What to Do in the Bay Area This Holiday Season

A scene from a Chrristmas Carol (Rich Yee)

There’s no room for Scrooge at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, which takes over the Cow Palace in a drive-through debut of its traditional fair festivities — but from the safety and comfort of your car. Enjoy street scenes and enchanting portrayals from A Christmas Carol as well as lively music, culinary treats and a selection of handcrafted holiday gifts for purchase. Angels sing as the Young Women’s Chorus  opens its season as a guest artist in the Old First Concert Series at the Calvary Presbyterian Church. Enjoy a charming candlelit concert featuring the songs of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols performed in full, with music from harpist Chloe Tula. The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus  kicks off a very fabulous 44th season with Holigays Are Here… Again! marking a much-awaited return to live performance for the group’s 250-plus spirited singers.

Dickens Fair weekends Saturday, December 4–Sunday, December 19, $25 per car up to seven passengers; TYWC Carols by Candlelight, Sunday, December 5, and Angelic Voices on December 11, $25 per person; SFGMC performs at San Francisco’s Sydney Goldstein Theater December 10–11, Rohnert Park’s Green Music Center December 18, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage December 19 and San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre December 24 (Conductor’s Society memberships starting at donations of $120 or more).