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Tuesday, December 6

Empress Vintage, Coracao Confections Chocolate Tasting & Live Music | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 6 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free chocolate samples. Hot Chocolate, Chocolate and candies to buy.
| Empress Vintage
Empress Vintage, Coracao Confections Chocolate Tasting & Live Music | Berkeley
Empress Vintage has partnered up with Coracao Confections to bring you a night full of organic chocolate, live bands and great pre-holiday sales.  

Wednesday, December 7

San Francisco City Hall “World Tree of Hope” Lighting Ceremony | 2016
Wednesday, December 7 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall
Come celebrate Christmas in San Francisco City Hall with Mayor Ed Lee and the Annual World Tree of Hope Celebration. The Rainbow World Fund’s World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each ...

Thursday, December 8

2016 Bernal Heights Holiday Stroll | SF
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bernal Heights
2016 Bernal Heights Holiday Stroll | SF
Support independent businesses in Bernal Heights this holiday season at a one-night only Holiday Stroll featuring tastings, food, drink, in-store raffles and other fun at this free event on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Toys will also be collected at participating stores and at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood ...

Friday, December 9

2016 Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Day | Union Square
Friday, December 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2016 Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Day | Union Square
Ring those bells, San Francisco. See some of San Francisco’s finest celebrities — media personalities, bell ringing champs, costumed characters, local bands and much more– ring bells for The Salvation Army on Union Square. 2016 Rock the Bells: Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringing Friday, December 9, 2016 ...

Saturday, December 10

Holiday Hayrides, Hula Dancing, Santa & Carolers | Noe Valley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Noe Valley)
Holiday Hayrides, Hula Dancing, Santa & Carolers | Noe Valley
Festivities on December 19, 2016: 9 – 10:45am: Live music from Lunarville 11 – 12:45am: Live music from District 8 11-2 pm: Santa will usher in the season with Rudolph and treats for all –  Zephyr Real Estate, 4040 24th Street 11 am-2 pm: Holiday Hay Ride. Pick up and drop off at ...
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Saturday, December 10 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Suggested donation of $15-25 per attendee per event.
| Martin Griffin Preserve
Winter Arts & Nature Celebration Festival | Stinson Beach
Celebrate the season and winter solstice at ACR’s Martin Griffin Preserve. Create beautiful arts & crafts, observe winter water birds, and get inspired with nature-based entertainment for families and people of all ages. Enjoy hot tea, coffee, and apple cider and do your holiday shopping ...
2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Berkeley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley City College
2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest | Berkeley
The Annual EBABZ (East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest) is a chill hang zone for buying, trading and collaborating with zine, comics, DIY, and publishing comrades in the East Bay. 2016 East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 11 am to 6 pm Berkeley City ...
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

2016 Traditional German Christmas Market | Mountain View
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Civic Center Plaza (Mountain View)
2016 Traditional German Christmas Market | Mountain View
Get a taste of a traditional German Christmas market in Mountain View as the German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) hosts the traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, from 11 am to 9 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016. Come indulge in German food and drinks and browse the eclectic selection of handcrafted gifts ...
The Crucible’s GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland
The Crucible's GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 10-11, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

“Jack of All Trades” Market Holiday Show | Oakland
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. Jack of All Trades Market Every Second Saturday | 11 am to 5 ...

SantaCon 2016: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF
Saturday, December 10 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SantaCon 2016: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF
“SantaCon” or “Santarchy” is San Francisco’s annual city-wide Santas-only pub crawl happening on Saturday, December 10, 2016. This flash mob-type event brings together hundreds of slightly sober people dressed in Santa costumes parading around the city, visiting landmarks drinking at bars, and causing general mayhem. And just so ...
Garden Party: Live Music, Food, Refreshments & Plant Sale | SF
Saturday, December 10 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Natives Nursery
Garden Party: Live Music, Food, Refreshments & Plant Sale | SF

Experience live music, free locally sourced food & drink, a free plant & general Take Back the City vibes, every 2nd Saturday of the month from noon to 5 pm. Counter the drought, learn about sustainable living, feed the goats, meet the roosters, bring your kids, ...

2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
2016 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Celebrate in festive Filipino style at the annual Parol Lantern Festival & Parade, held in Yerba Buena Gardens and Jessie Square, where you can watch traditional, star-shaped Filipino Christmas lanterns called parols march along Yerba Buena Lane, along with live music, art, games and performances. ‎14th Annual ...
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
Saturday, December 10 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Dolores Park
Unsilent Night 2016: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
“Unsilent Night” is artist Phil Kline’s free outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through smartphones and boomboxes where the audience becomes the performer. “Carolers” play one of four tracks of music downloaded to their smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” The public ensemble will ...
2016 Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks | Sausalito
Saturday, December 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Gabrielson Park
2016 Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks | Sausalito
Bundle up along the waterfront for the annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade. Typically, you’ll see 40 decorated and lighted boats compete for prizes followed by a winter fireworks show. 29th Annual Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 6 pm: Boat Parade – 7:30 pm: ...

Sunday, December 11

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Sunday, December 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

Harvey Milk Holiday Craft Fair: Unique Handmade Gifts | SF
Sunday, December 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Harvey Milk Center for the Arts
Harvey Milk Holiday Craft Fair: Unique Handmade Gifts | SF
Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, part of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is proud to host its Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, December 11th 2016. The event will include numerous local artists offering their unique handmade holiday gifts for sale to the public. Our ...
The Crucible’s GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland
The Crucible's GIFTY Winter Open House | Oakland

Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. On December 10-11, they’ll have music, food, and drinks for sale, as well as demonstrations of Crucible areas of study. Their themed ...

Italian Street Food Fest & Charity | Berkeley
Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 2323 Fourth Street
Italian Street Food Fest & Charity | Berkeley
Come join them for a full day of real Italian food, live music, and fun. All food and drinks will be sold in exchange for tokens (they accept credit card). Guests can pre-purchase tasting menu tokens via Eventbrite. Wine and beer will also be sold via tokens (with valid ID). Vendor Lineup ...

Thursday, December 15

24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley
Thursday, December 15 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Just for Fun
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley
Stop by West Parklet/Just for Fun (3982 24th Street in Noe Valley) to say hello to some fluffy reindeer who will be on 24th Street from 3:30-7:30 pm on December 15, 2016. Santa Claus will be there too from 4:30-7:30 pm, so don’t miss out on the ...

Friday, December 16

Fillmore Holiday Marketplace: Santa & Pop-up Shops | SF
Friday, December 16 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Fillmore Heritage Center
Fillmore Holiday Marketplace: Santa & Pop-up Shops | SF
Holiday fun abounds at the 5th Annual Fillmore holiday marketplace. With more than: 30 pop-up merchants selling their crafts Food and drink Live music Santa Photo-booth In addition to the marketplace, live music will abound, featuring some of the artists associated with San Francisco’s historic Fillmore District. A free holiday concert ...
2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman’s Wharf
Friday, December 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
2016 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club will join once again to present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations, will parade along the waterfront on December 16, ...
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland
Friday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | American Steel Studios
East Bay Burner Social | Oakland

East Bay Burners are a group of Burning Man devotees who all live around the East Bay and get together monthly to talk, exchange ideas, teach, learn and have fun. The East Bay Burner Social takes place monthly in the run-up to the festival and ...

Saturday, December 17

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Saturday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

Alternative Santa: Representing Diversity in Community | Oakland
Saturday, December 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Source Chiropractic
Alternative Santa: Representing Diversity in Community | Oakland
Every year, the team at The Source Chiropractic offers an alternative to taking pictures with the traditional “Jolly Old St. Nick” They noticed a need for a #BlackSanta or Alternative Santa, by witnessing a repetitive pattern of the children typically given white fairy tale/folklore characters as representations of ...

Sunday, December 18

Holiday Gift Fair: Locally Made Items For Sale | SF
Sunday, December 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
Holiday Gift Fair: Locally Made Items For Sale | SF
SFMade presents its 6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair, held at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus. The shopping extravaganza features locally made gift items from over 60 different SFMade vendors. The Fair’s unique products include jewelry bags chocolate wine other gourmet gifts home items apparel body products children’s toys holiday cards and decorations and stationery ...
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Sunday, December 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

Wednesday, December 21

2016 Winter Solstice “Winter Wonderland” Hike | Muir Woods
Wednesday, December 21 – All Day | Cost: $10*
*Arrive early; parking is very limited.
| Muir Woods National Monument
2016 Winter Solstice
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 all day. Please note that this event was previously listed as free, but an admission charge is required in 2016. Winter ...

Friday, December 23

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | Berkeley
Friday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair: 200+ Artists & Festive Lights | 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...