Light the tree — or menorah — sing a carol or two, and check off items on gift lists. Here’s our second installment of Bay Area holiday happenings.

Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival: The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festivities, which also include Santa, cable car rides, snow, caroling and school performances. 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3, free. Rockaway Beach, Dondee Street, Pacifica,

Fourth Street Fine Art: A reception accompanies the Fourth Street Fine Art Holiday Exhibition, which features sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more by artists in the collective. 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3, free. 2000 Fourth St., Berkeley,

Haas-Lilienthal Holiday Open House: The San Francisco Heritage Society hosts the seasonal event in the historic architectural setting. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 3, $15. 2007 Franklin St., S.F.,

Holiday Urban Air Market: More than 100 local vendors offer fair trade and sustainable finds — clothing, jewelry, accessories and home decor — for sale. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3, free. 55 Harrison St., Oakland,

Holiday Heroes: Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, home run king Barry Bonds, 49ers Joe Staley and Solomon Thomas and San Jose Earthquakes’ Chris Wondolowski are among the VIPs slated to attend the Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, $175 and up. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.,

The Holiday LEGO show opens at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday LEGO Show: The exhibit created by LEGO experts features train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits and more. 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Fridays-Sundays Dec. 8-Jan. 14, $3. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto,

Art Guild of Pacifica Winter Art Faire: The annual holiday market and artists’ studio event offers affordable gifts. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 9-10, free. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd.,

Presidio Tree Lighting: A sing-along with the Golden Gate Carolers accompanies the holiday lights. 5 p.m. Dec. 8, free. Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.,

Westlake Snow Day: The shopping center hosts princesses reminiscent of “Frozen” characters for photo opportunities and seasonal festivities along Main Street. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, free. 340 Westlake Center, Daly City,

Parol Lantern Festival & Parade: The Filipino community hosts the 15th annual yuletide display and festivities. 5–9 p.m. Dec. 9, free. Jessie Square, Mission Street and Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.,

Pillar Point Harbor Lighted Boat Festival: The best decorated boat in the annual maritime holiday light display will be chosen. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Pillar Point Harbor, Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay,

Hanukkah Candle Lighting: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates with Jonathan Bayer presiding over candle lighting, storytelling, singing and treats. 4 p.m. Dec. 12-19, free. 3200 California St., S.F.,

S.F. Zoo Lights: Holiday lights illuminate the park and animals. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15-17, Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 26-30. $13-$19. ($10-$12 parking). Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F.,

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: The first candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, and lightings continue at 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 18-19; at 3 p.m. Dec. 15; and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Bill Graham Menorah Day festivities at 2 p.m. Dec. 17 include music, dancing and crafts. Free. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.,

Hand to Hand Holiday Luncheon: Project Open Hand’s 25th seasonal fundraiser, with a keynote speech by Cat Cora, supports its efforts to serve meals to people in critical need. 11 a.m. Dec. 14, $350. Fairmont, 950 Mason St., S.F.,

Light the Menorah: Rabbi Peretz Mochkin presides over the celebration, which also includes children’s activities and music. 4-6 p.m. Dec. 14, free. Ghirardelli Square, Upper and Fountain plazas, 900 North Point St., S.F.,

Hanukkah Shabbatikah Fryday: The Jewish Community Center party features Michael Solomonov, Steven Cook and Tom Henneman, who share the story of their renowned Philadelphia shop Federal Donuts and offer tastes. 4 p.m. Dec. 15, free. 3200 California St., S.F.,

Fisherman’s Wharf Lighted Boat Parade: More than 60 decorated boats parade along the waterfront in the annual event, held since 1994. 6–8 p.m. Dec. 15, free. Pier 39, S.F.,

Good Craft Holiday Market: Illustrators, ceramicists, jewelers, clothing designers, painters sell their creations. 1-6 p.m. Dec. 16, free. Neyborly, 2043 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley,

More than 200 Bay Area artisans are selling handmade items at the Craneway Crafts Fair, KPFA’s 47th annual benefit.

Craneway Crafts Fair: The 47th sale, which benefits KFPA, features handmade work by more than 200 jury-selected artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16-17, $12. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond.

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: The seventh shopping event features locally made gift items from 70 vendors, everything from jewelry to chocolate to apparel, toys and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17, free. California College of the Arts, Nave, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.,

Bethlehem A.D.: The little town of Bethlehem is brought to life at the annual 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.
6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23, free. 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City,

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