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October 23, 2019
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7 Holiday Treats in San Francisco

San Francisco will play host to a number of grand traditions this holiday season: tree lightings, concerts, and The Nutcracker, to name a few. But if you’re looking for something a little different this year, there are plenty of options. Here are more fun holiday ideas for you to enjoy during your stay.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Enter the world of Charles Dickens' Victorian London on a magical Christmas Eve and discover the heart of the holidays. Resounding laughter, mirth and merriment abound. Join the dance, mingle with over 800 lively performers, and revel in hearty food and drink for five weekends, Nov. 23- Dec. 22, 2019, at San Francisco's historic Cow Palace.

Dance-Along Nutcracker at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A zany, uniquely San Francisco holiday experience, Dance-Along Nutcracker® makes Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece accessible to adults and kids of all ages! Whenever the “Dance-Along!” sign illuminates, the audience sashays under the mirror ball. Celebrate 34 years of this dance-along on Dec. 7 and 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Check showtimes and purchase tickets at DanceAlongNutcracker.org.

Dance-Along Nutcracker® is a registered trademark and production of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Official Band of San Francisco.

Napa Valley Santa Wine Train

Looking to go beyond San Francisco? You’re in luck. For a few days between Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, 2019, holiday elves will transform the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday express. Add a little sparkle and a lot of magic to the season with the Santa Train. Sip hot cocoa and munch freshly baked cookies. Enjoy games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of characters. Watch faces full of joy, pressed against the glass, eager to get to their destination: the North Pole. Whether the Santa Train is a new family tradition or a yearly rite-of-passage, it’s a memorable interactive musical adventure in an elegant and nostalgic setting.

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival's "A Day of Silents"

Kick off the holiday season at the glorious Castro Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's "A Day of Silents." It may be just the tonic for too much family, too much turkey and too much football. See five silent programs—all with live musical accompaniment—for less than the cost of six sodas at the multiplex.

"A Holly Jolly Holiday" at Feinstein's

A two-time Emmy Award and five-time Grammy Award nominee, Michael Feinstein returns to San Francisco, the city where he launched his career, with A Holly Jolly Holiday, Dec. 5-8, 2019. In this all new show celebrating the magic of the season, Feinstein will perform holiday favorites as well as classic standards from the Great American Songbook at the intimate venue that bears his name, Feinstein's at the Nikko.

The Santa Skivvies Run

If you've got a great elf ensemble and don't want to bother with SantaCon, sign up for the Santa Skivvies Run, Dec. 8. Runners will spread the spirit of holiday giving by racing through the Castro, raising money for charity, all while in their skimpiest attire.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Tickets will go on sale Oct. 28, 2019 for the 27th annual “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant.” It is so wacky and wonderful, it had to be included in this roundup. The shows are scheduled for Dec. 24-26, 2019. Venue and headliners to be announced.

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