Holiday Guide

Arts, crafts, events, and performances for the holidays


Berkeley Farmers' Market 10th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair Benefit for the Ecology Center with handcrafted gifts for sale, live choral music, massage, and cider. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. MLK Jr. Civic Center Park, Center & MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley, 510-548-3333 /

Cell Space Christmas Artisan Sale Local artists sell their crafts. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23; free. Cell Space, 2050 Bryant (between 18th and 19th streets), 648-7562.

Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Dive into the Sea of Dreams 02.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.
Finis tasby brings his Texas Twisters to the Boom Boom Room.

Christmas Ornament Show Eleventh annual group show and sale. Noon-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free. Velvet Da Vinci, 508 Hayes (at Laguna), 626-7478 /

Craft Showcase 2 Curated exhibition and sale of new works from California's growing fine craft movement. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday-Monday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 30; free. Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Fort Mason, Bldg. A, Marina & Buchanan, 775-0991 ext. 109 /

Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit 21st annual display of edible creations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 30; free-$4. Coyote Point Museum, Coyote Point Park, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755 /

Holiday ExhibitionVintage and contemporary photographs. Through Jan. 12; free. Artseal Gallery, 1847 Larkin (at Pacific), 567-3523 /

Holiday Gift-Making Classes Instruction for kids and adults in how to make your own holiday gifts, including ornaments, T-shirts, and candles. Pre-registration required. 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, through Dec. 22; $5-$7. Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt), 554-9600 /

Holiday Glass Outlet Sales Clearance and discount sale of one-of-a-kind glass artwork, bowls, vases, and sculpture. Noon-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, through Dec. 23; free. Rogue Art Space, 4360 19th St. (at Eureka), 863-4940 /

Holiday Sale Handcrafted ceramic work by 21 local potters and ceramic artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 24; free. The Potter's Studio, 637 Cedar (at Second St.), Berkeley, 510-528-3286.

International Holiday Festival In conjunction with "Global Shoes," the hands-on exhibit teaching kids about international cultures, the museum presents a Russian Winter Fair with performances and dance lessons. 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29. The festival ends with World Play Day, a family block party with food and cultural events from different countries. Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30. All events free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 437-4398 /

It's a Gift!Gift-making workshops. 1:30-3 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 22; $20-$75. Museum of Children's Art, 538 Ninth St. (at Clay), Suite 210, Oakland, 510-465-8770 /

"The Sounds of Christmas" New York­based visual artist and musician Christian Marclay's installation incorporating his collection of more than 1,000 vinyl LPs of Christmas music. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, through Dec. 31; free. Live DJ performances 5-8 p.m., Thursday, through Dec. 27. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787 /

'Tis the Reason Holiday group show. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 27; free. Michael Martin Galleries, 251 Post (at Stockton), 217-0070 /

"Veiled and Revealed" Seven-person group show with visits from Santa and kids' gifts for sale. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free. Art-A-Fact Gallery, 1109 Addison (at San Pablo), Berkeley, 848-1985.

Xmas Pachanga and Art Sale More than 30 artists display their fine art prints. Noon-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, through Dec. 22; free. Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 826-8009.


Abfab! Badass Christmas Benefit Kickoff Party! Screening of the first three new episodes of the British television series, with special musical guest Sharp Ease. 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; $5. Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890 /

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 /

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 /

Holiday Animation Program Features Infinite Escher, Bunny, Tin Toy, and Tops. Noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 26-30; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 /

Holiday Bash Red Wine's special edition of the monthly "Pepper" party with DJs Rasoul, Charlotte the Baroness, and Toph One. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21; $5-$10. 111 Minna Street Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), 332-5800 ext. 211.

Holiday Film Series at the Exploratorium Screenings of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Walesand Sheldon Cohen's The Sweater. 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673 /

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 /

Holiday Services at Saint Gregory of Nyssa Service and Christmas pageant followed by candlelight mass and caroling. 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24; free. Saint Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 De Haro (at Mariposa), 255-8100 ext. 2.

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