While you may be right in thinking that San Francisco is a summer holiday destination, don’t underestimate the magic that Christmas can bring to this amazing city. San Francisco can be just as festive and colourful as anywhere else, and to prove it we have put together the top five things do and see in San Fran this December.
Ice Skating at Embarcadero Center
Get you skates on and head over to the Embarcadero Center which is the biggest outdoor rink in San Francisco. With views of the Ferry building and the waterfront, it is set in a wide open plaza ,making it very popular with keen skaters and tourists. It is open from the 7th of November through to the 6th of January and if it becomes too cold, head indoors where u can shop and dine.
‘Twas the Night at the Davies Symphony Hall
For a cosy, musical night full of all your favourite carols and songs ‘Twas the Night is a concert for all the family to enjoy. Taking place on the 22nd of December, the concert will be performed by members of the Symphony brass section and singers from the SFS Chorus. This will be a memorable night for the whole family.
Ballet San Jose presents The Nutcracker
The holiday classic gets a makeover from Ballet San Jose’s own Karen Gabay with sets from the American Ballet Theatre and music by Tchaikovsky performed by Symphony Silicon Valley. Families are encouraged to arrive early so they can pose for free photos with dancers in costumes. Whist in downtown San Jose keep a look out for the ‘Christmas in the Park’ display, amusement rides at Winter Wonderland and Outdoor Ice Rink under the Palms.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Take a step back in time in Victorian London with the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Geneva Avenue is transformed into 120,000 plus square feet of theatrical music halls, pubs, parties and shops with handmade seasonal treasures. The lamp lit streets bring to life characters from the pages of the like of Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll.
Walt Disney Family Museum
Animating the holidays is Walt Disney Family Museum with special screenings of Disney Classics like “Christmas with Walt” on until the 31st of December. There is also a special exhibition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic celebrating 75 years after the first feature length animated film. So if you want to bring some animation into your Christmas then Walt Disney Family Museum is the place to visit.
Whilst you’re on your travels through San Francisco, download the San Francisco for Less travel app, it’s free and gives you a handy street map to help guide you on your break, as well as tons of discounts.