Cute Overload: SPCA Pet Adoption Holiday Windows and 3D Light Show with Nutcracker Dancers

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Jennifer Jamieson

The holidays are upon us (We're basing this on Safeway breaking out the Christmas decorations five minutes after Halloween), which means we can finally listen to Mariah Carey's holiday album un-ironically and that we once more have an excuse to pour eggnog on everything -- Hello, huevos nog-cheros! Adding to our festive spirits this Friday is the SPCA's Pet Adoption Holiday Windows Unveiling at Macy's, featuring adorable and adoptable puppies and kitties to melt our hearts this winter.

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Last year's event raised $80,000 and found 325 animals homes, and temporarily absolved Macy's of its consumer foibles (including the terrible techno it plays on weekends at the makeup department). This year's event also features former Mayor Willie Brown and 49er Running Back LaMichael James.

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If seeing Santa Paws doesn't turn you to mush, the S.F. Ballet and Westfield Centre just might Nov. 15 with its dance demo and 3D light show, Illuminique Under the Dome. S.F. Ballet's Nutcracker Snowflakes promise to teach kids fancy footwork in a special demonstration and hand out tutus to the first 100 aspiring dancers under eight. Go on, get wrapped up in holiday cheer with these free, family-friendly events.

SPCA's Pet Adoption Holiday Windows Unveiling starts Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. at Macy's, 170 O'Farrell (at Powell). Illuminique Under the Dome starts Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. (and runs through Dec. 31) at the Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market (at Fifth St.), S.F. Admission to both is free.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook. Follow Anna Pulley at @annapulley.

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