(415) 869-5384, www.un-scripted.com
Black Rock Artumnal Gathering
Considering that Christmas Camp was one of the first theme camps at Burning Man, it seems only fitting to ring in the season with a playa-related event. This gorgeous gala benefiting the Black Rock Arts Foundation an organization that supports Burning Man-style art outside of Burning Man -- features performances by Fou Fou HA! and Lucent Dossier, beats by Freq Nasty, and visuals by Shrine and Andrew Jones.
Nov. 20, dinner at 6 p.m., late entry at 9 p.m. $35-$200. Bently Reserve, 400 Sansome, SF. (415) 626-1248, blackrockarts.org
The endless iterations of Dickens' Christmas tale might get stale (OK, fine. I'll never tire of Bill Murray in Scrooged), but the festivity of the story's setting never will. I can't wait to don my Victorian finest (acquired from La Rosa on Haight Street) and get my Christmas geek on with dance parties, Christmas shops, holiday food and drinks, and hundreds of costumed players roaming winding lanes.
Nov. 27 and Sat.-Sun. through Dec. 20. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $10-$22. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Ave, SF. (800) 510-1558, www.dickensfair.com
San Francisco Motorized Cable Car Holiday Lights Tour
So maybe we don't have horse drawn carriages, but we do have those charming cable cars. Why not channel a West Coast version of Christmas in Central Park by grabbing a blanket and some roasted chestnuts and boarding festively-decorated public transportation for a tour of the city's lights, including Fisherman's Wharf, Polk Street Shops, the tree and menorah at Union Square, and stops to appreciate the Golden Gate Bridge?
Nov. 27-Dec. 15, Wed.-Sun., 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16-Jan. 3, 5 and 7 p.m. daily. $14-$24. Departs from either Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square, www.buysanfranciscotours.com/tours/holiday_lights_tour_ccc.html
Women's Building Celebration of Craftswomen
Who doesn't love a good holiday crafts fair? Especially one that supports such a good cause. This four-day event features unique hand-made crafts and art pieces by more than 200 female American artists, all supplemented with live music, gourmet food, and a benefit silent auction.
Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50-$12. Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, SF. (650) 615-6838, www.celebrationsofcraftwomen.org
Vandals Christmas Formal
The punk rock veterans host this year's version of their legendary holiday show, where they'll play nearly their entire Oi! To the World album, including (if we're lucky) that heart-warming family classic "Christmas Time for My Penis." Now the only question is where to get a studded corsage.
Dec. 5, 8 p.m. $16 G.A.; $40.95 with dinner. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. www.slims-sf.com
Cantare Con Vivo Choral Concert
My mom has a Master's in music, so it's probably no surprise that I can't make it through a holiday season without seeking out some classic carols. This year, I'll forego Handel's Messiah for this stunning 100-voice ensemble, accompanied by brass and organ.
Dec. 6, 3 5 p.m. $10-$40. First Presbyterian Church, 27th and Broadway, Oakl. (510) 836-0789, www.cantareconvivo.org
The Making of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
Author Darrell Van Citters discusses his book about the first-ever animated Christmas special, a '60s classic that's all but forgotten to new generations.
Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., free. Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission, SF.
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