Oakland Holiday Parade: Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Holiday Parade as it travels through Oakland's City Center.
2 p.m. Starting at 11th and Broadway, Oakland.
SF Vaudeville Holiday Revue: Enjoy a circus for adults in a Barbary Coast speakeasy, with cocktails and dinner.
9 p.m. $39-$79, Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway (at Montgomery), 291-0333.
Dec. 6-Jan. 2
Nutcracker Tea at the Fairmont: Children get their hands dirty decorating gingerbread houses.
Call for times. $48, The Fairmont, 950 Mason St. (at California), 772-5204.
SF Weekly Holiday Party and Benefit for One Warm Coat: Enjoy music from the Supplicants and food from the city's best restaurants while supporting One Warm Coat, whose goal is to provide a coat to anyone who needs one, free of charge. Donate coats at Bay Area Macy's and Popeyes, Bay Street in Emeryville, and other locations listed at www.onewarmcoat.org.
7-10 p.m. $35, Diablo Grande Wine Gallery, 661 Mission St.
Las Posadas: A family event commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and their nightly search for a place to stay. Music, dancing, and piñata demonstrations.
4-7 p.m. Jack London Square (at Broadway), Oakland.
Christmas at Sea: Santa arrives at the Maritime Park in a rowboat. Enjoy kids activities, storytelling, holiday music, and more.
2 p.m. Under 17 free, Hyde Street Pier (Hyde & Jefferson), 561-6662.
Community Hanukkah Celebration: Enjoy live entertainment, eat yummy latkes, sing Hanukkah songs, play dreidel, dance the hora, and more.
2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $7-$12 per family, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. (at Presidio Avenue), 292-1255.
"Good Vibrations' Kinky Circus": Erotic carnival featuring Harlem Shake Burlesque Troupe, legendary drag king Jay Walker, drag queen extraordinaire Fauxnique, and Honey & Darlin' from Kitty Kitty Bang Bang performing a "traptease" aerial act. Semi-formal, formal, or fetishwear required.
9 p.m. DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh St. (at Harrison), 1-800-BUY-VIBES.
Kwanzaa Family Night Celebration: Learn the Nguzo Saba (seven principles of Kwanzaa) and enjoy entertainment and good food.
6-8:00 p.m. Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library, 5075 3rd St. (at Revere), 557-4400.
"WinterFest: Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Las Posadas, Chanukah, & Other Family Traditions": Explore the magic of winter traditions from different cultures. Have fun making ornaments and playing games from other lands.
12-4 p.m. $5-$8, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200.
"El Vez Merry Mexmas Show": The "Mexican Elvis" comes to Cafe Du Nord for two very special Christmas shows. Catch hits like "Santa Claus is sometimes Brown" and "Mamacita, dónde está Santa Claus?"
8 p.m. $15-$18, 2170 Market (at Sanchez), 861-5016.
12th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: For something different, try a Jewish comedy night at Christmastime in a Chinese restaurant, with straight and gay comedy. The fortune cookies are filled with Yiddish proverbs.
6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $36-$54, New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave. (at Grant), (925) 275-9005.
NORAD Tracks Santa: This time of year brings a lot of activity to the North Pole region. Log on to the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site to track Santa's sleigh and reindeer via radar on Christmas Eve.
Starts at 4 p.m. www.noradsanta.org.
Holiday Animation Film Festival: This program celebrates the art of animation both old and new with classic work by animator Norman McLaren, as well as work by contemporary artists. Includes Begone Dull Care and The Painterby physicist Steve Hinde, and Snow Seen From Warm Window by Mark O'Connell.
Noon and 2 p.m. McBean Theater, Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., 561-0315.
"New Year's Eve With Sandra Bernhard": The wild woman's career spans film, Broadway, television, and books, but it's in front of a mike where her knife-edged humor truly shines. Be prepared for an outrageous event.
8 and 10:30 p.m. $80-$95, Alcazar Theater, 650 Geary Street (at Jones), 441-4042.
Coolworld Planet New Year 2005: Featuring four musical environments, each with its own special theme and world class artists. Guiding your way will be giant video screens on each stage that will be counting us down to the new year.
6 p.m. $35.00 - $75.00, Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos Street, 404-4111.
San Francisco Symphony New Year's Eve Gala: Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth sings spectacular numbers from yesteryear and today. Enjoy party favors and complimentary champagne, savories, and desserts, and dance the night away to the sounds of the Peter Mintun Orchestra on stage and Soul University in the 1st Tier Lobby. When the clock strikes midnight, 2005 balloons cascade from above.
9 p.m. $89-$148, Davies Symphony Hall, Grove & Van Ness, 864-6000.
Craft Fairs and Holiday Shopping
Nov. 27-Dec. 19
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair: An adventure into Victorian holiday partying with hundreds of costumed players in 90,000 square feet of theatrically lit music halls, pubs, dance parties, and Christmas shops on winding lanes.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $8-$20, Cow Palace, Geneva & Santos Street, 404-4111.
Christmas Tree Sale: The annual giant indoor sale of trees and decorations, a benefit for underprivileged children, is held daily.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fort Mason Center (at Marina Boulevard & Buchanan Street).
The SAK Warehouse Sale: Large assortment of handbags, wallets, and cosmetic bags from $5 to $40. Products are from overages, last season, samples, and liquidation.
Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2111 Harrison St. (at 17th Street), 486-1326.