Holiday Events

Dec. 4-9

Creature Comfort, New Langton Arts' 20th Annual Art Auction: Langton is transformed into a plush winter lodge as guests relax and enjoy the creature comforts of fine California wines and spirits and a light supper while taking in nearly a hundred artworks and luxury packages up for bid to support Langton's programs.
$50-$300, New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom St., 626-5416,

Dec. 10

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Not Your Mother's Craft Sale: Find the latest chic and unique clothing, jewelry, home accessories, artwork, fashion accessories, and more. Shop, enjoy a brew, and listen to music.
7-10 p.m. $8, Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, (510) 238-2200.

Dec. 11

Chillin' at 111 Minna: 21-and-up show featuring 40 fashion designers, 40 painters/photographers, and 30 filmmakers.
8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5, 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second Street), 974-1719.

Dec. 11-12

34th annual KPFA Crafts and Music Fair: 220 artists show their best work in a warm and spirited ambiance, with natural foods from many cultures and live musical performances.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-$8, The Concourse, 8th & Brannan streets, (510) 848.6767 ext. 611.

Dec. 11-24

Berkeley Holiday Street Fair: Over 200 street artists, merchants, community groups, musicians, and other entertainers will fill Telegraph Avenue during all six days of this festive and vibrant annual crafts fair.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Telegraph Avenue, between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

Dec. 12

Naughty Santa's Black Market: A delicate balance between holiday party and fine-art crafts fair, featuring 65 offbeat Bay Area artisans selling handmade holiday gifts.
4 p.m.-midnight, $6, SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan (at 8th Street), 695-9100.

Tree Lightings and Holiday Lights

Nov. 26

Union Square Tree Lighting: Entertainment, including a visit from Santa, begins at noon, along with artisans displaying their holiday crafts. Tree lighting is at 6 p.m.
Union Square (at Geary and Powell streets).

Nov. 26

Jack London Square Tree Lighting: The day-long celebration includes arts-and-crafts vendors, Santa, holiday entertainment, and the lighting of the 70-foot tree.
12-8 p.m. Jack London Square (at Broadway), (866) 295-9853.

Nov. 27

Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting: The lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree, trimmed with Ghirardelli Chocolate and ribbons, includes holiday entertainment, caroling, dancing, and a visit from Santa Claus.
5:30 p.m. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St. (at Larkin), 775-5500.

Nov. 27

Zeum Carousel Lighting Ceremony: Watch as the historic 1906 carousel is set aglow with holiday lights. Evening includes carousel rides, refreshments, and entertainment.
5-7 p.m. Free, 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

Nov. 28-Jan. 3

Zoolights: The lights up with thousands of lights in a winter wonderland featuring nearly 100 creations and backed by a classic-rock soundtrack.
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $3-$6.50, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road (off Highway 580), Oakland, (510) 632-952.

Nov. 29

Union Street's Fantasy of Lights. Enjoy live music, carolers, and entertainment as Union Street lights up for the holidays. You can visit Santa in his gingerbread house at 2122 Union St. Saturdays through Dec. 21, with a donation of a new toy for a needy child.
6 p.m. Union Street (between Van Ness and Steiner), 885-1335.

Dec. 4

Lighted Yacht Parade: Enjoy food, fun, and arts and crafts starting at 3 p.m. The highlight of the evening is over 100 lighted yachts parading through the Estuary at 5 p.m.
Jack London Square (at Broadway), Oakland, (866) 295-9853.

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