piano music, story and poetry readings, and a bilingual storytelling performance. Sat., 1:30-4 p.m., San Mateo Library, free. Event details.



‘Tis the Season: Global Harmony
The youth and adult choruses of Singers Marin will join voices to present world rhythms, folk songs, Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, winter standards, and more at this celebratory concert for all ages. Sun., 4 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, $20-$30. Event details.

Small Wonders Holiday Bazaar
Come to a holiday bazaar at the Marin Arts Council Gallery that will remind you to treasure the little things. Luxuries, tiny to large, will be for sale, including jewelry, fine art scarves, glass plates, ornaments, bags, and more. Wed-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Event details.

Be sure to check out our full Events Calendar for more exciting activities!