7 great SF Bay Area things to do this weekend, Dec. 7-9

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It’s beginning to look a lot like (insert preferred winter holiday here), which means there are all kinds of ways to get merry or just chill out in San Francisco and beyond. Here are seven great ways to play, from “Nutcrackers” to Broadway blockbusters, a merry brew bike adventure and a zombie apocalypse — because no holiday season is complete without a visit from the ravenous undead.

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1 HEAR: Legendary musicians serenading us with their awesomeness
James Hetfield and Metallica play the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Dec. 7. Jose Carlos Fajardo/staff archives

Yep, this weekend offers Northern Californians some amazing shows, from Metallica blowing the roof off a Sacramento arena to the classic rock supergroup December People playing two shows to help feed the hungry. Find the deets here. Meanwhile, famed Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio is doing an acoustic gig in Oakland, and sax great Charles Lloyd is jamming with country singer Lucinda Williams in Berkeley. Choices, choices.

2 EAT: Holiday treats

Stroopwafel ice-cream sandwiches? Peppermint Bark Popcorn? Mini Chocolate Mousse Presents??? If your plans for the weekend include chilling on the couch with awesome holiday snacks, while streaming something equally delicious — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” perhaps? — we have a few suggestions. Among them: 14 fantastic Trader Joe’s holiday treats and the most binge-able screenings for the season.

3 SEE: A “Nutcracker” or two (or three)

The Bay Area is famous for its insanely rich “Nutcracker” scene, with productions running from classical and classy to silly, short and kid-friendly sweet. Prefer holiday dancing of a different sort? We’ve got the Smuin Contemporary Ballet’s holiday show in Mountain View and ODC’s charming “Velveteen Rabbit” adaptation is in its final week in San Francisco. Find all the details in our big holiday entertainment roundup.

A San Jose Brew Bike tour — aboard a 15-seat party bike — takes in San Jose’s thriving craft brew scene. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group File) Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group

Hop aboard San Jose’s merry Brew Bike this weekend for a holiday lights tour that includes suds, cocoa, cookies and merriment.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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