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Sunday, December 16

78th Annual Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland
78th Annual Christmas Bird Walk | Oakland

Help start off Christmas Bird Count Day with a pair of binoculars or some sharp eyes for the Annual Christmas Bird Walk. Every December, hundreds of Bay Area birders take part in Golden Gate Audubon’s Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in Oakland and San Francisco. From before dawn ...

Win Tix: Elf on the Run: 5k & 10k Race & Festival | Presidio
Sunday, December 16 – 9:00 am | Cost: WIN | Sports Basement (Presidio)
Join all the Elves and Santas on December 16th on the Most Spirited Holiday Race. Run or walk in the 2018 Elf on the Run 5k & 10k, winding along the San Francisco Bay Trail with picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lots of festivities ...

Monday, December 17

A Christmas Music of Brass & Pipe Organ Concert | Grace Cathedral
A Christmas Music of Brass & Pipe Organ Concert | Grace Cathedral
Experience the perfect marriage of the Bay Areas finest brass musicians, a beloved pipe organ, and unparalleled acoustics at this festive Christmas concert. A musical highlight of the year.

Thursday, December 20

Win Tix: “A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret” Holiday Special | SF
Thursday, December 20 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Z Space Theater
Kat Robichaud takes on all your favorite Christmas Specials from your childhood. With a live band and rotating cast of stunning performers including reigning burlesque queen, Frankie Fictitious, holiday drag by the incomparable Carnie Asada, Gremlins, Musical Guests, and more. > Get Tickets – $30 Use code ...

Friday, December 21

Free Early Boarding for Ugly Holiday Sweaters on Alaska Airlines | 2018
Free Early Boarding for Ugly Holiday Sweaters on Alaska Airlines | 2018
In celebration of National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Alaska Airlines guests who wear their festive holiday sweaters to the airport are able to board early. The one-day promotion will be celebrated by flyers and employees alike across Alaska’s 115-city network and includes all Alaska, Virgin ...

Saturday, December 22

San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend
Saturday, December 22 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Have friends and relatives in town with nothing to do? Gather up the ...

2018 Russian Holiday Bell Concert | SF Main Library
Saturday, December 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
2018 Russian Holiday Bell Concert  | SF Main Library
Please join for a unique event featuring the majestic sound of Russian bells. San Francisco Symphony’s extraordinary guest percussionist, Mr. Avdienko will play a peal of 6 Traditional Russian Bells, accompanied by 2 bass Russian Flat Bells (bila). Russian Holiday Bell Concert Saturday, December 22, 2018 | Noon ...

Sunday, December 23

San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend
Sunday, December 23 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Weekend

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Have friends and relatives in town with nothing to do? Gather up the ...

“Crazy Funny Asians” Christmas Comedy Showcase | SF
Sunday, December 23 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated.
| Neck of The Woods
"Crazy Funny Asians" Christmas Comedy Showcase | SF

Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s Crazy Funny Asians comedy showcase, presented by Funcheap and HellaFunny. Let’s celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs. Free tickets for the first 100 people to RSVP “Crazy ...Every Sunday

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve at Christmas in the Park | San Jose
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas Eve at Christmas in the Park | San Jose

For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting ...

San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Day | Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Day | Christmas Eve

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Have friends and relatives in town with nothing to do? Gather up the ...

Christmas Eve: Holiday Train Display | SF Main Libary
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Public Library
Christmas Eve: Holiday Train Display | SF Main Libary

The San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center invites you to celebrate the return of a beloved annual tradition, when the holiday model train exhibit comes chugging around the bend on the second floor mezzanine. The exhibit will be here for you to enjoy beginning ...

SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Eve

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and ...

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 or dine at any Embarcadero Center shop or restaurant, or skate at the Holiday Ice Rink, and receive free parking. Embarcadero Center is offering free parking for up to four hours for shoppers and skaters ...

Queer Christmas Eve Interfaith Service | SF
Monday, December 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Harvey Milk Plaza
Queer Christmas Eve Interfaith Service | SF
Join Sacred Space SF for their 3rd Annual Queer Christmas Eve Interfaith Service. As last year, hot chocolate and cookie bites will be part of the Communion service. And they are pleased to announce through a generous donation, they will have a limited number of pupusas to ...
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton
Monday, December 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Widmer World
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton

Join in for a family friendly holiday extravaganza with a great light show timed to the music and many beautiful and fun holiday displays throughout the attraction. Park the car and walk through their festive Christmas themed environment. Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays December ...

Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2018: Carols, Meditation & Dessert Potluck | SF
Monday, December 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; please bring dessert for sharing
| Presidio Chapel
Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2018: Carols, Meditation & Dessert Potluck | SF
Please join with us to celebrate as Family. Quiet meditation, Christmas Carols and Mass, followed by a dessert potluck. Please let them know the number in your party by sending an email to: XmasEveMass@whiterobedmonks.org
“Krazy for Karaoke” Christmas Night at The Knockout | SF
Monday, December 24 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Knockout
"Krazy for Karaoke" Christmas Night at The Knockout | SF
Come celebrate the holidays with The Knockout on Christmas Night with a special xmas edition of “Krazy for Karaoke” with Omar Rockriguez starting at 9pm. This event is 21+ and there’s no cover charge.
Death Guild X-Mess Night: Industrial Dance Club | DNA Lounge
Monday, December 24 – 9:30 pm | Cost: $5*
*$3 before 10 pm, $5 after.
| DNA Lounge
Death Guild X-Mess Night: Industrial Dance Club | DNA Lounge
Death Guild is the oldest weekly goth/industrial dance night in the country, and the second oldest in the world. Every Monday, six DJs in two rooms play a mix of gothic. industrial. synthpop, and weird stuff for those who love the darker side of things. On Christmas ...

Tuesday, December 25

Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free Admission on Christmas Day | San Francisco Botanical Garden

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse gardens in the world. A unique urban oasis, the garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, and showcasing over 8,500 different kinds ...Monthly

Volunteer: Christmas Meal Delivery | Salvation Army
Tuesday, December 25 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Advanced registration is required
| Salvation Army Family Service Center
Volunteer: Christmas Meal Delivery | Salvation Army
Help deliver Christmas Day meals to 4,000 homebound individuals. Drivers must provide their own vehicle and bring at least one passenger with you. Salvation Army Holiday Meal Delivery Location: South of Market Corps, 360 4th St, San Francisco Christmas Meal Delivery Drivers Tuesday, December 25, 2018 | 8 am to 1 pm > ...
Final Day: “Christmas in the Park” | San Jose
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Final Day: "Christmas in the Park" | San Jose

For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting ...

San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Days | Christmas Day

San Francisco City Guides offer free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city and will be offering a full slate of free tours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Have friends and relatives in town with nothing to do? Gather up the ...

Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Tuesday, December 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum Free Day | SoMa
Think everything’s closed on Christmas Day? The CJM’s Community Day is a free, fun-filled day of art that has become an annual tradition for Bay Area families. Enjoy the day exploring the galleries with your family and friends or nosh on latkes at Wise Sons. Contemporary Jewish ...
Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Tuesday, December 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is recommended. No one turned away
| Badarikashrama
Christmas Day Free Vegetarian Dinner & Concert | East Bay
Enjoy a Christmas concert and a complimentary vegetarian international dinner on Christmas Day at Badarikashrama in San Leandro at 3 pm on December 25, 2018. Free, but an RSVP is recommended. Call for reservations at 510-278-2444; space is limited, but no one will be turned away. This year, listen to a splendid concert ...
Pier 39’s Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF
Tuesday, December 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39's Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping a new, nightly tree lighting show on its 60’ live Christmas tree at the top of each hour from 5 -10 pm, November 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Synchronized to ...

SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Night
Tuesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF City Hall Lit Up for Christmas Night

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and ...

A Jewish Christmas: Strip Dreidel, Chinese Food & Movies | SF
Tuesday, December 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $5*
*$5 before 7 pm otherwise, it's $10
| Make-Out Room
A Jewish Christmas: Strip Dreidel, Chinese Food & Movies | SF
Heeb or not, you are cordially invited to spend the holidays in the company of the “chosen” people, chosen to be alienated and bored stiff when everything is closed on Christmas, that is. Except this year, we’re doing something about it…come down to the Make-Out Room ...
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton
Tuesday, December 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Widmer World
2018 Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays | Pleasanton

Join in for a family friendly holiday extravaganza with a great light show timed to the music and many beautiful and fun holiday displays throughout the attraction. Park the car and walk through their festive Christmas themed environment. Widmer-World Family Fun for the Holidays December ...

Karla LaVey’s 21st Annual Black X Mass | Elbo Room
Tuesday, December 25 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $13*
*Admission includes party food. 21+
| Elbo Room
Karla LaVey's 21st Annual Black X Mass | Elbo Room
Karla LaVey’s First Satanic Church presents the 21st Annual Black X Mass in San Francisco on Christmas night. There will be performances by From Hell, Suicide Queen, Bite starring Chelsea Rose, Sexstar, Theremin Wizard Barney and special guests. > Get Tickets – $13 – 21+ Video and music by ...