It’s the tail end of the year, meaning it’s time for the festive lights, the hot chocolate and cider, and the scarfs to come out in San Francisco. While you’re all decked out in your extra thick cardigan, there are plenty of joyous happenings throughout the city to wander through with family and friends. Here’s our annual holiday events guide to get you started. Cheers!

SweaterCon: The San Francisco Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2 on – 10 pm
Where: Polk Street/ Mayes Oyster House
How Much: $7 – $12
Purchase Tickets: Here


On Saturday, December 17, CrawlSF will be taking over some of the best bars in the city for a jolly ‘ol Holiday Pub Crawl complete with cheap drinks, sketchy holiday decorations and even a few gifts for some lucky crawlers. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, throwing back beers, holiday drinks and cruising from bar to bar is something that can be enjoyed by all. Feel free to throw on your best ugly Christmas Sweater, Hannukah-inspired gear or whatever tickles your fancy. Santa Costumes, Naughty Elves and other creative get ups are also welcome.

Annual Tree Lot Party Presented by The Guardsmen

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8 pm
Where: The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot
How Much: $70 – $145
Purchase Tickets: Here


The Guardsmen of San Francisco request your presence at their Annual Christmas Tree Lot Party. Come enjoy a hosted bar, top DJ, dancing in an indoor winter wonderland! All proceeds go to benefit at-risk Bay Area youth: The Guardsmen make a life-changing difference in the lives of at-risk youth by raising funds for scholarship, campership and other youth programs.

Holiday Bazaar NightLife

When: Thursday December 8, 2016 at 6 pm
Where: Golden Gate Park
How Much: $12 – $15
Purchase Tickets: Here


’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a marketplace curated by SF Bazaar! NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local crafters, makers and merchants. Plus, they’ll be having a real ‘Silent Night’ with a Silent Disco in the Piazza.

Holiday Open House in Wine Country

When: Friday, November 25 & Saturday November 26, 2016 from 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Deerfield Ranch Winery
How Much: $45
Purchase Tickets: Here


Toast the Holiday Season in Sonoma Valley! Heart of Sonoma Valley Association invites you to our 2016 Holiday Open House! Join 19 wineries throughout Kenwood and Glen Ellen for this festive celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer!

Academy of Friends’ Holiday Reception

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Williams-Sonoma
How Much: $22
Purchase Tickets: Here


Join Academy of Friends at our annual Holiday Party on December 1st, commemorate World Aids Day and support Bay Area HIV/AIDS service organizations! Enjoy live entertainment, festive cocktails and bites prepared by the Williams Sonoma chefs while shopping for all your holiday essentials! Through the generous support of our sponsor Williams Sonoma, you’ll receive 20% off all purchases during our event. An AOF favorite includes the yummy Peppermint Bark which makes a great gift for friends, family and work colleagues. Make sure to purchase yours, as this seasonal favorite sells out every year! You’ll also have a chance to win some great door prizes.

Babes in Joyland

When: Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Mult Times
Where: Nourse Theatre
How Much: $25 – $70
Purchase Tickets: Here

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Your reality and fantasy will collide as the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concerts this year at the Nourse Theater. Jump on a magic sleigh with the 300 men of the Chorus and celebrate with “Babes in Joyland,” a show that embraces the delights of the season while delivering what you expect from SFGMC at the holidays – gorgeous music, jubilant production pieces and exceptional singing.

“Babes in Joyland” features classic holiday favorites, alongside some new works that are sure to warm your heart and get you in the festive mood. Expect over-the-top numbers mixed with stunning, tender moments – all done up with SFGMC’s trademark flair.

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes

When: December 1 – 23, 2016 at Mult Times
Where: Victoria Theatre
How Much: $30
Purchase Tickets: Here

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Take 4 talented drag performers, cast them in two new Xmas episodes of the uproariously funny TV show: THE GOLDEN GIRLS, and you have an assured night of theatre for the entire family. Now a yearly tradition, this loving tribute to the characters the entire world has come to know and love, features local drag stars: Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia).

Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet

When: December 2 – 23, 2016 at Mult. Times
Where: Various Locations
How Much: $32 – $89
Purchase Tickets: Here


The Christmas Ballet, a wildly popular holiday tradition, will return with a 2016 edition offering new and unexpected additions. A joyous celebration of dance and a true holiday classic, the San Francisco Chronicle says “there’s no better way to express the joy of the season.”

Embarcadero Center’s Holiday Ice Rink

When: November 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Where: Justin Herman Plaza
How Much: $16
Purchase Tickets: Here

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Celebrating 30 Years of Holiday Spirit in San Francisco! The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, a beautiful city setting and an array of shops and restaurants to enjoy. This is signature San Francisco and it’s what makes The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center presented by Hawaiian Airlines, the perfect place for holiday fun. For three decades locals and visitors have been celebrating the season at Embarcadero Center. Join us and create festive, unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. Location Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the historic Ferry Building.

Dickens Christmas Fair

When: Every Weekend November 19 – December 18, 2016 at 10 am – 7 pm
Where: The Cow Palace
How Much: $30.00
Purchase Tickets: Here


You are invited to join the dance, mingle with over 750 joyous performers, and revel in hearty food and drink!
Immerse yourself in Dickens’ heartfelt stories as they unfold around you. Explore over three acres of vintage exhibition halls, marvelously transformed into lamplit streets, boisterous pubs and wondrous theatres, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures.

Help is on the Way for the Holidays XV

When: Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where: Marines Memorial Theatre
How Much: $60 – $120
Purchase Tickets: Here

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REAF presents their 15th Anniversary benefit show & gala, HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS XV: A Holiday Concert & Celebration for Everyone, providing aid for HIV services, hunger programs and support for homeless and disenfranchised youth. Featuring cast members from the touring cast of Disney’s The Lion King, cast members from the touring cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Jason Graee and cast members from 42nd Street Moon’s Scrooge in Love, Broadway/TV/Recording star Maureen McGovern, Broadway/TV/Recording star Sam Harris and cabaret stars Jason Brock, Paula West, Sharon McNight and Carly Ozard

Impact Holiday Market

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Covo
How Much: Free
More Information: Here


Come shop locally-made products from the entrepreneurs of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and San Francisco Economic Development Alliance! We are curating the most unique local brands so you can find meaningful socially responsible gifts for your friends and family. Have an impact with your holiday shopping this year! Support amazing entrepreneurs from local non-profits.

Holiday Maverick Market

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Crocker Galleria
How Much: Free
More Information: Here


Shop handmade and quality goods and discover indie brands from SF Etsy: San Francisco Bay Area Etsy Team, Storenvy and Crocker Galleria. Celebrate all things AWESOME with local artists, designers and crafts at the bottom floor of the Crocker Galleria.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

When: November 25, 2016 – December 18, 2016
Where: Marin Theatre Company
How Much: $10-$60
Purchase Tickets: Here


Having always lived life with her head in a good book, Mary Bennet’s never felt more like the odd sister out than when she chooses to spend the Christmas holiday with her prettier and wittier sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, both recently married. When the shy, bookworm Arthur de Bourgh turns up unexpectedly, Mary finds a kindred spirit, but since Arthur is a single man in possession of a good fortune, she’s hardly his only suitor. Now Mary must learn to be the heroine of her own story. This charming holiday romance is a continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

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