SF Bay Area events in December 2018 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.
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Dates: 12/10, 12/12, 12/17, 12/22, 12/23, 12/25, & 12/27
The Golden State Warriors take the court at Oracle nine times this month in Oakland. They take on top teams including the Toronto Raptors, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Don't miss out on your chance to catch a game this season!
Dates: 11/16 - 1/6
Head to the Grand Chapiteau this December near Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) for this year's Cirque du Soleil performances. This year's show is Volta.
It's the story of a young man seeking fame and satisfaction in his life once he appears as a gameshow contestant. What he learns is that he has to reach deep inside himself to turn his life into what he wants it to be. It's all about transformation and the power of self-acceptance.
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.
Dates: 11/23 - 12/25
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.
Dates: Several this month
Bat Out of Hell at the Orpheum Theater is one of the top SF Bay Area events in December 2018. It's set in Manhattan after the apocalyptic and follows the story of a rough motorcycle gang leader. He falls in love with the rulers daughter, who rules with a strict hand. Will he be able to win her away from her strict father?
Other top shows in SF this month include A Christmas Carol, A Bronx Tale, and Avenue Q.
You will also find more performances around the SF Bay. Catch The Wizard of Oz at the Berkeley Playhouse, Annie at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, and Tuck Everlasting at Theatre Works Silicon Valley.
Dates: Select dates 11/23-12/30
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.
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!
Dates: 12/12 - 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.
The Oakland Raiders have three home games this month in Oakland. The first game is on December 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs and starts at 1:05pm. The second game is on December 9 against the Pittsburg Steelers and starts at 5:20pm. The final game in December is on the 24th at 5:15pm and is against the Denver Broncos
The San Francisco 49ers also play three home games this month in Santa Clara at Levi's Stadium. They take on the Denver Broncos on 12/9, the Seattle Seahawks on 12/16, and the Chicago Bears on 12/23.
You will find several fun concerts this December in the SF Bay Area. Top shows include Nine Inch Nails at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Thievery Corporation at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, and Justin Timberlake at Oracle Arena.
Date: 12/15 & 12/16
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.
Dates: 12/1 - 12/2
During this massive San Jose Convention, some of the most famous actors from TV and movies will be in attendance. Some of these include Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle, The Punisher), Gregg Sulkin (Chase Stein, Marvel's Runaways), Candice Patton (Iris West-Allen, The Flash), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein, Legends of Tomorrow / Jack Bristow, Alias), and many more.
You will be able to take photos with stars and there is a main stage panel discussion on both Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to get ready with your questions and you just might be able to have them answered live and in person!
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.
The San Jose Sharks are another one of the top SF Bay Area events in December 2018. This month, they take on the Dallas Stars, Los Angeles, the Anaheim Ducks at home. All games are at the SAP Center in San Jose.
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.
Dates: 12/19 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
to Do in December