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John Oliver starts off the New Year with standup comedy performances at The Masonic. (Courtesy Live Nation/HBO)

Good Day Jan. 1-2, 2020

John Oliver, Polar Bear Ice Skate, Village Project’s Kwanzaa 2019, It’s A New Day + Breakfast of Champions, Supper of Survivors Dance Party, SF Botanical Garden, Pacific Mambo Orchestra

  • Jan 1, 2020
John Oliver starts off the New Year with standup comedy performances at The Masonic. (Courtesy Live Nation/HBO)
Dead & Company’s Fun Run tour closes out the year at Chase Center in The City on Dec. 30-31. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)

Good Day Dec. 29-31, 2019

The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXVII, S.F. Chamber Orchestra, Dead & Company, John Oliver, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert, Fantastic Negrito, Spafford, Shen Yun, American Bach Soloists, Sutton Foster, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lettuce

  • Dec 28, 2019
Dead & Company’s Fun Run tour closes out the year at Chase Center in The City on Dec. 30-31. (Courtesy Danny Clinch)
BenDeLaCreme, left, and Jinkx Monsoon being their “all new two-queen holiday extravaganza” to the Victoria Theatre on Dec. 28. (Courtesy Matt Baume)

Good Day Dec. 26-28, 2019

Mittens & Mistletoe, Hyphy Holiday Reunion, New Mastersounds, Frankie Quinones, Lea DeLaria, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, Trainwreck Riders, Joey Diaz, The Rhino 2019 Holiday Extravaganza

  • Dec 26, 2019
BenDeLaCreme, left, and Jinkx Monsoon being their “all new two-queen holiday extravaganza” to the Victoria Theatre on Dec. 28. (Courtesy Matt Baume)
Good Day Dec. 25-26, 2019

Good Day Dec. 25-26, 2019

‘Tis the Season for Science, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, San Francisco Zoo, Lantern Light Festival, Bill Graham Menorah, Night Bloom, Dana Gould, Poolside

  • Dec 25, 2019
Good Day Dec. 25-26, 2019
San Francisco’s award-winning choral group Chanticleer performs its annual Christmas concert at St. Ignatius Church on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Lisa Kohler)

Good Day Dec. 22-24, 2019

A Chanticleer Christmas, Ragazzi Continuo, Bill Graham Menorah, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, James Lanman, Cinderella, Dave Koz & Friends, Bud E Luv Christmas Spectacular, Oakland Ballet Nutcracker, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

  • Dec 21, 2019
San Francisco’s award-winning choral group Chanticleer performs its annual Christmas concert at St. Ignatius Church on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Lisa Kohler)
Kate Patrick plays The Ghost of Christmas Present with Want & Ignorance in “A Noh Christmas Carol,” onstage at Theatre of Yugen through Dec. 29. (Courtesy Geoff Nin)

Good Day Dec. 18-19, 2019

Noh Christmas Carol, Scott Capurro, Mike Quu, Common Holly, Christmas Jug Band, Love Actually with the San Francisco Symphony, Sutro Baths Gingerbread Replica, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas

  • Dec 18, 2019
Kate Patrick plays The Ghost of Christmas Present with Want & Ignorance in “A Noh Christmas Carol,” onstage at Theatre of Yugen through Dec. 29. (Courtesy Geoff Nin)
Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy’s “Holiday Spectacular” cabaret show is onstage at Feinstein’s at the Nikko from Dec. 19-21. (Courtesy Feinstein’s at the Nikko)

Good Day Dec. 19-21, 2019

Katya: A Holiday Spectacular, Bayview Opera House Winter Wonderland, African-American Shakespeare Company’s Cinderella, Sasheer Zamata, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s Soulful Christmas, San Francisco Boys Chorus, Tourist, Songs for a Sixpence, Bethlehem A.D., Birdman Bats Ballapalooza, New Wave Winter Ball, SF Symphony’s A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Dec 18, 2019
Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy’s “Holiday Spectacular” cabaret show is onstage at Feinstein’s at the Nikko from Dec. 19-21. (Courtesy Feinstein’s at the Nikko)
Vocalist Kim Nalley and pianist Tammy Hall appear in “Gospel Christmas 2019” at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Dec. 15. Courtesy Dante Miquel)

Good Day Dec. 15-17, 2019

Kim Nalley, Kim Shuck, Stassi Schroeder, Lola Kirke, Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley, Ragazzi, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Ariana Grande, Waitress, Matt Callahan & Yvonne Moore, Nicole Miller’s To the Stars

  • Dec 14, 2019
Vocalist Kim Nalley and pianist Tammy Hall appear in “Gospel Christmas 2019” at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Dec. 15. Courtesy Dante Miquel)
Smuin opens its annual San Francisco run of “The Christmas Ballet,” featuring, from left, Tessa Barbour and Maggie Carey in “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” a premiere by Barbour, on Dec. 12 at Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Chris Hardy}

Good Day Dec. 12-14, 2019

Smuin’s Christmas Ballet, Circus of Light, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s Soulful Christmas, One Hour Star Wars Trilogy-Live!, Illenium, Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin, KMEL’s Holiday House of Soul, Kim Nalley, Pomplamoose

  • Dec 12, 2019
Smuin opens its annual San Francisco run of “The Christmas Ballet,” featuring, from left, Tessa Barbour and Maggie Carey in “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” a premiere by Barbour, on Dec. 12 at Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (Courtesy Chris Hardy}
San Francisco Ballet opens its 75th “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House on Dec. 11. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)                                San Francisco Ballet opens its 75th “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House; performances continue through Dec. 29. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)

Good Day Dec. 11-12, 2019

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, American Bach Soloists’ Messiah, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Jonas Brothers, She & Him, Pacifica Edge Voices, Michael Eric Dyson, Cairo Cabaret

  • Dec 11, 2019
San Francisco Ballet opens its 75th “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House on Dec. 11. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)                                San Francisco Ballet opens its 75th “Nutcracker” at the War Memorial Opera House; performances continue through Dec. 29. (Courtesy Erik Tomasson)
Soul great Brian McKnight appears with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the San Francisco Symphony in holiday concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Courtesy Carl Mahoney)

Good Day, Dec. 8-10, 2019

Jingle Ball, SF Symphony, Deck the Hall, Howard Zinn Book Fair, Holiday LEGO Show, Plastic Free Holiday Market, SF Contemporary Music Players, Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets, Madame Gandhi, Holiday Soul with Brian McKnight, Mapache, Berhana

  • Dec 7, 2019
Soul great Brian McKnight appears with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the San Francisco Symphony in holiday concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Courtesy Carl Mahoney)
Omni Concerts and San Francisco Performances present classical guitar virtuoso Xuefei Yang in concert on Dec. 7. (Courtesy photo)

Good Day Dec. 5-7, 2019

Alice in Winterland with Kesha and Avril Lavigne, A Noh Christmas Carol, Sir Woman, Head Over Heels, SoundBox, High On Fire, Holigays are Here, Xuefei Yang, Trevor Noah, Day of Silents

  • Dec 5, 2019
Omni Concerts and San Francisco Performances present classical guitar virtuoso Xuefei Yang in concert on Dec. 7. (Courtesy photo)
American Conservatory Theater is staging its popular production of “A Christmas Carol” for the 43rd year. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Holiday Theater 2019: ‘Christmas Carol’ and more

Classics, musicals, fairy tales and drag queens take to the stage for the season

American Conservatory Theater is staging its popular production of “A Christmas Carol” for the 43rd year. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Tenor Andrea Bocelli appears, accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, at Chase Center on Dec. 5. (Courtesy Decca)

Good Day Dec. 4-5, 2019

Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson, U Up Live, Alex Cameron, Scrooge in Love, Rock & Mortar, Andrea Bocelli, Poptopia with Halsey and Lizzo, Michael Feinstein, A Noh Christmas Carol

  • Dec 4, 2019
Tenor Andrea Bocelli appears, accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, at Chase Center on Dec. 5. (Courtesy Decca)
San Francisco Community Music Center’s “Navidad en la Misión” on Dec. 6 at Mission Dolores Basilica includes holiday music from across the centuries sung in Spanish. (Courtesy Judy Rosenfeld)

Holiday Classical and Choral 2019: Sing on!

Carols and more in churches and concert halls

San Francisco Community Music Center’s “Navidad en la Misión” on Dec. 6 at Mission Dolores Basilica includes holiday music from across the centuries sung in Spanish. (Courtesy Judy Rosenfeld)
ODC/Dance presents its annual holiday production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” (Courtesy Margo Moritz)

Holiday Dance 2019: Nuts about ‘Nutcracker’

The classic ballet, and fun alternatives, on stages across the bay

ODC/Dance presents its annual holiday production of “The Velveteen Rabbit.” (Courtesy Margo Moritz)
WinterFest holiday activities are happening on weekends and select weekdays in December at Great America in Santa Clara. (Courtesy photo)

Good Day Dec. 1-3, 2019

Great America’s WinterFest, World AIDS Day Observance, Eric Wang, S.F. Birth and Baby Fair, SF Etsy Holiday Emporium, Snoop Dogg, Snoh Aalegra, It’s a Wonderful with S.F. Symphony, Neal Grace, BFF.fm Fundraising Gala

  • Nov 30, 2019
WinterFest holiday activities are happening on weekends and select weekdays in December at Great America in Santa Clara. (Courtesy photo)
The Conservatory of Flowers’ Night Bloom light and sound installation runs through Jan. 5 in Golden Gate Park. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday Events 2019: It’s Christmastime in The City

Trim the tree, slide on skates or do some holiday shopping

The Conservatory of Flowers’ Night Bloom light and sound installation runs through Jan. 5 in Golden Gate Park. (Courtesy photo)
Westin St. Francis hotel pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré and his team unveil their annual holiday display of handcrafted sugar and enchanted castles at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. (Courtesy photo)

Good Day Nov. 27-28, 2019

St. Francis hotel holiday castles, Pete Davidson, Champions of Magic, Bay Area Reunion with MC Hammer, Tony! Toni! Tone!, En Vogue, Roy Wood Jr., Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, International Auto Show

  • Nov 27, 2019
Westin St. Francis hotel pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdré and his team unveil their annual holiday display of handcrafted sugar and enchanted castles at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. (Courtesy photo)
Macy’s Holiday Windows, the San Francisco SPCA sponsored program running through Jan. 1, introduces the public to adorable animals in need of homes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Good Day Nov. 24-26, 2019

Macy’s Holiday Windows, Snovember Holiday Market, Patrick Wolff Quintet, Carole J. Bufford, Kevin Gates, A$AP Ferg, Slayer, Ben Folds, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cinthia Marcella: A morta

  • Nov 23, 2019
Macy’s Holiday Windows, the San Francisco SPCA sponsored program running through Jan. 1, introduces the public to adorable animals in need of homes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)