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You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!

After all the nutcrackers, sugarplum fairies, and velveteen rabbits abounding at this time of year, what parent (or nana or auntie) isn't ready for a bracing hit of Suessilliness?

Get thee to San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre (One Taylor Street @ Market), where "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: the Musical" opens December 21 for a nine-day run.  The evening show starts at a child-friendly 7:30 and runs just an hour and 20 minutes—about as much holiday classicness as your average 6-year-old can tolerate. If your kids are older, grab a cab afterwards to Union Square, rent some skates at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink (get tickets here), and make a night of it.