So much to do, so little time! Whether it’s spending an afternoon at a museum or buying gifts from a local artisan, this December event guide highlights a few ways to enjoy the holiday season in San Francisco.
Friday December 7; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Urban Farmgirls & Co.: 1584 Wallace Ave.
Stop by Urban Farmgirls’ darling space in Bayview to sip and shop in their garden and boutique. Snuggle up by the fire under the starts and enjoy live music by Deron Delgado of Paradise all Night, enjoy a DIY wreath making workshop and enjoy food and refreshments by Bayview Pasta, The Rogue Traders, Craftsman & Wolves, Gratta Wine and Laughing Monk.
Wednesday, December 12; 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
5273 3rd Street
Let yourself relax and wine down at the Gratta Wines Library Tasting. On this special night, guests will have the chance to indulge in award-winning aged wine from their “garage cave.” Wines that will be featured include a 2011 Petite Sirah, 2012 Cabernet, 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2008 Zinfandel Dessert Wine and many more. Since every wine needs a complementary pairing, the event will also be providing an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie, fruits and chutney. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase while supplies last. Cheers!
Sunday, Dec. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Nave at California College of the Arts SF
1111 8th St.
There no better place to shop local than the eighth annual SFMade Holiday Gift Fair, where every item for sale was made in San Francisco. You’ll find a gift for everyone, whether you’re looking for home items, wine, toys, jewelry or handbags, as well as locally made holiday cards and decorations. Artwork by students from California College of the Arts, which is hosting the gift market, also will be for sale.
Thursday, Dec. 20; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bayview Opera House
4705 3rd Street
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a special visit from Santa Claus? The Bayview Opera House and 3rd on Third present their 7th Annual Winter Wonderland. On this festive day, kids can get creative with arts and crafts, skate in the ice rink, pay a visit to Santa Claus and even make snow angels in real snow. The Bayview Underground Food Scene Holiday Market will also offer special deals on local foods as well as gift and craft vendors. This will be a holiday event that you won’t want to miss!
Free admission days
Asian Art Museum, Sunday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Tuesday, Dec. 11
Tired of shopping? Treat yourself to a day at a San Francisco treasure instead. The Asian Art Museum offers free admission on Dec. 2, and you can spend a few quiet hours contemplating the complexity Kim Heecheon’s Lifting Barbells exhibit, an artistic response to his father’s fatal bicycle accident in Seoul or marveling at the bold pieces from 17 contemporary artists from India’s Mithila region. On Dec. 9, you can stroll the 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden for free, where you can see more than 8,500 plants species from around the world in its landscaped gardens and open spaces.