The Christmas Poems: Krandall Kraus reads from his latest collection of poetry, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.
The Festival of Lights: Holiday concert of music, comedy, theater, and dance based on the ideas of light in the Winter Solstice, Diwali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the lunar New Year, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, $12-$15, 346-8959 (information). Veterans Building, Green Room, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 512-0641.
Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along: A strolling fiddler leads the sing-along screening of the holiday classic plus food, a costume contest, and more, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, $12-$30, come dressed as your favorite charac-ter. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro (at Roosevelt), Hoytt Theater, San Rafael, 444-8000.
The Golden Age of Silent Comedy: The Silent Movie Theatre Hollywood presents a holiday family program of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Laurel & Hardy classics, featuring legendary organist Bob Mitchell on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ with special musical guest Janet Klein, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, $12-$15. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120.
Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Pickwick Comic Annual: The theatrical event re-creates the Yuletide London of Charles Dickens featuring more than 400 costumed characters, food, and shopping opportunities, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 22, www.dickensfair.com; $8-$20, 897-4555 (information). Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos, Daly City, 469-6000.
The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot: Annual sale of Christmas trees and decorations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, through Wednesday, Dec. 18, free, 561-2700 (information). Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, Marina & Buchanan, 749-4588.
Ho Ho Ho Holiday Party: 4th annual party and toy drive for the Tenderloin After-School Program, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, $10 or donation of a new, unwrapped toy, 621-6277 (information). Cafe Mars, 798 Brannan (at Seventh St.).
Holiday Films: A screening of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales, (Dec. 21) and a holiday animation program (Dec. 26-30), 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Monday, Dec. 30, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.
Holiday Iron Science Teacher Competition: Teachers have 10 minutes to concoct a science activity for the classroom, noon Friday, Dec. 13, free-$10. Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673.
Holiday Magic at Children's Fairyland: Each weekend features visits from Santa and holiday performances, the park closes at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 & Dec. 31; it will be closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$6. Children's Fairyland USA, 699 Bellevue (off Grand), Oakland, 510-452-2259.
The Holiday Season at Dunsmuir 2002: Get into the holiday spirit at the lavishly decorated historic landmark complete with carolers, a marketplace, tea service, and arts & crafts activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 15, free-$11, 925-275-9490 (box office). Dunsmuir House and Gardens Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks, Oakland, 510-615-5555.
Holiday Steam Train: The Golden Gate Railroad Museum offers rides from San Francisco to Redwood City and back aboard a historic locomotive, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, and Sunday, Dec. 29, $20-$80, 877-750-4400 (tickets), www.sfsteam.org. Cal Train Depot, Fourth and King streets.
Holiday Taste: Annual party featuring multicultural performances, an art exhibit, educational games, and a Kwanzaa ceremony, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, free. Bayview Opera House/Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, 4705 Third St. (at Newcomb), 252-9211.
Holiday Week at Lawrence Hall of Science: Ring in the holidays with special events every day and children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free-$8. Lawrence Hall of Science, Centennial & Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, 510-642-5132.
Integrating the Nguzo Saba: The Heart of Kwanzaa: Community celebration with hands-on craft activities, an artists' marketplace, African dance, drumming, and storytelling, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, free-$6. Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), Oakland, 888-625-6873.
A John Waters' X-Mas: Meet-and-greet reception with the inimitable director of Pink Flamingoes and Polyester, with special guests Carol Lynley and Heklina, plus a sing-along screening of Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $29.95-$74.95, 863-0611 (tickets). Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120.
Jollyday: Children's favorite toys -- Raggedy Ann, toy soldier, and the Velveteen Rabbit among them -- come to life at this third annual event, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point (between Polk & Larkin), 775-5500.
Kwanzaa Celebration: A multicultural event with music, stories, and arts and crafts, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, free-$6. Coyote Point Museum, 1651 Coyote Point, San Mateo, 650-342-7755; Fifth annual party commemorating the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa with hands-on activities, performances, and food, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, free-$7. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds (at Murray), Sausalito, 487-4398.
Latke Ball 2003: The Young Adult Division of the Jewish Community Federation presents this dance party featuring DJs, jazz, and swing, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, $22, 877-923-1818 (information). Factory 525, 525 Harrison (at First St.).
Lusty Lady Playday: Annual holiday party brings performers out from behind the glass featuring lap dances, fire breathing, magic shows, and topless shoeshines, 10-4 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 391-3991 (information). Lusty Lady, 1033 Kearny (between Columbus and Kearny), 391-3126.
Metreon's Winter Wonderland: Highlights include falling snow every day, screenings of classic children's films, storytelling, and DJs, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, free, 369-6098 (information), www.metreon.com. Metreon, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6000.