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Must Attend Events this December

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The last month of 2017 doesn’t disappoint when it comes to local events.  Here are a few must attend events to get on your social calendar this month:

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, a holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, December 1-24.

See the two-story giant Gingerbread House made of thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel, through January 1.

Stop by the lobby of the Westin St. Francis to admire the St. Francis Holiday Display, featuring two castles with circular towers, individual rooms, and illuminated windows, surrounded by holiday sugar cakes, December 1-31.

San Francisco Symphony performs holiday favorites and leads a sing-along for children at Deck the Hall, followed by a post-concert party with entertainment, arts and crafts, and snacks at Davies Symphony Hall on December 3.

Join the Run Wild San(ta) Francisco 5K on December 3 that includes a Santa hat to wear, a race-day T-shirt, a finish-line award, a timing chip, and a post-race expo at Crissy Field.

Join the World Tree of Hope Lighting Ceremony on December 4 City Hall, including a concert, words from the mayor and a tree hung with letters wishing hope and peace that are folded into origami cranes.

Nutcracker Sweets is a 50-minute contemporary take on the beloved holiday ballet for all ages at Fort Mason Center. December 9-10 and 22-23.

Run, run Santa! A ticket to San Francisco Great Santa Run on December 10 includes a Santa suit, a commemorative holiday medal and a 5K/1-mile run at Crissy Field.

See the schedule of Menorah lighting ceremonies held every day at the giant Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square from December 12-19.

The Chocolate and Art Show on December 14-15 features some of SF’s finest up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators at the SOMArts Cultural Center.

Seth MacFarlane lights up the stage in a concert with San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall on December 31.

Take in the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks launch for 15 minutes from barges 1000 feet offshore of the Ferry Building on December 31.

Discover the past, present and future of Korea in the Asian Art Museum’s Couture Korea exhibit, through February 4.

Visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park on Free Days, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

See dozens of dramatic glowing art installations in different neighborhoods during Illuminate SF Light Art Festival with free guided tours, an illuminated bike ride, self-guided walks, and artist talks, through January 1.

Lace up those skates this season and take a spin on the ice at the Union Square Ice Rink, through January 15.

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