Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein’s big Christmas tree is an annual draw on 21st Street. (Courtesy Peretz Partensky)

Holiday Events 2015

Holiday activities, from treats to tree trimming — and shopping, of course! — abound.

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. 20, $25-$30 ($12 parking). Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, www.dickensfair.com

International Auto Show
: Thirty-eight of the world’s major manufacturers display 2016 model cars, SUVs, trucks and vans in the 55th annual event. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 26-29, $10. Moscone Convention Center, 747 Howard St., S.F., www.sfautoshow.com

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The 51st annual event showcases a 50-foot tree. 4-9 p.m. (festivities); 5:30 p.m. (lighting) Nov. 27, free. 900 North Point St., S.F., wwww.ghirardellisq.com

Macy’s Tree Lighting: “American Idol” singer Jordin Sparks appears at the 26th annual event. 6 p.m. Nov. 27, free. Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F., www.macys.com

Celebration of Craftswomen: The 37th annual show benefiting the Women’s Buildingfeatures more than 150 juried artists selling holiday gift items, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Nov. 27-29, $10. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org

Fairmont Gingerbread Holiday Open House: The 22-foot structure is unveiled in an event with refreshments. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 28, 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. 28-29, free. Pier 35,The Embarcadero, S.F., https://www.facebook.com/events/1398420733781746

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios: Dozens of artists sell work from their studios in the 25th event. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 28-Dec. 21, and Dec. 21-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 p.m. Nov. 28, free. 221 Fourth St., S.F., www.creativity.org

Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree: Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein’s dazzling annual home holiday display has been a neighborhood staple for more than a decade. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 1–24, free. 3560 21st St., S.F., www.lightsofthevalley.com

555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony: Andy Grammer, Dick Bright Orchestra, Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen, and the Pacific-Boychoir Academy appear. 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 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. Dec. 2, $10. Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, http://www.mercyhsb.com/page.cfm?p=357

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. 3, $275 and up. Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F., www.childrenofshelters.org

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. 4, free (reservations requested). Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.presidio.gov

Art Guild of Pacifica Galleria: The holiday market offers affordable gifts. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13, free. Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd.,www.artguildofpacifica.org

S.F. Zoo Lights: Holiday lights illuminate the park and animals on weekend evenings. 5-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Dec. 4-Jan. 3, plus Dec. 26-30, $5-$8. Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F., www.sfzoo.org

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: Music, reindeer, parade float previews and tap-dancing trees make up the fun. 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4, free. Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland, www.jacklondonsquare.com

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. 4, free. Main and Kelly streets, Half Moon Bay, www.halfmoonbaychamber.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. 5, $4-$6. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.historysmc.org

Holiday Pop-Up Boutique: Unique pieces from local artisans are for sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5, free. Stanford Court hotel, Powell and California streets, S.F., www.stanfordcourt.com

Union Street Fantasy of Lights: Festivities at the 25th event include face painting, reindeer, Santa and holiday lights. 3-7 p.m. Dec. 6, free. Union Street between Van Ness Avenue and Steiner Street, S.F., www.sresproductions.com

Holiday Heroes: Athletes including Dennis Brown, Jonny Moseley, Eric Heitmann and Carlos Hyde and are slated to appear at the annual Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. 5:45 p.m. Dec. 7, $250 and up. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F., www.holidayheroes.org

Holiday Tea
: The S.F. Museum and Historical Society hosts a high tea in the Old Mint’s Belle Époque Counting Rooms. 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, $75. 88 Fifth St., S.F., www.sfhistory.org

Holiday Crafts Day: Randall Museum’s family event is the ideal place to create decorations and gifts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12, free entry, fees for materials. Mission Arts Center, 745 Treat Ave., S.F., www.randallmuseum.org

Old Time Maritime Christmas: Visitors will experience Christmas in the year 1901, and can meet captains and crews aboard historic ships. Lamplit guided tours leave every 20 minutes. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12, free, reservations required. Hyde Street Pier, S.F., (415) 447-5000

Ghirardelli Square Light the Menorah: Rabbi Peretz Mochkin lights the first candle in the Hanukkah celebration. 6-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, free. 900 North Point St., S.F., www.ghirardellisq.com

Bill Graham Menorah: Lori Starr of the Contemporary Jewish Museum and George Zimmer appear at first candle lighting of the Hanukkah observance. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6 (continues daily through Dec. 13), free. Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F., www.billgrahammenorah.com

Hanukkah Candlelighting: The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco celebrates the holiday commemorating the Jews’ defeat of the Greeks in ancient times. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6-13, free. 3200 California St., S.F., www.jccsf.org

Wreath Making Workshop: Volunteers assist crafters in creating holiday décor with trimmings from the Presidio forest. Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 12-13, free (registration requested). Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., www.presidio.gov

Downtown Holiday Festival and Holiday Lights Illumination Ceremony: Santa visiting, a “Nutcracker” performance and refreshments round out the activities. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 16, free. East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th St., Richmond, www.richmondmainstreet.org

Bethlehem A.D.: The little town of Bethlehem is brought to life at an 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

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