Holiday Events 2014 

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center: Enthusiasts are invited to skate near the waterfront at what’s billed as the “largest outdoor rink in San Francisco.” 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. most Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. most Fridays-Saturdays, trhough Jan. 4. $6-$10 admission, $4 skate rental. Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F. (415) 837-1931, http://embarcaderocenter.com/event/holiday-ice-rink-2014-2015/

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink: The downtown holiday tradition is in its seventh year. 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 19, $7-$11 admission, $6 skate rental. Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F., (415) 781-2688, www.unionsquareicerink.com

Bay Street Tree Lighting: A 34-foot show tree that emits sound and light kicks off East Bay holiday festivities. 6-8 p. m. Nov. 20, free. 5616 Bay St., Emeryville, www.baystreetemeryville.com

SPCA Holiday Windows: The San Francisco SPCA launches its 27th event, during which adorable adoptable cats and dogs will grace Macy’s storefront windows. 5 p.m. Nov. 21 launch, ends Jan. 4, free. Macy’s, Stockton and O’Farrell streets, S.F., http://www.sfspca.org/support/events/macys-holiday-windows

Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration: Visits from Disney characters and choral performances accompany the lighting of a 60-foot tree at 6 p.m. both days. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22-Nov. 23, free. Pier 39, Beach Street at The Embarcadero, S.F., www.pier39.com

Great Dickens Christmas Fair: The one-of-a-kind event, in its 36th season, showcases more than three acres of exhibition halls transformed into a facsimile of Victorian London circa 1865. Opens Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and Nov. 28; closes Dec. 21, $13-$30. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, www.dickensfair.com

’Tis the Season for Science: A reindeer rendezvous — an opportunity to observe live caribou — is among the special activities presented for the holidays. Daily, Nov. 26-Jan. 4, $24.95-$34.95. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.calacademy.org

Winter Walk SF: The new downtown pedestrian plaza includes a light art show by Immersive SF, live performances, food trucks and other holiday merriment. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, free. Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis streets, S.F., www.winterwalkSF.com

Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland: In its 35th year, the event includes a marketplace with arts and crafts, snow sledding, a tree-lighting ceremony and a parade at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 beginning at Fourth and E streets. Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 29, free. Fourth Street, San Rafael, www.SRESproductions.com

Celebration of Craftswomen: The 36th annual event _ the largest and longest-running arts and crafts show in the U.S. _ offers wares for sale from more than 150 women artists. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-30, $8-$10. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 50th annual tradition includes performances and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m., and festivities run from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28, free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F., www.ghirardellisq.com

Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting: The 25th lighting of the 80-foot tree features a performance by 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson of “America's Got Talent” season 9. 6 p.m. Nov. 28, free. Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F., www.unionsquareshop.com/TreeLightingUnionSquare.html

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: More than 100 artists open their studios and galleries offering wares for sale in the 24th annual event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 29-Dec. 21, and Dec. 22-Dec. 24, free. Map at Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., #24 A, Berkeley, www.berkeleyartisans.com

Winter Carousel Lighting: Free rides on the Bay Area’s oldest carousel are offered in the new community event in Yerba Buena Gardens presented by the Children’s Creativity Museum. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, free. 221 Fourth St., S.F., www.creativity.org

555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony: “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen, Dick Bright and the Pacific-Boychoir Academy appear. 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 555 California St., S.F.

Holiday Tea: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts a festive high tea in the recently refurbished receiving rooms at The Old Mint. Noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 3, $75-$85. 88 Fifth St., S.F., www.sfhistory.org

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents a holiday boutique featuring treasures from some 60 vendors, the decorated Kohl Mansion, music and refreshments. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, $10. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, http://www.mercyhsb.com/page.cfm?p=357

Jingle and Mingle: Children of Shelter — an organization serving homeless children — hosts its annual benefit, featuring cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind designer wreaths. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, $250 and up. Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F., http://www.childrenofshelters.org

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Music, live reindeer, holiday parade float previews, characters and tap-dancing holiday trees make up the fun. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, free. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.jacklondonsquare.com

Half Moon Bay Night of Lights: Festivities include caroling, roasted chestnuts, eggnog and a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park followed by a parade of lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, free. Main and Kelly streets, Half Moon Bay, www.halfmoonbaychamber.org

Holiday Traditions from Around the World: The San Mateo County History Museum invites families to make ornaments at event, which also features a performance by the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6, $4-$6. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.historysmc.org

El Mercado: The pop-up holiday market features more than 40 local businesses selling everything from hand-crafted jewelry to vinyl from local record labels to artisan Brazilian caramels. 11 a.m. Dec. 6-7, free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities include face painting, cupcake decorating, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 6, free. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F., www.sresproductions.com

Holiday Heroes: Bay Area athletes including Justin Tuck, Taiwan Jones, Josh Johnson, Adonal Foyle, Dennis Brown, Jonny Moseley, Eric Heitmann, LaMarr Woodley and Owen Nolan are slated to appear at the fifth annual Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. 5:45 p.m. Dec. 8, $210 and up. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F., www.holidayheroes.org

Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree: Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein invited the public to take a look at their dazzling annual home holiday display. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dec. 10–24, free. 3560 21st St., S.F.

Holiday Crafts Day: The family day of make-and-take crafts is the day ideal place fo make seasonal decorations and gifts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13, free entry, fees for materials. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F., www.randallmuseum.org

San Francisco Bazaar: The event, formerly Bazaar Bizarre SF, celebrates its eighth year as a locally produced art and craft show. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13-14, free. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.sanfranciscobazaar.org

Old Time Maritime Christmas: Visitors will experience Christmas in the year 1901, and they can meet and talk with captains and crews aboard historic ships. Lamplit guided tours leave every 20 minutes from the entrance to Hyde Street Pier. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Free, reservations required. Hyde Street Pier, S.F., (415) 447-5000

Bill Graham Menorah: Rabbi Yosef Langer presides over the first night of candlelighting at the annual Hanukkah celebration. 5 p.m. Dec. 16(and daily through Dec. 23), free. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., www.billgrahammenorah.com

Hanukkah Candlelighting: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates the holiday of lights commemorating the Jews’ defeat of the Greeks in ancient times. 4 p.m. Dec. 16-Dec. 23, free. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F., jccsf.org

Saturdays Unplugged-Hanukkah: At the holiday-themed family playdate, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band plays Hanukkah favorites in an old school mash up. 4 p.m. Dec. 20, free. Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F., jccsf.org

Bethlehem A.D.: The little town of Bethlehem is brought to life at an outdoor staging of the Christmas story, where people can mix and mingle with Roman centurions and wise men and visit the baby in the manger. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23, free. 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, www.bethlehemad.com

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