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Best Things To Do In December

Dec 13, 2021 05:31PM ● By Harper Klein

Visit the provocative Art of Banksy exhibit.  With more than 100 works from private collectors, the touring collection of authentic Banksy art has landed at San Francisco’s iconic Palace of Fine Arts. Banksy, whose identity is the art world’s biggest secret, uses a graffiti-like technique to convey political messages which are immediately recognizable on walls, bridges, and streets in cities all over the world. Through February 27, 2022.

Eat Chinese Food and watch Jewish Comedy. Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is back this year with a virtual performance for all the Jews and others who do not celebrate Christmas. Order from your favorite local restaurant then kick back and enjoy the show. Friday, December 24–Sunday, December 26, Zoom/YouTube Live. 


Go Ice Skating in the heart of Civic Park. With festive décor and 8,000-square-feet of space to glide and play hockey, Walnut Creek on Ice is back through January 23. From pros to first timers, the holiday rink caters to skaters of all ages and abilities. Online reservations are recommended. 

Celebrate the season with A Christmas Carol. Brimming with music and dance, plus spectacular special effects, Center REPertory Company launches its long-awaited 2021-2022 theater season at the Lesher Center for the Arts with a magical holiday tradition.  December 9 – 23. 

San Francisco: Winner of five Tony Awards, this straight-from-Broadway version of Dicken’s timeless classic welcomes theatergoers of all ages back to the city for an evening of dazzling staging, singing, and storytelling. Through December 26,


Get inspired by the beauty at the Presidio. Fresh ocean air, walking trails, supper clubs, charming hotels, Walt Disney’s Museum, live theater, dynamic sights, plus 400-photographs taken by people from across the country celebrating the Presidio’s great outdoors. Put this gem on your day trip list. 

Stroll the Great Highway on weekends carfree. From noon on Fridays to 6 a.m. on Mondays, as well as on holidays, this spectacular promenade along Ocean Beach, is closed to vehicles. And under a new pilot program, the city is adding food trucks to the scene. 


Explore the work of a fashion icon. In a tribute to the remarkable career of Black fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–1990), famous for his sophisticated silhouettes and heart-shaped embellishments , the De Young Museum presents “Runway of Love” featuring 80 ensembles from a grand master of Paris fashion. Through April 24, 2022.

If your thing is holiday bling, spend an evening gazing up at the 33,000 lights adorning the 83-foot-tall Macy’s Christmas tree in the heart of Union Square or venture to Alameda to explore the light displays on Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Avenue.) Through New Year's Eve, 5:30-10pm.


Take a stroll through the zoo at night. Discover dozens of larger than life light installations of elephants, tigers, butterflies, and dinosaurs standing tall over the grounds,


Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into masterpiece sculptures. Nathan Sawaya uses his artistic talent to create large-scale sculptures using LEGO® toy building blocks. At San Francisco’s The Art of the Brick exhibit, 70 of Sawaya’s colorful, playful sculptures are on display at 1 Grant Avenue.

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