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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 13:56

10 Holiday Sounds in San Francisco

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By Tyler Cohn

December 6, 2017 - The holidays are music to the ears of San Franciscans, figuratively and literally.

You can enjoy all kinds of performances this time of year, from chorales to comedy. Treat yourself to any of these exciting holiday performances.

San Francisco Opera

A world-renowned company, San Francisco Opera is a must-see for all serious opera fans. Their current season features a variety of productions, both beloved classics and bold new works. See Turandot, playing Nov. 18-Dec. 9; or the original California story of Girls of the Golden West, Nov. 21-Dec.10.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will perform Elfstravaganza, their latest holiday performance full of seasonal classics. It's guaranteed to be uproarious and tongue-in-cheek, but also sweet and sentimental. Performances at the Nourse Theater take place Dec. 8 and 9.

Disney's Aladdin

Need even more magic in your holiday? Visit the Genie and the cast of Aladdin while they play the SHN Orpheum Theater, now through Jan. 7, 2018. This animated classic is now a big, bold, Broadway musical, full of the songs you love and surprises you won't see coming.

Holiday Sing-Along at the Presidio

Gather around the piano on Dec. 15 at the Presidio Officers’ Club to share music and holiday cheer. Performers from 42nd Street Moon will sing seasonal favorites and festive drinks from Arguello restaurant will be available for purchase.

A Christmas Carol

The holiday classic returns to A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, Dec. 1-24. The legendary Charles Dickens tale gets its own unique retelling here, as it has been adapted and directed by A.C.T.'s artistic director, Carey Perloff. Buy your tickets now, as this San Francisco favorite sells out fast!

Grace Cathedral

One of San Francisco’s most beautiful landmarks, Grace Cathedral will be hosting a number of concerts this holiday season. There's "A Cathedral Christmas," happening Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 22, as well as "Sing You A Merry Christmas," on Dec. 9, 16, 22 and 23. Handel's Messiah will be performed, Dec. 13-15. And don't miss the one-night-only "A Brass and Organ Christmas" on Dec. 18.

San Francisco Symphony

Get into the Christmas spirit with the famous San Francisco Symphony. The acclaimed orchestra is offering delightful holiday musical experiences that are perfect for the whole family. Highlights include Peter and the Wolf on Dec. 10 and A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 21-24.

Bright Star

The recently renovated Curran Theater continues its outstanding season with Bright Star, a musical written by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin!). The production comes to San Francisco with its original Broadway lead, Carmen Cusack, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 17.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

Looking for a laugh this holiday? Don’t miss “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy," happening Dec. 23-25 in Chinatown. Join the celebration, savor an authentic meal Chinese meal at New Asia Restaurant, and crack up while local and visiting Jewish comedians tell jokes and stories. This popular annual event is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!

Winter Walk SF

Every year, Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis Streets is closed to traffic and transformed into a winter wonderland. And every year, this space is filled with musical performances, day and night. Take a break from your holiday shopping (or ice skating) in Union Square and walk over. You never know who might be singing.


Editor’s note: More about activities in San Francisco can be found at www.sftravel.com. If you’re planning on seeing San Francisco, you may want to first check out Taste California Travel’s Resource Directory where you’ll find links to the websites of hundreds of Lodging and Dining options.

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