Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Nov. 25-30. At this cirque show, Broadway musical, holiday spectacular and family show all rolled into one you'll experience gingerbread men flipping in mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires and more. $33-78. San Jose.
Pacific Ballet Academy’s Nutcracker. Nov. 28-30. See the holiday classic brought to life as young Clara joins her family and friends at a Christmas party and is given the Nutcracker by her beloved godfather. $26-30. Mountain View.
Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show. Nov. 28-30. Get your holiday shopping done with handmade items like original art, jewelry, clothing, toys, specialty foods, blown glass, holiday decor and more. Enjoy music, entertainment and food while you shop. $4-9, under 13 FREE. San Jose.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Nov. 28-Dec. 20. See this delightful and hilarious Christmas classic and enjoy the mayhem and fun that ensues when these kids collide with the Christmas story head on. $15-38. San Jose.
Ohlone Cuisine. Nov. 29. Experience the foods that the Ohlone Indians ate for thousands of years. Make “haute cuisine” from acorns and sample other locally found natural foods. Meet at the campfire center by the RV campground. FREE. Gilroy.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
The Velveteen Rabbit. Nov. 28-Dec. 14. Told though music, dance and a powerful narrative by ODC, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. San Francisco. $18-75.
Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 28. Kick off the holidays at the Macy's 25th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Union Square. The tree will be lit at 6:45pm. FREE. San Francisco.
Santa Arrives by Helicopter. Nov. 29. See Santa arrive by helicopter at the Hiller Aviation Museum. $9-14, 4 and under FREE. San Carlos.
Drop-In Science Workshop. Nov. 29. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home their work. $4 per child. San Francisco.
Treasure Island Flea Market. Nov. 30. Check out wares from local Bay Area designers, collectors, artists and specialty food purveyors at the Treasure Island Flea Market. San Francisco. $3, under 12 FREE
Walnut Creek Turkey Trot. Nov. 27. Get ready for that Thanksgiving Feast at the 22nd Annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot, sponsored by Forma Gym, and enter the 5k, 10k or Kids’ Fun Run for ages 12 and under. More than 7,000 runners and walkers from across the country are expected at this running/walking event to raise funds for the Contra Costa County Food Banks and local public schools. Registration fees vary. Walnut Creek.
Shoreline Trash Takers. Nov. 29. Grab your work gloves and your goodwill; the salt marsh needs your help getting rid of the trash that has accumulated since the last clean-up. 12:30-2pm. FREE. Hayward.
LEGO Creators Club. Nov. 29. Drop in to a weekly meet-up of creative builders to make anything you choose from the huge collection of bricks. Advanced builders can invent and program their own robots with LEGO Mindstorm EV3 kits. 2-3pm. FREE. Pleasant Hill.
Curiosity Hacked Open Lab. Nov. 30. An all-ages program to encourage family engagement through electronics, woodworking, laser cutting and more with guided activities and independent projects. 2-5pm. Material fees charged depending on project; check website. Oakland.
Mine Open House. Nov. 30. Everyone ages 7 and older can mine for memories at the last open house of 2014 and explore the magnificent interior of a 1930s-era silica sand mine. 12-4:30pm. Antioch.