12 days of Christmas entertainment

Amid the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, wrapping and other holiday chores, remember to give yourself the gift of laughter and song. Here’s a list worth checking twice!

Today
Begin on a classical note, with “A Cathedral Christmas” atop Nob Hill with the renowned Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, accompanied by full orchestra and the majestic Aeolian-Skinner organ. [7 p.m., 1100 California St., S.F., $15-$50, www.cityboxoffice.com]

Tuesday
Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Judy Garland. In an uncanny and moving tribute, Connie Champagne performs as the legendary singer for one night of holiday cheer at the Rrazz Room. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F., $30, www.ticketweb.com]

Wednesday
It’s “Christmas in San Francisco” with crooner Russ Lorenson and special guests Carly Ozard, Suzanna Smith and Jonathan Poretz putting a jazzy spin on classic tunes and custom songs of the season. [7 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F., $30, www.ticketweb.com]

Thursday
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus comes “Home for the Holidays” under the baton of Dr. Kathleen McGuire for its 20th annual triplet of shows on Christmas Eve at the Castro Theatre. [5, 7 and 9 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F., $20-$25, www.sfgmc.org]

Friday
If you want a little egg drop with your egg nog while you spin your dreidel, check out the laughs at Lisa Geduldig’s 17th annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy shows featuring Jonathan Katz. [6 and 9:30 p.m., New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., S.F. $42 cocktails & $62 dinner, www.koshercomedy.com]

Saturday
More laughs abound as Tony nominee and Bay Area favorite Sharon McNight serves up “Twisted Xmas: An Orthodox Druid’s View of the Holidays,” filled with her uniquely irreverent brand of song and sass. [9:30 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S,F., $30, www.ticketweb.com]

Sunday
If you haven’t done it already, today’s your last chance to shake off the “Bah! Humbug” and see American Conservatory Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” before Ebenezer, Tiny Tim and their company of merrymakers hibernate for another year. [1 and 5:30 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F., $16-$72, www.act-sf.org]

Dec. 28
From improv to “Saturday Night Live” to a movie theater near you, Jon Lovitz has been making people laugh since his early days with The Groundlings. The Emmy nominee wraps up four performances at Cobb’s Comedy Club. [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F. $30.50, <em>www.cobbscomedy.com]

Dec. 29
Bay Area diva Ledisi rounds the year-end corner with performances at Yoshi’s in The City as she counts down to the Grammy Awards, where she is nominated in the R&B album and female vocal categories. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F., $26-$30, www.yoshis.com]

Dec. 30
Leave the kids at home as you visit with Crumpet the Elf, for the final night of “The Santaland Diaries” based on the always witty musings of David Sedaris and his experience working at Macy’s during the holidays. [8 p.m., Off Market Theatre, 965 Mission St., S.F. $25, www.brownpaperticets.com]

Dec. 31
Ring in 2010 with dual divas of dance music — Taylor (“With Every Beat of My Heart”) Dayne and Thelma (“Don’t Leave Me This Way”) Houston — as they rock the house for New Year’s Eve at the Castro Theatre. [10:30 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F., $35-$85, www.cityboxoffice.com]

Jan. 1
End your adventure with something more naughty than nice! You’ll laugh and blush as singer-actor Tom Orr brings his wicked way with a song parody to “Jingle Bell Jock” at the Eureka Theatre through Jan. 10. [8 p.m., 215 Jackson St., S.F., $20, www.brownpapertickets.com]

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