Holidays in San Francisco are rarely traditional.
Hunky Jesus on Easter? Check. Citywide drunk santa takeover in December? Check. Satanic, burlesque-fueled parties and strip dreidel competitions on Christmas Day? Did you really expect anything different?
Presenting: a very San Francisco Christmas -- our picks of the best nontraditional Christmas activities in town. Love Christmas? Glide Memorial has a spot for you at its all-inclusive Christmas celebration. Don't celebrate Christmas? Head on down to Broke-Ass Stuart's "It's a Jewish Christmas" at the Make-Out Room. Hate Christmas and all of its lemmings? The First Satanic Church's 14th annual Black X Mass at Elbo Room is calling your name.
Just like every other day of the year, this city really does have something for everyone. Happy holidays, San Francisco.
This Sunday, our favorite broke-ass will be hosting strip dreidel, a Chinese buffet, Woody Allen movies and plenty of drinking and dancing in front of the Hanukkah bush at "It's a Jewish Christmas" at the Make-Out Room for just ten bucks - or five with RSVP. ("Oy, what a bargain!" says Stuart.)
Christmas Day movies are as old as Christmas itself (well, almost), and SF in SF (Science Fiction in San Francisco) is keeping tradition with lox and bagels, hot cider and eggnog, popcorn and an all-day movie marathon featuring The Lorax, Dumbo and Midnight In Paris.
San Francisco's nontraditional and nonjudgmental church, Glide Memorial, is keeping things festive this Christmas with its legendary choir performances, holiday celebrations, Christmas meals for the homeless, children's groups and support group services.
Like moviegoing, Chinese food has become a staple of anti-Christmas Christmas. (Though we recommend it for anyone who resists the yoke that is holiday cooking.) Fortunately for San Franciscans, some of the city's very best Chinese eateries, including dim sum palace Yank Sing, are more than happy to oblige.
It wouldn't be Christmas in San Francisco without some good old-fashioned revolt. Rise against convention at the First Satanic Church's 14th annual Black X Mass at the Elbo Room. Ten bucks gets you bands, dancers, free food and all the rebellion your nontraditional heart can handle.