It’s Christmas Time in the City

Everyone has their own Christmas rituals. Some people go see The Nutcracker, some go ice skating and others head to  the mall. But living in San Francisco provides some unique, only-in-SF ways to mark the Christmas Season. Here are some of the things that I like to do in SF in December:

Christmas in the Castro – Our first Christmas in the Castro is still seared into my memory: a local sex-toy shop on Castro Street displayed a Christmas tree decorated with garlands of anal beads in their front window. Another house in the neighborhood put up phallic Christmas lights. Now we make a point of going to the Castro to in the hopes of finding unusual decor or gifts on display. This year’s find: Phantom is selling vibrating butt cheeks, shown below.

Holiday Tunes & Shows – Going to a movie at the Castro Theatre and hearing the organ player play ‘San Francisco (Open Your Golden Gate)’ is one of my favorite things to do in SF anytime of the year, but as I discovered this year, the organ player mixes in some holiday tunes during December.

During the holidays, the Castro Theatre has sing-a-longs (this year, it was The Sound of Music) and holiday shows like the popular SF Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays, but for those who are tired of all those ‘tidings of comfort and joy’ this time of year, there’s Noir City Xmas: a double feature of holiday themed film noir.

Most Decked Out Home – If anal beads, vibrating butt cheeks and dark murder mysteries don’t bring you Christmas cheer, take a hike: head up extra-steep 21st street between Church and Sanchez to what has to be one of the most decorated homes in SF. It takes a crane to set up this display.

Festive City Hall — While you’re up there, check out City Hall’s festive red-and-green lit dome. If you don’t want to hike up 22nd, you can all see City Hal from the top of Dolores Park.

Holiday ice cream –  SF is an ice cream town and it just isn’t the holidays without BiRite Creamery’s candy cane ice cream. This year Humphry Slocombe also got into the season with their Hot Toddy Sundae: bourbon ice cream drizzled with honey-thyme sauce and topped with candied lemon rind. It is seriously alcoholic.


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