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Harry Burns spent his 1988 holiday season sending long, wheedling voice mails to Sally Albright. I’ll be spending this holiday season rewatching Harry Burns send long, wheedling voicemails to Sally Albright. Here are some funner ways to spend the countdown to Christmas! 

Three opportunities to score some beautiful homemade holiday gifts and support local artists this weekend.

Friday Dec. 16

Dec. 16: 7:30 to 10 p.m: Local artists will be auctioning one-of-a-kind creations to help Medicine For Nightmares pay rent and buy books. Entertainment thanks to David Boyce.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Horizons Unlimited’s The DJ Project’s: Cobijia Season Artist Mercado. This holiday artist market will feature youth and local artists from the Bay Area, EvolvedSF, and others. The event will run from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m at four locations on 24th Street:

Medicine for Nightmares, 3036 24th St.

Evolved SF 3067 24th St.

Mission Praxis 3047 24th St

Dying Breed: 3045 24th St.

The SFPD Mission District Police Station is hosting a toy giveaway on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Also on Dec. 17 is a Christmas night market at City Station, our favorite party lot at 18th and Valencia streets. From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local vendors will be out and a DJ will be spinning. Food will be available from Lomo Libre and WH42. With Christmas just days away, there will also be an ornament-making booth for the kids. Check the flyer below for details on the event.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Rainbow Grocery’s worker-owners are hosting a craft fare pop-up featuring a variety of handmade crafts and creations. There’ll be stained glass art, bath salts, gift baskets, herbs and more.

It goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information here.

Through Dec. 24

The Transmission Gallery’s emphasis this November is “art to live with.” If you’re looking for functional art, such as lighting and dishware, visit the gallery at 35 Bartlett St. The exhibition “Lamps and Other Useful Items” runs till Dec. 24. Gallery hours are 1 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

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  1. There will be holiday markets every Sunday starting Nov 27th and every Sunday up until Christmas at City Station, the community space in the Cherin’s lot 18th and Valencia in the Mission. All local vendors and a wide variety of vendors every Sunday, a great way to support local artists, makers and small business owners.

  2. The Bernal Business and Artist Alliance will be hosting our 12th annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 8th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come join us to support our local small businesses offering special treats, while listening to music performances and enjoy our new pop-up art gallery and book shop! A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.

  3. On Sunday 12/11 from 11-4PM at the Harvey Milk Community Arts Center @ 50 Scott (near DuBoce dog park) there will be a Holiday Maker Fair. Free admission local artists, holiday gifts, art projects, apple cider and photo booth. Also on Saturday 11/26 from Noon until 3PM at Finnegan’s Wake in Cole Valley (937 Cole Street) there will be a maker holiday pop up with art, ceramics, handmade holiday gifts, wreaths and other goodies. Both are wonderful and good fun!