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Weekend Planner: December 8th, 2023

View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.


Friday, December 8th


Puppy and Santa at a bar

Hotel Nikko, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: All


Hotel Nikko is throwing a Christmas Puppy Pawty! Starting at 5PM on December 8, this event is specifically created to enjoy with your dog 🐾 The evening begins at 5PM with Santa Paws photos at Hotel Nikko, followed by an enchanting walk around Union Square to see this year’s illuminations and snap lots of pics. Along the way, we will be stopping by local businesses for lots of holiday drinks and treats, including:

✨ Hot Chocolate at the Westin St. Francis

✨ Cocktails at Iron Horse

✨ Champagne and Dog Treats at Blake Charles Salon

✨ Pastries and Dog Treats at Miller & Lux Provisions

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Muttville, a Senior dog rescue organization that helps these furbabes find their furever home ❤️Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Christmas Lights highly recommended!


Lets Glow Holiday Projection Show

Ferry Building, San Francisco

5 PM, Ages: All


Let’s Glow SF 2023 will kick off on December 1, 2023 at 6:00 PM, at the foot of Market Street facing the Ferry Building, with a Countdown To Glow that is FREE and open to the public. The Downtown SF Partnership will be joined by Mayor London Breed, the City of San Francisco, A3 Visual, Presenting Sponsor, Amazon, Let’s Glow SF artists and more to countdown the start of the holiday season. The press conference will begin at 6:30 PM with the projections officially being switched on at 7 PM. Complimentary ube hot chocolate and Let's Glow SF swag will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

Let’s Glow SF, the country’s largest holiday projection event, will return to downtown San Francisco this holiday season, from December 1st through 10th, 2023. The FREE outdoor holiday event will use high-tech Panasonic projectors and lasers to project large-scale art concepts across the facade of five iconic SF buildings from 5-10 PM nightly, including the Ferry Building for the first time ever. The Salesforce Tower will also showcase Let’s Glow SF artwork on the LED panel atop the building, visible throughout the Bay Area.

Let’s Glow SF is hosted by The Downtown SF Partnership (DSFP), the community benefit district that oversees 43 blocks across San Francisco’s Financial District and Jackson Square Historic District, and is organized by A3 Visual. The signature event is part of citywide efforts to activate downtown’s public realm and increase programming as a form of placemaking across the city, and is partially funded through an economic recovery grant from the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Office of Mayor London N. Breed.

Local participating retailers and businesses will offer themed drinks and bites for Let’s Glow SF attendees throughout the entire 10-night event. During Let's Glow SF, show the Glow Badge to your server at participating restaurants to receive special discounts and deals. The Glow Badge can be shown on the Let's Glow SF web page via mobile.

Visit our website for more information on participating artists, artwork, building locations, discounts, and special business promotions during Let's Glow SF:

Follow us on social media (@sf_downtown) with #LetsGlowSF!


Saturday, December 9th


Lakehouse Jazz

Stow Lake Boathouse, San Francisco

7:30 PM, Ages: All


About Lakehouse Jazz

Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz. Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.

Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.

Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!

About the venue

Located in the heart of SF's famous Golden Gate Park, there’s a lovely boathouse known only by a few locals. Every Friday we transform this space into a non-conventional intimate music venue. Nearby you can start off your evening by visiting the best Gold Gate Park has to offer. Our top favorites are the De Young Museum, the Japanese Garden, the Academy of Science, and of course a cruise around the Stow Lake on a paddleboat, perfect for a group party or a date!

Experience a one-of-a-kind night of live music in a unique setting, and make lasting memories with friends and loved ones. Don't miss out on this local secret, purchase your tickets now and get ready to be transported to an unforgettable night of music and beauty in the heart of San Francisco.


Black Santa Joyful Giving

1200 Lakeshore, Oakland

11 AM, Ages: All


Come join us for a festive celebration at the Joyful Giving Holiday Party! It's going to be an amazing in-person event filled with joy and holiday cheer. We can't wait to see you at 1200 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94606, USA. Get ready for an afternoon of laughter, music, and good company. Bring your loved ones and let's make unforgettable memories together. Don't miss out on this opportunity to spread holiday happiness and share the joy of giving. Bring a Safeway or Lucky gift card to donate to a needy family. Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable evening!

🌟 Your Gift Makes a Difference! 🌟

Embrace the spirit of giving and spread holiday joy with the Bay Area Fisk Club's Joyful Giving Holiday Party. This season, we're thrilled to collaborate with Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, supporting families carefully chosen by the Harrison House in Berkeley.

Ways to Contribute:

  1. Bring a $25 Gift Card: Add a personal touch by bringing a $25 Safeway or Lucky gift card to the event.

  2. Online Donation Options: Support our cause by making a secure online donation via Google Pay, Credit Card, or online check here.

  3. Text "FISKHOLIDAY" to 44-321 to Donate: Easily contribute by texting "FISKHOLIDAY" to 44-321.

Your generous donation will directly impact a family recommended by the Harrison House. The 80-bed shelter offers essential services encompassing mental health, housing, employment, education, and drug/alcohol recovery for homeless individuals and families.

Important Note:The Bay Area Fisk Alumni Club holds a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, ensuring that your valuable contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Let's come together to illuminate this holiday season for those in need!

Warm regards,

Bay Area Fisk Alumni Club


Sunday, December 10th


Outer Sunset Farmer's Market and Mercantile

37th Between Ortega and Pacheco, San Francisco

9 AM, Ages: All


A weekly market featuring farmers, ranchers, food artisans, live music, children’s activities, vendors, makers, merchants, artists, and local organizations. Explore all the amazing local businesses surrounding the farmers market at

You can find us every Sunday 9am-2pm year round on 37th avenue/Ortega and every Wednesday 3pm-7pm (June to August)

Getting There

Muni: Lines 7, 29, 48

Unlike most of San Francisco, street parking is usually fairly easy surrounding the market.

Every Sunday

Typically 25+ vendors

Seasonal tastings

Live Music

Kids Storytelling

Weekly activities and fun

The Wednesday and Sunday Outer Sunset Farmers Market & Mercantile features ranchers, local farm fresh produce, unique artisan foods, delicious pop-up eateries, talented makers, local merchants, live music and an extensive Fun Zone for all ages.

Eat, drink, shop, play, connect and be local at our Wednesday and Sunday markets under the trees! for more details.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Neiman Marcus, San Francisco

8:30 AM, Ages: All


Neiman Marcus San Francisco invites you and your family to join us for BREAKFAST WITH SANTA, and get your picture taken in a photo booth! Santa's helpers make dazzling balloons.

Sunday, December 10 8:30am

$65 General Admission Adults/$55 Kids 3 - 12, Breakfast with Santa Neiman Marcus San Francisco December 10, 8:30am. Your ticket includes Breakfast and Service Charge and Tax. Eventbrite Fees will be added on to final cost.


Coffee, Hot Chocolate, OJ & Apple Juice

Mimosa for adults 21 and over

Preset on the tables Assorted Breakfast Pastries

Brioche French Toast with Whipped Cream, Seasonal Fruit & Vermont Maple Syrup

Scrambled Eggs with Herbed Creme Fraiche ( kids served plain )

Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausage

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes with Red Peppers & Onions

**Allergies/Dietary Restrictions will be accommodated.

Additional specialty beverages available for purchase.

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