Holiday Hike: The Search for Hot Cocoa
Holidays
Holiday Hike: The Search for Hot Cocoa
A lovely weekend hike in SF in search of spiked hot cocoa
GIF The Halls
Holidays
GIF The Halls
Send a 100-ft tall xmas greeting on the side of buildings in downtown SF
Winter Solstice 2014
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Winter Solstice 2014
Celebrate the longest night of the year with ceremonies & rituals

Sunday, December 21

2014 “Sing Up the Sun” Solstice Sing-Along | Tilden Park
Sunday, December 21 – 6:40 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park
2014

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share; they usually do …

“Escape the Holiday Madness” Naturalist Hike to Winery | Cupertino
Sunday, December 21 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Picchetti Ranch Preserve

Opt out of holiday crowds and last-minute mall madness and escape the holiday madness with a hike in beautiful Picchetti Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.
Docents Martin Manley and Linda Smith will lead a moderately-paced, 4.5-mile hike. You’ll discuss the varieties of plant communities found along the Orchard …

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016
Sunday, December 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Moving Party | Final Day until 2016

Come celebrate the final day of programs in BAM/PFA’s current building at 2626 Bancroft Way during ”Let’s Go – A Farewell Revel” featuring dance battles, live music, performance art, sound art, a performance on 100 metronomes, and art-making for kids of all ages.
The event will culminate …

“You Are Hear” Airport Winter Music Festival | SFO

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

2014 Winter Solstice Muir Woods Celebration | Marin
2014 Winter Solstice Muir Woods Celebration | Marin

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with the tallest trees on earth. Come rain or shine, dress warmly, and celebrate the winter solstice at Muir Woods from noon to 5 pm.
Muir Woods hosts a winter solstice program that celebrates the shortest day of the year, …

2014 “Holiday Lights & Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Brass Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 21 – 12:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
2014

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 5-21, 2014. Each performance will feature the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Quintet and will highlight cultural assets in the neighborhood. All events will ...

Undercover Capture The Flag | SF
Sunday, December 21 – 12:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 suggested donation and an RSVP is requested
| Cable Car Turnaround (Market/Powell)
Undercover Capture The Flag | SF

Undercover Capture the Flag is an easy and accessible game of stealth, surveillance, and territory control in a crowded public place. Sneak around in enemy territory to find and steal flags while protecting your own, but make sure you don’t let the opposing team (or any …

Holiday Spirit Hike: Walk to Cocoa & Peppermint Schnapps | SF
Sunday, December 21 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free hike, but bring a few bucks to get some hot cocoa at the end.
| 9th & Lincoln (Golden Gate Park)
Holiday Spirit Hike: Walk to Cocoa & Peppermint Schnapps | SF

Throw a little exercise into your holidays and walk across the city toward hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
Meet at 9th Avenue/Lincoln on the Golden Gate Park side of the street (across from Pacific Catch). You will then proceed to walk …

Final History Tour: Westin St. Francis 110th Anniversary | SF
Sunday, December 21 – 1:10 pm | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
Final History Tour: Westin St. Francis 110th Anniversary | SF

Throughout 2014, guests and locals will have the opportunity to learn about the Westin St. Francis’s rich history during complimentary tours held on the 21st of each month at 1:10 pm. From 1:10-2:10 pm guests will also enjoy complimentary historic bites from the “The Hotel ...

Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square
Sunday, December 21 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Bill Graham 2014 Menorah Day Festival, Performing Pups & Jewish Jam Band | Union Square

“Bill Graham Menorah Day” in Union Square is a full day festival that features arts, crafts and activities for kids, plus Jewish music, all capped off with the lighting of a giant 25-foot tall mahogany menorah in the middle of the square.
Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival
Sunday, December …

2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site
Sunday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
2014 Winter Solstice Celebration | John Muir Historic Site

Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows, and a desire to have a good time at a free winter solstice-themed campfire program at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
The program begins at 3 pm with crafts and games and continues with a campfire …

Chanukah Wonderland: 24 Holidays on 24th Street | Noe Valley
Sunday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but bring cash for shopping, food and drinks
| Noe Valley Town Center
Chanukah Wonderland: 24 Holidays on 24th Street | Noe Valley

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Chanukah Wonderland | 3-5:30 pm
Noe Valley Town Square | 24th Street between Sanchez & Vicksburg
Featuring a Latke Bar, Hot Chocolate, Dreidels & Gelt. Also, take your picture with Judah the Maccabee and The Dreidel Maidel

3 pm – Arts & Crafts + Moon bounce
3:30 pm – Chanukah …

14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2014
Sunday, December 21 – 4:54 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2014

Many people view the winter solstice grimly as the shortest day of the year, but The Bay Lights, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, offers us a brighter outlook.
We can now relish winter solstice as the longest night of the year because The Bay Lights will …

“Matinée” Pop Party Debut: CSS DJ Party | The Chapel
Sunday, December 21 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Chapel

Come ready to mix and mingle and move your hips for the debut of Luiza Sá-Davis’ Matinée, a mellow pop party, on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at The Chapel.
Matinée is a casual eclectic party for people with pop sensibility in and beyond pop music.
Guitarist of Brazilian …

Monday, December 22

“You Are Hear” Airport Winter Music Festival | SFO

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

$2 Movie Day: The New Parkway’s 2 Year Anniversary | Oakland
Monday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: $2*
*$2 per movie
| The New Parkway
$2 Movie Day: The New Parkway's 2 Year Anniversary | Oakland

The New Parkway Theater, a cool community theater in Oakland with couches and quirky seating, a beer and wine license, and a full food menu, is turning two on December 22, 2014 and to celebrate, they’ll open the theater early for $2 movies all afternoon and night.
In every …

2014 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Seventh Candle | Union Square
Monday, December 22 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2014 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Seventh Candle | Union Square

Celebrate Hanukkah 2014 with the 40th annual lighting of the 25 foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. Lighting ceremonies take place from Tuesday, December 16-23, 2014, at approximately 5 pm on most days (Friday is at 3 pm and Saturday is at 7 pm). This ...

Outlaw “Hillbilly Holiday” Bluegrass Night | Amnesia
Monday, December 22 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Amnesia
Outlaw

Celebrate Christmas and Bluegrass Monday with the bad boys of outlaw hillbilly, The Earl Brothers.
Come join in on the bluegrass jam from 6-8 pm.
The Earl Brothers take the stage at 9 pm and play till around midnight.

How Alan Turing Cracked Germany’s Code | SF
Monday, December 22 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required
| ODC Theater
How Alan Turing Cracked Germany’s Code | SF

The new film about Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, does a great job at telling the story of how the famous code-breaker helped the allies win World War II, but the film doesn’t include any explanation of how Turing actually broke the Germans’ secret code.
In …

Ursids Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2014
Monday, December 22 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Ursids Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2014

Although The Ursids is a relatively minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour, 2014 will be one of the best years to observe the Ursids because there will be no moonlight to interfere with the show. Best viewing will be just after …

Tuesday, December 23

2014 Macy’s Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square
Tuesday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
2014 Macy's Holiday Windows: Adorable Puppies & Kittens | Union Square

Macy’s in Union Square unveils their 28th Annual “Holiday Windows” (November 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015) with elaborately-decorated holiday window displays all along the outside of the building featuring some adorable (and adoptable) cats and dogs to help benefit the SPCA and find these furry friends ...

The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose
Tuesday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont San Jose
The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland: Giant Chocolate Nutcrackers & Gingerbread Village | San Jose

Visit the real life, holiday-version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with 6 foot tall giant chocolate nutcrackers, and a Gingerbread Village at The Fairmont’s Winter Wonderland in San Jose. An array of holiday decorations will transform the lobby into a magical Winter Wonderland with two life size chocolate nutcrackers guarding a gingerbread display created by ...

SFO Winter Music Festival at the Airport | “You Are Hear”
SFO Winter Music Festival at the Airport |

Enjoy free live music while you wait for your flight, or just drop by to hear some great local musicians at the annual You Are Hear music festival at SFO Int’l Airport. Different live performers for each session will perform at various locations throughout the airport. You ...

Margaret Cho 10-Hour Comedy & Music Marathon | Eagle Tavern
Margaret Cho 10-Hour Comedy & Music Marathon | Eagle Tavern

Margaret Cho presents the #BeRobin marathon benefit event, in honor of the generous spirit of local comedian Robin Williams, to aid the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco from 4 pm to 2 am on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Bring food, clothing (especially socks), raincoats, or anything else …

2014 Festival of Lights & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Eighth Candle | Union Square
Tuesday, December 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2014 Festival of Lights & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Eighth Candle | Union Square

In addition to the lighting ceremony in Union Square at 5 pm, there’s also a final day celebration at the Westfield San Francisco Centre.
The celebration will take place on Level 4 Under the Dome with Rabbi Moshe Langer of Chabad of Pacific Heights presiding. Open …