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San Francisco is a magical place during the holidays. With glowing buildings, lighted trees, and wonderous displays of art, theres something for everyone to enjoy.

Ice Skating in Union Square

Date: Nov 2 – Jan 16

Location: Union Square

Everyone gets to enjoy the rink this year at Union Square. Prices in 2022 are $20 for adults and $15 for children 8 and under for a 60 minute session, with skate rental included. 

Frozen on Broadway

Date: Nov 18 – Dec 30

Location: Orpheum Theater on Market Street

That’s right, Frozen on Broadway. The touring cast of Broadway’s Frozen is local for the holidays. Live action musicals require children to be at least 5 years old. 

Grace Cathedral Sound Bath

Date: Nov 21

Location: Grace Cathedral

Clear your chakras at Grace Cathedral with a sound bath. Surrender yourself with a one-of-a-kind whole-body experience: A Sound Bath in the ambiance of a magnificent sacred space. (More Info)

Holidays at Pier 39

Date: Nov 22 – Jan 8

Location: Pier 39

Head to Pier 39 for a nightly Tree Lighting Musical Moments where the Christmas tree will come to life every half hour from 5pm – 10pm. Synchronized to Holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments.  These dazzling Tree Lighting Musical Moments will take center stage all season long. (More Info)

Turkey Trot

Date: Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24)

Location: Throughout Bay Area

Earn your Thanksgiving meal with a Turkey Trot. While the trot through the Golden Gate Park is fully “stuffed” there are many available. (More Info)

Union Square Tree Lighting

Date: Nov 25

Location: Union Square

Union Square is the heart of holiday cheer. Start the season right with Macy’s Great Tree Lighting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Check out the tree before the lighting NOW!

Tea Time

Date: Nov 26 – Dec 23 (Click link for details)

Location: Various locations

The tradition of tea time is a staple in many San Francisco families. Hotels offering tea time include:

Holiday Tea at the Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis This hotel offers a “Dollie + Me” tea in conjunction with kit + sis on December 17 & 18 from 12pm-2pm for children 5 and up who bring along their favorite doll.

Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Around the corner from the hotel’s grand 2-story gingerbread house is the hotel’s restaurant, Laurel Court. Holiday tea is offered Thursday through Sunday after Thanksgiving and daily in the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz Carlton Bring a toy or wrapped gift to donate to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Some proceeds from tea time will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network and Make a Wish Foundation.

Magical Tea at Top of the Mark in the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel $5 discount with donation of a new unwrapped toy. This event features special fun-filled activities including Cookie Decorating with the Pastry Chef, balloon art with Raul The Master Balloonatic, and Face Painting with Fire Pixie.

A Christmas Carol

Date: Nov 30 – Dec 24

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a rendition of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Tale. Discounted tickets for children 17 and under are available here for affordable family fun! (More Info)

Let Glow SF

Date: Dec 2 – Dec 11

Location: Financial District

America’s largest holiday projection mapping festival returns to downtown San Francisco this December, celebrating the season with 10 nights of light, animation, and music crafted by artists from the Bay Area and across the globe. (More Info)

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

Date: Dec 8 – Dec 27

Location: 455 Franklin St, SF

Enjoy the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. A local tradition since 1944. 

Union Square Menorah Lighting

Date: Dec 18 – Dec 25

Location: Union Square

Celebrate  Chanukah in Union Square with the Menorah Lighting. Join the community on Dec 18th for Bill Graham Menorah Day for a day full of fun. (Schedule Here)


Date: Dec 18 – Dec 25

Location: Starts in Union Square

Spread good cheer at SantaCon in San Francisco this year. Dress up as Santa or enjoy the thousands of other people dressed as Santa. This year there will be a Toy Drive for the SFFD.

This is a free event, just follow the walking routes and sing along with everyone else. Must be 21+ to participate. (More Info)

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