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Celebrating the Holidays in San Francisco

Happy Holidays CheapSFers! I’m here once again to give you the scoop on some cheap holiday activities here in the city. I hope my list will fill your holidays with cheer and keep your pocketbook full!

Saturday, December 3

Holiday Photos with Drunk Santa: Looking for that perfect unconventional photo to put on your Holiday card? Chrome SF is giving you the opportunity to take free photos with their drunk Santa on the set of The Great White NorthChrome SF (580 4th St., SF) // Dec. 3 // 2p-5p // FREE

2011 Fantasy of Lights: Come check out Victorian houses adorned with thousands of lights, face painting, and a visit from Santa all to kick off the holiday season. Union and Filmore Streets // Dec. 3 // 3 p.m. // FREE

Sunday, December 4

SF Chamber Orchestra and Circus Bella Holiday Show: Remember to R.S.V.P. Bayview Opera House (4705 3rd St.) // Dec. 4 // 3-4 p.m. // FREE

Monday, December 5

6th Annual World Tree of Hope Celebration: Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda complete with free wine, cocktail, appetizers, and sweets. Remember to R.S.V.P. The Rotunda, San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place) // Dec. 5 // 5:30-8 p.m. // FREE

Saturday, December 10

SantaCon 2011: Dress in your best Santa suit for this city-wide santa pub crawl where you can expect to parade around the city and drink at various bars. Exact details, times and route still to be announces – follow @sfstanta for updates. Dec. 10 // 3-8 p.m. // FREE 

FARMcurious Underground Holiday Party: Enjoy DIY food demos, holiday shopping, and a holiday party. R.S.V.P. is required. St. Regis Hotel // Dec. 10 // 3-8 p.m. // FREE

Sunday, December 11

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: Come get your holiday shopping done with locally made gifts from 50 local vendors. Fort Mason Center, Fleet Room Marina Blvd & Buchanan St. // Dec. 11 // 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. // FREE

Thursday, December 15

Cacophany Christmas 2011: Dress up in your wackiest Christmas attire and go caroling in the streets. Duboce Park // Dec. 15 // 7:30 p.m. // FREE

Saturday, December 17

3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market: Get some last minute stocking stuffers with over 250 of the best indie craft and D.I.Y. artisans. East Hall, Concourse Exhibition Center (620 7th St., SF) // Dec. 17 & Dec. 18 | 11a-6p | FREE

Unsilent Night 2011: Bring your own boombox or speakers and tapes and CDs will be handed out for this boombox christmas parade. Mission Dolores Park (Dolores & 18th St.) // Dec. 17 // 7:30 p.m. // FREE

Sunday, December 18

Holiday Lights Bike Ride and Potluck: Join the SF Bike Coalition for their 8th annual ride through the city’s best seasonal lights displays and end with a celebratory potluck. Panhandle Statue (Fell St. & Baker St.) // Dec.18 // 6:30 p.m. // FREE for members, $5 for nonmembers

Tuesday, December 20

San Francisco Hanukkah Festival: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah in Union Square with donuts, latkes, and the lighting of the 25 foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah. There will be lighting celebrations in Union Square for each night of Hanukkah (Dec 20-27). Union Square // Dec. 20 // 4 p.m. // FREE

Thursday, December 22

Popscene’s 2011 Christmas Gala: Enjoy live DJ sets and special guest appearances. Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell St.) // Dec. 22 // 10 p.m. // $5 for 21+ and $8 for 18+

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