2023 December Events Roundup


2023 December Events Roundup

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Mrs. Claus’ Village at SF Botanical Garden

December 16-17 @10-12pm $12
San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Avenue, SF,CA 94122 United States+ Google Map
2023 December Events Roundup
2023 December Events Roundup
Kick off the holiday season with a visit to Mrs. Claus’ Village presented by Stanford Medicine Children’s Health @ Gifts at the SF Botanical Garden! For all ages, join Mrs. Claus and partake in winter celebrations across the world, with festive arts & crafts, storytime with jolly elf, goodies, photo opportunities, and so much more. This holiday season San Francisco Bay Area Moms are creating a special Mrs. Claus Experience. Purchase your tickets to guarantee entry before all the spots fill up! The exclusive experience per family includes: – Meet & Greet with Mrs. Claus – Free Digital Professional Print by Leah Marie Photography (Christmasville in Emeryville) – Sweet Winterlicious Treats – DIY Wreath Ornament – Holly Jolly Stocking with plushie – Make-Your-Own Winter Characters Find out more »

Gifts at the Garden

Shop the San Francisco Botanical Garden gift market this holiday season!

Join us for Gifts at the Garden, a free-to-attend curated market of sustainable, local, and fair-trade gifts alongside exclusive Gardens of Golden Gate Park merchandise, books, and art in partnership with SF Bay Area Moms and Haight Street Art Center. The market will host free craft activities, a photo booth, a plant sale, and a donation-based gift-wrapping station. The event is free to attend and all proceeds will benefit the Gardens of Golden Gate Park.

Saturday Members Morning: 10am – 12pm
Saturday General Public Hours: 12 – 5:30pm
Sunday General Public Hours: 10am – 5:30pm
Event is free to attend

Members can shop two hours early. Beat the crowds and get first access at Saturday’s Members Morning from 10am-12pm. Members will also enjoy 20% off Bookstore items all weekend at their booth. Become a member today.

Christmasville in Emeryville Photo Session with Santa

From now until  December 17, 2023

Experience the joy and magic of Santa and the North Pole right in the heart of Emeryville!

Santa is eager to welcome your family into this cozy home for a private and personalized experience that promises to spark wonder in your little ones! Our exclusive, one-family-at-a-time policy ensures that your time with Santa is entirely yours so you can make the most of every moment. And we will be there to capture all of these precious memories.

It’s more than a photo session – it’s a magical journey to the North Pole and an opportunity to see your child’s eyes light up with Christmas joy.

Each session is completely private, no waiting in long lines, no crowds, just your family!

Let’s Glow SF

December 1 @6-10pm FREE
December 2-10 @5-10pm FREE
Financial District San Francisco, different locations
The FREE outdoor holiday event will use high-tech Panasonic projectors and lasers to project large-scale art concepts from 13 local and internationally renowned artists across the facades of six iconic SF buildings from 5-10 PM nightly, including the Ferry Building for the first time ever.

Winter Crafts Day

December 2 @10am-2pm FREE
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
Annual Holiday Crafts Day. Get crafty and make presents and decorations for the winter holidays this year at the Randall Museum’s annual Holiday Crafts Day. The museum will be bustling with fun holiday craft activities for the whole family. Kids can create one-of-a-kind hand-made gifts and items to decorate their homes. Learn how to roll beeswax candles and make handmade lip balm, then sweeten the season by constructing a candy house. Explore the museum for unexpected surprises while enjoying familiar favorites likes building toy trains, soap-making and more! Free and Low-cost activities. Find out more »

First Sundays Oakland Museum of California

December 3 $5
Oakland Museum of California1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607 United States + Google Map
Spend your Sunday with us and find out why “East Bay Express” calls OMCA “the best museum for the people, by the people.” Every first Sunday of the month, enjoy admission to OMCA with a suggested donation of $5 for general admission. There is a $6 charge for special exhibitions in the Great Hall. Experience all that our Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences have to offer. In between exploring the galleries, pick up some locally-made goods from…

Free Every First Tuesday! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.

December 5 Free
Free Every First Tuesday! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. We are thrilled that you look to the Conservatory as a place to escape the chill of San Francisco, the stress of everyday life or travel, or as a resource on rare and unusual plants. The Conservatory of Flowers is a national, state, and local landmark. Built in 1879, the Conservatory was the first formal…

Free First Wednesday Admission is free to Bay Area residents* Bay Area Discovery Museum

December 6 Free
Bay Area Discovery Museum557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito, CA + Google Map
Free First Wednesday Admission is free to Bay Area residents* the first Wednesday of every other month. Advanced reservations are not required, and a suggested $20 donation per group is appreciated. *Must show proof of residency (photo ID or piece of mail) in one of the nine Bay Area counties.

Storytime: For Families at Salesforce Park Rooftop Garden

Every Wednesday December 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am Free
Salesforce Tower425 Mission Street Rooftop, San Francisco, 94105 United States + Google Map
Enjoy fun and educational songs, rhymes, and stories with Main Children’s Center librarians in this special storytime for toddlers, preschoolers, and their families every Wednesday in the Main Plaza of Salesforce Transit Center Park, in the rooftop garden. (Because this is an outdoor venue, this event may be canceled without notice due to weather conditions.)

Entwined at Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow in SF

December 7 @ after sunset FREE

JFK promenade in front of Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Charles Gadeken’s popular Entwined light display is coming back this year, bigger and better than ever before. The whimsical installation is an otherworldly ecosystem of glowing trees, bushes, and other natural elements created from colorful pixel-like LED lights. The trees range from 8-20 feet tall, accompanied by dozens of glowing flower clusters and bushes to create a beautiful meadow landscape. This year, you can look forward to a massive new addition, the Elder Mother tree, which is 30 feet tall and has a canopy of light. The installation opens on December 7 on the JFK promenade in front of Peacock Meadow.

Holiday Lighting Celebration

December 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Free
Salesforce Park Main Plaza, 100-132 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
The 4th annual Winterfest begins with live music from the Hot Baked Goods, dancing, crafts, and a countdown to the lighting of Salesforce Park! These activities are free and open to the public.

Holiday Craft Fair

December 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Free
Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, 50 Scott St, San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, part of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is proud to host its Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 11th, 2021. The event will include numerous local artists offering their unique handmade holiday gifts for sale to the public. Our destination art center will also host family friendly craft activities for all ages and photo booth opportunities. Stop by Harvey Milk 11am-4pm to find unique hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends, to go with free hot apple cider.
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SF’s Glowing Hanukkah Party Pop-Up at Ghirardelli Square

December 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Free
Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109 United States
The JCCSF’s Glowing Hanukkah Pop-Up returns to Ghirardelli Square for the 6th year! Celebrate with us as we light candles, dance and twirl to a live glowing piano performance, make Hanukkah crafts with local artists, play dreidel, bite into freshly fried donuts and explore the many offerings from the merchants at Ghirardelli Square. As we head into the darkest days of the year, help us light up the night by dressing up in your favorite light-up, glittery, glow-in-the-dark outfits.

Time to Rest: Rest coaching on the Beach

December 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Free
Ocean Beach, Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94121 United States
Are you looking to meet new people on a beach time while getting away from the chores and being a parent? Join monthly Q&A with Rest Coach.
Find out more »
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