Dec. 24: Gay Men's Chorus, ice skating and more 

click to enlarge Castro Christmas: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 25th year of "Home for the Holidays" Christmas concerts at the Castro Theatre.  [7 and 9 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. (5 p.m. show sold out); sfgmc.org] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Castro Christmas: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 25th year of "Home for the Holidays" Christmas concerts at the Castro Theatre. [7 and 9 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. (5 p.m. show sold out); sfgmc.org]

Who's in town

Singer-songwriter Shane Dwight of Nashville, Tenn., returns to his native Bay Area with new music from his latest album, "This House." [7 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Holiday

Street fair: The Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair brings together hundreds of artists offering jewelry, candles, clothing, crafts and more for last-minute Christmas shopping. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Bancroft ways, Berkeley; telegraphfair.com]

Ice rinks: Strap on some ice skates at The Embarcadero and Union Square. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Meet the reindeer: The San Francisco Zoo's holiday Reindeer Romp introduces kids to the real animals that power Santa's sleigh. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Free film: Christmas in the Park, San Jose's sprawling North Pole village, is screening the 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street." [6 p.m., Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Market and Park avenues, San Jose]

Gospel holiday: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is declaring joy to the world at its traditional Christmas concerts. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Latke party: Hanukkah is over, but the Latke Ball is giving the community -- Jews and gentiles alike -- a reason to dance on Christmas Eve, with two dance floors and five DJs. The 18th annual event benefits the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. [9 p.m., Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F.; jewishfed.org]

At the public library

Mandarin stories: Children ages 3-5 are invited to enjoy stories and songs in both Mandarin and English. [11 a.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Homework help: Student volunteers are available to help students in kindergarten through eighth grade with homework assignments. [2:30-4:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Rodin sculptures: Check out the Cantor Arts Center's collection of Rodin bronzes in a free docent-led tour. [2 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Heavy-metal holidays: "Until the Silent Night Takes Us" takes place on Christmas Eve, but DJ Slay Me's night of thrash-metal and black-metal music won't involve any jolly old elves. [9:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Free walking tour: Grab the kids and any stray relatives for San Francisco City Guides' free walking tour showcasing the history -- and delicious eats -- of North Beach. [11 a.m., meet at Broadway and Columbus Avenue, S.F.; sfcityguides.org]

Blues-folk Christmas: Jolie Holland continues her December residency at the intimate Viracocha in the Mission, and the blues-folk singer is featuring a different opening act every night. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Castro Christmas: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus celebrates its 25th year of "Home for the Holidays" Christmas concerts at the Castro Theatre. [7 and 9 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. (5 p.m. show sold out); sfgmc.org]

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