Holiday Theater 2014 

click to enlarge Drag queens take the stage in the annual holiday presentation of "The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes" taken directly from the classic sitcom. - COURTESY  PHOTO
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  • Drag queens take the stage in the annual holiday presentation of "The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes" taken directly from the classic sitcom.
Miracle on 34th Street: Coastal Repertory Theatre presents the stage adaptation of the 1947 movie classic. Opens Nov. 28; 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, $17-$35. 1167 Main Street in Half Moon Bay, (650) 569-3266, www.coastalrep.com

A John Waters Christmas: The filmmaker and raconteur’s acclaimed one-man show puts the “X” in Xmas. 8 p.m. Nov. 29, $47.50-$110. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F. , www.ticketfly.com

Beach Blanket Babylon: Steve Silver’s popular San Francisco revue dresses up for the holidays. Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd., S.F., $25-$160, www.beachblanketbabylon.com

The Jewelry Box: A Genuine Christmas Story: Storyteller Brian Copeland tells what happens when, as a youngster in the 1970s, he headed to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. Nov. 28-Dec. 27, $30-$100. Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F., www.themarsh.org

Ha Ha Heathens: Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen appears in an "Atheist Christmas" CD release party. 8 p.m. Dec. 2, $15-$20. Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F., wwwlivenation.com

Peter and the Starcatcher; TheatreWorks celebrates the holidays with the whimsical Tony Award-winning play based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s 2006 novel, and prequel to “Peter Pan.” Dec. 3-28, $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, (650) 463-1960, www.theatreworks.org

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes: The annual show features four drag queens performing two new episodes from the classic TV show live onstage. Dec. 4-21, $25. Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F., http://goldengirlssf.eventbrite.com

White Christmas: Hillbarn Theatre stages Irving Berlin’s Tony Award nominated musical. Dec. 4-21, $23-$42. 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, (650) 349-6411, ext. 2, www.hillbarntheatre.org

The MeshugaNutcracker!: The full-length musical comedy tells the story of eight Chelmniks (citizens of Chelm, the fictional town of fools) who gather to perform their Chanukah festival. Dec. 4-14, $72. Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F., cityboxoffice.com

Strangers With XXXmas Candy: The satire tells the heroic story of a 46-year-old boozer, user and loser who sets aside her personal beliefs and opens her heart to the wrong and sexy feelings of Christmas. Dec. 4-20, $30. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., (415) 786-5325

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater stages the popular holiday classic for the 38th year. Dec. 5-28, $25-$130. ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F., www.act-sf.org

La Posarela: Community Music Center’s Mexican Christmas musical — a Mission district take on the nativity story — is a bilingual production blending Mexican folk traditions with music, commentary and humor. 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6, $5-$7. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F., www.brava.org

A Christmas Carol: Notre Dame de Namur University presents the 29th annual production of Dickens’ classic story, with most performances free, except for the opening night fundraiser gala. 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12, $25-$50 for gala, free (food donation encourage) for other shows; tickets are required. Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont, www.christmascarolthegift.org

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company’s enchanting take on the fairy tale has become a popular holiday tradition. Dec. 6-21, $15-$34. Buriel Clay Theater, African-American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F., www.african-americanshakes.org

The Christmas Revels: The annual musical theatrical celebration of the winter solstice is set this year in Appalachia during the Depression. Dec. 12-21, $20-$60. Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (510) 452-9334, www.californiarevels.org

Elf the Musical: The Broadway show is based on the charming movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf. Dec. 12-28, $45-$160. SHN Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F., www.shnsf.com

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story: The Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage premiere is based on stage adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s take on the Gingerbread Man. 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, $10-$12. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Killing My Lobster Holidaze: The sketch comedy troupe presents its third Christmas show at Z Space. 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 13, $XX. Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F., www.killingmylobster.com

Harry Shearer & Judith Owen Present Christmas Without Tears: Singer-songwriter Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Shearer appear in their annual, yet newly renamed sing-along comedy tour. 8 p.m. Dec. 16, $30-$40. Addition, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., www.ticketfly.com

Mittens and Mistletoe–A Winter Circus Cabaret: The charming circus-theater troupe Sweet Can Productions’s holiday show is back by popular demand. Dec. 19-Dec. 28, $15-$65. Mission Dance Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F., www.sweetcanproductions.com

Paula Poundstone Christmas Special: The comedian performs her annual stand-up show. 8 p.m. Dec. 19, $43-$54. Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F., www.ticketmaster.com

Fool La La: Beloved Bay Area clown Unique Derique presents a holiday extravaganza. Dec. 20-Jan. 4, $XX. Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.themarsh.org

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: The 22nd annual event — Jewish comics doing stand-up in a Chinese restaurant — features headliner Jeremy Hotz, Ophira Eisenberg, 14-year-old Simon Cadel and hostess Lisa Geduldig. Dec. 24-26, $45-$65. New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F., www.koshercomedy.com

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