Best Things to Do in San Francisco This December

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in San Francisco? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

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Photo: Courtesy of McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

Out of Sight

THRU January 22, 2022

Skip, walk, or jump to explore Lawrence Weiner’s interactive hopscotch-like installation that includes inquisitive graphical phrases that some might call wordplay but really recalls visual poetry, literary aphorisms, and Zen koans.

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Photo: Courtesy of Fort Mason Center

Fort Mason Flix

December 2 – 5

The drive-in returns with a holiday theme and six movies, including Elf and Love, Actually, to enjoy over three nights, plus a holiday pajama party-slash-fund-raising event for the San Francisco Symphony, “Deck the Hall at the Drive-In.”

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Carols by Candlelight

December 5

Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols is performed in full with harpist Meredith Clark and Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco as well as other carols at San Francisco’s Old First Presbyterian Church.

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Photo: Courtesy of Robert Thiemann

Oy, Chanikah!

December 6

Guitar and a stellar Hanukkah song playlist in-hand, singer and lecturer Mark Levy invites you to a Zoom sing-along in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Russian and English at a Festival of Lights celebration that concludes with lighting the candles to commemorate the liberation and re-dedication of the Temple. 

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Photo: Courtesy of SF Opera

Celebrating Ian Robertson

December 11 – 12

The San Francisco Opera Chorus, conducted by retiring Chorus Director Ian Robertson, presents the world premiere of Cava Menzies’ “Invitation to Love,” a choral setting of a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and other works in the intimate Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater. 

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Home for the Holidays

December 18

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus finally returns to the Castro Theatre, bringing their one-of-a-kind holiday treat and a culturally diverse song line-up, including “Little Drummer Boy,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and “Los Pesces en el Rio.”

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