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See Love Actually, Tim Burton and Peaches Christ at the San Francisco Symphony this holiday season

Love Actually SF Symphony
Photograph: Courtesy SF Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony really gets into the holiday spirit. This year, they're celebrating with a jam-packed schedule of festive events featuring world renowned singers, aerial dancers and notable San Francisco personalities like songstress Vanessa Williams and drag queen Peaches Christ. The holiday cheer starts now. 


Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nov 30, Dec 1, 6 at 8pm 

Everyone’s favorite animated holiday film comes to life when the San Francisco Symphony performs Danny Elfman’s delightfully quirky score live while Jack Skellington and the gang plot to take over Christmas on the big screen.


Holiday Soul with Vanessa Williams

Dec 7, 8 at 7:30pm 

America’s first black Miss America turned vocalist and actress Vanessa Williams performs soul, jazz and Christmas classics with The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Famed for her chart-topping hit, “Save the Best for Last," Williams brings a soulful Christmas performance to the Symphony.


Peter and The Wolf

Dec 9 at 2pm 

Prokofiev's symphonic fairy tale for children has been narrated by everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Sting. This year, Richard Dreyfuss narrates the story in which individual instruments play the part of the story’s characters. 


Photograph: Courtesy SF Symphony


A Merry-Achi Christmas

Dec 9 at 7:30pm 

Mariachi Sol de Mexico returns to Davies Symphony Hall for a festive musical tribute to Mexico’s Christmas traditions. The he ensemble will sing holiday favorites from both Mexico and America during this international celebration will have the whole family dancing.


Love Actually

Dec 11, 12 at 7:30pm 

If watching this heartwarming film is one of your Christmas customs, you’ll love this special symphony performance in which a full orchestra performs Craig Armstrong’s evocative score during the movie.


Handel's Messiah

Dec 14, 15 at 8pm 

Experience the glorious majesty of Handel’s Messiah performed by the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and world-class soloists. Featuring the famous “Hallelujah” Chorus, the magnificent power of 100 voices in harmony makes this celebrated masterpiece an unmissable holiday favorite and one of the best-loved musical works of all time.


Holiday Brass

Dec 16 at 7:30pm 

The San Francisco Symphony brass section heralds the season with a winning mix of classical and popular holiday favorites.


Home Alone

Dec 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm

This classic Christmas comedy will be screened with John Williams’ exuberant score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony and carols sung live by three children’s choruses.  


Dec 23 at 7:30pm 
This intimate show actually takes place the night before the night before Christmas, but it's never too early to sing along to your favorite holiday songs. You'll hear members of the symphony's brass section and singers from the chorus, all accompanied by the gorgeous Ruffatti organ. 



Photograph: Courtesy SF Symphony


New Year’s Gaiety 

 Dec 31 at 8pm 

Ring in 2019 with famed drag sensation Peaches Christ and the SF Symphony. The star-studded show includes delectable vocalists and drag queens galore.