Holiday Guide

Arts, Crafts, Events, Performances ,and New Year's Eve

Chanukah -- The Eight-Day Festival of LightsThe Chabad of SF sponsors the weeklong festival. Candle-lighting ceremonies take place 4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 12-13; 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free. Justin Herman Plaza, Market & Embarcadero, 362-6355.

Children's Christmas Party Family-oriented holiday celebration with the Bayview Hunters Point Unity Committee's Unity Day Parade & Rally, talent showcase, speakers, dinner, and live entertainment. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15; free. The Bayview Opera House & Joseph Lee Gym, 4705 Third St. (at Newcomb), 292-5157.

Eid ul Fitr Cultural Celebration Celebrate the end of Ramadan with music, storytelling, and poetry by Bay Area artists from many regions of the Islamic world. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; $10. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, 510-849-2568 / www.lapena.org.

Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual Entertainment fair and theatrical event with more than 400 costumed characters from Dickens' classic works. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; $6-$16. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva (at Santos), Daly City, 897-4555 / www.dickensfair.com.

Hanukkah Celebration Congregation Sha'ar Zahav celebrates the fifth night of the Festival of Lights with a meal and singing, followed by Shabbat services, candle lighting, and dancing. 8:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $5-$15. Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores (at 16th St.), 861-6932 ext. 305. Please RSVP no later than Friday, Dec. 7.

Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Celebration Honor the alliance between Jewish and African-American communities with music, food, and festivities. 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; free-$10. Rasselas, 2801 California (at Divisadero), 292-1261.

Holiday Animation Program Screening of Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

A Holiday Gift: Seven Animated Films That Celebrate the Season Family program includes The Great Toy Robbery, The Sweater, and more. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$9. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

Holiday Hawaiian Luau Dinner and Dance Party Live music, hula dancing, and more. 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; $12. Lincoln Park Community Center, 901 Brunswick (at Acton), Daly City, 650-991-8018.

Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2001 Get into the holiday spirit with tours of the decorated mansion, caroling, shopping, kids' activities, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Warm clothing and comfortable shoes recommended. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 16; free-$13. Dunsmuir Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, information at 925-275-9490 / www.dunsmuir.org.

Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science Family-friendly week of magic shows, storytelling, performances, and demonstrations. 1 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 26-31; free-$7. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial Drive (at Grizzly Park), UC Berkeley campus, 510-642-5132.

Iron Science Teacher: The Holiday Edition Science experiment cook-off where teachers compete to create a science activity from a secret ingredient that relates to the holidays. Noon-1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 / www.exploratorium.edu.

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 PlaydayThe 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.

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.

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.

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.

PERFORMANCE Another Wrapping Paper CaperLunatique 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 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. Club Fugazi, 678 Green (at Powell), 421-4222.

Black Nativity Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Langston Hughes' gospel song play, 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.

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