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Tuesday, December 6

Winter Walk SF: Dickens Fair Costumed Carolers | Union Square
Tuesday, December 6 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF: Dickens Fair Costumed Carolers | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2016 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Wednesday, December 7

Final Day: 29th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto
Wednesday, December 7 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Final Day: 29th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit | Palo Alto

Celebrate the birth of the Christ child with a beautiful display of more than 350 nativities from around the world in artistic settings with this year’s theme: “Peace on Earth” (Luke 2:14). The exhibit will be open from December 3-7, 2016. Event Highlights: Hands-on activities Concerts ...

Thursday, December 8

Winter Walk SF: Dickens Fair Costumed Carolers | Union Square
Thursday, December 8 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF: Dickens Fair Costumed Carolers | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2016 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Holiday Bazaar NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a marketplace curated by SF Bazaar. NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local crafters, makers and merchants.
Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Thursday, December 8 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

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 ...
Holiday Market Opening Party | SF
Friday, December 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alite Outpost
Holiday Market Opening Party | SF
Alite Designs x Western Editions are hosting a two-day Holiday Market at the Alite Outpost with an opening party on Friday, December 9th (6-9pm) and Saturday, December 10th (11am-3pm). The Market will feature curated work and products from seven local vendors and artisans. Join them Friday for ...

Saturday, December 10

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 ...

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 ...

Holiday On The Farm: Puppet Show, Victorian Santa & His Reindeers | San Ramon
Saturday, December 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Forest Home Farms Historic Park
Holiday On The Farm: Puppet Show, Victorian Santa & His Reindeers  | San Ramon
Enjoy an old fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with their Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old-fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment and refreshments.
Earthquakes Winterfest: 10 Tons of Snow & Holiday Activities | San Jose
Earthquakes Winterfest: 10 Tons of Snow & Holiday Activities | San Jose
The holidays will hit San Jose in full force on Saturday, Dec.10 as the San Jose Earthquakes will host the first-ever Winterfest at Avaya Stadium. The holiday-themed festival will run from noon through 5 p.m. and will feature more than 10 tons of snow and ...
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown
Saturday, December 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | East Japan Center Mall
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown

Young and old are invited to join the East and West Japan Center Malls welcoming the holidays with Santa Claus and the elves at Santa’s Workshop. This free holiday activity is sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls, San Francisco’s most unique and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown
Sunday, December 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | East Japan Center Mall
Children Craft Workshop & Free Photos with Santa Claus | Japantown

Young and old are invited to join the East and West Japan Center Malls welcoming the holidays with Santa Claus and the elves at Santa’s Workshop. This free holiday activity is sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls, San Francisco’s most unique and ...

Thursday, December 15

Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Thursday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Presidio Officers' Club
Holiday Sing-Along | The Presidio
Gather around the piano to share the music and holiday cheer, led by performers from 42nd Moon. Experience wonderful seasonal favorites. Festive drinks from Arguello restaurant are available for purchase. Free but an RSVP is required.

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 ...
Los Lagos Open House: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Santa & Elves | San Jose
Saturday, December 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Los Lagos Golf Course
Los Lagos Open House: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Santa & Elves | San Jose
Join them at their free Holiday Open House at Los Lagos Golf Course on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Activities include: Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Balloon Art & Face Paint Pictures with Santa & Elves Live Music Food & Drink

Sunday, December 18

6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair | SF
Sunday, December 18 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair | SF
SFMade presents annual holiday fair in collaboration with CCA. The only holiday gift fair where you walk in and know that every item was made in San Francisco. SFMade presents its 6th Annual Holiday Gift Fair, held at California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus. The ...
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 ...

2016 “Holiday Fanfare”: Free Outdoor Concert | Civic Center
Sunday, December 18 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | War Memorial Opera House
2016

“Holiday Lights and Fanfare” is an inaugural series of musical events bringing holiday cheer to various locations in the Civic Center neighborhood from December 2-18, 2016. In 2016, they have increased the number of concerts to 22 versus 19 last year. “Holiday Fanfare” performers will come from the Brass Quintets and Carolers from the ...

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 ...

Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland
Friday, December 23 – 4:00 pm | Cost: $6*
*$6/person for the 6 pm tour
| Lake Merritt Boating Center
Final Day: Water Sleigh Rides & Caroling on Lake Merritt | Oakland

Bring your friends and families to Lake Merritt Boating Center, aboard their Pontoon Water Sleigh and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and caroling. Experience a unique view of Oakland as your Water Sleigh glides past the 18th Street Fountain & Holiday Cove before returning to the ...

Saturday, December 24

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Saturday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Christmas Eve 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 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2016 ...

Holiday Home Visits With Isolated Elderly | SF
Saturday, December 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP is required within 2 weeks of event. Sign up via link.
| Little Brother's Friends of the Elderly
Holiday Home Visits With Isolated Elderly | SF
Every year on December 24th and 25th, volunteers visit isolated elderly from Little Brothers- Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) so they don’t have to spend the holiday alone. Join them the afternoon of December 24th or morning of December 25th to provide a friendly visit and a ...

Thursday, December 29

Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF
Thursday, December 29 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
Final Day: Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar & Live Entertainment | SF

Under Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic Dome, the Winter Nights Holiday Bazaar promises to be a magical holiday marketplace and entertainment destination. The Bazaar will feature unique, local artisan gifts and crafts, as well as live entertainment and special holiday food and beverages, all in ...

Saturday, December 31

Final Day: 10th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito
Saturday, December 31 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE | Downtown Sausalito
Final Day: 10th Annual Gingerbread House Tour | Sausalito

Smells of gingerbread are in the air. The Sausalito Gingerbread House Tour and Competition has become a true family holiday tradition. From the very young to the very young at heart, the reaction to this magical experience is the same – one of wonder, awe ...

Sunday, January 1

Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Sunday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2016 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...