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Arts for the holidays

December calendars are full for local arts groups, offering performances, exhibits, bazaars and other events

Still making holiday plans? There are plenty of festivities to choose from in the coming weeks, whether you're looking for choral music, the Sugar Plum Fairy, kids' activities or artwork to give as gifts.

Read on for a sampling of seasonal events in the Palo Alto area.

Art and exhibits

Many art galleries have holiday shows and sales in December, often with smaller works of art displayed as gift suggestions. To name two: Gallery House's event is at 320 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto through Dec. 24, open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 to 3. Go to galleryhouse2.com. Portola Art Gallery has an "after-Thanksgiving shopping event" on Nov. 29 and 30 and a group show focused on gift-worthy art during the month of December. The gallery is in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Go to portolaartgallery.com.

Music

The Palo Alto-based California Pops Orchestra celebrates a "Very Merry Pops Christmas" with a concert replete with sleigh bells, toy trumpets and plenty of carols. The show is at 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Admission is $15-$47. Go to calpops.org

Kids and families

Kids line up for "Living LEGO-cy," the holiday-themed array of LEGO cityscapes and model railroads at the Museum of American Heritage at 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. Exhibit dates are Dec. 13-Jan. 16, and the museum is open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Admission is $2 general and free for members. Go to moah.org.

Potpourri

"Chopshticks" is a comedy night for folks who think Dec. 24 is just another night. Hosted by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features comedian Mark Schiff. Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door, and $50 in advance for JCC members. Go to paloaltojcc.org.

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