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What's Going On In SF, Christmas Week Edition: 12/21 – 12/25

Picture of Kirby Gordon
Updated: 5 October 2016
Oh, December: the month of holiday cheer. This week more than ever, celebrate togetherness and the company of friends and family. Skip the presents and spend this Christmas Eve and Christmas at these events around the city.
Fort Mason at Sunset © Steve McClanahan/Flickr
Fort Mason at Sunset | © Steve McClanahan/Flickr

Monday, 12/21

2015 Winter Solstice Celebration

Head over to John Muir Woods this Monday for a winter solstice bonfire. You do have to venture over the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge for this, but don’t worry; it’s definitely worth it. Bring your warmest jacket, a picnic blanket, cider, and friends. Come as early as 3pm for crafts, and stay until nightfall for the bonfire and stories.

When: December 21, 2015, 3-7pm

Where: John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA, USA

Tickets: Free!

It Doesn't Really Matter What Side You're On © Thomas Hawk/Flickr
It Doesn’t Really Matter What Side You’re On | © Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Wednesday, 12/23


With the renovation of the SFMOMA this past year, art lovers and creative individuals alike have been at a loss. Luckily, it’s scheduled to reopen in May 2016. In the meantime, MOMA collaborated with multimedia artist Janet Cardiff to present his masterwork. The California debut of The Forty Part Motet, an immersive and moving sound installation, runs until January 18, 2016, at Fort Mason’s Gallery 308. This 40-part choral performance of English composer Thomas Tallis’s 16th-century composition ‘Spem in Alium,’ sung by the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, is played in a 14-minute loop. Individually recorded parts are projected through 40 speakers arranged inward in an oval formation, allowing visitors to walk throughout the installation, listening to individual voices along with the whole. Cardiff’s layering of voices creates an emotionally evocative sound sculpture that feels intimate even within a public space.

When: Thru January 18, 2016: Wed–Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, 11am-5pm

Where: Gallery 308 Fort Mason, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: Free! (suggested advance tickets)

Westfield Rotunda © Daniel Hoherd/Flickr
Westfield Rotunda | © Daniel Hoherd/Flickr

Thursday, 12/24

Holiday 3D Light Show

Chances are you’ll be scrambling, doing last minute shopping Christmas Eve, so why not experience a little magic while you’re at it? Grab your Wetzel’s Pretzels and head to the Westfield mall’s iconic dome to witness a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular showing every half hour from 5pm until 30 minutes prior to the mall’s closing. You may even be lucky enough to see integrated performances by the SF Ballet.

When: Thursday, December 24, 2015, 5-9pm

Where: Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: Free!

Friday, 12/25

Volunteer Christmas Meal Delivery

What better gift than the gift of giving? Start your Christmas morning by volunteering for the Salvation Army and helping deliver Christmas Day meals to 4,000 homebound individuals. The Salvation Army is in need of check-in volunteers and also driver volunteers. RSVP in advance for forms and a brief orientation.

When: Friday, December 25, 2015, 7am-1pm

Where: Salvation Army Family Service Center, 519 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: RSVP to volunteer