Christmas Decorations, San Francisco Events
November 7, 2017
| By
Cindy L. Smith

6 Popular Holiday Events in San Francisco

Guests at our San Francisco Hotel can get into the holiday spirit with these Events in San Francisco.

Guests at our San Francisco Hotel will find that there are many holiday Events in San Francisco that take place near Hotel Union Square. With Events to suit every taste, visitors all ages will find that attending some of these Events in San Francisco can help you get into the holiday spirit! 

Ballet dancers
The Nutcracker is a popular holiday event in San Francisco. 

The Nutcracker
December 13 through December 30, 2017

War Memorial Opera House
Watch the Sugar Plum Fairy and the cast of other beloved characters dance across the stage in this popular holiday ballet. The San Francisco Ballet has offered The Nutcracker each holiday season since 1944. When you’re looking for family-friendly holiday Events in San Francisco, this one should be at the top of your list! 

Great Dickens Christmas Fair
November 18 through December 17, 2017 (weekends only)
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls
Did you ever wonder what life was like in Victorian London? If so, then you don’t want to miss this Event in San Francisco. Stroll the gas lamp lined streets, enjoy chatting with costumed characters, listen to carolers, and shop for a variety of goods including period costumes. You can even get your hair done in styles that were popular during Victorian times.

The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes
November 30 through December 7, 2017 (select dates)
Victoria Theatre
Even if you weren’t a big fan of the TV show, you don’t want to miss the chance to see 4 drag queens play the parts of Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose. They take some artistic license with the original scripts, but if you attend this annual Event in San Francisco, it is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay at Hotel Union Square.

With Events to suit every taste, visitors all ages will find that attending some of these Events in San Francisco can help you get into the holiday spirit!

A Christmas Carol
December 1 through December 24, 2017
American Conservatory Theater
A Christmas Carol is one of those iconic holiday stories that can be enjoyed over and over again. The show itself is delightful, and the beautiful American Conservatory Theater, which is more than 100 years old, is definitely worth visiting.

San Francisco Symphony Holiday Concerts
Select dates through December
Davies Symphony Hall
Enjoy special holiday concerts by the renowned San Francisco Symphony. This year’s concerts include Christmas Spectacular featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone (film and concert with live orchestra), Holiday Brass, and many others. Check the Symphony’s website for their full holiday concerts schedule.

Decorated Boat Parade
December 15, 2017
Fisherman’s Wharf
This Event in San Francisco is the oldest lighted boat parade in the area. With more than 60 boats expected to participate, it’s also the largest. The Decorated Boat Parade is presented by St. Francis Yacht Club and the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District. Bring the kids and enjoy this fun and festive way to get in the holiday spirit.


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