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Insider's Guide to What's Open on Xmas



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    Worried about having nothing to do on Christmas Day? Fear not: there are plenty of restaurants, bars, theaters, and museums open all day long, according to an insider's guide in the BarTab.

    Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is a San Francisco tradition, dating back two decades. A group of Jewish comedians take over a Chinese restaurant for comedy shows that run all week long.

    The Contemporary Jewish Museum is one of the only local museums open on Christmas Day, thanks to a donation from controversial retailer Target. The deYoung and Academy of Science are closed, but the Japanese Tea Garden welcomes visitors every day of the year. The San Francisco Zoo will also be open, and exhibiting special reindeer guests.

    There's ice skating at several locations downtown, including the Embarcadero, Yerba Buena Center, and Union Square.

    And for a Christmas meal, every upscale tourist hotel has some form of food. The Parc 55 Hotel is offering crab, squab, and prime rub dinners, and the Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis has an extensive buffet. The Fairmont Hotel has a massive gingerbread house -- not for eating, just for looking at. And Christmas will be a busy day for those restaurants brave enough to remain open, such as Poesia and Tangerine in the Castro.

    And of course, should the mood strike you, sex clubs such as Blow Buddies will be open as well.