Best Things to do in San Francisco This December

The holiday season is in full swing! December is full of exciting and festive events of all sorts. From holiday ice skating to festive live performances, you sure don’t want to miss out on all the winter fun. Make December a month to remember!

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in San Francisco including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in San Francisco, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. Take a peek below and join in on all the fun!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Gordon Mak
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Photo: Courtesy of The Cut Outdoor Cinema

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at The Cut Outdoor Cinema

December 3

Share a laugh with your family and enjoy a comedic holiday classic at The Cut Outdoor Cinema. The outdoor theater will be screening National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to start the season. Follow the Griswolds as they plan for a glorious family Christmas and then turn it upside down. 

More info: thecutoutdoorcinema.com

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Photo: Courtesy of SF Ballet

SF Ballet Presents Nutcracker

December 8-27

Watch the truly spectacular holiday performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker on stage at SF Ballet. Enjoy the beauty, grace, and story of the Christmas classic with your family to ring in the holiday season.

More info: sfballet.org

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Photo: Courtesy of The American Conservatory Theatre

A Christmas Carol

Now through December 24

The American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) annual production of Charles Dickens’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol, is a well-loved and celebrated tradition for San Franciscans. The musical features a lively cast, festive music, decked-out costumes, and spooky ghosts. It’s a great holiday addition for those looking to lift their spirits! All performances will be held at the Toni Rembe Theater — formerly the Geary Theater.

More info: acttheatre.org

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Photo: Courtesy of BroadwaySF

BroadwaySF Presents Disney’s Frozen

November 12-13

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, FROZEN, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America. The Disney musical is stopping in town — just in time for the winter season. Psst! It makes a great Christmas gift for your kiddos. 

More info: broadwaysf.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Union Square Ice Rink

Union Square Ice Rink

Now through January 16

Looking for a cute date idea? How about a nice holiday skate in Union Square’s annual Holiday Ice Rink? Put on your pair (or rental pair) of skates and glide across the fresh ice with your date. After that, you two can warm up with some hot cocoa at Union Square Coffee, then explore the rest of the downtown area. 

More info: unionsquareicerink.com

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Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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