5 Not-to-Miss Holiday Events in San Francisco

December 21, 2021

The holiday season is in full swing, which means that now is the time to finalize your holiday plans.  From spectacular ballets to cheer-filled ice skating, San Francisco offers an array of spirited events and activities that your entire family can participate in. Let the festivities begin!

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

Photo Credit: SF Ballet

Set just over two miles from The Harrison, the San Francisco Ballet is world-famous for their performances—especially when it comes to the Nutcracker, of course. With over 150 dancers, live music and a blizzard of snowflakes, the magical holiday show is sure to transport you into a winter wonderland. Children ages three and older are welcome to attend, while those 12 and older must show proof of vaccination. Showings are available through December 30.

Illuminate SF Festival of Lights 

Through January 1, don’t miss the dazzling Illuminate SF Festival of Lights. This highly-anticipated event showcases the talent of 32 artists and 43 light art installations across 17 neighborhoods. Many installations are located in Golden Gate Park, situated less than five miles from The Harrison. 

Joy at the SF Zoo

It’s the most magical time of the year at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Joy at the SF Zoo is a loved local tradition that runs until December 29. Journey down Candy Cane Lane for a ride on the historic carousel or check out the Flying Reindeer Academy to see live reindeer. If you’re craving something sweet, stop by Peppermint Plaza for a toasty beverage. 

Ice Skating 

Skating under the city lights at the Union Square Ice Rink – located only a mile away from The Harrison – is a truly memorable holiday activity for the whole family. Available until January 17, ice rink hours are from 10am to 11pm daily. Tickets must be purchased online, as there are no on-site sales.

Pier 39 HapPIER Holidays Celebration

Gather your friends and family and experience the wonder of the holiday at Pier39 HapPIER Holidays Celebration. Pier 39 features a nightly show synchronized to holiday music, which comes to live every half hour from 5pm to 10pm until January 9. Adorned with thousands of speciality lights and ornaments, this 60-foot tall white fir is transformed into a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and music.

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