Downtown Redwood City businesses are hosting Hometown Holiday on Dec. 2 in Courthouse Square. (Courtesy Jerry Pierce)

Downtown Redwood City businesses are hosting Hometown Holiday on Dec. 2 in Courthouse Square. (Courtesy Jerry Pierce)

Light the lights, trim the tree!

It’s that time of year again! Here’s the first installment of Bay Area holiday happenings on tap through Dec. 3. More to come next week!

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. 8, $15-$25. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.,

The Great Dickens Christmas 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. 17, $30 ($12 parking). Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City,

Pier 39 Tree Lighting: A 60-foot tree is illuminated at 6 p.m., preceded by seasonal festivities including a performance by Mariachi Divas. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, free. Pier 39, Embarcadero, S.F.,

International Auto Show: Dozens of the world’s major manufacturers display hundreds of 2018 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 19-23; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 24-25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 26, $10. Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.,

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 53rd annual event showcases a 60-foot tree and hosts live music, Santa visits, snow and activities for kids. 4-9 p.m. Nov. 24, free. 900 North Point St., S.F.,

Macy’s Tree Lighting: The cast of San Francisco’s “A Christmas Story,” Us the Duo and Bay Area choirs perform at the 28th event. 6 p.m. Nov. 24, free. Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.,

Alameda South Shore Black Friday: Festivities include carolers, jazz, tree lighting, Santa and ice skating. 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Nov. 24, free. 2219 South Shore Center, Alameda (Center Court at Alameda South Shore Center),

SF Etsy Holiday Emporium: Some 200 artisans and small-batch food vendors sell their work; shoppers should bring their own bag. Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 26, free. Pier 35., S.F.,,

Winter Walk: Union Square’s 2017 seasonal holiday pedestrian plaza, with Off the Grid food trucks and special performances, is being called the “largest yet.” 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 25-Jan. 1, free. Stockton, between Eliis and Geary streets, S.F.,

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Dozens of artists sell from their studios in the 27th event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 17, and Dec. 18-Dec. 24, free. Map at Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St., #24 A, Berkeley,

Winter Carousel Lighting: Rides on the Bay Area’s oldest carousel are offered in Yerba Buena Gardens, presented by the Children’s Creativity Museum. 4-7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, free. 221 Fourth St., S.F.,

555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony: Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen host the annual benefit, this year with a culinary theme featuring top local chefs and country singer Frankie Ballard, with proceeds going to North Bay fire relief. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29, $249. 555 California St., S.F.,

Asian Art Museum Holiday Artisan Market: The inaugural event features one-of-a-kind handmade goods by local makers. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29, free. 200 Larkin St., S.F.,

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents the event with dozens of vendors. 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29, $10. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame,

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. Nov. 30, $275 and up. General’s Residence, Fort Mason, off Bay and Franklin streets, S.F.,

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Luncheon: Rob Moreno, accompanied by his guide dog Geyser, is the keynote speaker at the 41st fundraiser. 11 a.m. Dec. 1. $125. St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.,

Bay Street Holiday Festivities: Santa will be at the East Bay retail corridor. Afternoons, daily, Dec.1-24, free. 5616 Bay St., Emeryville,

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Music, reindeer, tap-dancing trees and an urban market make up the fun. 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, free. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland,

San Leandro Tree Lighting: Family activities, entertainment and a Holiday Tree Lane are among the festivities. 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1, free. West Estudillo Avenue and East 14th Street, San Leandro,

Paxton Gate Anniversary/Holiday Party: The store offering taxidermy, scientific ephemera, books, succulents, jewelry celebrates its 25th year and the season with a bash. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 1, free (RSVP to 824 Valencia St., S.F.,, (415) 824-1872

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. 1, free. Main Street and Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay,

Hometown Holidays: A parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos, arts and crafts and a 5:45 p.m. tree lighting at City Hall among the family-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Courthouse Square and surroundings, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City,

Union Street Fantasy of Lights
: Festivities at the 27th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 2, free. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F.,

Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair: The annual event offers art, crafts, jewelry, gourmet treats and knick-knacks for sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, free. Community Center, 19 Seacape Drive, Muir Beach,
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