Events Calendar: November / December 2022

Nat King Cole couldn’t have said it any better. “And so, we’re offering this simple phrase, to kids from 1 to 92…” Cue in the holidays for all ages. Twirl on the ice or watch Elsa in “Frozen.” See graceful fairies dance in “Nutcracker” or listen to traditional carols sung by some of the world’s best male voices. And that’s just for starters.  

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2 – Jan. 16, 2023

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 

Drag Queens On Ice, Flashback Fridays, Polar Bear Skate, plus new events. Open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. with the exception of 9:30 p.m. closing on New Year’s Eve. 333 Post St. unionsquareicerink.com

Through Jan. 3, 2023

Diego Rivera’s America | SFMOMA

Dance in Tehuantepec, Courtesy SFMOMA

The most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in over two decades brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings — as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections of highly influential murals he created in Mexico and the U.S. sfmoma.org/exhibition/diego-riveras-america

Nov. 2 – Dec. 15

Tiffany Shlain | Human Nature: A Solo Exhibition

Best-selling author, founder of the Webby Awards, and honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain presents her first one-woman show as artist-in-residence. SHACK 15, Ferry Building. tiffanyshlain.com/humannature.com 

Nov. 7, 11, 14, 18, 23, 25 and Dec. 2, 3, 5, 10, 25, 27, 28, 30

Golden State Warriors | Chase Center

Cheer on the home team NBA champions as they host 14 home games, including one on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. versus the Memphis Grizzlies. chasecenter.com/events

Nov. 9 – Dec. 4 

Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations | Golden Gate Theatre

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

It’s not “Just My Imagination” at all. The Temptations had an extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Smash hit Broadway musical, 2019 Tony® Award-winner for best choreography. 1 Taylor St. broadwaysf.com

Nov. 10 – 13
Napa Valley Film Festival
+ NVFF 2022 Film, Food and Wine Showcase

Programming at CIA at Copia features a curated group of four special screenings and honoree tributes, celebrating the food and wine culture evoked in each film. napavalleyfilmfest.org

Nov. 11

Opera at the Ballpark | Oracle Park

La Traviata hits it outta the park with a free live simulcast of Verdi’s masterpiece. Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads San Francisco Orchestra and Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. 24 Willie Mays Plaza. sfopera.com/seasons/opera-at-the-ballpark

Nov. 11 – 13

Global Cuisine Series | The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Chef de Cuisine Francisco Simón, Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Visiting Michelin-starred chefs collaborate with Navio’s Executive Chef Roberto Riveros and Chef de Cuisine Francisco Simón to prepare menus at the resort’s signature fine dining restaurant. Chef Noah Sandoval of Chicago’s two-star Oriole presents four meals: a seven-course Chef’s Tasting dinner and a two-hour brunch experience with a backdrop of sweeping Pacific views. 1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay. exploretock.com/navio

Nov. 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 27, 30 and Dec. 3

La Traviata | San Francisco Opera

Shawna Lucey’s sumptuous vision of Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, the first new production of the famous opera by San Francisco Opera since 1987. The Traviata Encounter on Nov. 19 is an immersive evening of food, drinks, and mingling with artists in a transformed space following Act I. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. sfopera.com

Nov. 15, 18, 20, 26 and Dec. 1

Orpheus and Eurydice | San Francisco Opera

Five performances of the iconic myth, a new production of Gluck’s energetic, lyrical opera, presented in its original 1762 Viennese edition for the first time in the company’s history. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. sfopera.com

Nov. 13 and 27

San Francisco 49ers | Levi Stadium 

Two home games this month. Kickoff on Nov. 13 is at 5:20 p.m. versus Los Angeles Chargers and on Nov. 27 at 1:25 p.m. versus New Orleans Saints. 49ers.com

Nov. 17

GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Powered By Hope | The Masonic

An evening of community celebration, joyful music, delectable dining, soul-stirring reflection and uplift featuring legendary Bay Area funk band, The Family Stone, plus GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band. 1111 California St. glide.org/events/glide-holiday-jam 

Nov. 17 – 19

MTT & Emanuel Ax | San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts, Emanuel Ax is at the piano in an all-Brahms concert program. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. sfsymphony.org

Nov. 18 – 20

Christmas with C.S. Lewis | A.C.T.’s The Strand Theater

Be transported to a cozy fireside near Oxford, England on a Christmas Eve long ago for “a conversation” with the theologian, academician, and beloved British writer. 1127 Market St. broadwaysf.com

Nov. 18 – Dec. 30

Disney’s FROZEN | Orpheum Theatre 

Caroline Bowman as Elsa, Photo: Deen van Meer

Simply magical, from the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, powerhouse performances. Ages 5 and up. 1192 Market St. broadwaysf.com

Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2023

Wuthering Heights | Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Photo: Steve Tanner

A National Theatre, Wise Children, Bristol Old Vic, and York Theatre Royal co-production. Roda Theatre, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley berkeleyrep.org/shows/wuthering-heights

Nov. 19

Calistoga Food and Wine Grand Tasting | Solage Resort & Spa

Annual wine and culinary extravaganza featuring 38 Calistoga wineries and gourmet food pairings from wine country’s top restaurants. aubergeresorts.com/solage/experiences/calistoga-food-and-wine-weekend

Nov. 22 and 25, 26

San Francisco Symphony | Films With Live Orchestra

The magic of movies and music presenting Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on the 22nd; Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather, on the 25th and 26th. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. sfsymphony.org/Subscribe/Series/Film-Series

Nov. 23 – Jan. 2, 2023
Sugar Castle | The Westin St. Francis

Grand unveiling in Landmark Lobby with complimentary hot chocolate and small treats at 11 a.m. when the giant sugar castle — complete with its own train — is revealed. Also, Sweet Boutique, POP! Lounge for post-shopping bubbles, Breakfast With Santa, Dollie + Me Holiday Tea, and more. bit.ly/WSFHolidays   

Nov. 25 – 27

Michael Feinstein | Feinstein’s at The Nikko

The ambassador of the Great American Songbook returns to celebrate the holidays with an evening of timeless music in this intimate performance space. 222 Mason St. feinsteinsf.com

Nov. 26 

Gingerbread House | Fairmont Hotel Lobby

The famous two-story Victorian house made of 8,000 edible bricks and hundreds of pounds of See’s Candies stands beside a 23-foot Christmas tree where Santa comes to call. Unveiling at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Champagne tea is served in Laurel Court, Thursdays to Sundays from Nov. 15 through Jan. 2. 950 Mason St. fairmont.com/san-francisco

Nov. 26 – 27, Dec.  3 – 4, 10 – 11, and 17 – 23

Teddy Bear Tea for the Holidays | Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Calling all kids, ages 2-11. Tea (and hot chocolate) is served. Festive entertainment, storytelling, more by the elves at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring a new, wrapped gift and take home a teddy bear. Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. 600 Stockton St. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/san-francisco/dining/events

Nov. 28
Vienna Boys Choir | Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University

Photo: Lukas Beck

Traditional holiday concert backed by a 500-year history, the beloved boys choir raises harmony to new levels. 327 Lasuen St. live.stanford.edu/calendar

Nov. 28 

Nob Hill Tree Lighting Ceremony | Huntington Park

The 51st annual tree lighting with live music by the French American Jazz Quartet. Refreshments provided by InterContinental Mark Hopkins, Fairmont San Francisco, and Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. 5:30 p.m. GraceCathedral.org

Nov. 30 – Dec. 24

A Christmas Carol | American Conservatory Theatre

A celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic features delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and spooky ghosts. The Bay Area holiday tradition returns to The Toni Rembe Theater (formerly Geary Theatre), 451 Geary St. act-sf.org/whats-on/202223-season/christmas-carol

DECEMBER

Dec. 1

Andrea Bocelli In Concert | Chase Center

Songs from the album “Believe,” a poignant, personal collection to celebrate the power of music and soothe the soul. Plus a selection of arias, crossover hits, famed love songs, and seasonal tunes from this internationally acclaimed voice. chasecenter.com/events/andrea-bocelli-20221201

Dec. 1 – 30

Sleeping Beauty | Presidio Theatre

Panto in the Presidio returns with an over-the-top musical re-imagining of the classic fairytale. Set in the magical kingdom of Pantoland, it’s a mythical realm bearing a striking resemblance to contemporary San Francisco. 99 Moraga Ave. presidio theatre.org

Dec. 3 – Feb. 5, 2023

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade and Winter in the Wineries Passport

photo: Visit Calistoga

Holiday-themed machines transform pretty, historic downtown Calistoga for the 26th annual tractor parade on Lincoln Avenue. It’s also the start of the two-month 12th annual winter passport program with 14 participating wineries, including Chateau Montelena and Raymond Vineyards. VisitCalistoga.com      

Dec. 4, 11 and 24

San Francisco 49ers | Levi Stadium

Three afternoon home game this month, including Christmas Eve. Kickoff on Dec. 4 is at 1:05  p.m. versus Miami Dolphin and on Dec. 11 at 1:25 p.m. versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fans of the 49ers are hoping for a holiday win on Dec. 24 at 1:05 p.m. versus Washington Commanders. 49ers.com 

Dec. 7 – 31

Bettlejuice | Golden Gate Theatre

The ghost-with-the-most comes to San Francisco. A hilarious musical based on Tim Burton’s beloved film, Variety says it’s “screamingly good fun!” Recommended for ages 10+. 1 Taylor St. broadwaysf.com

Dec. 8 – 27

Nutcracker | San Francisco Ballet

Swane Messaoudi and Ami Yuki in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson, Courtesy San Francisco Ballet

Set at a Christmas Eve party in 1915 San Francisco, the ballet tells the story of 12-year-old Clara. Given a magical nutcracker doll that comes to life in her dreams, adventures ensue. Brilliant choreography by Helgi Tomasson, breathtaking costumes, and a well-loved score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this is a favorite for the ages. sfballet.org/productions/nutcracker-dec-2022

Dec. 9 and 10
Handel’s Messiah | San Francisco Symphony

A holiday tradition since its successful 1742 premiere in Dublin, Ireland. Masaaki Suzuki leads the SF Symphony and Chorus in this perennial favorite. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2022-23/Handels-Messiah

Dec. 9 and 10

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor holiday adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises. Optional Photo Experience. Curated for ages 2-6. At Oakland’s Paramount Theater on Dec. 9 and Curran Theater on Dec. 10. broadwaysf.com 

Dec. 9 – 11

Michelle Obama Tour | The Masonic

The Light We Carry, a new book by Michelle Obama. Live in conversation for three nights at 8 p.m.. 1111 California St. michelleobamabooks.com

Dec. 10

Ram’s Gate Winery Annual Holiday Gala

“A Night in Monte Carlo,” an evening of high style and high rolling. Guests walk the red carpet, drink elegant wine, dine on delectable bites and play games of chance – all set to the big band sounds of Radio Gatsby. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ramsgatewinery.com/blogs/upcoming-events/holiday-gala-a-night-in-monte-carlo

Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23

A Cathedral Christmas | Grace Cathedral 

Since 1947, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys with full orchestra and organ, a holiday tradition of treasured favorites and carols. Magnificent music in a majestic setting. 1100 California St. GraceCathedral.org 

Dec. 13 – 19

Pink Martini | SFJAZZ

Cosmopolitan Holiday Music: This “little orchestra” performs a rollicking cross-genre mix of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop that’s infectiously joyous and dance-friendly. 201 Franklin St. sfjazz.org

Dec. 16 – 17  and 21 – 22

San Francisco Symphony | Films With Live Orchestra

The magic of movies and music presenting How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Elf—In Concert on the 21st and 22nd. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. sfsymphony.org/Subscribe/Series/Film-Series

Dec. 17 and 18

A Chanticleer Christmas | St. Ignatius Church

Founded in 1978, this exceptional ensemble of 12 men’s voices presents a cappella, offering joy through beautiful music across centuries. 650 Parker Ave. Additional performances in Oakland, Berkeley, Stanford University, Santa Clara, Petaluma, Sacramento, and Carmel. chanticleer.org/202223-bay-area-season  

Dec. 24

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus – Holiday Spectacular | Castro Theater

In its 45th season, a much-anticipated Christmas Eve tradition with the new Artistic Director Jacob Stensberg. 429 Castro St.. Additional performances on 12/2 and 12/3 at Sydney Goldstein Theater, 12/11 in Berkeley, 12/17 in Rohnert Park. sfgmc.org/season-45

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve with Seth MacFarlane | San Francisco Symphony

Academy Award and Grammy-nominated singer, actor, and director, plus the San Francisco Symphony, bring classic, crooning vocals and cool pizzazz to a big band-era performance of jazz standards and holiday hits. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. sfsymphony.org/buy-tickets/2022-23/seth-macfarlane-new-years-eve