The final weekend before Christmas has arrived and congratulations are certainly in order if the world does not end on Friday. That excellent news will allow more opportunities for pursuing holiday fun, applauding live theater performances, toe-tapping to the music, supporting the home teams, ice skating, whale watching, or even star gazing. Enjoy!
Macy's on Union Square, "Believe"
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, until 10 p.m.
See the 83-foot (reusable) illuminated Christmas tree, ice skating rink, and Macy's bedecked in ribbons overlooking Union Square. Deliver your letter to Santa to the Make-a-Wish box at Macy's. For every stamped letter to Santa, a $1 donation will be made to the charity for children with life-threatening illnesses. Macy's hopes 1 million letters means it will reach the $1 million goal by Christmas.
Flash Mob Meditation
Friday, Dec. 21, 12 p.m.
Union Square, San Francisco
To participate in a globally synchronized flash mob celebration, get over to Union Square at noon on Friday, December 21, for the UNIFY event. This event aims to simultaneously link people in 200 sacred locations and major cities worldwide. Bring your friends, bring a blanket, bring a yoga mat. Prepare for 30 minutes of silent meditation followed by a group om. Rain or shine.
Muir Woods Winter Solstice
Friday, Dec. 21, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
$7 adults, free for children under 16
A winter solstice gathering at Muir Woods takes place among the tallest of trees on the shortest of days. Storytellers, walking tours, hat making, special menus are planned. Early arrival is suggested due to limited parking.
Watch the NBA action in person (check links above to find ticket information) or at any number of sports bars around the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors cap off their very busy week.
"A Christmas Carol"
Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, 2 p.m.
Drake Little Theatre
1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo
$12 to $20
Audiences never tire of seeing Ebenezer Scrooge reinvent himself on Christmas morning, offering newfound kindness to Tiny Tim and his family. Presented by the Stapleton Theatre Company.
"It's a Wonderful Life": A Live Radio Play
Friday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley
In a unique theater experience suitable for all ages, the audience is taken back to the 1940s, as they become the live radio audience for a production of this holiday classic. Extended through December 23.
Tony! Toni! Toné!
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland
Oakland's own launched in 1988 with a gold debut album. Five albums later and with a sixth on its way, they've been performing to sell-out audiences nationwide. Remember "It Never Rains (in Southern California)"?
Sixth Annual Sausalito Gingerbread House Contest and Tour
Saturday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m.
Start with a free map from the visitor kiosk near the ferry landing, and discover 20 festive gingerbread houses in merchants, restaurants, and hotels along the walking route.
Muir Beach Volunteer Clean-Up Day
Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
It's nice to give something back to the earth at this holiday time. Those who love the beach gather for a few hours of planting, weeding, and looking after the habitat that coho salmon, red-legged frogs, and other wildlife depend upon. Meet at the parking lot.
Half Moon Bay Whale Watch
Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pillar Point Harbor, 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay
$48, ages 7 and up only
Wish 2012 a big goodbye in the presence of one of the largest creatures on earth. Each year from December through May, approximately 15,000 gray whales migrate where they can be seen off California's shore. The Oceanic Society's Salty Lady sets out to observe the whales on their journeys.
Saturday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.
Southside Theater, Building D, Third floor
Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco
See Clara and the Mouse King in a contemporary twist on the classic. Nutcracker Sweets is 50 minutes of family fun, live music, and dance performed onstage for audiences of all ages, but especially conceived with children in mind.
29th Annual Telegraph Ave Holiday Street Fair
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way, Berkeley
If there are still a few names on your Christmas shopping list or some stocking stuffers required, head for Telegraph Ave. Handmade puppets, jewelry, T-shirts, knitwear, hats, candles, ceramics, and pottery are among the mix. Food, music, and holiday cheer make for a colorful, pleasant shopping experience.
California Golden Bears vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley
Coming off Tuesday's win over UC Santa Barbara, Cal is looking for some more Christmas cheer this weekend before facing Harvard on December 29.
San Francisco City Star Party
Saturday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Lands End at Point Lobos and El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco
Meet fellow amateur star gazers. Telescopes are provided by members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. All ages are welcome. Coffee, hot chocolate, and treats usually feature.
Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant
1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
Sunday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m.
With nine albums under his belt, Jim Campilongo, guitarist, is hailed as "an American treasure" by Billboard Magazine. We're proud that he's from South San Francisco. Catch Jeff with Erik Deutsch, Jeff Hill, and Tony Mason.
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