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November 20, 1994|MARY FRANCES SMITH

Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

SANTA CRUZ--The 1994 Santa Cruz Christmas Craft and Gift Festival fills the Cocoanut Grove, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 25-27. More than 85 artisans and merchants offer a wide array of gifts. 400 Beach St. $4, general; free for children 12 and under. (408) 423-5590.

GRASS VALLEY--Old-fashioned holiday spirit is alive at the 10th annual Country Christmas Fair, Nov. 25-27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. In addition to 150 artisans, seasonal festivities include music, hay wagon rides and holiday refreshments. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $2, Friday; $1, Saturday and Sunday; free for kids 12 and under. 11228 McCourtney Road. (916) 273-6217.

SAN FRANCISCO--Sparkling, magical treasures await at the Great San Francisco Crystal Fair, Nov. 26-27 in Building A, Ft. Mason Center. Gems, minerals, jewelry and healing arts products featured, plus a collector of Asian Buddhist artifacts is on hand. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Laguna and Marina Boulevard. $4, general; free for those under 12. (415) 383-7837. SAN DIEGO--San Diego's centerpiece park is aglow for the 17th annual Christmas on the Prado, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3. More than 22 museums and institutions in Balboa Park host open houses with exhibits, refreshments and unique gift ideas. Entertainment is staged in the Organ Pavilion (a tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m. Friday). Free. Among the festival highlights are Santa Lucia Processions at the San Diego Museum of Man. (619) 234-8291, Ext. 12.

SANTA ROSA--More Yuletide activities take place at the Spirit of Christmas Crafts Faire and Celebration, Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 at the Sonoma County Fairground. The 18th annual event features about 250 booths with crafts and imports and eclectic entertainment. Noon-9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. $3, general; $2, seniors; $1, kids 6-12. Free admission for all on Fridays. (707) 575-9355.

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