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Free Christmas and Holiday Activities and Events in San Francisco

2013 Holiday Festivals, Christmas Parades, Concerts & More - All Free

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Book Art and Button-Making Workshop

Dec. 14, at 2-5 pm 
Make buttons, cards and art pieces from discarded books and magazines, Frames, buttons and other materials provided, but you're also welcome to bring your own. Open to all ages. 
At Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th St, San Francisco. 

San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade

Dec. 14, at 5 pm
The parol, a Filipino Christmas light in a star shape, is, well, the star of this celebration. Join people parading with their hand-made parol lanterns, and enjoy music and games with prizes. 
At Jessie Square, Mission St. & Yerba Buena Lane; parade starts at 6:15 pm at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. 

 

Unsilent Night

Dec. 14, at 7 pm
In this unique mobile concert, people stroll the Mission, playing one of four different tracks of a composition on their smartphones, boomboxes or CD players. Everyone’s a performer-listener of Phil Kline's acoustic piece, which is meant to be heard outdoors in December.
M
eet at Mission Dolores Park, at the corner of Dolores and 18th streets. The 45-minute walk begins at 7:30 pm and ends at the park. 

Holiday Ornament-Making

Dec. 18 at 3-4:30 pm
All materials are provided to create holiday ornaments..
At Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott St., San Francisco. 

 

Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market

Dec. 21 & 22, at 11 am-6 pm
In this curated show, more than 250 indie-craft artisans, local and national, peddle their artwork, jewelry, apparel, decorative pieces, bath products and other gift-worthy things. Plus woodworking workshops, a free photo booth and DJ music.
At Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St., San Francisco.

 

Holiday Card-Making

Dec. 21, at 3-5 pm
Make your own  holiday cards to give out. Open to kids of all ages. 
At Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St., San Francisco.

 

Kwanzaa

Dec. 29, at 2-3:30 pm 
Celebrate ujamaa (cooperative economics) on day 4 of Kwanzaa, a seven-day festival that highlights seven principles. Ceremonies, entertainment and a feast. 
At San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

 

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