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Holiday Events 2018: Tree lightings, ice skating, craft fairs and more

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party is at the Cow Palace weekends through Dec. 23. (Courtesy Robin Fadtke)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Check out this list of tree lightings, skating sessions, and, of course, places to shop:

Embarcadero Holiday Ice Rink: The attraction is billed as area’s largest outdoor rink. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Jan.6, $7-$12; $5 skate rental. Embarcadero Plaza, Market Street at The Embarcadero, S.F., http://embarcaderocenter.com/

Union Square Holiday Ice Rink: Rental skates are included in the admission price for the attraction, which includes lessons on weekends and themed festivities through the season. 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 21, $10-$13. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., https://unionsquareicerink.com/

Santa Train: The excursion for families is a 90-minute ride, with entertainment and snacks, from the train station to Santa’s workshop. 5 and 7:15 p.m. daily (except Nov. 22, Dec. 24-25) through Dec. 28, $50-$70. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, www.winetrain.com

Home for the Holidays at Carolwood: The seasonal installation celebrates Walt Disney’s family and love of trains. 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily (except closed Tuesdays and holidays) through Jan. 8, $15-$25. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.waltdisney.org

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party: Victorian London comes to life in the annual participatory holiday party with theater, dancing, food and shopping. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 23, $14-$30, $120 for season pass ($12 parking). Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, www.dickensfair.com

Pier 39 Tree Lighting: In a new seasonal event, the attraction’s 60-foot tree is the site of a nightly light show. 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 21-Jan. 1, free. Pier 39, Embarcadero, S.F., www.pier39.com

International Auto Show: In the 61st annual event, dozens of the world’s major manufacturers display hundreds of 2019 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 21-24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 26, $10. Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F., www.sfautoshow.com

Black Santa Holiday Pop-Up: Presented by NBA All Star Baron Davis, the seasonal event offers Black Santa merchandise, holiday treats, workshops and meet-and-greets with Black Santa and Mrs. C. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 24, free. Jack London Square, 54 Washington St., Oakland, www.eventbrite.com

Alameda South Shore Tis the Season: Festivities include carolers, jazz, a tree lighting, Santa and ice skating. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, free. Center Court, 2219 S. Shore Center, Alameda, www.alamedasouthshorecenter.com

Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland: In its 39th year, the event features a marketplace with arts and crafts, snow sledding, a tree-lighting ceremony and a 5:30 p.m. parade. Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 23, free. Fourth Street, San Rafael, sresproductions.com

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 54th annual event showcases a 60-foot tree and hosts live music, Santa visits, snow and activities for kids, and hosts Betty Yu and Franco Finn. 4-9 p.m. Nov. 23, free. 900 North Point St., S.F., http://www.ghirardellisq.com

Macy’s Tree Lighting
: The cast of San Francisco Playhouse’s “Mary Poppins,” Darlene Love and Bay Area choirs perform at the 29th event. 6 p.m. Nov. 23, free. Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F., www.macys.com

Winter Walk: The holiday pedestrian plaza offers food trucks, lunchtime fitness classes, seasonal cocktails and special performances. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Nov. 23-Dec. 31, free. Stockton, between Eliis and Geary streets, S.F., https://www.winterwalksf.com/

SF Etsy Holiday Emporium: Some 200 artisans and small-batch food vendors sell their work; shoppers should bring their own bag. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24-25, free. Pier 35, S.F.,, www.eventbrite.com

Snovember Holiday Market: The flea market is the site for 20 tons of snow, Santa Claus and other holiday festivities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24-25, $5. TreasureFest, 500 Ave N, Treasure Island, S.F., treasureFest.com

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Dozens of artists sell from their studios in the 28th self-guided event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 16, and Dec. 22-23, free. Map at Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., #24 A, Berkeley, www.berkeleyartisans.com

Winter Carousel Lighting: Rides on the Bay Area’s oldest carousel are offered in Yerba Buena Gardens, presented by the Children’s Creativity Museum. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 24, free. 221 Fourth St., S.F., www.creativity.org

Asian Art Museum Holiday Artisan Market: The second annual event features one-of-a-kind handmade goods by more than 30 local makers. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 28, free. 200 Larkin St., S.F., http://www.asianart.org/holiday-market

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents the event with dozens of vendors. 5-9 p.m. Nov. 28, $10. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, https://www.mercyhsb.com/alumnae/christmas-at-kohl

Jingle and Mingle: Children of Shelter, an organization serving homeless children, hosts its annual benefit, featuring the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind designer wreaths. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, $350 and up. General’s Residence, Fort Mason, off Bay and Franklin streets, S.F., www.childrenofshelters.org

Winter Park at Civic Center: Debuting this year, the “ice experience” near San Francisco’s City Hall is an ice rink and 400-foot skating track in a “lighted tree forest.” Noon to 10 p.m. daily Nov. 30-Jan. 6, $15-$20. 355 McAllister St., S.F., winterparkicerinksf.com

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Gasia Mikaelian of KTVU hosts the festivities, including music, a market and an appearance by Santa. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 30, free. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.jacklondonsquare.com

Holiday Crafts Day: Activities for the family, especially little ones 12 and under, include making beeswax candles, lip balm, gift soaps, toy trains and candy houses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1, free admission, low-cost crafts. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F., www.randallmuseum.org

Redwood City Hometown Holidays: Family-friendly activities include a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos, arts and crafts and a 5:45 p.m. tree lighting at City Hall. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1, free. Courthouse Square and surroundings, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.hometownholidays.org

Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair: Art, crafts, jewelry, gourmet treats and knick-knacks are for sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Community Center, 19 Seacape Drive, Muir Beach, www.muirbeachartsfair.com

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities at the 28th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1, free. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F., www.eventbrite.com

Holiday Textile Bazaar: The one-day market of textiles, ornamentation and unique gifts is presented in connection with the exhibit “Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F., www.thecjm.org

Mountain View Holiday Tree Lighting: Music, entertainment, holiday games, the Snow Zone and a guest appearance from a man in a red suit are on the program. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, free. 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: The first candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance is at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 with special guests David and Alex Graham and Perry Farrell, preceded by 2 p.m. crafts for kids; lightings continue at 5 p.m. Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 9; at 3 p.m. Dec. 7; and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Free. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., www.billgrahammenorah.com

Haas-Lilienthal Holiday Open House: The San Francisco Heritage Society hosts seasonal festivities and refreshments in the historic architectural setting. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 2, $15. 2007 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfheritage.org/upcoming_events/

Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival: The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce sponsors the eighth annual event, which also features Santa, cable car rides, snow, caroling and school performances. 4-7 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Rockaway Beach, Dondee Street, Pacifica, www.facebook.com/RockawayTreeLightingCeremony/

Hanukkah Candle Lighting: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates with Jonathan Bayer presiding over candle lighting, storytelling, singing and treats. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2-9, free. 3200 California St., S.F., www.jccsf.org

Night Bloom at the Conservatory of Flowers: Luminous displays among the flora make up the holiday visual and sound installation. 5-11 p.m. Dec. 2-Jan. 6, $27. Golden Gate Park, 100 JFK Drive, S.F., www.conservatoryofflowers.org/nightbloom

Holiday Heroes: Hunter and Alexis Pence, Jennifer Azzi, Eric Heitmann, Kelechi Osemele, Khari Stephenson and Solomon Thomas are among the VIPs slated to attend the Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, $100 (child) to $300 (adult) and up. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F., www.holidayheroes.org

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: The 42nd annual fundraiser includes a reception, raffle, boutique, meal and program. 11 a.m. Dec. 5. $150. St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F., www.guidedogs.com

Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting: On the bill of family-friendly festivities are live music, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, visits from the Grinch and Santa, and a toy giveaway. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5, free. Polk and Grove streets, S.F., www.civiccentercommons.org

Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights: The evening attraction — hundreds of thousands of LED lights brightening the night sky, holiday-themed festivities and gondola ride — opens for the season. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec 7-Jan. 6, $9-$10. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.oaklandzoo.org

Holiday Victorian Teas: The San Francisco Heritage Society hosts the seasonal fundraiser in the historic architectural setting. 2-5 p.m. Dec. 7-9, $30-$75. Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfheritage.org/upcoming_events/

San Leandro It’s a Wonderful Night: A Christmas tree lighting, family activities, entertainment, Santa visits and a Holiday Tree Lane are among the festivities. 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 7, free. West Estudillo Avenue and East 14th Street, San Leandro, www.downtownsanleandro.com

Presidio Tree Lighting: A singalong with the Golden Gate Carolers accompanies the holiday lights. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, free. Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.presidio.gov/events

Half Moon Bay Night of Lights: Festivities include caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park followed by a light parade. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, free. Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, www.visithalfmoonbay.org

Holiday LEGO Show: Bay Area LEGO User Group’s annual exhibit created by LEGO experts features train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits and more. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Dec. 7-Jan. 13, $3. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, www.moah.org

Art Guild of Pacifica Winter Art Faire: The annual holiday market event offers works by local artists and affordable gift items. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8-9, free. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., www.artguildofpacifica.org

Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar: Items from Palestine — olive oil, pottery, embroidery, wood, clothing, jewelry, Dead Sea Products and more — are for sale, to benefit Palestinian children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9, free. Middle East Children’s Alliance, 1101 Eighth St., Berkeley, www.mecaforpeace.org

Parol Lantern Festival & Parade: The Filipino community hosts the 16th annual yuletide display and festivities, preceded by lantern-making workshops. 5–9 p.m. Dec. 8, free. Jessie Square, Mission Street and Yerba Buena Lane, S.F., www.bayanihancc.org

Hand to Hand Holiday Luncheon: Project Open Hand’s 26th seasonal fundraiser with emcee Renel Brooks-Moon and auctioneer Franco Finn supports its efforts to serve meals to people in critical need. 11 a.m. Dec. 13, $250. Fairmont, 950 Mason St., S.F., www.openhand.org

S.F. Zoo Lights: Holiday decor illuminates the park and animals, along with refreshments and caroling. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 14-16, Dec. 18-23 and Dec. 26-30. $8-$10. ($10-$12 parking). Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F., www.sfzoo.org

Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: More than 60 decorated boats parade along the waterfront in the annual event, held since 1994, presented by Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club. 6–8 p.m. Dec. 14, free. Pier 39, S.F., www.visitfishermanswharf.com

Head West Holiday Marketplace: The effort promotes local vendors, artisans and designers. Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, free. 806 Washington St., Oakland, www.headwestmarketplace.com

Gifty 2018: East Bay industrial artists and craftspeople sell handmade glass, metal and wood pieces. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Crucible, 1260 Seventh St., Oakland, www.thecrucible.org

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: The eighth shopping event offers locally made gift items from 50 vendors; selections include jewelry, chocolate, apparel, toys, decorations, stationery and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16, free. California College of the Arts, Nave, 1111 Eighth St., S.F., sfmade.org

Craneway Craft Fair
: The 48th sale, which benefits KFPA, features handmade work by more than 200 jury-selected artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 22-23, $12. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. www.cranewaycraftfair.com

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

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