San Francisco Concerts in December 2023

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: December 3, 2023

San Francisco concerts in December 2023 include shows at the Bill Graham Auditorium, the Chase Center, The Masonic, and others.

My calendar also includes top shows in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose.

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

Looking for NYE concerts? Click here to find an updated list of who is performing in 2023.

Top San Francisco Concerts in December

Concerts at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco

12/8: San Francisco Opera Chorus at the Taube Atrium Theater,

12/8 & 12/9: San Francisco Symphony: Jonathan Cohen - Handel's Messiah at Davies Symphony Hall

12/8 & 12/9: SF Gay Men's Chorus: Holiday Spectacular at the Sydney Goldstein Theater

12/9: Deorro at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

12/12: Tommy Emmanuel at the Palace of Fine Arts

12/13 & 12/14: SF Symphony: Esa-Pekka Salonen - The Colors of Christmas at Davies Symphony Hall

12/15: Stevie Nicks at the Chase Center

12/15: SF Symphony: Edwin Outwater - Holiday Gaiety

12/20 - 12/23: SF Symphony: Lawrence Loh - A Charlie Brown Christmas at Davies Symphony Hall

12/21: The Irish Tenors at the Herbst Theatre

12/24: San Francisco Men's Gay Chorus, Home for the Holidays (3 shows)

12/29: Galantis at the Palace of Fine Arts

>> More SF events this month

More Shows at Top SF Venues

Click these links for a list of San Francisco concerts in December for each venue listed below.

Top Bay Area Concerts in December

12/9: Marca Registrada at the SAP Center in San Jose

12/17: San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Holiday Spectacular at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley

SF Bay Area Concerts by City

You will also find many great concert venues all around the SF Bay Area. Click the links below to find a list of top SF Bay Area concerts.

In addition to the San Francisco concerts in October, you will also find great live music venues all around the SF Bay Area. Here are just a few of the top locations. Click the links for a schedule of top shows in each city.

Concerts for NYE

12/29 - 12/31: String Cheese Incident at the Fox Theater in Oakland

12/30 - 1/1: Fresh Start Festival at the Midway

12/31: Monsieur Perine at the SFJAZZ Center (2 performances)

12/31: Odesza at 1015 Folsom Nightclub

12/31: Dancing Queen - The Ultimate ABBA Glitter Disco at The Great Northern

12/31: LCD Soundsystem at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

12/31: Tainted Love at Bimbos 365 Club

>> More things to do on New Year's Eve

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Where to Find Tickets to San Francisco Concerts in December


If you are looking for tickets to San Francisco concerts in December, the first place to look it on Ticketmaster. They offer first run tickets to many of the top shows each month.

>> Find tickets on Ticketmaster for December


If you are looking for tickets to sold out shows, then I recommend checking out the selection of tickets on TicketLiquidator. They offer tickets from 3rd parties and have a huge selection. It's also a great place to look if you don't like the seats available on Ticketmaster.

>> Find tickets to December concerts on TicketLiquidator

San Francisco Concerts in December by Venue

Chase Center

The Chase Center is a large events venue that holds up to 18,000 for concerts. It's located in the Mission Bay Area with easy access to the venue on public transportation using Muni's T light rail train.

You will also find plenty of food and drink vendors both around the arena and inside.

>> More about seeing a show at the Chase Center

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a concert and events venue that holds around 8,000 people. It's situated right next to City Hall in San Francisco's Civic Center District. You will find both general admission and reserved seating at this venue.

If it's general admission, then you will find standing room only on the main floor with first come, first served seating in the balcony.

It's easy to access this venue via public transportation on BART (using the Civic Center stop), F streetcar, or on the 6, 7, 9, or 21 buses.

>> Tips to see a show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Masonic Auditorium at Nob Hill Masonic Center

The Masonic is a multi-use venue at the top of San Francisco's Nob Hill district. They feature several concerts, comedians and other performers throughout the year. Performances here are either general admission or assigned seating. 

You will find plenty of high-end restaurants nearby. It holds around 3,100 people and is easily accessible using the California Cable Car or the #1 Bus. 

>> More about shows at the Masonic in Nob Hill


The Warfield is a popular, historic venue along San Francisco's Market Street. Concerts here are either general admission or reserved seating. 

The venue has the capacity for around 2,300 people and I love this venue for live music. 

To get here, you can take BART to Powell Street, Muni to Powell Street or use buses 6, 7, 9.

>> Additional details to see a show at the Warfield


The Fillmore is a famous venue in the Western Addition district. It offers both general admission and assigned seating shows. 

You will find several live music performances each week here. It holds around 1,100 people and is easy to access using the 22 or 38 buses. 

>> Find details to see a show at the Fillmore

The Independent

Another small, but wonderful concert venue in San Francisco is The Independent. It's a standing room only venue that fits around 400 people for each show.

It's along the popular Divisadero corridor with more than a dozen local shops, restaurants, and bars. You can access this venue using the 5, 21 or 24 buses. 

More Concerts & Live Music in SF

SF Opera

This December, you can also catch a show with the SF Opera. Each December, they perform more than a dozen shows such as Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville.

>> This month's calendar of SF Opera performances

SF Jazz Center

Head over to the SF Jazz Center for a night of live music and fun. This newly build, modern facility is located near the Civic Center performing arts area. You can see a show here most nights of the week.

>> Visit their site for this month's calendar

SF Symphony

Another place to hear San Francisco concerts in December is at Davies Symphony Hall. This is where the SF Symphony perform several times each month. They perform fun movie scores as well as classics.

>> Find this month's calendar


If you love Broadway shows, then don't miss out on your chance to see one during your stay in San Francisco. Our SF musicals calendar offers one to two Broadway shows each month as well as dozens of other musicals.

>> See this month's calendar of musicals

San Francisco Concert Calendars by Month













Bay Area Concerts by City

The calendar of San Francisco concerts in December is full of great shows. You will also find additional, larger acts in venues all around the SF Bay. Here are more options this month.



San Jose

Other Fun Things to Do in December in San Francisco

In addition to these San Francisco concerts in December, you will find many other fun things to do this month in SF and the Bay Area. Here are just a few to get you started with your planning.

SF Ballet Nutcracker: The SF Ballet Company was the first to perform the Nutcracker in the US. Today, their show is a must see each December. Find a full schedule and ticketing information here.

Christmas & Holiday Lights: Each year, San Francisco lights up with beautiful Christmas and holiday decor. This month, you get the chance to see lights all around SF. Top picks include Union Square, Pier 39, City Hall, and a few local houses that go all out. Find a list of my favorites here.

More Fun Things to Do in December: Not only will you find plenty of San Francisco concerts in December, but you will find dozens of other fun things to do too. They include cruises, holiday lights tours, food tours, day trips, and so much more. Find 50+ ideas for your time in SF this December.

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