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November 5, 2018
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9 Sounds of the Holiday Season in San Francisco

The holidays are music to the ears of San Franciscans, figuratively and literally. You can enjoy all kinds of performances this time of year, from chorales to comedy. Treat yourself to any of these exciting holiday performances.

San Francisco Opera

A world-renowned company, San Francisco Opera is a must-see for all serious opera fans. Their current season features the West Coast premiere of an operatic adaptation of the Christmas classic "It's A Wonderful Life," Nov. 17 - Dec. 9.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform "Brassy and Sassy," their latest holiday performance full of seasonal classics. It's guaranteed to be uproarious and tongue-in-cheek, but also sweet and sentimental. Performances at the Nourse Theater take place on Dec. 7 and 8.

A Christmas Carol

The holiday classic returns to A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, Dec. 6-29. The legendary Charles Dickens tale gets its own unique retelling here, as it has been adapted and directed by A.C.T.'s former long-time artistic director, Carey Perloff. Buy your tickets now, as this San Francisco favorite sells out fast!

Grace Cathedral

One of San Francisco’s most beautiful landmarks, Grace Cathedral will be hosting a number of concerts this holiday season. There's "A Cathedral Christmas," happening Dec. 15, 16, and 21-23, as well as "Sing You A Merry Christmas," on Dec. 8, 15, 21, and 22. Handel's "Messiah" will be performed, Dec. 12-14. And don't miss the one-night-only "A Brass and Organ Christmas" on Dec. 17.

Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen" will play the Curran, Dec. 5-30. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the team between Hollywood hits "La La Land" and "The Greatest Showman," "Dear Evan Hansen" promises to be an unforgettable night at the theater.

San Francisco Symphony

Get into the Christmas spirit with the famous San Francisco Symphony. The acclaimed orchestra is offering delightful holiday musical experiences. Highlights include "Holiday Soul," with star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams, on Dec. 7 and 8, and "'Twas the Night," on Dec. 23.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Looking for a laugh this holiday? Don’t miss “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy," happening Dec. 23-25 in Chinatown. Join the celebration, savor an authentic meal Chinese meal at New Asia Restaurant, and crack up while local and visiting Jewish comedians tell jokes and stories. This popular annual event is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year!

Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

If you're looking for a completely irreverant and unexpected way to celebrate the season, then head to the Curran for Taylor Mac's "Holiday Sauce," Nov. 21-Dec. 1. The creator and star of last year's outrageous "A 24 Decade History of Popular Music," Taylor Mac promises to give audiences a yuletide spectacle the likes of which they've never seen before.

Winter Walk SF

Every year, Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis Streets is closed to traffic and transformed into a winter wonderland. And every year, this space is filled with musical performances, day and night. Take a break from your holiday shopping (or ice skating) in Union Square and walk over. You never know who might be singing.

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