ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol’
Through Dec. 27
American Conservatory Theater begins its annual run of the holiday classic based on Charles Dickens’ famous story.
Fantasy of Lights
Union Street kicks off the holiday season of lights with festivities featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, jugglers, a monkey, balloon artists and merchant open houses.
The boys chorus’ annual holiday concert, “An Old Family Christmas” will fill Old First Church in San Francisco.
San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’
Through Dec. 27
The troupe’s presentation of the holiday classic is considered by many the biggest and the best.
The company presents “The Christmas Ballet 2009” at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 13, then moves to Yerba Buena Center in
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Old First Concerts presents the show, featuring a contemporary take on klezmer music including Hanukkah songs, Yiddish folk songs and original klezmer songs.
Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire
Find holiday gifts from a selection of jewelry, apparel, bags, frames, magnets, ornaments, artwork, candles, cards, ceramics and more; the sale is at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St.
Monster Ball 2009
Lady Gaga, with Kid Cudi and Semi Precious Weapons, is on the bill at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
Colors of Christmas
San Francisco Symphony presents Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Jennifer Holliday and Maxi Priest at the annual pops vocal holiday concert in Davies Symphony Hall.
The internationally renowned a cappella singing ensemble presents its holiday concert at St. Ignatius Church in The City.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
The band plays its seventh annual “Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza” at the Warfield.
San Francisco Girls Chorus
“Let Heaven and Earth Sing: A Holiday Concert and Sing-Along” is the title of the acclaimed choral group’s annual performance in Davies Symphony Hall.
Robert Downey Jr. plays the title character and Jude Law is his partner Watson in Guy Ritchie’s film based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective.
The popular bluegrass-rock band plays the Fillmore, with openers Hot Buttered Rum.
The versatile Verve recording artist — who first seriously pursued her career in Oakland — opens a five-night engagement at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.
Beach Blanket Babylon
The 10:15 p.m. enhanced holiday edition of The City’s iconic show ends at the stroke of midnight, followed by dancing until 1:30 a.m.