So You Think You Can Dance, Jan. 29, City National Civic, San Jose; Pablo Francisco, Dec. 31, Improv Comedy Club, San Jose 14 South Bay Accent CALENDAR Disney’s Mary Poppins. Dec. 5-14, times vary. After 2,500 shows and six years on Broadway, Mary, Bert, and the Banks children make their Montgomery Theater debut. Expect to hum along to favorites such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cheree.” Tickets $24-$30. Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose. 408/288-5347 ext. 336. San Jose Super Toy and Comic Book Show. Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More than 200 vendors offer new and vintage items including Star Wars and GI Joe toys, Legos, Godzillas, dolls, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Disney toys and much, much more. Tickets $3-$15. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. 408/298-1709. H e r - itage Holiday Champagne Tea and Tours. Dec. 6, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take a break from the holiday chaos for some traditional tea with scones, sandwiches and champagne. While you’re at it, enjoy the sounds of carolers as you tour the festively decorated Fallon House. Tickets $40-$45. Fallon House, 175 W. St. John St., San Jose. 408/918-1045. Filoli Holiday Traditions. Through Dec. 6, times vary. More than 600 volunteers convert the cavernous rooms of the Filoli mansion into a gorgeous Christmas themed showcase for this nine-day holiday shopping extravaganza. Visit filoli. org for tickets. Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. 650/364-8300, ext. 508. Holiday Tree Walk. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, times vary. Journey on a steam train to the top of Bear Mountain, where a winter wonderland awaits. Be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive $2 off your train ticket. Tickets $19- $26. Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. 831/335-4484. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party. Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Imagine a Victorian Christmas card coming to life and you’ve got the gist of what this celebration entails: dancing, feasting, shopping and tons of Charles Dickens’ style fun. Tickets $12-$30, free for children under 5. Cow Palace, Geneva Avenue and Santos Street, Brisbane. 800/510-1558. Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 19-23, times vary. Hop aboard a vintage train decorated with colorful holiday lights and roll through the city of Santa Cruz. Plan on singing holiday tunes, sipping cider and even saying hello to Santa. Tickets $22-$28; advance reservations recommended. Santa Cruz Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 831/335-4484. Santa Paws. Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your furry friends (canine and feline) to Santana Row for a keepsake photo with St. Nick during this benefit for Humane Society Silicon Valley. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets $20. Park Valencia, 355 Santana Row, San Jose. 408/551-0010. Holiday Train at Menlo Park Station. Dec. 7, 7:45 to 8:05 p.m. An ordinary Caltrain becomes a bedazzling spectacle as it makes its way down the Peninsula bedecked in more than 60,000 glittering lights. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program at this holiday event that reminds us it’s better to give than receive. Free. Menlo Park Train Station, 1100 Merrill St., Menlo Park. 800/660-4287. Foothill Symphonic Winds Concert. Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. Conductor David Bruce Adams will lead the 80-member Foothill Symphonic Winds group in a lively program including “Rhapsody for Hanukkah,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” and pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, among others. Tickets $5-$10. Cubberly 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. 650/575-7027. Ceramics Show and Sale. Dec. 7-8, noon to 6 p.m. (Sunday) and noon to 8 p.m. (Monday). Professional and student artists will exhibit a range of handcrafted porcelain and stoneware pieces at this holiday open house that benefits the San Jose City College arts program. Free. San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose. 408/298-2181 ext. 3816. Community Tree Lighting. Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gather up the kids and your camera for photos with Santa during this community event that includes holiday music, refreshments, lights and the arrival of jolly old St. Nick. Don’t forget a can of food for distribution by the Community Services Agency of Mountain View. Free. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 650/903-6331. Fantasy of Lights. Dec. 8-24, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy a spectacular display of holiday lights from the warmth of your vehicle when Vasona Lake County Park converts into a magical seasonal scene. Drive the 1.5-mile route while taking in amazing displays, including an erupting volcano and a 90-foot twinkling tree. Tickets $15-$50. Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. 408/355-2201. Yuletide Morning Tea. Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get merry with friends in the morning for a holiday brunch including tea sandwiches, quiche, fresh fruit, scones and tarts, along with a selection of teas, coffee and mimosas. Tickets $40. Montalvo Arts Center, Historic Villa, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. 408/961-5858. San Francisco Ballet. Dec. 12-29, times vary. Set in 1914 San Francisco, this spellbinding production has been dazzling audiences for decades. Special viewing options include VIP box seats and family performances. There’s even an illustrated iPad app for playing at home. Tickets $26-$327. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. 415/865-2000.
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