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Tuesday, December 24

Final Day: 2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild
Final Day: 2019 Pottery Holiday Show & Open Studios | Berkeley

The Guild will host its annual holiday show and open house starting the weekend after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios during its 49th Annual Holiday Open House, over several weekends in November and December. Featuring this year’s ...

Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)
Christmas Eve Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley

Join this December to celebrate the 36th Annual Telegraph Holiday Street Fair. Holiday shoppers will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, with unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair December ...

Christmas Eve “Emperor Norton’s Holiday Market” | Final Night
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*No Cover, but bring money for buying yummy stuff.
| Salesforce Transit Center
Christmas Eve "Emperor Norton's Holiday Market" | Final Night

Off the Grid launches an all-new holiday market called Emperor Norton’s Holiday Bazaar. Emperor Norton’s Holiday Bazaar pulls inspiration from the great European Christmas markets, featuring handmade creations, delicious food, mulled wine and fantastic performances. Emperor Norton’s Holiday Bazaar will be taking place at the ...

Volunteer: Prime Rib Luncheon 2019 | GLIDE
Tuesday, December 24 – 11:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Registration is closed.
| Glide
Volunteer: Prime Rib Luncheon 2019 | GLIDE
Come help us serve Prime Rib to the Tenderloin Community, sponsored each year by Joe Betz and San Francisco’s House of Prime Rib who donate 2,000 pounds of prime rib for GLIDE’s special mouthwatering Christmas Eve luncheon. Want to help? To sign up for a shift, ...
Whisky Eve: Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping | Mission Dist.
Tuesday, December 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secession Art & Design
Whisky Eve: Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping | Mission Dist.
The elves at Secession Art & Design have been busy getting the gallery & boutique stocked with art, clothing, ceramics, and jewelry for everyone on your list. Whisky Eve: Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping Tuesday, December 24, 2019 | Noon to 7 pm Secession Art & Design | ...
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Final Day | Noe Valley
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Noe Valley)
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Final Day | Noe Valley

Join the 10th Annual 24 Holidays on 24th Street from December 1-24, 2019. An event which creates so much holiday retail buzz for Noe Valley merchants – is coming up. Each day between December 1st and 24th will highlight merchant events & specials along with ...

2019 Chanukah & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 3rd Night | Union Square
Tuesday, December 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2019 Chanukah & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 3rd Night | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2019 with the 45th annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 22nd-29th, at approximately 4:30 ...

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 ...

SF City Hall Lights Up for Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
SF City Hall Lights 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 ...

Pier 39’s Christmas Eve Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF
Tuesday, December 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Pier 39's Christmas Eve Nightly Tree Lighting Show | SF

PIER 39 is spreading holiday cheer on San Francisco’s waterfront. Pier 39 is unwrapping their nightly tree lighting show for the holiday season. Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors every half hour from 5 pm -10 pm, November ...

“Popping the ​Science ​Bubble”: Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Public Library (Central Branch)
"Popping the ​Science ​Bubble": Conversations w/ Cal Scientists | Berkeley

Join in for a conversation with scientists from Cal. Ever wonder what the scientists at Cal are up to? Now is your chance to find out during a thrilling series of short lectures on cutting-edge research. With new guest lecturers each month, come learn about ...Monthly

AAA Tipsy Tow: Free Car Tow Home | Christmas Eve 2019
AAA Tipsy Tow: Free Car Tow Home | Christmas Eve 2019

AAA’s Holiday Safe Ride Home Program (formerly called “Tipsy Tow”) offers a free safe tow ride home for drinking drivers in Northern California. And you don’t even have to be a AAA member. You call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO and tell the operator you need a safe ride home. ...

Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2019 | SF
Tuesday, December 24 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required; please bring dessert for sharing
| Presidio Chapel
Presidio Christmas Eve Mass 2019 | SF
Please join with us to celebrate as Family. Quiet meditation, Christmas Carols and Mass, followed by a dessert potluck. Schedule: 7:00 pm Quiet Meditation 7:10 pm Christmas Carols 7:30 pm Christmas Eve Mass 8:15 – 9:30 pm Dessert Pot Luck for some festive fellowship and good cheer Please let them know ...
“Town Business” Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday
Tuesday, December 24 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP. Otherwise $10 at door.
| Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen
"Town Business" Oakland Comedy Night | Every Tuesday

SF may get most of the press, but Oakland has its own rich comedy scene, so “Town Business” is your weekly Tuesday showcase of some of the town’s best comics from around the Bay in a cool “Golden State Lounge” with comfy couches and a brick fireplace. Many comedians performing ...

6th Annual Acid Xmas (Free Champagne) at F8 | SoMa
6th Annual Acid Xmas (Free Champagne) at F8 | SoMa
2019 has been super naughty and going extra heavy on the acid haus this xmas eve. Jeno will be pulling out those extra special acid records while Ken Vulsion will be on opening duties delivering all the finest tracks. Plus, there will have a backroom takeover ...

Wednesday, December 25

Volunteer: Christmas Meal Delivery | Salvation Army
Wednesday, December 25 – 6:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Advanced registration is required
| The Salvation Army (SoMa)
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 Wednesday, December 25, 2019 | 6 am to 1 ...
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

Christmas at “Christmas in the Park” | San Jose
Wednesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Christmas 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 55-foot Community Giving Tree. One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting ...

Christmas Day: SF Free Guided Walking Tour Day | 10 Free Tours
Wednesday, December 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Christmas Day: SF Free Guided Walking Tour Day | 10 Free Tours

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 ...

Oakland’s Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019
Oakland's Free Parking Days for the Holidays | 2019

Leave your quarters at home (but bring your watch) and go shopping in Oakland during the holiday season, from New Year’s Day to Christmas Day. The city of Oakland will offer free off-street parking at city-owned garages and lots to encourage holiday shoppers to check out local merchants. ...