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)
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
Tickets: FREE [register here]
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
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
‘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.
By Julie Phillips