NightLife: Santa Claude's Workshop

Santa Claude is comin’ to town! Shop your heart away at our merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures. Featuring over 45 local vendors, from San Francisco Bazaar, Sunset Mercantile, and more!


Music - Jay Midnight

Sounds by Jay Midnight (Run the Record)

Check out Jay Midnight's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

Food & Drink - Check out the special Santa Claude Menu from Chef Rob and Mixmaster Jerremi Clark

Chef Rob’s Santa Claude Dinner Menu

  • Holiday Ham Pizza
  • Holiday Leftovers Sandwich
  • Holiday Roast Beef
  • Salmon En Croute

Mixmaster Jerremi Clark’s Santa Claude Cocktail Menu

  • Milk & Cookies (Smores Espresso Martini)
    • Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, cold brew, simple syrup, Graham cracker
    • Garnish: Torched Marshmallow
  • Naughty Or Spice
    • Bourbon, Spiced Apple Syrup, Lemon, Apple Cider, Soda Water
    • Garnish: Sliced Apple, Thyme, Cinnamon
  • Rockin Around
    • Tequila, Lime, Triple Sec, Agave, Cranberry, Orange, Pinch of Salt
    • Garnish: Cranberries, Rosemary
  • The Grinch
    • Captain Morgan, Melon Liqueur, Lime, Pineapple, mango syrup, soda water
A few don’t-miss NightLife details
  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Café only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Where did the building blocks of life come from? Journey across space & time to explore how elements are made.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Join our planetarium presenter to explore the night sky above our planet's chilly poles.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

Why is California so special? Find out at the grand opening of our newest exhibit, California: State of Nature.

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Sounds by DJ Mark Maiden