Take a sleigh ride on Lake Merritt: All aboard Oakland's Pontoon Water Sleigh as it glides across Lake Merritt tonight and tomorrow night at 6pm PT. The Lake Merritt Boating Center hosts hot cider and cookies before the carol-filled rides which require reservations and cost $6.
Don't miss Saul's latke tent: Swing by Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley between noon and 6pm PT on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday to take advantage of the latke tent in front of the deli. Saturday and Sunday will feature an adjoining bandstand and beer garden. Latkes run $2.25 each and can be eaten tent-side or ordered by the dozen to take home.
See "Iceman" in person portraying someone else: Val Kilmer is in San Francisco and dressed as Mark Twain tonight at 9:30pm PT. Kilmer stars as the famed writer in his one-man show, "First American" at the Clay Theater. Tickets to this look at Twain's life and work run $39 and include a post-performance Q&A with Kilmer.