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Saturday, December 20

2014 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required. 18+ only.
| Glide
2014 Holiday Toy Giveaway Day | SF

Glide’s annual Toy Sort and Giveaway is here, so hurry up and join a Toy Sort Monday to get ready for the Giveaway Day. Toy Sort Shifts St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, SF Check the shift calendar before coming Monday, December 15, 2014 | ...

Win Tix: 44th Annual KPFA Crafts Fair: 200 Artisans & Live Music | East Bay
44th Annual KPFA Crafts Fair: 200 Artisans & Live Music | East Bay

Experience an intimate and relaxed holiday shopping experience in the midst of artisans offering unique handcrafted gifts at the 43rd Annual KPFA Crafts Fair from 10 am to 6 pm on December 20-21, 2014.
Juried crafts fair of 200 exhibitors showcasing their own work of affordable contemporary original art …

Free Parking Day | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free parking, but stated time limits will still be enforced.
| All Over Oakland
Free Parking Day | Oakland

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Friday. The city of Oakland will offer free parking at meters and parking kiosks to encourage holiday shoppers ...

2014 African American Holiday Fair: Music, Dance, Toys & Trayvon Martin Art Unveiling | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there may be a fee for some activities.
| African American Art & Culture Complex
2014 African American Holiday Fair: Music, Dance, Toys & Trayvon Martin Art Unveiling | SF

At the 14th Annual Holiday Fair put on by the African American Art and Culture Complex for 2014, enjoy gifts and pictures with Santa. Decorate ginger bread cookies and cupcakes. There’s pony rides and petting zoo. And enjoy a winter performance featuring talented youth,

Free Parking in Downtown SF for Carpools | Saturdays in December
Saturday, December 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Cars with three people - 1 hour of free parking
| Sutter/Stockton Garage
Free Parking in Downtown SF for Carpools | Saturdays in December

The SFMTA wants you to bring your friends and family to Union Square and save on parking. Cars with 3 or more people will get 1 hour of free parking and cars of 4 or more people will get 2 hours of free parking at ...

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Saturday, December 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street
Saturday, December 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | St. Mary Episcopal Church
2014 Christmas Carol Stroll | Union Street

Holiday caroling returns to Union Street when the public is invited to meet in the courtyard of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church (2325 Union Street at Steiner Street) at 1 pm to join in the Caroling Stroll.
Afterwards, they’ll return to the church for refreshments.

Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides for the Holidays | Oakland
Saturday, December 20 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Lakeshore Drive
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides for the Holidays | Oakland

Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides and face painting, Santa and with many merchants offering holiday specials, refreshments and fun for everyone. Holidays on Lakeshore Avenue December 19 & 20, 2014 - Friday 4-6pm - Saturday 2-4pm Lakeshore Ave. between LakePark and Trestle Glen FREE

2014 Children’s Day Celebration, Shrine Building & Potluck | SF
2014 Children's Day Celebration, Shrine Building & Potluck | SF

Children’s Day is a celebration of brilliance, light, and the children of the world. There will be practice time for adults, and all will join in decorating the shrine, being host at the court by the Children’s Day King and Queen, and coming together for a …

Winter Solstice Eve 2014: Beach Celebration | Ocean Beach
Saturday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Taraval St)
Winter Solstice Eve 2014: Beach Celebration | Ocean Beach

Join the Reclaiming Collective on the Solstice Eve—the longest night of the year—for their annual, traditional ritual and celebration at Ocean Beach on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
Gather at 3:30 pm; the ritual will start at 4 pm. There’ll be dancing, singing and drumming.
Please note, this is a …

2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire | Presidio
Saturday, December 20 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required
| Rob Hill Campground
2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire | Presidio

Celebrate Winter Solstice with a family-friendly evening walk that starts at Rob Hill and ends with a campfire in the Rob Hill Campground on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
2014 Winter Solstice Night Hike & Campfire
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 5 to 6:30 pm
Rob Hill Campground | Washington Blvd. …

2014 Hanukkah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Fifth Candle | Union Square
Saturday, December 20 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2014 Hanukkah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: Fifth 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 ...

2014 Holiday Flask Mob, DJ Party & Toy Drive | SF
2014 Holiday Flask Mob, DJ Party & Toy Drive | SF

Flask Mob is presenting its first annual Toy Drive including a DJ party with Bigwavecouchsurfer at 7 pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Meet at Polk and Olive Streets in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program believes that no child should be without a toy …

2014 Christmas Carol Music Festival | SF
Saturday, December 20 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
2014 Christmas Carol Music Festival | SF

Don’t miss this annual free family concert and  traditional Festival of Lessons & Carols including a festive holiday reception afterwards.
This event is modeled after the Festival of Lessons & Carols first performed in 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge (England) where it has been performed every year …

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 …

Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo
Sunday, December 21 – 9:30 am | Cost: $6*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; $6 per vehicle park entrance fee
| Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center
Winter Solstice Walk: Nature Hike with Great Views | Mt. Diablo

Calling all druids. Need a break from hectic holiday shopping? Join Greenbelt Alliance on a nature hike to celebrate the winter solstice.
You’ll explore the slopes of Mount Diablo in search of (Santa’s) beard lichen, romantic mistletoe, and colorful Christmas Berry. You might even see a …

“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 …

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Sunday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair  December 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, 24, 2014 | ...

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 ...

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 …

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 …

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 …

4th Annual “Wintersongs” Community Sing-Along | Oakland
Sunday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Nile Hall (Preservation Park)
4th Annual

Experience the magic of raising your voice to create lush Eastern European seasonal harmonies as they were originally intended to be sung — by many voices in community at the Annual Wintersongs Community Sing.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Kitka singers will lead the group in some …