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Non-Christmas events for Christmas week

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Christmas is coming, which means you’re most likely spending the day with friends and family or stuck at work (or maybe both). If you want to get away, there are a multitude of opportunities and best of all, most of them are free.

If you’re looking to volunteer, opportunities abound, like serving meals for homeless and in-need families at Glide.

For over 20 years, Joe Betz and San Francisco's House of Prime Rib restaurant have sponsored a holiday meal, the Prime Rib Luncheon on Christmas Eve. Donating 2,000 pounds of prime rib for Glide’s special Christmas Day luncheon, Mr. Betz' annual contribution is a highlight for the church. He shares his philosophy, “You have to be hungry once in your life to realize what hunger is.”

Tuesday, December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (various shifts, check here for schedule).

Free coffee at Peet's: Peet’s will be serving complimentary brewed coffee and tea all day as a way to thank their customers and encourage them to make charitable donations on Christmas Eve.

Participating Peet’s location will be accepting donations and will make up to $1,000 of customer contributions to a local non-profit organization.

San Francisco Free Guided Walking Tour Day | Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

Berkeley Potters Guild: The final day for the annual Holiday Pottery Show: Free Mulled Wine & Cider | Berkeley/ Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Berkeley Potters Guild

Stroll through the Berkeley Potters Guild and nearby pottery studios while sipping complimentary mulled wine and apple cider during its 43rd Annual Holiday Sale.

Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair | Berkeley
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley)

Holiday shoppers to the Telegraph business district will be treated to an abundance of good cheer, great music, fine food, and unique and unusual handcrafts by some of Northern California’s finest artists. Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair December 23 & 24

Opt out of today’s traffic gridlock and last-minute mall madness for a serene Christmas Eve hike called “Miles from Macy’s.”

At noon on December 24, 2013, join docent Keith Johnsgård on this annual Christmas Eve hike and experience the serene silence and smog-free air of a world

Christmas Eve 2013: Annual Holiday Train Display | SF Main Libary
Tuesday, December 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Main Library. 100 Larkin St. San Francisco, 94102. (415) 557-4400. Note: The Library closes at 5:00 p.m. December 24 and will be closed December 25 Christmas Day

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