Five Top Holiday Events in Marin, San Francisco & The Peninsula

San Francisco Ballet: The Nutcracker – The first Nutcracker in the United States premiered in San Francisco in 1944. This favorite holiday production features snowflakes, dancing flowers and a little girl who dreams about a whole new world. For ages 3 and up only. Dec. 11-29. $25-439. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. 415-865-2000. 

American Conservatory Theater: A Christmas Carol – This acclaimed, music-infused adaptation of Dickens' beloved tale returns in a sumptuous production that's become one of the Bay Area's favorite holiday traditions. Nov.29-Dec. 24. $15-110. Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., San Francisco. 415-749-2228. 

Happier Holidays at Pier 39 – The pier’s 60-foot Christmas tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments. Through Jan. 5. The tree comes to life every half hour from 5-10pm. FREE. Pier 39, The Embarcadero, San Francisco. 415-705-5500.  

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair – The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London – an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in more than 120,000 square feet of theatrically lit music halls, pubs, dance floors and Christmas shops. Through Dec. 22. 10am-7pm. $10-32. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City. 800-510-1558. 

CuriOdyssey’s IlluminOdyssey – This is a winter light experience for kids. See four levels of walls, floors and ceilings come alive with radiant, moving color. Carry a colorful lantern with you as you explore a world of luminescent wonder. Through Jan. 5. Check website for hours. Included with admission: $13.50 adults, $9.50 children, under 2 FREE. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. 


* All events are subject to change or cancellation. We recommend calling first to confirm and purchasing advance tickets whenever possible.

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