In a place where the locals say “hella” instead of “very,” San Francisco shines this holiday season brightly. If you live in the bay area or never visited because you got lazy, then I’ll give you a few reasons to put on pants. Just remember to bring a warm coat because hot chocolate is not enough to protect from the cold. You’ll also have to use the restroom a lot. Like a lot. Christmas time brings out the love, the people, the music, and slurring Santas in California. So, have you put your pants on yet?
Dec. 8, 2016 6:00pm Member Tickets: $12 Non-Member Tickets $15
I permit you to touch a reindeer while drinking your beer and thumping to some rad music emanating through your headphones. California Academy of Science is known for being a natural history museum for all ages, but on this glorious night, adults get to come out and play. The Nightlife will feature live reindeer, Silent Disco, holiday craft shopping, and a tour of the Polar Night sky. Not good enough? Did you come for the science and cocktail? There are various programs and lectures with limited seating so plan. Lastly, there are bars all throughout the museum for your hydrating needs.
Dec. 8 & Dec. 15, 2016 6:00pm Free
San Francisco features many talented and bright minds. This festival of lights features 35 installations and 31 artists through 12 neighborhoods. These various installations will leave you breathless and inspired. It would make a great first date. You’ll come off as cultured, mature, and intelligent. Also, it’s free! Sounds like a perfect time already. You have the option to take a free neighborhood tour or grab a copied tour guide of the light art installation to venture off on your own. Check out this amazing video if your interest is peaked: https://youtu.be/b-hYegtGkpI
Dec. 10, 2016 12:00pm Free
People from all over come together dressed as the famous Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. Much dressed in their sexier, funnier, or nuttier versions of Santa or First Lady Claus. Instead of receiving gifts you can donate toys to SFFD Toy Drive in the middle of Union Square. After donating to a great cause go bar hopping with friends and have a merry ole time.
Dec. 10, 2016 8:00pm – 9:30pm Free
Union Square is best known for its shopping, restaurants, hotels, and theaters surrounding the plaza. Every year there is a beautifully lit Christmas tree standing 83ft. High next to an ice rink. After hanging out with all the Santas, you can explore Union Square. Just make sure not to miss the Drag Queens later that evening. These queens will grace us with their lipstick lip-sync dancing on ice entertaining for all ages.
Dec. 16, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm Free
Lastly, the lights and sights are worth watching at this family event. You will see more than 60 boats decorated with lights and holiday decorations sailing from Pier 39 to Marina Green. The ships pass through Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, St. Francis Yacht Club, and Crissy Field. A tradition upheld since 1994 for all to enjoy. Be sure to grab a bread bowl full of yummy clam chowder while enjoying the sights and sounds of the bay.