Jollyday at Ghirardelli Square Carolers, balloon artists, puppet shows, and a special visit from Santa are featured at this family-friendly affair. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; free. Ghirardelli Square, Plaza Level, 900 North Point (at Larkin), 775-5500.
Kwanzaa Celebration Fourth annual cultural celebration with kids' arts and crafts and African performers and drummers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 / www.badm.org.
Lusty Lady Playday The Lusty Ladies serve up holiday cheer and more during this annual bacchanal featuring backstage tours, topless shoeshines, lap dances, and slave training. 9 a.m.-4 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $5-$10. Lusty Lady Theater, 1033 Kearny (at Broadway), 391-3991.
Messiah Sing-Along Sixteenth annual nondenominational community sing-along of the Christmas portion of the Messiah, followed by Christmas carols. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8; free-$7. St. Basil's Church, 1225 Tuolumne (at Marilyn), Vallejo, 707-552-2787 / www.vallejomusictheatre.org.
Nia: A Community Kwanzaa Celebration Celebration of black family history, community, and culture with arts and crafts, food demonstrations, drumming, and dancing. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; free-$6. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), 888-625-6873 / www.museumca.org.
PEERS Victorian Christmas Ball or The Dickens Reunion Ball Come dressed in Victorian costume (or modern evening wear) and polka and waltz to music by Bangers & Mash. Olde English snack buffet and punch. 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8; $15-$20. Masonic Lodge of San Mateo, 100 N. Ellsworth (at Tilton), San Mateo, 510-522-1731 / www.peers.org.
SF Bike Coalition WinterFest Sixth annual bike festival with free food, beer, music, and live and silent auctions on bikes, accessories, and more. 5-10 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free-$20. SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 431-2453 ext. 5 / www.sfbike.org.
SF Zoo's Joy to the Animals Traditional giving of gifts to the animals with live entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8; free-$10. SF Zoo, 1 Zoo (at Skyline), 753-7080 / www.sfzoo.org.
Union Street Fantasy of Lights Starlight Sing-along Come dressed in festive attire and join carolers and choral groups from local schools and churches. Bring a new toy to donate. 5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; free. Carolers meet in front of the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union (between Buchanan and Webster), 885-1335.
Another Wrapping Paper Caper Lunatique Fantastique returns with an all-new version of its holiday puppet detective story. Plays 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; 1:30 & 3:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 27-30; 1:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 2-5; $8-$12. Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 820-3353 / www.zeum.org.
Beach Blanket Babylon Steve Silver's North Beach perennial presents a seasonal extravaganza with tap-dancing Christmas trees and an oversize Yuletide hat. Plays 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 5-6; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; 5 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13; 7 &10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14-15; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; 5 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 21-22; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 26-27; 7 & 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29; 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $25-$62. Special New Year's Eve performance 7 & 10:15 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31; $55-$175. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.
Black Nativity Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' gospel song play about the birth of Jesus, starring Arvis Strickling Jones. Plays 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 23; $22-$30. Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 620 Sutter (at Mason), 474-8800 / www.LorraineHansberryTheatre.com.
Black Nativity The Allen Temple Baptist Church Cantateers present Langston Hughes' gospel song play about the birth of Jesus. Plays 8 p.m., Friday; 2:30 & 8 p.m., Saturday; 5:30 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 16; $5-$25. Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International (at 85th St.), Oakland, 510-569-9418.
Candlelight Christmas SFSU Chamber Singers present an intimate candlelit evening of a cappella Christmas music. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $10-$15. Most Holy Redeemer Church, Diamond & 18th St., 338-2467.
Chamber Singers Present A Holiday Concert A world premiere performance with Ancora, a virtuoso choir of young women. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $15-$20. The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th St. (at Julian), 771-3352.
A Choral Christmas San Francisco Symphony Chorus with Vance George conducting. 3 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9; $10-$48. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000.
The Choral Project's Christmas Season Concert The Bay Area vocal ensemble presents its concert performance of "Gloria! Songs of the Season," featuring international carols. 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7; $15-$20, $5 discounts available for anyone contributing new, unwrapped toys for Toys-for-Tots. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 408-746-0905 / www.choralproject.org.
The Christmas Ballet, 2001 Edition Smuin Ballets/SF presents this refreshing alternative to The Nutcracker, choreographed by Michael Smuin. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 & Friday, Dec. 14; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19; 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Dec. 20-21; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; 2 & 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26; 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27; 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30; $30-$40. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 / www.smuinballets.com.
Christmas Café Flamenco Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos present their special holiday show featuring Sara de Luis. 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; $10-$17. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), 863-9834.
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