Most people looking at San Francisco real estate are more than familiar with the year-round exceptional weather, gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife, but most are surprised to learn how festive this city is around the holidays. To say San Francisco comes alive during the month of December would be an understatement. Magical would be a better term to use to describe the most wonderful time of the year here. Below are just some of the festivities you have to look forward to if you are moving to, or have already relocated to the area.
- A Christmas Carol (November 30th – December 24th) – You will want to book your seats for this Charles Dickens classic in advance, if possible. Many of the shows on certain days are already selling out. A Christmas Carol will be shown at the beautiful American Conservatory Theater.
- Yuletide Cruise (Fridays and Sundays in December) – Hornblower Cruises and Events offer 2-hour holiday cruises with a festive lunch buffet every Friday through December 23rd. There are traditional dishes, eggnog, mistletoe and even visits from Santa. Then, they also offer a Champagne Brunch Cruise on Fridays and Saturdays during the holidays.
- Great Dickens’ Christmas Fair (December 1st – 18th) – The Cow Palace is transformed into Victorian London to where you can’t help but feel as though you are part of a Charles Dickens novel as you stroll through. Enjoy the pubs, dance parties and music halls or shop for handmade holiday treasures in the charming boutiques.
- The Nutcracker (December 9th – 27th) – If you only go to the ballet once in your life, make a point to see the Nutcracker production by the San Francisco Ballet. If the fantastic dancing and music are not enough to intrigue you, perhaps the thought of more than 200 handmade costumes might.
- Boat Parade (December 16th) – The St. Francis Yacht Club and the Fisherman’s Wharf Community combine to host a massive boat parade. More than 60 decorated boats start at Pier 39 around 6 pm, and head to Pier 39, passing through Marina Green.
- Ice Skating (Through January 8th) – The holidays just are not complete without lacing up a pair of skates and breathing in some fresh air at one of the ice-skating rinks created throughout this city. The two most popular being one at the San Francisco Zoo and another at Embarcadero Center.
- Gingerbread House (Through January 1st) – The Fairmont San Francisco has constructed a colossal gingerbread house. It stands 22 feet tall and includes thousands of gingerbread bricks and about 2,000 pounds of candy and icing. Make a point to go snap a few photos of this amazing display!
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (December 21st – 31st) – The Golden Gate Theater will host this production, which will transport you to the whimsical and very realistic world of Whoville. Take back your Christmas!
- San Francisco’s Gay Men’s Chorus (December 24th) – Join this chorus at the Castro Theatre and sing along to all your favorite holiday songs. There will also be comic routines; this production is known to attract a few celebrity appearances.
- Holidays on Fourth Street (November 24th – December 23rd) – On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you can participate in free activities here, such as singing carols, decorating with pine cones or making glass ornaments.
- Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market (December 15th -16th) – The Concourse Exhibition Center hosts this two-day show that welcomes over 250 indie-craft artisans. You can shop for gifts, enjoy craft workshops or take advantage of the free photo book.
- View the Lights – One of the greatest ways to enjoy the city, as well as commercial San Francisco real estate is to view the holiday lights. Cable Car Classic Sightseeing offers 2-hour holiday tours to see all the best lights and sights. You even get a complementary Santa hat.
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