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November 22, 2017

6 Events To Titillate Your Christmas Spirit

While San Francisco’s December temperature may seldom dip below a brisk 55 degrees, that doesn’t prevent the Christmas Spirit from taking hold. From shimmering snowflakes on Market Street light posts to Santas in their undies, San Francisco knows how to fab it up for the most wonderful time of the year.

If you have time to spare, be sure to check out our events and snazzy guide that lists all the things not to miss.

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Strip down to your skivvies for a good cause. The Santa Skivvies Run (Dec. 10, 2017), an annual romp down Market Street from Civic Center Plaza to the Castro, benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is sponsored this year by Lookout Bar.

Cocktails and Crafts
The California Academy of Sciences NightLife becomes a shopping bonanza (Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017), hosting local artisans and craftsmen peddling local wares in time for the gift-buying season. That’s in addition to a full bar and super-cool science exhibits. Not that they’ll make much sense after a few fizzy drinks.

If You’re a Fan of Peppermint Patty
…then you’re in luck, Chuck! The Peanuts gang is paying a visit to the San Francisco Symphony (Dec. 21 – 24, 2017) for a stunning performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Get ready for some jazzy tunes, dazzling vocals and mesmerizing animated backgrounds—and, of course, a feel-good holiday story.

Make the Yuletide Gay
Join the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus for a less-traditional rendition of holiday favorites. The Chorus is hosting three fabulous performances on Dec. 8 and 9 and the not-to-be-missed extravaganza on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Watch out for gay hipsters in their natural habitat.

A Bit of “Light” DramaFlaming Lotus Girls_Soma_ copyright 2014 jasonchinn

This year, San Francisco is home to 37 high-tech, dramatic light art installations scattered across the city as part of Illuminate SF. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, ditch the drama in the news and experience it in a more positive way in neighborhood art tours, illuminated walks, artist talks and other events. Check out the schedule of events on their website.

Bonus: Pointy, Large and Covered in Fir
If you’re into pointy, large things covered in fir—namely, Christmas trees—you’re in for a treat. San Francisco’s festive Christmas trees are springing up all about town: Displays at Union Square,  PIER 39 and Ghirardelli Square are ideal outdoor distractions on a holiday walkabout of the City by the Bay.

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