Visiting San Francisco this season? With festivities in full swing, there's plenty of activities to enjoy with loved ones. Discover our travel guide for a round-up of the most exciting events happening across town to make your holiday a memorable one.
HOLIDAY ICE RINK
From families to friends, and couples to colleagues, everyone can enjoy ice skating in San Francisco’s iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights and sounds of the season. Whether you're a novice or a natural - lace up your skates and get gliding!
DATES & TIMES November 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020
LOCATION Union Square
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Dickens’s timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. Now in its 43rd year, A Christmas Carol has become a holiday tradition for families around the Bay Area.
DATES & TIMES November 29 to December 24, 2019
LOCATION A.C.T.'s Geary Theatre
On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of 'The Nutcracker'. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition. This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical.
DATES & TIMES 11AM to 7PM | December 11 to 29, 2019
LOCATION War Memorial Opera House
ILLUMINATE SAN FRANCISCO
Experience The Festival of Light, San Francisco's extraordinary light art scene that takes place from Thanksgiving through to New Year's Day. Featuring 40 installations by 30 artists across over 15 neighbourhoods, the festival introduces sculptures that glow with dynamic energy - making for a great photo opportunity once spotted!
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LOCATION Various points across the city
GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR
Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage.
DATES & TIMES November 23 to December 22, 2019
LOCATION Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Don't forget to complete your trip with a visit to DFS for some last minute gifting ideas! Discover a curation of luxury gifts and travel-friendly items across fashion, beauty, jewelry & more.