December 6 - December 7 & December 24
Sydney Goldstein Theatre, Castro Theatre
Nothing says holidays in San Francisco like a “romp through holiday favorites old and new” performed by the legendary San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. You can be sure to expect everything from Liza Minnelli’s outrageous “Ring Them Bells” to a new arrangement of SFGMC’s beloved tradition of “Silent Night,” as well as a few surprises along the way.
Cost: $25 to $110
All over SF
SantaCon may not make everyone’s spirits bright, but for those who are participating, it never fails to be a fun and debaucherous time. Dress up like Santa, one of his elves, a reindeer, Jesus, whatever, and drink your way around SF at whatever bars will let you in.
Holiday Gaiety with the San Francisco Symphony promises to be a gay old time. The show is co-emceed by conductor Edwin Outwater and premiere drag star Peaches Christ and features festive hits played by the SF Symphony, guest stars, and drag queens galore.
Cost: $20 to $89
Every year, the Wender Weis Foundation for Children takes over Oracle Park for “Holiday Heroes,” a party where 1,500+ attendees, including 500+ underserved children, experience a night they’ll never forget. This year guests will meet their sports heroes, make arts and crafts, face painting, cookie decorating and more, access the batting tunnels and dugout, run the bases, and partake in a silent auction. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefiting underserved children throughout the Bay Area.
Cost: Adult tickets start at $225
December 11 - December 29
The SF Ballet was the first company to perform The Nutcracker (on Christmas Eve 1944) and this year, they’re celebrating its 75th anniversary. Watch as over 150 costumed characters dance to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, the Christmas tree grows to over 30 feet tall, and over 600 pounds of “snow” fall on the stage in this holiday classic that never grows old.
Cost: $25 to $325
Golden Gate Park
The Holiday Bazaar Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences is one of the best Nightlifes of the year, because you can see all of the exhibits whilst sipping cocktails, listening to live music, and finishing your holiday shopping. No word yet if the live reindeer will be out to play, but one can always hope.
Cost: Tickets start at $13.75
December 17 - December 18
Feel it in your fingers, feel it in your toes, Christmas is all around you… at this screening of Love Actually where the SF Symphony will play the score as you watch the movie on a screen above the stage.
Cost: $70 to $170
December 19 - December 20
‘Twas the Night for a Festival of Carols at Davies Symphony Hall. The SF Symphony will feature its popular brass section and the San Francisco Girls Chorus at this concert where you’ll hear all of your favorite holiday bangers.
Cost: $20 to $79