'Tis the season to be jolly and entertained!  The holiday season brings shopping, gifts, dinners, good cheer and extremely entertaining events here in San Francisco. Here is a quick winter wish list of the top events going on this holiday season.  And remember, giving show tickets are always the perfect fit for friends, family and even yourself this season, unwrapping them is only the beginning of the fun.

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna runs under the Big Top at AT&T Park through January 12th.  Cirque du Soleil is recognized all over the world for high-quality, artistic entertainment. Escape the winter and be mesmerized under the Big Top. Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Enjoy the theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol through Dec 28th.  This classic tale should always be in your past, present, and future holiday itineraries at the American Conservatory Theatre.  Bring your family, bring your friends, and check your "humbugs" at the door.

Experience the joys of Christmas past at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party running through December 22nd. Over three acres of San Francisco's legendary Cow Palace are magically transformed into a brilliant facsimile of London circa the 1840s-1860s, a Victorian holiday world of dancing, feasting, entertainments and shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures!

Get Thee to a Gallery. San Francisco Magazine shares this insider’s guide to out-of-the-box art for gallery walks on your own schedule, or if you prefer a more organized crawl, San Francisco’s downtown traditional First Thursday Art Walk is a great way to mix with others that fancy art.

A uniquely San Francisco Nutcracker launches on Dec 11th and runs through Dec 29th. This holiday season, experience the beauty and athleticism of SF Ballet’s international cast of world-class dancers in Nutcracker. This San Francisco tradition has been introducing audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet since 1944.

’Tis the Season for Science at the California Academy of Sciences annual holiday exhibit.  Celebrate the festive winter season by observing live reindeer and discovering amazing adaptations that enable them to survive in the harsh conditions of the Arctic at the Reindeer Rendezvous, indoor snow flurries, and a giant Snowman Theater through January 5th.

Get your gift on and do your holiday shopping at the ‘Made in the Bay’ Pop-Up Shop at SFMOMA through Dec 31st.  Locavores will have their way with a multitude of creative gifts dreamed up and made locally, perfect for anyone on your list from your foodie friends to your tech and design-oriented ones.

Kick off the season with the Ballet Nutcracker Under The Dome running every evening through Dec 31st.  The Westfield San Francisco Centre presents a 6-minute light spectacular with awe-inducing twirls of local ballerinas, free and open to the public.

In the spirit of the season, the San Francisco SPCA launches its Holiday Windows at Macy’s event, during which adorable adoptable cats and dogs will grace Macy’s storefront windows through Jan 5th. You can visit in person or online, donate, volunteer and adopt one of these animals in need giving them a loving home this holiday season.

Ring in the New Year at SFJazz Center’s first ever New Year’s Eve Party with one of the greatest salsa big bands working today, the legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and his spectacular Latin Jazz Orchestra.  Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy a pulse-pounding night of salsa celebration to ring in 2014.

Enjoy all your special winter activities this season.  We wish you a Happy Holiday season and Happy New Year from our home to yours.

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