SF LIFE: Holiday Happenings, Lights, Food
Have a free evening my friends? We found some entertaining ways to spend a few hours away from addressing cards, making fruitcake and wrapping presents (pro tip – use the newspaper for a way to recycle!) Who doesn’t like a little bling – especially the free kind – totally “Lit” displays around town are twinkling. Yummy new eating establishments are always popping up and we found a few we love. Remember to spread good cheer – ‘tis the season!
Dec. 13-28, A Very Merry Misfit
Get prepped to LOL at A Very Merry Misfit Cabaret. A blend of musical theatre, rock ‘n’ roll, high-flying aerialists, burlesque, drag and vaudeville. It is campy, decadent and a little bit naughty, so leave any young ‘uns at home. It’s at the wonderful Alcazar Theatre (great artwork in the lobby!) Krmisfitcabaret.com
Dec. 26-29. Mittens and Mistletoe
This is a one of a kind circus cabaret with bendy twisty folks, clever clowns and lots of laughs. You will see spectacular circus feats and interactive madcappery. Favorites include hand balancing atop stacked chairs, intense juggling and even a world famous acapella group. This will truly amaze and uplift the entire family. It’s at Dance Mission Theater. Sweetcanproductions.com
Dec. 23. Dave Koz/Melissa Manchester at San Jose Civic
Hello San Jose tomatoes! Dave Koz, the chart-topping saxophonist will be at San Jose Civic. He will be joined onstage by South African guitarist/singer, Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, award winning singer and other musical folks. They will perform fresh renditions of timeless Christmas classics – as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their releases. Sanjosetheaters.org
Tis the Season to twinkle so get “LIT” at these illuminating displays.
San Francisco City Hall
The Rainbow World Fund’s World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each inscribed with notes of hope and peace from people from around the world. City Hall will also be aglow in red and green almost nightly for all of December.
Tom & Jerry’s Holiday Display
For more than 20 years now, the owner’s Tom and Jerome (Jerry) have been delighting visitors with a 65-foot tree in front of their Noe Valley Victorian. Covered in lights and giant ornaments and oversized stockings, this is a big and bold San Francisco tradition. December 12th through New Year’s Eve, 6:30–9:30pm.(2650 21st ST)
Inverted Christmas Tree
This has to be seen, and instagrammed, to be believed. The Westfield Centre on Market Street debuted this 50-foot, crystal beauty last year and it’s as awe-inspiring in person as it is in photos. Don’t miss this one.865 Market St.
Chanukah Festival of Lights
For all of you who celebrate Chanukah – you will enjoy the annual lighting of the 25 foot tall Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. Every evening from December 22nd-29th, the lighting takes place at approximately 4:30 p.m. Musical guests, and special dignitaries on hand at each lighting. 33 post Street
Lights and Sights on the Bay
A holiday tradition since 1994, more than 60 boats decked out in festive lights and holiday decorations parade along the waterfront from Pier 39 past Fisherman’s Wharf and all the way down to Crissy Field. Grab a blanket and your fav friend and settle along the waterfront to watch the twinkling lights cruise by. Dec. 13th, 6pm. PIER 39 / Fisherman’s Wharf