San Francisco Festivals and Holiday Events - December

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San Francisco Festivals - December 2008

Additional holiday events will post as dates become available. Details are subject to change. Always check with the organization or venue for updates.

The San Francisco New Year's Eve guide has Dec 31, 2008 events.

Ongoing Events - Through December 2008

Reindeer Romp and Ice Skating
Nov 22, 2008 to Jan 1, 2009 - San Francisco Zoo
Kids can visit with Santa's reindeer, enjoy ice skating and other activities

Velveteen Rabbit
Nov 27 to Dec 14 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
ODC/Dance presents its 22nd season of the beloved dance/theater production

Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Nov 28 to Dec 21 - Cow Palace
Holiday adventure into Victorian London - costumed players in 90,000+ square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance parties and Christmas shops

Holidays at the Mark
Through December - Top of the Mark (Intercontinental Mark Hopkins)
Events from holiday tea and children's tea to Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners and dance

Oakland - Strolling Carolers
Dec 2 to Dec 19 - Oakland City Center/Plaza
Carolers stroll the plaza every Tuesday and Friday from 11a to 1p

A Christmas Carol
Dec 4 to 27 - ACT (American Conservatory Theater)
Bay Area holiday tradition directed by Domenique Lozano

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz
Dec 5 through Dec 24
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
Children and their favorite stuffed animals gather daily at The Lobby Lounge's fireplace for traditional tea with Binky the Elf

San Francisco Symphony-Holiday Concerts 2008
Dec 7 to Jan 1 - Davies Symphony Hall
Series of holiday concerts for the entire family

Holiday Events at Grace Cathedral

  • A Cathedral Christmas with the Choir of Men and Boys (Dec 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21)
  • A Brass & Organ Christmas (Dec 8)
  • Handel's Messiah w/American Bach Soloists (Dec 18 & 19)
  • A Family Sing-Along (Dec 20)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dec 31)

Holidays at Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont)

  • Dec 5-7 - Christmas at Ardenwood
  • Dec 12 - Evening at the Patterson House
  • Dec 13 & 14 - Patterson House Christmas Teas
  • Dec 11-14 and 18-21 - Christmas House Tours

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Nov 29, Dec 6-7, 12-14, 19-22
Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton
Sip hot-spiced cider, listen to carolers while riding the holiday train

Gilroy Gardens Holiday Lights
Dec 5-7, 12-14, 19-23, 26-28 (4p to 9p)
MIllions of lights, all-you-can-eat traditional holiday feast, ice skating, rides, in a Charlie Brown Christmas theme

Living LEGO-cy: Holiday Train Display
Museum of American Heritage - Palo Alto
Dec 7 to Jan 11, 2009
Visitors explore a variety of LEGO creation and an operating LEGO train layout featuring creations by club members - with a 12x25 foot train layout running through Bay Area locales

Ballet San Jose - The Nutcracker
Dec 11 to Dec 28 - San Jose
Regular performances and children's matinees

Cave Music
In Napa, Sonoma & other California Wine Country Locations

  • Dec 20 & 21 (5p): Napa - Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
  • Dec 27 & 28 (2p): Calistoga - Cave of the Drums - Clos Pegase Winery
  • Jan 3 & 4 (2p): Los Gatos - Cave of the Spirits - Byington Winery

Holiday Events - In Chronological Order

Berkeley Festival of Lights
Dec 1 - Berkeley Civic Center Park - 3p to 6p[br} Tree lighting at 6p, make a luminaria to light the walkways, draw hopes for the future on Berkeley’s giant New Year’s Card, donate a warm coat or canned food, enter raffle for Twelve Nights Out in Berkeley, plus holiday music and entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies, Santa and his elves arrive at 5p for the kids

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - Ritz Carlton
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco - 600 Stockton at California
Dec 2 - 5:30p to 7:30p -Free - 40-foot tree illuminated by Santa Claus and his helper from the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation - includes Dickens-era costumed carolers, hot cider, roasted chestnuts, holiday confections, and visit with Santa

Christmas Celebration (Oakland)
Dec 3 - Noon to 1p - Oakland City Center
Featuring the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and a visit from Father Christmas

Holiday Lights - Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec 5 - Presidio (corner of Lincoln Blvd and Funston Ave at the Main Post) - 5:30p to 6:30p
Decades-old Presidio tradition - light refreshments will follow at the Presidio Fire Station

Creativity Explored: Holiday Art Sale
Dec 5 to Dec 30 - Creativity Explored (3245 16th Street)
Thousands of original creations and holiday gift ideas

Seasons Greenings
Dec 6 - Crissy Field Center - 10a
Family event - $1 to 5 (for activities - make your own gift from reusable and recycled materials

Jack London Lighted Yacht Parade (Oakland)
Dec 6 - Jack London Square
Tree lighting, Santa visit and family festivities

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 - 11a to 6p
More than 100 professional artists, craftspeople, and galleries in Berkeley open their doors to the public during the 18th annual open studios

Women's Building Celebration of Craftswomen
Dec 6 to 7 - Herbst Pavilion (Fort Mason) - 10a to 5p
Holiday fine crafts retail fair benefitting the Women's Building

Union Street Fantasy of Lights
Month-long festivities start on Dec 6 from 3p to 6p
Santa arrives at 5p, kids activities, jugglers, face painters, meet the Snow Queen

Oakland Holiday Parade
Dec 6 - Broadway and 11th Street to 20th Street, to Harrison Street - 2p
Holiday children's parade in downtown Oakland

San Jose Holiday Parade
Dec 7 - Starts at Santa Clara St and Delmas Ave - 8:30a
Large annual parade with floats, more than 2 dozen marching bands, clowns, Santa Claus

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Dates and details are subject to change. Always check with the organization or venue for updates.

The San Francisco New Year's Eve guide has Dec 31, 2008 events.

Tree of Hope - Tree Lighting
Dec 9 - San Francisco City Hall - 6p
Concert starts at 5:30p - Thousands of origami cranes inscribed with wishes for the future of the world will grace The Tree of Hope in the Rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall

Kwanzaa Celebration (Oakland)
Dec 10 - Noon to 1p - Oakland City Center
Featuring the West African Highlife Band

Parol Lantern Festival and Parade
Dec 13 - 5p - Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission Street) to Yerba Buena Gardens - 5p
Festival of traditional Filipino parol (lanterns) in holiday parade - volunteer orientation on Dec 9 and 11
See photos of 2007 parade and festival

KPFA Holiday Crafts and Music Fair
Dec 13 & 14 - Concourse Exhibition Center (8th and Brannan) - 10a to 6p
Original arts and crafts plus live music entertainment

Berkeley Farmers' Market 17th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair
Dec 13 - MLK Jr Civic Center Park (Center Street and MLK Jr Way)
Farmers market with variety of beautiful handcrafted gifts and live entertainment

Kwanzaa Gift Show (Oakland)
Dec 13 & 14 - Oakland Marriott Convention Center
$5 (children under 12 free) - 23rd Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show

Nutcracker at the San Francisco Ballet
Dec 11 to Dec 28 - San Francisco Ballet
The critically-acclaimed San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker was the first complete production in the United States

The Christmas Ballet
Dec 13 to 23 - Yerba Buena Center
Smuin Ballet with three new dances by Amy Seiwert, Shannon Hurlburt and Robert Sund - and three favorites from the archives: Blue Christmas, Winter Weather and Cajun Christmas

The Crucible's Holiday Gifty Art Sale and Open House
Dec 13 and 14 - The Crucible (Oakland) - 10a to 4p
Unique and affordable gifts from more than 60 Bay Area artisans

25th Annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair (Berkeley)
Dec 13, 14, 20, 21, 23, & 24th - Telegraph Ave between Dwight and Bancroft
Arts and crafts, jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures

Oakland Chanukah Celebration
Dec 17 - Oakland City Center - Noon to 1p
With performance by Klezmania

Smuin: The Christmas Ballet
Dec 17 to 28 - Novellus Theater at YBCA
Both Classical and Cool Acts that reflect the magic of the season

Holiday Lights Boat Parade
Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco
Dec 19 - 6p - Free
Oldest lighted boat holiday parade on San Francisco Bay, with more than 100 boats with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront

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See Page 1 for Ongoing Events in December

Dates and details are subject to change. Always check with the organization or venue for updates.

The San Francisco New Year's Eve guide has Dec 31, 2008 events.

Latkepalooza
Dec 21 - Peninsula JCC (Foster City) - 1p to 4p - FREE
Family event with music, arts and crafts, adult learning sessions, latkes

Hornblower Christmas Cruises

  • Dec 21 - Winter Solstice Brunch & Dinner Dance Cruise
  • Dec 24 & 25 - Christmas Eve and Day Cruises
See website for additional holiday-themed cruises in December

25th Annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair (Berkeley)
Dec 20, 21, 23, & 24th - Telegraph Ave between Dwight and Bancroft
Arts and crafts, jewelry, beadwork, wirework, hats, candles, leather work, silk-screened and tie-dyed clothing, pottery, wood crafts, metal crafts, paintings, henna-art, gift boxes, photography and sculptures

Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant
Dec 24 to 27 - New Asia Restaurant (772 Pacific Ave)
$62 (dinner show) / $42 (cocktail show)
Headliner: David Brenner with Page Hurwitz, Dan Naturman, and Lisa Geduldig

SF Gay Men's Chorus - 19th Annual Home for the Holidays Concert
$17 to $25 - Castro Theatre (429 Castro)
Dec 24: 5p, 7p and 9p
The annual home for the Holidays concerts are renowned for being inclusive of many faiths

The Latke Ball
Dec 24 - Ruby Skye (420 Mason) - 9p to 2a
Annual party for Jewish young adults in the Bay Area - more than a thousand people enjoy DJs, live entertainment and party until 2a

23rd Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony (Joya no kane)
Dec 31 - 11:30a
Asian Art Museum - Samsung Hall
Free with museum admission, numbered tickets to ring the bell will be distributed in South Court starting at 10a, one to each family or group, first come, first served

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