Attend San Francisco’s Holiday Calendar Events

By Lateisha Howe


With the Holidays on the way, there is a little something for everyone. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza or don’t celebrate anything, here are some holiday events that even the Grinch would participate in. 

Holiday markets: 

Nothing says the holidays are here more than a good holiday market to stroll through. Pick up last minute presents, sip on some hot cocoa or mulled wine and take in the festivities. 


12/8: The annual Clementine Holiday Stroll 5- 9 pm over on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond.


12/8: Bernal heights Holiday Stroll 5-9 pm


12/9: In the black marketplace, Fillmore 10-6 pm: 


12/9: Booker T. Washington Community Service Center Winter Fest 4-8 pm. 


12/10: Holiday Makers Market (Ortega and Pacheco) 10 am -3 pm : 


12/10: Lakeside Landing Holiday Fair 


12/10: West Coast Craft Fair


12/10: La Cocina Holiday Market, Tenderloin


12/10-12/11: Holiday Cultural Crafts Fair, Japantown


12/11: Harvey Milk Center Holiday Craft Fair 


12/16: Holiday Night Market and Block Party, Fillmore


12/17: The UICC Holiday Boutique & Artisan Fair 2022


12/18: Miracle on Mission St., SOMA


12/18: Ferry Building Holiday Art Pop-Up Shop 2022, Embarcadero


Lights, Celebrations, and Block Parties: 


12/2-12/11 Let’s Glow SF: 10 nights of light, animation, and music with bay area and worldwide artists. At the following locations: One Bush Plaza, The Hobart Building at 582 Market Street, The Pacific Stock Exchange at 301 Pine Street, and Station J at 222 Leidesdorff st. 


12/9: Holiday light celebration Salesforce Park 5-7pm at 425 Mission street. 


12/10: Parol Lantern Festival 3pm- 8 pm at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 


12/10: Halo-Halo Holidays: A festive, outdoors Filipino Holiday Crawl in SOMA pilipinas. 11am-4pm. 


12/11: Santa Lucia Celebration at St. Francis’ Episcopal Church 10am-12 noon. 


12/11: EastCut Winter Fest 3-6pm at The Crossing 250 main street


12/15: Bayview Winter Wonderland 5-8pm  at Bayview opera house 4705 3rd street. 


12/16: Fillmore Free Holiday Block Party w/Kids Wonderland & Live Music! 5:30-9pm at Gene Suttle Plaza San Francisco 1508 Fillmore Street


12/18-12/25: Union Square Menorah Lighting: 2-6 pm first lighting ceremony on the 18th. 20th to 22nd 5pm. On the 23rd, 2:30 pm (shabbat). 24th 8 pm.  25th at 5:00 pm. Please arrive before for music and gathering. 


12/18: Castro Winter Wonderland Block Party & Contests 11am-5pm at Noe street at Market street 


12/31: the Asian Art Museum’s 36th annual New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony. This year’s program will be held virtually for a second year as holiday gatherings continue to be reinvented and renewed.

(bell will be struck 108 times) 


For The Pups:

There are more puppies than children in SF, so treat your furbaby to something special this holiday season with a howliday party. 


12/17: Howliday Party (for the dogs) with Jeffrey’s Natural Pet food 12-2 pm at North Beach Store. (1841 Powell Street). 


12/18: Bring your dog to Palm House’s Second Annual Doggy Christmas Party. 2-6pm at 2032 Union Street.


Wreath and Craft Making Events: 


12/10: Wreath-Making at the Botanical Gardens 10am-12pm 

12/11: Harvey Milk Center Holiday Craft Fair 11 am-4 pm. 

12/13: San Francisco Public Library Holiday Cupcake Decorating 2:30-4 pm at Golden Gate Valley Meeting Room. 

12/14: San Francisco Public Library Winter Paper Crafts 3:30-4:30 at North Beach Library. 


Timeless Events: 


With plane tickets so high, you don’t have to leave the comfort of the Bay to experience a bit of Scottish fiddles or roam through ‘London’ and or be taken back in time with the ballet classic, The Nutcracker. 


12/9-12/10: Handel’s Messiah 7:30 pm at Davies Symphony hall. 


12/9: The Fire’s Very Scottish Christmas St. Patrick Stage UICC 8 pm (doors open at 7:30): 


12/10-12/11: The Great Dickens Fair The A-Z of Tea 


12/10: SF Ballet’s Nutcracker Inspired Chair Dance & Oral history Virtual event. 


12/15: Holiday Concert by the San Francisco Forest Choir 12-1pm at 190 lenox way.


12/17: Film: Scrooged at SF public library 3-5 pm at Park Meeting Room. 


12/18: Santa’s Cable Car Ride 12-4pm at 2800 Hyde Street. 




12/9: Holiday Food Pantry at Portola Volunteer 11am-1pm.  Family Connections Centers at 2565 San Bruno Ave. 

12/21: Giving Tree Volunteer 10am-4pm at 5016 Mission street. 

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