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Folsom Zoo Wild Nights, Holiday Lights

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15-22

Experience the animals after hours with a dazzling display of holiday lights and a ride on the miniature Folsom Valley Railway. All proceeds go to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square

Through January 15

Skate through the holidays at The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, presented by Kaiser Permanente. San Francisco’s favorite outdoor rink is back with daily ice skating for all ages and special events scheduled throughout the holiday season. General admission is $20, and children 8 and under are $15, including skate rental. Purchase tickets in advance and online.

Holiday Wonderland at Grand Central Market

December 3-31

Enjoy a month of holiday spirit at Grand Central Market.  There’s lots to see and celebrate with food, friends, family, and fun from special appearances with Santa to Instagrammable photo moments, holiday workshops, live music, and more.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Throughout December

From the candlelit chant procession to the triumphant gospel conclusion, this concert cleaves to founder Louis Botto’s original vision of joy and transcendence through beautifully sung music of all centuries, from classical to carols. 

Golden State Ballet’s The Nutcracker

December 15-24

Dazzling scenery and costumes set the stage for beautiful choreography telling the beloved holiday tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, all danced to live music from musicians of the renowned San Diego Symphony, playing Tchaikovsky’s classic score. The magic returns for San Diego’s favorite Nutcracker!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 20-23

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang are back at Davies Symphony Hall to bring this television classic to life. With live actors, an animated backdrop, and Vince Guaraldi’s timeless music performed live by the SF Symphony, this is a beloved holiday performance you won’t want to miss. Garden’s celestial pathway to encounter the wonder of the stars and embrace their own human light. As the night unfolds, these luminous orbs regenerate, rise, and 

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