Dec. 4-5: La Posarela, Philharmonia Baroque, Ferry Building Lights Out, ACT’s A Christmas Carol, S.F. Zoo Lights

The San Francisco Zoo begins its holiday show, which lights up the playground, reindeer. koalas, giraffes and amphibians and reptiles. (Courtesy photo)

The San Francisco Zoo begins its holiday show, which lights up the playground, reindeer. koalas, giraffes and amphibians and reptiles. (Courtesy photo)


FRIDAY, DEC. 4

S.F. Zoo Lights: About 1 million holiday lights illuminate the park and animals on weekend evenings for the Christmas season. [5 to 8 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F.]

La Posarela: Community Music Center’s Mexican Christmas musical — a Mission district take on the nativity story — stages the first of three performances of its popular and fun bilingual production, a blend of Mexican folk traditions, music, commentary and laughs. [7 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale: “Hail, Bright Cecilia! A Celebration Perfect for the Season” includes works by Handel and Purcell that praise St. Cecilia. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Bach Choir: “Christmas by Candlelight” includes music from the 15th through 21st centuries. [7:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Ferry Building Lights Out: The illuminated “1915” lights on the Ferry Building Tower will be extinguished at 5 p.m. to mark the date of the closing of the 1915 World’s Fair in an event also featuring speakers and entertainment. [4:15 p.m., Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Half Moon Bay Night of Lights: Festivities include caroling, a tree-lighting ceremony in Mac Dutra Park followed by a parade. [6 to 9 p.m., Main and Kelly streets, Half Moon Bay]

San Leandro Holiday Tree Lighting: The city’s improvement association hosts the inaugural event. [5:30 to 9 p.m., Joaquin Plaza, Juana Street, San Leandro]

A Christmas Carol: American Conservatory Theater opens its 39th run of the holiday classic, featuring James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the Ghost of Jacob Marley. [7 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Selwyn Birchwood: Florida’s rising guitar and lap-steel-playing blues star opens a two-night gig in The City. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]


SATURDAY, DEC. 5

Holiday Piñata Making Workshop: Alfonso Ochoa, who has been making paper mache piñatas for over 25 years, teaches the two-session class, which continues on Dec. 12. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Studio D, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Cinderella: The African-American Shakespeare Company opens its popular production, an enchanting take on the fairy tale that has become a holiday tradition. [3 and 8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, African-American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Christian Pepin: The Grammy-winning percussionist appears in a free concert. [7:30 p.m., Tateuchi Hall. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: The 30th holiday concert features host Danny Glover. [7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Lemony Snicket’s The Lump of Coal: The Bay Area Children’s Theatre opens the original production, described as “the hilarious and heartburning, uh, heartwarming holiday adventure of a lump of coal who wants to be an artist.” [11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m., Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: “Auld Lang Syne,” the Christmas at the Mission concert, features classic music performed by the group over three decades. [8 p.m., Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont]

Mark Tuschman: The photographer talks about the people in developing worlds pictured in “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book Event: The theme of the fourth annual gathering is “the inhuman.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland]

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