December Events in San Francisco

via @patriciachang

December is officially the most eventful and festive month of the year! We’ve gathered the Career, Cultural and Fun events we are dying to attend, that are fun, useful and inspiring. So, scroll down and dive into the holiday season!

Career and Networking Events in San Francisco

Communication Skills: How To Be Influential and Persuasive

Where: General Assembly, San Francisco

When: Dec 4, 2018

Cost: Free

“During this highly interactive session, you’ll learn to be more connected, articulate, and persuasive during high stakes communications moments. The goal of the session is for you to walk away from those high stakes moments feeling confident, feeling like the best version of yourself, and feeling that you did everything in that moment to be as persuasive and influential as possible. ”

Women in Tech Sales

Where: General Assembly, San Francisco

When: Dec 4, 2018

Cost: Free


“We will cover a range of topics from attracting and retaining diverse talent to discussing how gender plays into workplace dynamics to how to accelerate your own career in sales. Please come join our community, meet these powerhouse women and ask the burning questions you have about sales, gender and success. ”

Leading at the Intersection: Our Identities in the Workplace

Where: General Assembly, San Francisco

When: Dec 5, 2018

Cost: Free

“Leading at the Intersection is a conversation that explains intersectionality and explores our identities and who we are in the workplace. We’ll look at the visible and invisible ways our identities and workplace environments affect our leadership journey. Ideal for anyone who is underrepresented in their race, gender, sexuality, abilities, immigration status, economic status and other identities. ”

Women on the Rise: Speed Mentoring

Where: General Assembly, San Francisco

When: Dec 7, 2018

Cost: Free


“It’s a breakfast mentoring session for high-potential women and early-stage female founders to get advice from women who have made it to the top. Bring your most pressing questions, and get no bullsh*t advice from female co-founders and leaders of InDinero, O.School, Brit + Co, Recode, Yoga Like a Boss, Amazon, and Lean Startup Co. (More to be announced soon!)”

Build Your Community from Scratch

Where: General Assembly, San Francisco

When: Dec 12, 2018

Cost: Free


“Ready to build a brand but fearful that you don’t have a community to lean on? In this presentation, Six Degrees Society’s Chief Networking Officer, Emily Merrell will teach you how to build a community from scratch, position yourself as a thought leader in your industry and help you plan your first event.”

Cultural Events in San Francisco

It’s A Wonderful Life – Opera

Where: San Francisco Opera

When: Dec 7 and Dec 9, 2018

Cost: $31-$350


“Meet Clara, a second-tier angel desperate to earn her wings by doing good deeds, and the man she chooses to save: George Bailey, a down-and-out businessman ready to leave this world behind. Based on Frank Capra’s beloved film, this timeless story of second chances debuts just in time for the holiday season. Come witness the magic as Clara sets out to change George’s life in this high-flying spectacle.”

Nutcracker – Ballet

Where: San Francisco Ballet

When: Dec 12 – Dec 29

Cost: $39-$350


“This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it’s only at SF Ballet. ”

Love Actually – Film with Orchestra

Where: San Francisco Symphony

When: Dec 11 and Dec 12

Cost: $55-$245

“Funny, irresistible and heart-warming, Love Actually is set in contemporary London in the weeks before Christmas and tells one story which weaves together a spectacular amount of love stories – sometimes romantic, sometimes sad, sometimes stupid – all funny in their own way. ”

Night Bloom – A Light and Sound Experience

Where: Conservatory of Flowers

When: Dec 2 – Jan 6

Cost: $20-$27

“Light up the season with Night Bloom, a five-week light and sound exhibition. Immerse yourself in an illuminated Conservatory of Flowers bursting with vibrant and luminous displays.”

Home Alone – Film with Orchestra

Where: San Francisco Symphony

When: Dec 19 – Jan 21

Cost: $55-$165

“See the beloved holiday hit Home Alone on the big screen like you never have before, with John Williams’ exuberant score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony and unforgettable carols sung live by three children’s choruses in a special guest appearance at Davies Symphony Hall.”

Gauguin – A Spiritual Journey

Where: deYoung Museum

When: Nov – Aug

Cost: $28

“An exceptional display of more than fifty Gauguin paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics from the renowned collections of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, will be on view for the first time in San Francisco.”

Fun Events in San Francisco

Christmas-Themed Makeover at The Museum of Ice Cream

Where: MOIC San Francisco

When: Nov 23 – Dec 30, 2018

Cost: $38

“Step into a life-size gingerbread house, dance under disco lights, and get a taste of their brand new flavor, Gingerbread Disco. Sweet treats from MyMo Mochi, La Michoacana, and Ghirardelli will remain to keep your sugar high on full throttle. The historic bank turned permanent ice cream museum will still have 10 installations with favorites like the unicorn, cookie carousel, and of course, the rainbow sprinkle pool to get that quintessential IG capture.”

Après Winter Pop-Up Lounge

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto

When: Nov 2018 – Feb 2019

Cost: Per Menu

“The East Palo Alto hotel has decked out its outdoor lounge with Christmas lights, mini pine trees, a fireplace, and skis. But it wouldn’t be a true lounge without food and drinks, and Après offers a full menu of in-theme comfort dishes — with a whole lot of cheese. ” – TimeOut SF

Holistic Holiday Beauty Workshop

Where: Industrious SF

When: Dec 11

Cost: $30-$35

“Join SF-NY based beauty influencer Chantelle and Daria – co-founder of Supergirls Club in getting hands-on with clean beauty experts and create your own holistic holiday gifts while sipping bubbly kombucha & earthy cocktails. Meet your tribe, have fun with other local influencers, and celebrate beauty-in-the-Bay with IG worthy photo-ops!”

SFMade Holiday Fair

Where: California College of the Arts

When: Dec 16

Cost: Free

“The largest holiday gift fair where you walk in and know that every item was made in SF. The Fair’s unique products include jewelry, bags, chocolate, wine, other gourmet gifts, home items, apparel, body products, children’s toys, holiday cards and decorations, and stationery – all from local manufacturers and artisans who make their products in the city.”

Holiday Pizza Making

Where: Cheese School of San Francisco

When: Dec 17

Cost: $100

“The perfect pizza: a crust that’s crispy yet chewy; thin yet strong enough to hold toppings. While the pizza is a simple food, its subtleties can mean the difference between a soggy Frisbee and a Platonic circle of perfection. The Cheese School’s own executive chef Jocelyn VanLandingham will teach you the best technique that pizzaioli use to make a reliably thin crust and a perfect pizza every single time. Bon Appetit!”

Holiday Teas at Filoli

Where: Filoli Garden, Woodside

When: Dec 18

Cost: $75

“Taste our special Filoli Holiday Blend or a selection of others while you are filled with the holiday spirit! A traditional tiered tray served at each table with scrumptious finger sandwiches, freshly made scones, and holiday treats served alongside Filoli Fruit Butter and traditional clotted cream. Following the Tea, visit the Drawing Room in the historic House to see how traditional afternoon tea was enjoyed here during the family eras.”

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