A Christmas Carol– This classic Charles Dickens holiday story is brought to life at the American Conservatory Theater from December 6th through the 28th.
Ice skating– Head over to Union Square or the Embarcadero, strap on your ice skates and twirl (or bumble) the night away on one of San Francisco’s scenically placed ice rinks.
Christmas Ballets– Marvel at the art of dance at one of the city’s several Christmas ballets. The Smuin dance company brings forth an innovative mix of modern and traditional style dance, or catch one of the several performances of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker.
Holiday Lights Tour– Hop on board the City Sightseeing Holiday Lights Tour to be taken around on a guided tour of the best spots in the city to view the holiday lights. Tours begin at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 nightly and include hot chocolate, goodies bags for the kids, and carol singing to get you in the holiday spirit.
Downtown Snowfall at Hyatt Regency– Weekends at 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:30 PM and weekdays at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM be regaled by the dramatic snow fall light show over a 30-foot tree and oversized holiday characters in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency
Dickens Fair– Every weekend this season the Cow Palace comes alive as a bustling Victorian Christmas fair. Gorgeous costumes, traditional foods, song, dance, theatrics, and merriment in the streets of 1840-1860s London is a guaranteed good time.
Holiday Lights and Fanfare– Free outdoor brass concerts alternately held at the Davies Symphony Hall and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music Brass Quintet will be bringing the holiday cheer by playing all the Christmas favorites.
Visit Santa in the Westfield Mall– Bring the little ones to meet their favorite jolly man in red at the Westfield Mall, but only if they’ve made Santa’s “nice” list!
California Academy of Science ‘Tis the Season– This world class science museum in Golden Gate Park boasts, an aquarium, a rainforest, a living rooftop, a planetarium all year round. ‘Tis the Season brings Christmas to the Academy with falling snow and reindeer for you to enjoy.
Hotel Lobby Houses– A couple of San Francisco’s historic hotels are famous for the ornate Christmas houses they have to view in their lobbies. Visit the life size gingerbread house in the Fairmont Hotel and castle made entirely of sugar in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis.