Courtesy Shoot the Klown<p>Christmas circus: "Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Cirus Cabaret" marks the season with clowns

Courtesy Shoot the Klown<p>Christmas circus: "Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Cirus Cabaret" marks the season with clowns

Dec. 22: Ice skating, circus and more

WHO'S IN TOWN

Singer Bart Davenport is among the performers at “You Are Hear: Live Music for the Holidays,” a winter concert series at San Francisco International Airport. [11 a.m., Terminal 3, SFO; www.flysfo.com/holiday]

HOLIDAY

Hanukkah menorah: Another candle on the 25-foot-tall Bill Graham Menorah is being lit for the seventh day of Hanukkah. [5 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Nativity visit: Tapestry Church's re-creation of Bethlehem has been a Christmas tradition for nearly two decades. Bethlehem A.D. includes hundreds of townspeople; a menagerie of sheep, camels and donkeys; and actors portraying Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. [6-9:30 p.m., 1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

Another 'Nutcracker': Peninsula Ballet Theatre has been performing “Nutcracker” since 1971. All children under 12 receive a free keepsake ornament. [2 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Ice rinks: Ice rinks are open at The Embarcadero and Union Square. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

'Wonderful' movie: A despondent man meets a friendly angel in Frank Capra's holiday classic “It's a Wonderful Life.” [2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Older Writers Laboratory: Seniors share their work at this poetry-writing group. [10 a.m.-noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Holiday movie: “The Polar Express,” a computer-animated adaptation of Chris Van Allburg's classic children's book, screens. [4 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Teen Winter Reading: Libraries are encouraging teens 12-18 to read over the winter break by offering raffles and prizes. Teen can pick up readings logs at participating libraries and return them by Jan. 10; every five hours of reading logged equals one raffle entry. [Participating San Francisco libraries; sfpl.org]

AT THE COLLEGES

Star botanists: “Following the Bartrams' Footsteps” explores the impact of America's first family of botany, John and William Bartram, who trekked through the East Coast wilderness from the 1730s to 1790s. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley; botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Code breaker: San Francisco State University professor Aaron Belkin speaks about World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, subject of the film “The Imitation Game,” and how he broke the Nazis' codes. [7 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Open-mic comedy: Doc's Lab is hosting a night of open-mic comedy. [7 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Peter's early years: “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan,” won 5 Tony Awards in its Broadway run. [7:30 p.m., Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Christmas circus: “Mittens and Mistletoe: A Winter Cirus Cabaret” marks the season with clowns, magic and more. [2 and 4 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

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