(415) CAR-TOON, www.cartoonart.org
The only thing more delightful than the sight of hundreds of Santas drinking, dancing, and causing a rukus in public is being one of those Santas. Perhaps the best known and loved creation of the Cacophony Society, this annual bar crawl/flash mob/guerilla art piece has become one of my favorite holiday traditions (at least, the parts I can remember). Plus, as a walking and transportation tour led by volunteers, it's a fantastic way to see parts of the city I'd rarely visit otherwise.
Dec. 12, times and locations TBA. www.santarchy.com
This year sees Tchaikovsky's characters translated through a Western lens with "Blazing Nutcrackers," a Wild West-themed participatory dance event with accompaniment by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. My plan? To channel Clara, by way of Mae West.
Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. gala, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. $16-$50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission, SF. (415) 978-2787, www.dancealongnutcracker.org
MOCHA Makers' Studio: Adult Art Night
Call it a throwback to my days doing Sunday School crafts (at any one of several churches), but there's something appealing about learning to make paper and then make holiday cards or 3-D shapes and sculptures while enjoying beer, wine, and each other at this kids' night for grown-ups.
Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., $5. Museum of Children's Art, 538 Ninth St., Oakl. (510) 465-8770, www.mocha.org
Carols in the Caves
For more than 20 years, David Auerbach better known as The Improvisator has been sharing the solstice spirit by playing his impressive bevy of instruments in natural caverns and wine cellars. Wondrous, reverent, and especially during the audience participation part fun, this is the event I'm perhaps looking forward to most. (But don't tell the Vandals.)
Weekends Dec.19-Jan. 10. $40-$65. Various wineries. (707) 224-4222, www.carolsinthecaves.com
Have different taste than I do? (Apparently, that's possible.) Check out our events, music, and stage listings throughout the holiday season. For information on tree lightings at places like city hall, check out www.sanfrancisco.com. And if you're a fan of Christmas Tree Lanes, visit www.lightsofthevalley.com, a not-for-profit Website compiling information on more than 460 decorated homes in 105 cities, to be updated the day after Thanksgiving.