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Monday, December 22

2014 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center
Monday, December 22 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is typically by donation, but consider becoming a member.
| San Francisco Zen Center
2014 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center

Celebrate the winter solstice with a short chanting service at the Zen Center.
Here’s what the Zen Center has done in past years and we hope for the same for 2014:

“We gather in the courtyard of the building, standing in a circle, with candles. After standing …

Monday Nonsense Comedy Night | SF
Monday, December 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | The Showdown
Monday Nonsense Comedy Night | SF

Monday Nonsense with Susannah Chovnick takes over The Showdown at 7:30 pm, every second and fourth Monday of the month. This stand up show inspires locals to feel better about the week ahead and whatever else is happening in their life through laughter. Some of the most passionate comics ...

“Jury Duty” Comedy Improv Battle | Haight
Monday, December 22 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar

Jury Duty is a show that meshes improvisational humor with the wit and quickness of stand-up comedy at 8 pm, every fourth Monday of the month, at Milk Bar. Jury Duty is a debate style show where the crowd declares the winner over three different rounds. Usually ...

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 ...

“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 ...

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 …

2014 Hanukkah Celebration: Treats, Crafts, Dreidels & Live Rock Music | SF
Tuesday, December 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2014 Hanukkah Celebration: Treats, Crafts, Dreidels & Live Rock Music | SF

After the lighting of the eighth candle of the 25 foot Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square, make your way over to the Westfield SF Centre for a Hanukkah Celebration and grand menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
The celebration will take place on Level 4 …

2014 Holiday 3D Light Show | Westfield SF
Tuesday, December 23 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2014 Holiday 3D Light Show | Westfield SF

Westfield’s iconic dome will come to life each night with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular showing every half hour starting at 5 pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall’s closing.  Nutcracker Under the Dome is inspired by the real-life San Francisco Ballet’s production with choreography by ...

Where Eagles Dare: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Upper Haight
Tuesday, December 23 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Milk Bar
Where Eagles Dare: Stand-Up Comedy Game Show | Upper Haight

Where Eagles Dare is a punk rock themed stand-up comedy show and podcast where hosts Ryan Papazian, Jeff Anaya, and Matt Lieb invite three guest comedians to do stand-up, do feats of strength, play improv games and mosh. The show takes place on the fourth ...

Wednesday, December 24

Final Day: Free VIP Lounge & Snacks for Chase United Card Holders | Westfield SF
Wednesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free only if you have a Chase United credit card.
| Westfield San Francisco Centre
Final Day: Free VIP Lounge & Snacks for Chase United Card Holders | Westfield SF

Got a Chase United credit card? Then you’re in for a treat. The Chase United VIP Lounge has opened up for a limited time at Westfield San Francisco Centre from November 24 – December 24, 2014, 11 am until mall closing. Relax at the VIP ...

Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center
Final Day: 4 Hours of Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center

During the holidays, park for free at Embarcadero Center, when you shop, dine and skate at the outdoor Holiday Ice Rink. Embarcadero Center is offering free parking for up to four hours during the holiday season. 2014 Free Holiday Parking | Embarcadero Center Valid Dates: Friday, ...

Friday, December 26

San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.
Friday, December 26 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Zeitgeist
San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club | Mission Dist.

Join the SF Beard and Mustache Club for a monthly gathering at Zeitgeist at 7 pm every last Friday of the month. If you have a beard or mustache, if you like beards and mustaches, or if you want a beard or mustache, then by all means ...

Saturday, December 27

City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF
Saturday, December 27 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Weather permitting. Please check the SFAA website for updated information.
| Secret Location (SF)
City Star Party & Telescope Night | SF

Please note, the location has yet to be determined. Please check back closer to the date for an update on the location.

Sunday, December 28

’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.
Sunday, December 28 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
'90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party | Mission Dist.

Love The Simpsons? Know The Simpsons like the back of your hand? Then join in ’90s Simpsons Trivia Night at The Knockout in the Mission District from 6-9 pm, every fourth Sunday of the month. Watch some ’90s Simpsons and answer some trivia if you ...

“Return of the Cypher” Hip-Hop & Beatbox Jam | Boom Boom Room
Sunday, December 28 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Boom Boom Room

Return of the Cypher (ROTC) is free live Hip-Hop show every Sunday at the Boom Boom Room that features an ever-changing lineup of artists and improvised sessions (know as “cyphers”) where beatboxers, emcees, and musicians collaborate in a spontaneous combustion of soulful skill. Every week, The ...

Tuesday, December 30

2014 Downtown Snow Fall: Last Snow | SF
Tuesday, December 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hyatt Regency San Francisco
2014 Downtown Snow Fall: Last Snow | SF

Complementing the dramatic lights and over-the-top interior décor that includes a 30-foot tree and over-sized holiday characters, snow will fall daily inside the Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s dramatic 17-story atrium lobby illuminated by 300,000 lights during the holiday season. 2014 Downtown Snow Fall November 22 through December 30, 2014 Hyatt ...

Wednesday, December 31

2014 Holiday 3D Light Show: Final Day | Westfield SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2014 Holiday 3D Light Show: Final Day | Westfield SF

Westfield’s iconic dome will come to life each night with a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular showing every half hour starting at 5 pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall’s closing.  Nutcracker Under the Dome is inspired by the real-life San Francisco Ballet’s production with choreography by ...

Winter Walk SF Final Day: Light Projections & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Wednesday, December 31 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Final Day: Light Projections & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF Presents Winter Walk SF, a festive pedestrian-only downtown holiday plaza with a spectacular new Holiday Light Art Show, carolers, live music and Off the Grid food trucks. 2014 Winter Walk SF November 28 – December 31, 2014 Stockton St. Between Geary and Ellis, San ...

Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15
| Cyprian’s
Free Improv Class & BYOB Wednesday | SF

Come have fun and exercise your imagination and creativity at a monthly improv class happening on the last Wednesday of the month at the Turk and Lyon Community Center inside St. Cyprian’s. Free, but there is a suggested donation of $5-$15 Whether you are a veteran or ...

New Year’s Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but registration is required and donations are accepted.
| Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
New Year's Eve Fire Ceremony & Meditation | SF

Celebrate ringing out the old and ringing in the new with games, live music, refreshments, words of wisdom for the new year, “Letting Go of The Old” Fire Ceremony, and silent reflection meditation to usher in the New Year on December 31, 2014.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
This …

NYE Punk Party: Ramones Tribute Night | The Riptide
Wednesday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Riptide
NYE Punk Party: Ramones Tribute Night | The Riptide

1-2-3-4 into 2015 at the Riptide (a rustic honky-tonk by the beach built in 1941) with a hard and hot rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Remones USA, an Oakland-based Ramones cover band dedicated to preserving the formula and essence that made the Ramones live show …

Win Tix: A Tale of Two Cities NYE Party: Open Bar & French Casino | SF
Wednesday, December 31 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN*
*Win a pair of tickets. Regular cost, $99-200
| The Village San Francisco
A Tale of Two Cities NYE Party: Open Bar & French Casino | SF

Step back in time as San Francisco is transformed into vintage Paris and London, inspired by Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities.
The three floors of The Village will feature famous landmarks from Paris and London, beautiful backdrops, creative lighting, DJs and a …

Thursday, January 1

New Year’s Day Pacific Ocean Plunge | Ocean Beach
Thursday, January 1 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Taraval St)
New Year's Day Pacific Ocean Plunge | Ocean Beach

Take the plunge and dive fearlessly into 2015 for a polar beach swim into Ocean Beach on January 1, 2015.
Get the New Year started off freezing and right with The Riptide. Meet down at the end of Taraval at the beach at 11:30 am.
At noon, they’ll …

Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society
Thursday, January 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Chinese Historical Society
Free First Thursdays | Chinese Historical Society

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, the museum introduces the rich history of the Chinese American experience. Come discover Chinatown’s unique and inspiring stories. ...