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SF Weekend Guide: November 27-29th
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SF Weekend Guide: November 27-29th

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Updated: 21 December 2016
Tree lightings, craft fairs and more of the best events and things to do in San Francisco this weekend.


Friday 11/27   

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season at Macy’s 26th Annual tree lighting celebration this Friday in Union Square. Starting at 6pm, the event will begin with a special performance by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and end with the lighting of San Francisco’s most famous Christmas tree! If you want a particularly good viewing spot, head up to the balcony of the Cheesecake Factory on top of the Macy’s building – it won’t be as packed and you can enjoy nice a cocktail while you wait for the tree to be lit.

When: Friday, November 27th. 6 to 11 pm (lighting at 6:40pm)

Where:  Union Square Park, 323 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: FREE

Nutcracker Under the Dome

If the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker is a little out of your price range this holiday season, don’t fret,  Westfield San Francisco is holding its own performance of the Nutcracker free of charge! Inspired by the beauty and magnificence of the SF Ballet, the Westfield Nutcracker will run from November 19 through December 31, every half hour from 5:00 p.m. until closing. Set under the iconic Westfield dome, the performance is a great way to enjoy a favorite holiday tradition without breaking the bank.  

When: Friday, November 27. Half hour showings from 5pm-8:30pm

Where: Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: FREE [register here]

Saturday 11/28

Gingerbread Open House

Standing at 22 feet tall and made from thousands of homemade (completely edible) gingerbread bricks, the Fairmont San Francisco’s world-famous Gingerbread House is most likely the largest, most decadent Gingerbread House you will ever see. Head down to the Fairmont this Saturday to watch the big unveiling and enjoy the holiday music and refreshments provided for the occasion.  

When: Saturday, November 28. 11am-3pm

Where: The Fairmont, 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: FREE [RSVP on Facebook]

2015 Rockridge in the Snow

This Saturday, the district of Rockridge will turn into a full-fledged winter wonderland with a snow patch, pony rides, live entertainment and Santa village set-up. Bundle up, grab a free mulled cider and have yourself a very merry snow day at the special Rockridge in the Snow event. Tickets are free, but donations are very welcome!

When: Saturday, November 28. 3pm-6pm

Where: Rockridge BART, 5660 College Ave, Oakland, CA, USA

Tickets: FREE

‘Treasure Island Flea’ Holiday Show

The monthly open-air flea market returns to Treasure Island this weekend for a festive holiday-themed event showcasing hundreds of local vendors, indie designers, outdoor exhibits, two full bars and gourmet food trucks.

When: Sunday, November 29th. All Day.   

Where:  Treasure Island Flea, 1 Ave of the Palms, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, USA

Tickets: $3


By Julie Phillips