Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

OCEANSIDE--Aim your sled for the mountain of snow at the Mission Christmas Faire on Saturday, Nov. 21. The snow will disappear by the next day, but the arts, crafts and entertainment will remain through both days. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. San Luis Rey Mission, 4050 Mission Ave. Free. Parking, $1. (760) 722-1534.

EL CAJON--Take a gander at the 52nd annual Mother Goose Parade on Nov. 22. Ma Goose herself will lead the floats, bands, balloons and fairy-tale characters that will proceed at 12:30 p.m. from West Main and Chambers streets. Free. (619) 444-8712.

PLACERVILLE--This Gold Rush town will glitter on Friday, Nov. 27, but not with precious metal. At 6 p.m. townspeople will light the huge Christmas tree on Main Street, and 70 other trees will be lighted along Highway 50. Festivities, with music and refreshments, begin at 5 p.m. Free. (530) 621-5885.

SAN FRANCISCO--The Victorian Fantasy of Lights is the place to be Saturday, Nov. 28. The historic homes of Cow Hollow will come ablaze with about 500,000 lights at 5 p.m., followed by a Light Parade down Union Street. Santa and Rudolph will greet children, and there will be holiday music. Free. (415) 441-7055.


LEMOORE--The Christmas Open House and Street Faire on Sunday, Nov. 29, includes a tree-raising and lighting ceremony, holiday carols, food and craft booths, fire-engine rides and tours of the Sarah A. Mooney Museum, which provides a history of this Central California town. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. (209) 924-6401.