Here are eight of the can't-miss holiday events coming to San Francisco in 2018.

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November 15, 2019

8 Must-Sees in San Francisco This Holiday Season

The holiday season in San Francisco is just another of our best-kept secrets. It's the perfect time for you to visit! Hotels and airfare are more affordable than other times of the year, and there's no shortage of things to do. Here are just eight of the can't-miss holiday events coming to San Francisco in 2019.

See A Tree

San Francisco loves the holidays so much that it can’t limit itself to a single giant Christmas tree. There are actually dozens, including Macy’s soaring tree in Union Square, an officially nondenominational tree at City Hall, and another majestic tree at PIER 39. Lightings, concerts, and other events will be scheduled soon. Don't forget that you can strap on your skates beneath the Union Square tree. An ice rink is always constructed for the season.

Visit PIER 39

One of San Francisco's most popular visitor destinations, has shops, restaurants, an aquarium, and more. Stay tuned for future announcements about other special, seasonal events.


Marvel at Museums

San Francisco's world-famous cultural institutions don't slow down during the holidays. This season, you can see an outer space exhibition and the photography of Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), a thrilling film at The Legion of Honor, and a 70-foot-long video animation at the deYoung Museum. Celebrate the world of animation's most recognizable character, Mickey Mouse, at The Walt Disney Family Museum in Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, where you can see how Mickey Mouse has influences art and entertainment over the past nine decades.


See What's on Stage

San Francisco's major theaters will have plenty of top-notch productions to see this holiday season. The Curran welcomes the national tour of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, beginning Oct. 23, 2019 through May 17, 2020. BroadwaySF will have both its houses full with Champions of Magic at the Golden Gate Theater (Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2019) and Hamilton at the Orpheum (through Jan. 5, 2020). And we couldn't forget A.C.T.'s annual staging of their beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Nov. 29 - Dec. 24, 2019.

Enjoy the Dance

The contemporary ODC Dance Company presents its own holiday tradition, The Velveteen Rabbit, Nov. 29 - Dec. 8 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The 33rd annual production celebrates the special bond between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit in this interpretation of the beloved children's tale.

Get Illuminated

Light art will brighten block after block of San Francisco from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day for the Illuminate SF Festival of Light. The annual display includes more than 30 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations that are accessible by public transit and admission-free. Many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods will also light up shopping districts, streets and galleries, and host participatory holiday activities.

Explore San Francisco with Big Bus

Tight on time? The best way to see the city is aboard Big Bus. Their hop-on, hop-off routes take you to all the major sights and attractions. During the holiday season, take their special Holiday Lights tour. You'll see San Francisco's festive holiday trees, trimmings, and twinkling lights. Enjoy jovial jingles along with a complimentary seasonal treat from Ghirardelli Chocolate.


Ring in the New Year

If you're looking for something even more sparkly, consider staying in San Francisco for New Year's Eve. Fireworks at midnight over the bay are a sight you won't soon forget. Restaurants, bars, and hotels around the city will be planning special events to say good-bye to 2019. Keep checking our website for more details.

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