15 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.18.23)

15 Fun Things to Do This Week (12.18.23)


Do you feel that magic in the air? It's about time to shut our laptops for the year.

This week, get your last-minute holiday shopping done at Union Square's Winter Walk or the Inner Sunset's Winter Solstice Art Walk, get your laughs in with Kung Pao Kosher Comedy and "Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes." Plus, take a ride with Santa on the Napa Valley Wine Train, and much more.

Here's hoping all is calm. Have a good one!

Union Square’s Stockton Street has been transformed into a traffic-free Winter Walk complete with larger-than-life holiday decor, live music and entertainment, beer and wine gardens, Off the Grid food trucks, and a holiday marketplace curated by Sunset Mercantile; noon to 7pm Monday through Wednesday and 10am to 9pm Thursday through Sunday, through Christmas Eve. // Post St. and O’Farrell St. (Union Square); details at visitunionsquaresf.com

It’s officially Champagne-o-clock at Waterbar all December long. The waterfront seafood restaurant is now pouring a hand-selected collection of bubbly at happy hour prices; 2:30pm to 5pm, daily. // Waterbar, 399 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero); reservations at waterbarsf.com

Take a private, guided shopping trip to St. Helena boutiques. You'll meet with local designer Karen Caldwell for coffee and croissants on the terrace at Auberge du Soleil, then head out to meet local shopkeepers and check some gifts off your list. // Appointments available through Friday; aubergeresorts.com

Don’t miss the last week of "Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes." Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia hit the stag with a fabulous drag twist—it's an SF holiday tradition; 8pm, Tuesday through Saturday. // Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St. (Mission); tickets at thegoldengirlslive.com

Catch former Brockhampton member Kevin Abstract on his first solo tour, "Heights, Spiders, The Dark Tour." The limited run concludes in San Francisco; 9pm on Tuesday. // Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St. (Upper Market); tickets at stubhub.com

Join Lady Camden and Smuin Ballet for a special LGBTQ+ night performance and after-party. Proceeds will support Project Open Hand and the Imperial Court of San Francisco; 7:30pm on Tuesday. // Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (SoMa); tickets for the ballet available at smuinballet.org and for the after-party at givesmart.com

Leviosa your way over to the Palace of Fine Arts for Potted Potter—The Unauthorized Harry Experience. The parody show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes; 7:30pm on Tuesday, through January 7. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Jewish Christmas is coming to town! For the third year, Mamahuhu and Wise Sons have teamed up to honor the beloved Jewish-American tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas. Through New Year’s Eve you can get your Hong Kong challah toast fix at Mamahuhu locations and a Sichuan-spiced bialy sandwich at Wise Sons locations. // Details on Instagram

Meet Bay Area–based aerialists, jugglers, contortionists, and clowns under the big top at Circus Bella's new show, Kaleidoscope. The six-piece Circus Bella All-Star Band will perform an original score; 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday. // The Crossing at East Cut, 200 Folsom St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com

Sip natty wines and nosh vegan bites while learning how to paint from Arcana's resident artist and winetender; 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday. // Arcana, 2512 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Take a stroll through the Inner Sunset at the Winter Solstice Art Walk. Participating galleries and businesses will offer something to sip while you check out art pop-ups and seasonal promotions at participating shops; 5pm to 8pm Thursday. // Irving St. between 6th and 17th St. (Inner Sunset); RSVP at huntandgathersf.com

Sing carols and drink hot cocoa with Santa aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. There will be a three-course meal, tableside visits from the jolly guy, and freshly baked cookies of course; 6:10pm Thursday to Sunday. // 1275 McKinstry St. (Napa); tickets at winetrain.com

Settle in for a screening of holiday classic Home Alone, accompanied by live music from the San Francisco Symphony and boys chorus; 3pm on Friday and 7:30pm on Saturday. // Davis Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfsymphony.org

Make it a weekend of shopping at two incredible gift markets in The Town: the Winter Market (11am to 5pm, Saturday December 16) at the Bridge Yard, 210 Burma Rd; and the Holiday Market & Collage Fest (1pm to 3pm, Sunday December 17) at Oakland Museum of California, 100 Oak St. (Oakland). // For more information, go to visitoakland.com.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Oakland.

LOL at the annual and ever-popular Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show, featuring comedians Wendy Liebman, Rich Aronovitch, Talia Reese, and Lisa Geduldig—plus dinner and drinks; 5pm and 8:30pm, Saturday through Monday. // Imperial Palace, 818 Washington St. (Chinatown); tickets at koshercomedy.com

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