The huge tree at 555 California Street is being lit on Nov. 29 featuring a performance by the Doobie Brothers. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday events 2016

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and these are some ways we’re celebrating (in chronological order):

Holiday Windows: The S.F. SPCA and Macy’s kick off the 30th annual event, a showcase of adoptable animals staffed by dedicated volunteers. 5 p.m. Nov. 18, free. Macy’s, Stockton and O’Farrell streets, S.F., www.sfspca.org/holiday

Embarcadero Center Building Lighting: The complex turns on 15,000 holiday lights in an event with fireworks and a show presented by Disney on Ice. 4 p.m. Nov. 18, free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market Street and the Embarcadero, S.F., www.embarcaderocenter.com

Home for the Holidays at Carolwood: The seasonal installation celebrates Walt Disney’s family and love of trains. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except closed Tuesdays and holidays, through Jan. 19, $12-$20. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.waltdisney.org

The Great Dickens Fair: The annual participatory holiday party recreates Victorian London with theater, authentic dancing and sumptuous feasting and shopping. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 18, $30 ($12 parking). Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, www.dickensfair.com

Pier 39 Tree Lighting: A 60-foot tree will be illuminated at 6 p.m., preceded by seasonal festivities including performances by “The Lion King” cast. 2-6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, free. Pier 39, Embarcadero, S.F., www.pier39.com

International Auto Show: Dozens of the world’s major manufacturers display hundreds of 2017 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 19 and Nov. 26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 20-24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27, $10. Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F., www.sfautoshow.com

St. Francis castles: Pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré opens the holiday display of handcrafted sugar and enchanted castles. 11 a.m. Nov. 23, free. Westin St. Francis, 355 Powell St., S.F., www.westinstfrancis.com

Holiday Art Glass Open Studio and Sale: Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon show and sell one-of-a-kind vases, bowls, lighting, sculpture and jewelry. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, free. 2680 Union St., Oakland, www.quepasaglass.com

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 52nd annual event showcases a 50-foot tree and hosts live music, Santa visits, snow and activities for kids. 4-8 p.m. Nov. 25, free. 900 North Point St., S.F., www.visitfishermanswharf.com

Macy’s Tree Lighting: Singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc and Bay Area choirs perform at the 27th event. 6 p.m. Nov. 25, free. Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F., www.macys.com

Bay Street Holiday Festivities: Reindeer, carolers and Santa will be on hand in the East Bay retail corridor. Noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 17-18, free. 5616 Bay St., Emeryville, www.baystreetemeryville.com

Fairmont Gingerbread Open House: The 22-foot structure is unveiled in an event with refreshments. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26, free. Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F., www.fairmont.com

SF Etsy Holiday Emporium: Some 200 artisans and small-batch food vendors sell their work; shoppers should bring their own bag. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26-27, free. Pier 70 Partners, 420 22nd St., S.F.,, www.eventbrite.com

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Dozens of artists sell work from their studios in the 26th event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 26-Dec. 18, and Dec. 19-Dec. 24, free. Map at Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., #24 A, Berkeley, www.berkeleyartisans.com

Winter Carousel Lighting: Rides on the Bay Area’s oldest carousel are offered in Yerba Buena Gardens, presented by the Children’s Creativity Museum. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, free. 221 Fourth St., S.F., www.creativity.org

555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony
: The Doobie Brothers, Dick Bright Orchestra, Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen, and the Pacific-Boychoir Academy appear at the 10th annual event. 5 p.m. Nov. 29, free. 555 California St., S.F., www.555treelighting.com

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents a holiday boutique with dozens of vendors. 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30, $10. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, https://www.mercyhsb.com/alumnae/christmas-at-kohl

Brit + Co Holiday House: The pop-up shop offers craft and activity classes, DIY stations and gifting stations by Jo-Ann. 11 a.m-8 p.m. Dec, 1-22, free. 2120 Union St., S.F., www.brit.co/about/locations/

Jingle and Mingle: Children of Shelter — an organization serving homeless children — hosts its annual benefit, featuring the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind designer wreaths. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, $275 and up. Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F., www.childrenofshelters.org

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Music, reindeer and tap-dancing trees make up the fun. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.jacklondonsquare.com

San Leandro Tree Lighting: A “winter wonder walk” has been added to 2016 festivities. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, free. West Estudillo Avenue and East 14th Street, San Leandro, www.downtownsanleandro.com

Presidio Tree Lighting: Golden Gate Carolers sing at the event, followed by refreshments in the YMCA gymnasium on Funston Avenue. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2, free (reservations requested). Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.presidio.gov

Half Moon Bay Night of Lights: Festivities include caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park followed by a parade. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Main and Kelly streets, Half Moon Bay, www.halfmoonbaychamber.org

Art Guild of Pacifica Galleria: The annual holiday market offers affordable gifts. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11, free. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd.,www.artguildofpacifica.org

Holiday Traditions from Around the World: The San Mateo County History Museum invites families to make ornaments at the event, which also features a performance by the SFSU Handbell Choir. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, $4-$6. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.historysmc.org

Westlake Snow Day: The shopping center hosts princesses reminiscent of “Frozen” characters for photo opportunities as well as holiday festivities along Main Street. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, free. 340 Westlake Center, Daly City, westlake.shopkimco.com

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities at the 26th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 3, free. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F., www.sresproductions.com

Holiday Heroes: Olympic gold medalists Jonny Moseley and Natalie Coughlin, 49ers Eric Heitmann and Shayne Skov and San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson are slated to attend the Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. 6 p.m. Dec. 5, $250 and up. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F., www.holidayheroes.org

Holiday Victorian Teas: The San Francisco Heritage Society hosts the seasonal fundraiser in the historic architectural setting. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 9-11, plus noon-2 p.m. Dec. 10-11, $24-$48. Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin St., S.F., www.sfheritage.org/upcoming_events/

Parol Lantern Festival & Parade: The Filipino community hosts the 14th annual yuletide display and festivities. 5–9 p.m. Dec. 10, free. Jessie Square, Mission Street and Yerba Buena Lane, S.F., www.bayanihancc.org

Boat Decorating Contest: Half Moon Bay area businesses offer refreshments at the annual maritime holiday light display. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10, Pillar Point Harbor, #9 Johnson Pier, Princeton-By-The-Sea, (650) 726-4382

Celebrations at Sea: The S.F. Maritime National Historical Park hosts family festivities aboard the 1886 historic sailing ship Balclutha. 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, $10. Hyde Street Pier, Hyde and Jefferson streets, S.F., www.nps.gov

Harvey Milk Center for the Arts Holiday Craft Fair
: The inaugural event includes handmade items for sale, family friendly activities and photo opportunities. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11, free. 50 Scott St., S.F. www.facebook.com/harveymilkarts/

S.F. Zoo Lights: Holiday lights illuminate the park and animals. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Dec. 16-30. $13-$19. ($10-$12 parking). Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F., www.sfzoo.org

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. 16, free. Pier 39, S.F., www.visitfishermanswharf.com

Craneway Crafts Fair: The 46th annual showcase and sale, which benefits KFPA, features handmade work by more than 200 jury-selected artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 17-18, $12. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. www.cranewaycraftsfair.com

Wreath Making Workshop: Volunteers assist crafters in creating holiday décor with trimmings from the Presidio forest. 11 a.m. Dec. 18, free (registration required). Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.presidio.gov

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, www.bethlehemad.com

Bill Graham Menorah Lighting: The first candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, and lightings continue at 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 29; at 3 p.m. Dec. 30; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Bill Graham Menorah Day festivities at 2 p.m. Dec. 25 include music, dancing and crafts. Free. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., www.billgrahammenorah.com

Community Day: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts Christmas Day activities and performances. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 25, free. 736 Mission St., S.F., www.thecjm.org

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. 26-30, free. 3200 California St., S.F., www.jccsf.org

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