Colorful illustration of penguins on an iceberg

Members, reserve your tickets to Holiday Night today! Click your membership level below to RSVP online or call (415) 379-8425 to reserve with a staff member.


Holiday Night Highlights

  • Enjoy 20% off in Academy Stores
  • A festive musical performance by The Hornmen at 8 pm
  • Cookie Decorating in the Terrace ($5)
  • Create winter-themed holiday cards with Green Arts Workshop
  • Ice Giants in the Snowman Theater playing all night (except during performances)
  • Learn about fascinating scientific research with Academy scientists
  • Meet Tree Dreams author Kristin Kaye to learn about the global tree-tagging campaign (7 pm, Science Today)
  • Enjoy samples from Patagonia Provisions and Y.U.M. Chefs
  • Take a 30-minute intimate look into the Academy's collections on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour ($12)

Holiday Ice Rink:

Skate the night away at our new-and-improved ice rink and enjoy outdoor snow flurries! The rink is open from 6–8:30 pm, and tickets are $10/member and include skate rental.

Please note: Ice rink tickets are not included with your Holiday Night tickets and must be purchased separately. 

Planetarium Schedule:

  • Polar Tour of the Night Sky (6:30, 7:15, 8 pm; Morrison Planetarium)
  • Solar System Safari (6:40, 7:25, 8:10 pm; Hohfeld Hall)

Important Event Information

  • The Academy Cafe opens at 6 pm and stops serving hot food at 8:30 pm. Grab 'n Go items will be for sale until 9 pm.
  • The Music Concourse Parking Garage will be open until 10:30 pm on December 11. $17 flat rate.

  • Please note: The animals in the Rainforest have an early bedtime—the exhibit will close at 8 pm.


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