Christmas in California


San Francisco Christmas Holiday Fests

Beach Blanket Babylon's Seasonal Extravaganza

Club Fugazi
678 Green St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 421-4222

The zany Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon, is a Christmas holiday must- attend for everyone who needs to get a life. The world's longest running musical revue  welcomes the holiday season with special performances featuring a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols and a gigantic Yuletide hat.

ODC/Dance presents  The Velveteen Rabbit Nov 27-December 13, 2015

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard Street @ 3rd
San Francisco, CA
Ticket Prices: $15-$75 /
The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.   Opening Day! Get your picture taken with the dancers after the performance! November 28 4 p.m.
November 29 2 p.m. Milk & Cookies Party Immediately After (Separate Ticket Required)
December 3, 2015   11 a.m.
December 4, 2015   11 a.m. 
December 5, 2015    4 p.m.
December 6, 2015    2 p.m.
December 10, 2015   11 a.m. 
December 11, 2015   11 a.m. 
December 12, 2015    1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
December 13, 2015    2 p.m.

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes

Victoria Theatre
2961 16th St.
San Francisco, CA

Truly an Only in San Francisco event, now in its sixth year. Heklina and three other world-class drag queens perform two episodes from The Golden Girls TV show live on stage. SF's favorite Christmas tradition returns, with all new episodes! Starring Heklina (Dorothy), Matthew Martin (Blanche), D'Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia).

San Francisco Symphony A Nightmare Before Christmas

Davies Symphony Hall Box Office
Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA
Nov 25, 2015 8 p.m.
Nov 27, 2015 8 p.m.
Nov 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. 
$45-130 approx.
Disney in Concert: The Nightmare Before Christmas featuring the delightfully quirky score from Danny Elfman. Tim Burton's fantastical tale of Jack Skellington's plot for Halloween Town to take over Christmas -- and the hilariously haunting results all while the SF Symphony plays the score live.

San Francisco Ballet The Nutcracker

War Memorial Opera House
The first ballet company to bring the Nutcracker tradition to America, San Francisco Ballet's awe-inspiring production is like no other. Set in San Francisco during the 1915 World's Fair, Clara's dreamlike journey is an ode to the City's historical grandeur - all amidst colorful, larger than life scenery, more than 200 dazzling costumed characters and Tchaikovsky's beautiful score performed live by the world-class San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. 

A Chanticleer Christmas  December 10 - 23, 2015
(415) 252-8589
prices vary
This much beloved Bay Area tradition brings the power and mystery, warmth and intimacy of the season to capacity audiences in beautifully decorated churches, cathedrals and missions. 
December 10, 2015, 7:30-9:30 p.m.  STANFORD: Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA
December 12, 2015, 8:15-10:15 p.m.  OAKLAND: Cathedral of Christ the Light.
December 13, 2015, 8-10 p.m.  SAN FRANCISCO: St. Ignatius Church.
December 15, 2015, 8-10 p.m.  BERKELEY: First Congregational Church.
December 16, 2015, 8-10 p.m.  SACRAMENTO: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
December 19, 2015, 8-10 p.m.  SAN FRANCISCO: St. Ignatius Church.
December 20, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.  PETALUMA: St. Vincent's Church.
December 20, 2015, 8:30-10 p.m.  PETALUMA: St. Vincent's Church.
December 22, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.  SANTA CLARA: Mission Santa Clara.
December 22, 2015, 8:30-10 p.m.  SANTA CLARA: Mission Santa Clara.
December 23, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.  CARMEL: Carmel Mission.
December 23, 2015, 8:30-10 p.m.  CARMEL: Carmel Mission

Gay Men's Chorus Holigays Concert

  • SAN FRANCISCO: There is nothing like the historic San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 
    Nourse Theater,  275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA.
    December 11, 2015 8 p.m. $25 - 65
    December 12, 2015 2:30 p.m. $25 - 65 
    December 12, 2015 8 p.m. $25 - 65
  • Castro Theatre: Home for the Holidays December 24, 2015  5, 7 & 9 p.m. Shows at Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA  (415) 392-4400
  • WALNUT CREEK: Home for the Holidays by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus December 5, 2015
  • SANTA ROSA: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts December 6, 2015
  • BERKELEY: Freight & Salvage December 18, 2015

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy December 24-26, 2015

New Asia Restaurant
772 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant now serves up hilarious entertainment that's going strong after 20+ years. What started out as a joke by local standup comic, Lisa Geduldig, has become an institution in San Francisco, giving more than 2000 comedy aficionados and those escaping Christmas-mania an annual reprieve from I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. 

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