Sure, San Francisco will play host to a number of grand traditions this holiday season: tree lightings, concerts, The Nutcracker. But if youre looking for something a little different this year, there are plenty of options. Here are 10 fun holiday ideas that break with tradition:
San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s A Day of Silents
Castro Theater in Castro street, San Francisco
Kick off the holiday season at the glorious Castro Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 2, with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival’s “A Day of Silents.” It may be just the tonic for too much family, too much turkey and too much football. Six silent film programs with live musical accompaniment will include Ronald Colman as Lord Darlington in “Lady Windemere’s Fan” (a silent Oscar Wilde!) and director William Dieterle’s debut, “Sex in Chains” in German, who would go on to direct Hollywood classics like the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “The Portrait of Jennie.” ALSO READ: Best Christmas Destinations in India for the Long Weekend
Home for the Holidays
Michael Feinstein take part at the annual San Francisco Gay pride parade
Two-time Emmy Award and five-time Grammy Award nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein returns to San Francisco, the city where he launched his career, with “Home for the Holidays,” Nov. 29 through Dec. 3. In this all new show celebrating the magic of the season, Feinstein will perform holiday favorites as well as classic standards from the Great American Songbook.
San Francisco at night with city hall lit up with Christmas
The Strand, A.C.T.s new Central Market venue, is the home of @TheStrand, a series of events showcasing original theatrical events. For the holiday season, “Small Mouth Sounds,” a wickedly sharp comedy about a not-so-silent silent retreat, will perform through Dec. 10, 2017. For more traditional fare, “A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dicken’s classic, which features a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts returns with a sparkling, music-infused production. Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your humbugs at the door December 1 – 24, 2017.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Union Square at Christmas time, San Francisco
Wonder and delight! Enter the world of Charles Dickens’ Victorian London on a magical Christmas Eve, and discover the heart of the holidays. Resounding laughter, mirth and merriment abound. You are invited to join the dance, mingle with over 800 lively performers, and revel in hearty food and drink for five weekends from November 18 – December 17, 2017.
Silent Disco Ice Skate Party
Holiday shoppers enjoy the ice skating rink in Union Square
The popular Silent Skate Party returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines on Dec. 14, 2017. A silent disco on ice, Silent Skate Party transports guests from the bustling Union Square to a skate dance party like no other. Headphones will be provided to all skaters, who then have the ability to choose one of three stations to skate to.
Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
Through Jan. 7, 2018, get eye-to-eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park. The citys beloved Victorian greenhouse will transform its Special Exhibit gallery into a cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies including magnificent monarchs, western swallowtails, painted ladies and more. NOW READ: Best Places near Mumbai for Christmas 2017 Long Weekend
The marquee of Disney’s Aladdin, A Hit Broadway Musical, which is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre
Discover a whole new world at Disneys Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, coming to San Francisco Nov. 1 to Jan 7, 2018 at the SHN Opheum Theatre. From the producer of “The Lion King” comes the timeless “Aladdin,” a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. Its an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.