SF Bay Area Events in December 2019

Sports, Festivals, Theater, and More

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SF Bay Area events in December 2019 including sporting events, theater performances, and concerts. You will also find several holiday and Christmas activities, festivals, and details on where you can find Santa.

This calendar includes things to do in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley, and other cities throughout the bay.

SF Bay Area Events in December

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Golden State Warriors

Dates: 12/9, 12/11, 12/15, 12/20, 12/23, 12/25, 12/27 & 12/28

The Golden State Warriors take the court at the Chase Center nine times this month in San Francisco. They take on top teams including the New York Knicks, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Houston Rockets. Don't miss out on your chance to catch a game this season!

>> More about attending a game

>> More SF Bay Area sports in December

Santa in SF

Dates: Several in December

Santa and his reindeers are making their way to San Francisco and the Bay Area this month. Santa will make several stops including popular places such as Macy's in Union Square, Pier 39, the SF Zoo and more.

>> Santa in SF this year

Christmas in the Park in San Jose

Dates: 1/29 - 1/5

Hours: 9 am - 12 am (midnight)

Starting in the early 1950s, Christmas in the Park has been a holiday tradition in San Jose. This wonderful event runs for two weeks and includes a traditional tree lighting, a dog day in the park, breakfast with Santa, and more. This event is free and there is food and drink available for all to enjoy. Santa has a special booth in the park so you and your family can make sure to visit him and get a photo or two.

Bay Area Theater

Dates: Several this month

Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater is one of the top SF Bay Area events in December 2019. If you've always wanted to know more about our founding fathers, then this is a great Broadway show to see. It takes you through the important moments in the life of Alexander Hamilton. Find tickets below.

Other top shows in SF this month include Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at the Golden Gate, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran, and Groundhog Day the Musical at the SF Playhouse.

>> Find a full schedule of shows this month in SF

You will also find more performances around the SF Bay. Catch A Christmas Story at the Berkeley Playhouse, Fully Committed at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, and Pride and Prejudice at Theatre Works Silicon Valley.

>> More shows in the SF Bay

Amaluna Performances by Cirque du Soleil

Dates: 11/14 - 1/12

Location: Under the Big Top near Oracle Park

Spend the night Under the Big Top at a performance of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil. This fun, high-energy show returns to San Francisco and runs throughout the month of December.

It follows the story of a young queen's daughter who falls in love with a young man that washes ashore on her island. Her mother, the queen, has just finished a coming of age ceremony for her young daughter. This ceremony kicks off a large storm and several men wash ashore the island, where only females live.

The daughter and her young lover fight to be together. See what happens as they try to overcome each obsticle in their way.

>> Visit the Cirque du Soleil site for more details and ticketing information

Winterfest at Great America in Santa Clara

Dates: Select dates 11/29-12/31

Winterfest is another one of the top SF Bay Area events in December. This family-friendly activity includes live shows, the chance to bake cookies with Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the snowfall in Hometown Square.

Make sure to spend some time admiring one of the largest SF Bay Area Christmas trees and checking out the great rides here.

>> Find tickets at a discount on Goldstar

Snow Day in the Berkeley Gourmet Ghetto

Date: 12/8

Hours: 10 am - 3 pm

Located in the Gourmet Ghetto district of North Berkeley, you and yours can enjoy FRESH SNOW while you check out this cute area of the city.

You can also meet the Snow Queen (don't worry, she's a friendly Snow Queen), make crafts and even ride ponies! There will be vendors selling their best, live music and lots of great food to eat.

There is also a bunch of "ice" around the area, and if you open up your ice you just might find a REAL diamond in it!

SF Nutcracker

Dates: 12/11 - 12/29

One of the premier SF Bay Area events in December is the Nutcracker performed by the SF Ballet. This dance company was the first to perform this show in the US in 1944.

Today, it's one of the must see performances in the SF Bay and in the US.

>> More on seeing a show this year in SF

Raiders & 49ers Football

The Oakland Raiders have two home games this month in Oakland. The first game is on December 8 against the Tenessee Titans and starts at 1:25pm. The second game is on December 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and starts at 1:05pm.

>> More on attending a Raider's game

The San Francisco 49ers also play two home games this month in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium. They take on the Atlanta Falcons on 12/15 and the Los Angeles Rams on 12/21.

>> More on attending a game in Santa Clara

SF Bay Area Events in December: Concerts

You will find several fun concerts this December in the SF Bay Area. Top shows include Ariana Grande at the Chase Center, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin at the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Jonas Brothers at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

>> Find a full calendar here

Craneway Crafts Fair

Date: 12/21 & 12/22

Head over to Richmond for one of the Bay Area's largest holiday craft fairs. The Craneway Crafts Fair features more than 180 artists from the Bay Area and beyond. It's the perfect place to shop for holiday goodies including jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, photography, gourmet goodies, and so much more. The event benefits KPFA public radio. Craneway Pavilion (1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, CA) is where you will find this event.


Dates: 12/24 & 12/25

Christmas is a lovely time to visit the SF Bay Area. During this holiday season, you will find various things to do from seeing top Christmas lights displays to holiday shows. My insider's guide also offers some of the best things to do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as a few recommendations for lunch or dinner.

>> Things to do on Christmas

>> Where to see Christmas lights

New Years Eve

Date: 12/31

The SF Bay Area is one of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve! You will find SF Bay cruises, 21+ parties, concerts, fun things to do with the family, and a large fireworks display by the Bay Bridge at midnight. Being that you are in the West Coast Time Zone, you also get to celebrate 3 other times as all the others in the USA come before ours.

These are just some of the top options in San Francisco that night.

>> Find additional things to do on NYE

>> Check out the best 21+ parties this NYE

San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are another one of the top SF Bay Area events in December 2019. This month, they take on teams such as the Dallas Stars, Los Angeles, the Anaheim Ducks at home. All games are at the SAP Center in San Jose.

>> More on attending a game this month

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

You will find many outdoor ice skating rinks all around the SF Bay Area this time of year. Most are open throughout the month of December in locations including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Napa, and more. Check out my top picks this holiday season by clicking on the link below.

>> Full list of those open this month

Shen Yun in San Jose

Dates: 12/26 - 12/29

An experience unlike any others, Shen Yun brings together 5,000 years of classic Chinese culture and history and combines it with the latest technological to amaze and delight all that see it. This event includes dancing, music, extraordinary costumes to enhance your experience and let you feel like you've traveled in time with beauty and elegance. This show has earned rave reviews as it travels throughout the world by well known critics and famous dancers and choreographers.

First Night Monterey

Date: 12/31

Hours: 3 pm - 12 am (midnight)

Even though it is titled, "First Night Monterey", it is actually held on New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, in the historic downtown of Monterey. Starting at 3 pm with the Kids' Night Event and the always joyous twilight parade, kids of all ages will have a blast.

First Night continues with The Main Event which includes music and over 65 different dance performances located all around the area. These range from latin, to ballet, to modern and to other world dances. The Finale Performance includes live music as the countdown to the first day of 2019 arrives at 12:00 am.

>> More things to do this month in Monterey

Sonoma Events in December

This December, spend some time in Sonoma and sample their amazing wines. This month, you will find plenty of craft fairs, wine tasting events, and the annual Lighting of the Snowmen.

>> Discover a full calendar of events in Sonoma this month

Napa Events in December

Other top SF Bay Area event in December are in Napa. This month, you will find plenty to do including the Calistoga Christmas Faire, Winter in the Wineries, and the Holidays in Yountville. You will also find several wineries with open houses and other holiday events.

>> Find more events this December in Napa

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