San Francisco Events in December 2013

Top Things to Do in SF This December

San Francisco in December is cool and cloudy, but the event calendar is full of hot events. In December 2013, you will find top theater performances including The Book of Mormon and Peter and the Starchaser.

Other highlights this month include a number of fun New Year's Eve parties, things to do on Christmas Day and several 49ers home games. You will also find some great craft fairs where you can pick up unique gifts for your friends and family.

Half-Priced Tickets for December

Each month, Goldstar offers tickets up to half-off for almost 200 tours, theater performances and other events. These are just a few of the half-priced tickets already on sale for December.

Santa Holiday Brunch on the Bay with Hornblower Cruises

  • SF Bay Cruise offers a full brunch buffet with free-flowing champagne
  • Cruise also features a live band and a special visit from Santa Claus
  • Relax on board and see several popular SF attractions from the water including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the SF Bay Bridge
  • Boards at 10:30am and cruise departs at 11:00am
  • Tickets still available for December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 & 22
  • Full Price: $91.54 | Goldstar Price*: $54.81
  • Find tickets on Goldstar

A.C.T.'s A Christmas Carol

  • Music infused Dicken's holiday classic at the American Conservatory Theater
  • Story follows the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge who looks at life in a different way with the help of four ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve
  • It's a great way to spend the night with family or friends recapturing the true holiday spirit
  • Runs most nights in December at 7pm
  • Full Price: $20 to $130 | Goldstar Price*: $12 to $78
  • Find tickets on Goldstar (get yours early as they are selling fast!)

Holiday Lights Tour of SF

  • Fun one hour tour on a motorized cable car
  • Enjoy the holiday lights as you sing along to holiday favorites
  • See beautiful city buildings, gorgeous Christmas trees and other lights throughout the city
  • Watch the lights show in the new SF Bay Bridge
  • Most nights at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm and 7:30pm from Pier 39
  • Full Price: $30 | Goldstar Price*: $15
  • Find tickets on Goldstar

*Additional fees apply


Christmas Eve & Day 2013

Many people flock here for Christmas since the weather is mild and the shopping is abundant. Here you will find some of the top events for both Christmas Eve and Day in the city. They range from the best restaurants for brunch or dinner to the annual cruises on the bay. You will also find details on the attractions open these days.

Learn More: 2013 SF Christmas Guide


New Year's Eve 2013 & Day 2014

Every year, the city draws in thousands of people for their popular New Year's Eve celebrations. All day long, you can find fun events from the annual Pub Crawl around the city to the formal SF Symphony Masquerade Ball. Discover some of the top events scheduled for this year and some tips on what to do on New Year's Day 2014.

Learn More: 2013 & 2014 New Years Eve & Day Guide


Top Theater Performances for December 2013

This December, you will find several award winning theater performances. They include The Book of Mormon, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. All month long, you can also catch A Christmas Carol at the American Conservatory Theater.

Learn More: Full December 2013 Theater Calendar


49ers Games

The 49ers football team has three home games in December. They play the Saint Louis Rams on December 1, the Seattle Seahawks on December 8 and the Falcons on December 23.

Tickets for all three games are already on sale.

Find Tickets: 2013 49ers Tickets

More: Full 2013 Schedule & Tips to Attend a Game


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SF Symphony in December 2013

Head over to Davies Symphony Hall for a fun night with the SF Symphony. Highlights this December include Deck the Halls, Peter and the Wolf and Handel's Messiah. They are also once again hosting their annual New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball on Tuesday, December 31.

Learn More: Full December 2013 Symphony Calendar


Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

Amaluna offers a look inside a colorful and mysterious island governed by Goddesses and the cycles of the moon. As the queen's daughter comes to age, a storm breaks out causing a group of young men to land on the island. The queen's daughter and one of the suitors fall in love. Their love is tested, but eventually leads to a relationship of trust, faith and harmony.

Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (including a 30-minute intermission)

Dates: November 16 - December 31

Location: Under the Big Top at AT&T Park

Tickets: On Sale Now

Learn More: Tips to Attend a Show


Nutcracker Performed by the SF Ballet

The holiday tradition continues with the SF Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker. This company was the first to perform it in the states in 1944. Tickets are already on sale for this popular annual event. Performances run from Wednesday, December 11 to Sunday, December 29, 2013.

Tickets: On Sale Now

Learn More: Full SF Ballet Calendar & Tips to Attend a Performance


Visit the California Academy of Sciences - Free!

The California Academy of Sciences offers four free admission days per year. This quarter's admission free day is on Sunday, December 8. This popular SF museum is really four museums in one with a planetarium, four-story rainforest, natural history museum and an aquarium. Head over early to get your chance to visit for free.

Learn More: See What It's Like to Visit


Bazaar Bizarre Craft Fair

Are you looking to do a little holiday shopping in San Francisco? If you love finding unique gifts for your friends and family, then head over to the Bazaar Bizarre Craft Fair. In addition to handmade gifts, this popular event also offers Indie entertainment and hands on workshops. This year's fair is on December 7th and 8th in the Concourse Exhibition Center's East Hall at 620 Seventh Street (at Brannan). The fair is open from 11pm to 6pm both days.


5th Annual Winter Renegade Craft Fair

Another place to get your hands on unique gifts for the holidays is at the Renegade Craft Fair. This event selects more than 200 of the best independent arts and crafts makers from the Bay Area and beyond. This fair has everything for sale from jewelry to clothing. This year's fair is also being held at the Concourse Exhibition Center's East Hall at 620 Seventh Street (at Brannan). The fair is open on both December 21st and 22nd.


SF Youth Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

On Saturday, December 14 or Sunday, December 15, catch a performance of The Nutcracker performed by the SF Youth Ballet. In addition to the youth ballet, this family friendly two hour performance also features other top ballet professionals. The first 200 kids receive a cute Nutcracker gift bag. Make sure you stay after to meet and take pictures with the different characters from the performance.

Learn More: SF Youth Ballet's Nutcracker Performance


Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival

Head over to Union Square on Sunday, December 1 from 3pm to 5pm for the Bill Graham Menorah Day Festival. This 2-hour event includes kids activities, food, music and dancing. At the closing of the festival around 5pm, they will light the Menorah.


Alcatraz Tours

If this is your first time to San Francisco, then I highly recommend a trip to see Alcatraz. This old federal prison housed some of the most infamous prisoners such as Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly and Robert Stroud, 'The Birdman of Alcatraz'. Walk through this historic building as you learn more about its history, the people that stayed here and who, if anyone, really escaped.

Learn More: Find Out What It's Like to Take a Tour of Alcatraz


Free Museum Days in December

Check out these top SF museums during their free admission day in December.

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday, December 1
Tuesday, December 3
Wednesday, December 4
Thursday, December 5
Sunday, December 8
Tuesday, December 10

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