A New Year begins at NEMA and beyond this January and is packed with things to do. A hot chocolate run, ice skating, bottomless brunch, art, culture and more! Here are a few of the many must attend events to get on your social calendar this month:

Illuminate SF Festival of Light features dozens of dramatic glowing art installations in different neighborhoods with lights festivals, guided tours, and self-guided walks, through January 1.

See a life-sized Gingerbread House made of thousands of homemade gingerbread bricks and tons of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel, through January 1.

Truck Your New Year’s Resolution — Bottomless Boozy Brunch on January 1 at SoMa StrEat Food Park.

Stop by the lobby of the Westin to admire the St. Francis Holiday Display, featuring two castles with circular towers, individual rooms, and illuminated windows, surrounded by holiday sugar cakes, through January 2.

Run a mile around the lagoon at Crissy Field for 6, 12, or 24 hours on January 5 to win cash prizes as you admire views of the Golden Gate Bridge during New Year’s One Day.

Immerse yourself in an illuminated Conservatory of Flowers bursting with vibrant and luminous displays during Night Bloom, through January 6.

The SF Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall has a full month of great shows! Mary Poppins January 5- 6, Jaap van Zweden-Mozart & Bruckner January 11-13, Mirga Grazinyte Tyla-Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto January 18-20, and Christian Reif-Prokofiev’s Fifth January 24-26.

The Civic Center Winter Park will run through Sunday, January 6, from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. daily. 75-minute ice skating sessions begin on every even hour.

On January 6, visit the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on a First Free Sunday of the month to see its 18,000 objects that represent 6,000 years of Asian art and culture.

Take in Come From Away at the Golden Gate Theater from January 8-February 3.

After a looong, under-cheesed year, the BIGGEST Fête du Fromage in San Francisco is returning to SoMa StrEat Food Park! Join the The Great Mac ‘n Cheese Melt-Off on January 12.

Run through Golden Gate Park and along the ocean on the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K on January 13, which includes snacks along the way and hot chocolate at the finish line.

The most knowledgeable cheese vendors compete at Cheesemonger Invitational, and you get to enjoy fondue, raclette, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a cash bar at The Midway on January 13.

Billed as the world’s largest tasting event for a single varietal, Zinfandel Experience on January 17-19 features hundreds of wines at multiple events, including a Grand Tasting on Saturday at Pier 27.

FOG Design+Art on January 17-20 showcases 40 contemporary design dealers and art galleries and hosts lectures by artists and designers in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Celebrate the Sea Lions’ Arrival at Pier 39 on January 19-20 with free tours and views of the boisterous barking pinnipeds.

Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrates the legacy of Dr. King with excerpts of his speeches and moving songs at Nourse Theatre on January 21.

MLK2019 on January 21 includes a march at 11 a.m. from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, where there is a Health & Wellness Festival all day, an interfaith commemoration, and a music festival.

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal during SF Restaurant Week on January 23-31.

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, San Francisco Ballet will celebrate the opening of its 2019 Repertory Season with its Opening Night Gala, This is Passion.

Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door. The Vaudeville cabaret runs from January 31-March 29.

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