Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

KPFA Crafts Fair
If you want to buy a gift both unique and local for the holidays, this is your best bet to find something of interest. The fair boasts 200 juried exhibitors offering ceramics, housewares, textiles and furniture. There’s even items from indigenous communities across the globe. Saturday, 12/20, 10am-6pm, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
To a journey to Victorian London, complete with teashops, pubs, and street performers, all within the cozy confines of the Cow Palace. Some visitors get in on the act as much as the performers, accents included, and you can actually buy things like hand-tailored great coats a la Sherlock Holmes. Saturday and Sunday, 12/20-21, Cow Palace, SF.

Christmas in downtown San Francisco
It’s not quite New York, which often has the benefit of snow, but there’s a lot to see and do to get you in the Christmas spirit. Start with Union Square’s towering Christmas tree and ice skating rink, visit Santa at Macy’s, window shop you’re way around the square, see the snow fall at the Hyatt Regency atrium, and visit the elaborate gingerbread house at the Fairmont atop Nob Hill.

Winter Solstice Eve Beach Celebration / Hike & Campfire
It’s that time of year when the gods save us from eternal darkness and decide to bring back the sun, also known as winter solstice. Celebrate with your fellow druids on Ocean Beach for dancing, singing, drumming and non-alcoholic beverages, 4pm. Or join a family-friendly walk in the Presidio, starting at Rob Hill and ending with a campfire at the Rob Hill campground, 5-6:30pm. Saturday, 12/20, SF.

BAM/PFA Moving Party
It’s the final day of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at its current, long-time location, before they reopen in their brand spanking new location in early 2016. Celebrate with music, sound and performance art, and art-making for kids, and join a procession to the new home currently under construction. Sunday, 12/21, 11am-5pm, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley.

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