SAN FRANCISCO--Celebrate the holidays as they did in Queen Victoria's 19th century England at the Great Christmas Fair of Charles Dickens' London, Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 31. Costumed characters present entertainment, and traditional foods and handcrafted wares are featured. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf. $14.50, general; $13, seniors, students and military; $6.50, kids 5-11; free for those under 5. (415) 897-1832.
NEVADA CITY--Seasonal sights, sounds, tastes and aromas fill the streets of this city's historic downtown during the Victorian Christmas celebration, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 17. Hay wagon and carriage rides; hot cider and roasted chestnuts; and costumed vendors and musicians are highlights at the free, old-fashioned event. (916) 265-2692.