Where to See Some of the City’s Best Holiday Lights

The City is lit up beautifully anytime of year, but even more so during the holidays. The nights come early, the lights come on, and everything just seems to become magical. While there’s something to see on virtually every block in the City, if you want to see some of the best displays, consider these three activities:

2017 Lighted Boat Parade  Friday, December 15, 2017; 6PM to 8PM. Spectators can enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field.

Holiday Nights & Sights City Tour Now through December 24th, and the 26th through the 30th; Tours run three times nightly: 6PM, 7PM, and 8PM. An 80 minute tour, where a Classic Cable Car (on wheels) whisks you through Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, the Financial District, the Embarcadero, and Pier 39.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light Now through New Year’s Day, From dusk to dawn. 37 installations in 17 neighborhoods. Some installations are indoors, some are outdoors, all are free.


24 Places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Guests


We always love the sf.curbed.com features where they present content using an interactive map. It enables you to plan your excursions perfectly. This time, they’ve published a guide to 24 places in San Francisco to Take Your Out-of-Town Relatives.

Last year they published a similar feature with 16 spots highlighted. They’ve now updated and expanded upon that previous list, adding some new attractions along the way. This information could definitely come in handy about the third day of any visit, when your relatives or guests are staring at you and asking, “What’s next?” Even if you don’t have visiting relatives, these spots might be worth taking in by yourself or with a fellow local friend or two.

To see the sf.curbed.com feature, click here.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair Opens this Weekend!

Beginning this Saturday, and running successive weekends (and one Friday) through December 17, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party will be taking place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The immersive event is now in its 35th season.

Here you’ll find over three acres of lamp lit streets, boisterous pubs, theaters, music halls, dance parties, tearooms, and shops offering one-of-a-kind treasures. It’s a dazzling interactive experience, and you’ll have the chance to mingle with more than 800 performers.

To begin to appreciate the attention to detail and the scale of this event, you’ll want to check out this “Cow Palace as Victorian London” map by clicking here.

The Dickens Fair takes place on November 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26, and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17; 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM each day. Organizers say Victorian costumes are encouraged but certainly not required for patrons. They invite you to “feel free to ‘come as you are’ to enjoy your adventure into Dickens’ London.”

To order tickets online, click here.

Get Your Skates On!

Thanksgiving is still a week and a half away, and most tree lighting ceremonies have not yet taken place. Nevertheless, San Francisco’s ice rinks are already open and ready for your visit.

The City’s outdoor rinks have become very much a part of San Francisco’s holiday tradition. We’d just like to remind you there’s also an indoor option (in case it’s raining), and that rink is open every day of the year.

There’s no better time than now to lace up some skates and start carving up the ice.

Grand Lighting of Harvey’s Halo Takes Place Wednesday at 6PM

Harvey’s Halo launches this Wednesday and will be illuminated for seven nights (from dusk to midnight) over two weekends, concluding on November 18th. Schedules may change, but it’s expected to be illuminated on November 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18.

This new installation, produced by Illuminate, the San Francisco arts nonprofit behind The Bay Lights and the illumination of the Conservatory of Flowers for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, features lights from the rainbow directed skyward and shining brightly into the night.

The Grand Lighting takes place at Harvey Milk Plaza, on the corner of Castro and Market Street at 6PM.

New Mural in San Francisco

A new mural has been created on Hemlock Alley. According to the Marina Times, six local artists were asked to interpret the theme, “San Francisco – Its History and Its Diversity.” The result is a 140 foot mural that pays tribute to the culture of the City.

The mural is located on Hemlock, just off Van Ness, between between Polk and Larkin Streets.

These photos give you a sense of some of what you’ll see in the six-panel mural.

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Museum of Ice Cream Now Open Through February 2018

With much fanfare, the Museum of Ice Cream opened this past weekend. It’s the hottest ticket in town since Hamilton. Tickets originally sold out within hours, and the pop-up the museum has since extended its stay through February 2018.

Located in the stately 108 year old landmark building at 1 Grant Avenue, this whimsical and Instagram-friendly museum has already received rave reviews. It’s bigger, and completely different than earlier iterations in L.A. and New York.

What’s all the fuss about? Take a look at this KPIX 5 video and you’ll understand.