Seven Must-See San Francisco Holiday Shows to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

The holiday season has begun! The best way to get into the spirit is by visiting one of the many San Francisco holiday shows to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the must-see performances this December

San Francisco Holiday Shows
San Francisco is a beautiful place this time of year. When you’re not shopping at Union Square, check out a holiday performance in one of the city’s landmark performing arts venues.
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The Nutcracker
San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House

December 12 – 29
Tickets: $32 – $310
Best Parking Option: 601 Van Ness Avenue Garage, $23

From the SF Ballet website:

On Christmas Eve, 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

San Francisco Ballet’s sparkling production of Nutcracker, set here in our own “City by the Bay,” has introduced audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker, a San Francisco tradition since 1944.

Elf the Musical
Curran Theater

December 12 – 28
Tickets: $45 – $160
Best Parking Option: 415 Taylor Street Garage, $23

From the SHN Curran Theater’s website:

“ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.”

A Christmas Carol
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)

December 12 – 28
Tickets: $10 – $180
Best Parking Option: 415 Taylor Street Garage, $23

From the A.C.T. website:

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your “humbugs” at the door!

Colors of Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas Live, Home Alone Live, and A “Merri-Achi” Christmas
San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall

December 12 – 24
Tickets: Varies
Best Parking Option, Matinee: 35 Hayes Street Garage, $17.25
Best Parking Option, Evening: 1615 Market Street Garage, $13.80

SF Weekly sums it up best in their article on how the SF Symphony is “…kind of nailing it, holiday-wise”:

“What better way to add a little optimism than with Colors Of Christmas, essentially a collection of some of the best voices out there singing classic Christmas songs? Featured artists include R&B singer Peabo Bryson, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, pop singer Taylor Dayne, and original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday, aka the woman who you fell in love with after “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” (Dec. 15-17)…

Equally lively and suited for children is A Merri-achi Christmas (see what they did there?), an observance of Mexican Christmas traditions. The Symphony sits this one out, and in their place audiences will see Mariachi Sol De Mexico De Jose Hernandez and the beautiful all-female troupe Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. (Dec. 14)…

And those of us who grew up thinking ultimate Christmas movies to be A Charlie Brown Christmas and Home Alone will be pleased to hear their scores rearranged and performed by the Symphony. (Dec. 19-25 and Dec. 12-13, respectively.)”

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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