WHAT'S HAPPENING 11.23-11.25

November 21, 2018

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What's Happening

November 22-25, 2018

San Francisco Events


Macy's 29th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony

Fri, Nov 23. 5:30PM

Macy's gift to the City of San Francisco - Macy's 29th Annual Tree Lighting will take place in Union Square Park.



Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Dec 23. Times Vary

Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers holiday shops, 7 stages of entertainment, costumed carolers, pubs, and tearooms built to look like old England at the Cow Palace in Daly City.



Gingerbread House Holiday Tea

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Jan 1. Times Vary

Fairmont San Francisco’s two-story, life-sized Gingerbread House in the hotel’s grand lobby has become a must-see attraction for guests from near and far. Take tea inside the Gingerbread House and bask in the smell of holiday spices.



Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Feb 24. Times Vary

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World presents works by more than sixty artists and artists’ groups that anticipated, chronicled, and agitated for the sweeping social transformation that saw the rise of China as a global power in the new millennium.



Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting

Sat, Nov 24. 4PM-9PM

In celebration of its 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, Ghirardelli Square is creating a winter wonderland. The event will include live music, a visit with Santa, free activities for kids and more! The tree will be lit promptly at 7 p.m.


Events Coming Soon:

Winter Wine Pour Fri, Nov 30. 4PM-8PM

It's a Wonderful Life Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 9. Times Vary

A Bronx Tale Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 23. Times Vary

Mary Poppins Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Jan 12. Times Vary

Union Street Fantasy of Lights Sat, Dec 1. 3PM-7PM



North Bay Events


Bank of Marin Turkey Trot

Thur, Nov 22. 8:30AM


Run up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner with the Turkey Trot run!





A Magical Cirque Christmas

Fri, Nov 23. 8PM


Featuring the best talent from around the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, and the most angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols with incredible live musicians on stage.





San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland

Fri-Sat, Nov 23-24. Times Vary

Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. Join us for a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area.


The Tailor of Gloucester 

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Dec 16. Times Vary

Based on the famed Beatrix Potter story, this is the tale of a poor tailor who will never be able to deliver the Mayor’s waistcoat on time without help from the friendly mice in his shop—but Simpkin the Cat has other plans for the little helpers.


Santa Train

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Dec 28. Times Vary


Holiday elves have transformed the Wine Train into an enchanting holiday experience. Sip hot cocoa, munch freshly-baked cookies, and join in games as well as sing-alongs with a jolly cast of characters headlined by Santa himself.




Events Coming Soon:

Tree Lighting Ceremony Fri, Nov 30. 4PM-6PM

Jonny Lang Fri, Nov 30. 8PM

Gundlach Bundschu Holiday Bazaar & Toy Drive Sat, Dec 1. 11AM-4:30PM

Merchant Holiday Open House Sat, Dec 1. 12PM-8PM

Tiburon Holiday Festival Sat, Dec 1. 2PM-8PM



East Bay Events


Contra Costa Ballet's The Nutcracker

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-25. Times Vary

For one weekend only, join Clara and her beloved nutcracker-turned-prince on a magical journey among giant mice and toy soldiers into the deliciously-delightful Candy Kingdom. 


Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Dec 9. Times Vary

Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this stunning stage adaptation tells the story of a young Jewish-American writer who sets out for Ukraine to find the woman who he believes saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and the town they wiped off the map.


Crossing Boundaries Calligraphies in Conversation

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Jan 16. Times Vary

Over 70 artworks will be on display from around the world including China, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, and United States.


Great Train Show

Sat, Nov 24. 10AM-4PM

The Great Train Show is the nation's only coast-to-coast model train show. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. All aboard!


Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

Sat-Sun, Nov 24-Dec 23. 11AM-6PM

Over 100 handpicked artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops, creative spaces as well as galleries around Berkeley will open their doors to the public for the 28th Annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios.


Events Coming Soon:

Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony Fri, Nov 30. 5PM-8PM

Handcrafted Holiday Sale Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 2. Times Vary

The Gift of the Magi Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 2. Times Vary

Home for the Holidays Sat, Dec 1. 11AM-3PM

13th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk and Open Studios Sat-Sun, Dec 1-14. Times Vary


Peninsula Events

Contact Warhol: Photography Without End

Fri-Sun, Nov 23-Jan 6. 11AM-5PM


The exhibition brings to life Warhol’s many interactions with the social and celebrity elite of his time with portraits of stars from Michael Jackson to Arnold Schwarzenegger.





Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety's Annual Rides for Toys

Sat, Nov 24. 10AM

Children will be treated to rides on a real fire engine (parents can ride too). Admission is a new, unwrapped toy. All donations will benefit the Community Holiday Center at Sunnyvale Community Services.


Christopher Mann, Classical Guitarist

Sat, Nov 24. 11:30AM-4PM

Christopher Mann is the 1st prize winner of the 2017 SF Bay Classical Guitar Competition. Mr. Mann has performed in Europe and the United Sates.


The Comedy Get Down

Sat, Nov 24. 8PM

Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see four members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year.


Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade

Sun, Nov 25. 6PM

Watch floats, bands, and costumed characters at the Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Los Altos.



Events Coming Soon:

The Christmas Ballet Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 1. Times Vary

An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 1. Times Vary

Uptown Holiday Swing Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 22. Times Vary

Tuck Everlasting Fri-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 30. Times Vary

2018 Winter Festival Sat, Dec. 1. 10AM-8PM