Get an early start for a short trip along the Bodega Head Trail



Food: Bridget Batson of Gitane fame has another appealing eatery, Claudine, right down Claude Lane. The alleyway restaurant’s versatile menu is inviting for dining at all times of day.


Meet Your Mixologist: Oliver Lee, bar manager at Seasons in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, has some special drinks on the menu — including wassail from an old family recipe — for the holidays.

On the town

Avian terror: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” screens at the Castro Theatre. A bored socialite becomes involved in the lives of a widower and his family, and strange avian attacks happen. [429 Castro St., S.F.;]

Three comedians
: Locally based comedy performers Harmon Leon, Colin Mahan and Yayne Abeba join forces in a triple bill, “Who Killed Smile Time?” [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]


A great hike

‘Spout Out’: Get an early start for a short trip along the Bodega Head Trail with dramatic views of the moody Pacific. It’s also one of the best places for spying gray whales migrating to Baja. People flock to the west parking lot on the lookout for blowholes, but for an even better view, take a short hike out to Horseshoe Cove Overlook. The coastal trail slinks cliff-side above the ocean and up to the boulder-covered lookout point. [Visit to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Oranges
  • Cannellini beans
  • Chestnuts
  • Chicken crepinettes
  • Daikon radish
  • Kabocha squash
  • Marigolds
  • Pine cones


Choral concert: The Chanticleer men’s chorus presents “A Chanticleer Christmas,” a concert featuring works by Renaissance and modern composers, plus carols and spirituals. [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., S.F.]

Klezmer group:
The klezmer jazz group Klezmania presents a holiday concert. The program includes traditional Hanukkah songs, klezmer tunes and Yiddish folk songs. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]


Improvised whodunit: BATS Improv presents “A Very Merry Murder Mystery,” an improvised whodunit set in 1930s England during the holiday season. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Havoc and harmony:
The Kinsey Sicks, whose shows combine four-part harmony, over-the-top drag, and satire, present their holiday show, “Oy Vey in a Manger.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Sketch comedy: The Killing My Lobster troupe, teaming with Z Space, presents “KMLZ Holidaze,” a show of sketches and shenanigans about the holiday season. [7 and 10 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Holiday stand-up:
Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her second annual “Ha Ha Ho Ho Holiday Show” to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]



Handmade goods: The second day of the third annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market offers works for sale by more than 250 artists. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.]


Cabaret fundraiser: The “Soulful Holidays” cabaret benefits the Black Coalition on AIDS. Performers include local LGBT, drag and other artists. [6 to 10 p.m., Trigger Bar and Dance Club, 2344 Market St., S.F.]


Singer-songwriter: Boston-based dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler performs a concert to promote her self-titled new album. [9 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Opera tenor: Italian singer Pasquale Esposito presents “Pasquale in Canto — The Season of Giving,” a concert benefiting the American Cancer Society. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Holiday Lights Ride: The eighth annual event is a seasonal favorite. Join Yuletide-loving, caroling bikers as they pedal through a wonderland of lights. The ambitious ride takes in a lot of houses and has some hills, so bring water, bike lights for visibility, and treats to share for a super-secret, end-point potluck. [6:30 p.m., meet at Panhandle Statue at Fell and Baker streets, S.F.,]

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