Holiday Events 2019-2020 


Macy's 30th Annual 2019 Union Square Tree Lighting

November 29, 2019 - 6pm to 9pm | Tree is Typically Up Until January 2, 2020
Union Square Christmas Tree the Night of the Lighting
Union Square Christmas Tree during the Day
Watching the Christmas Tree Lighing in front of Macy's

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ICE SKATING in UNION SQUARE

OPEN Wednesday, November 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30pm

OPEN DAILY
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

90 MINUTE SESSIONS - sessions start on even hours

ADMISSION
General Admission - including skate rental $18
Children (Eight and Under) - including skate rental $13
Locker Rental - $3
Skate Helper $6

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Union Square Ice Skating Rink
Union Square Ice Skaters
Union Square Ice Skating Rink from up above at night

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SF SPCA & Macy's 33rd Annual Holiday Windows

November 22, 2019 to January 1, 2020

Macy's | Union Square | Macy's Windows Stockton Street

The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the joy that animals bring to our lives every day. This year, San Francisco SPCA and San Francisco Animal Care & Control are partnering to bring the magic to the Macy’s Holiday Windows.

The Windows will remain open every day throughout the holiday season from 10am to 7pm, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The kittens, puppies, chinchillas, rabbits, and guinea pigs in the windows are all available for adoption from Macy’s. All animals adopted at Macy’s will be available to take home that day from 5pm to 7pm or from SF SPCA or ACC the following day.

Join the SF SPCA on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets beginning November 22, 2019 as they begin the holiday season with the unveiling of lovable animals.

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Window Unveiling
Precious Kitties
Sleepy Pup at Macy's Holiday Window Unveiling with SF SPCA

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SantaLand at Macy's San Franciso

Photos with Santa at Macy's Union Square

Macy's Santaland at Union Square

November 29 to December 24, 2019 | Santa's Schedule
Macy's | 7th Floor

Starting November 29th, come meet Old Saint Nick and tell him everything that's on your wish list. He's only here until the 24th, so see him before he leaves on his big journey!

Have your picture taken together and make a memory that will last a lifetime! Photo packages start at $20.99. Show your Union Square Ice Skating wristband for $1.00 off your photo package!

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Selfie-Santa is at Westfield San Francisco City Centre!

December 7th, 14th & 21st | 4pm to 8pm | Santa's Selfie Times
Westfield San Francisco Center

Santa is here! Explore the center and get your selfie with Santa. Be nice to Santa and he might give you a treat...

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St. Francis Holiday Tea

Saturday & Sundays Only, November 30 to December 22, 2019 | 12pm to 4pm

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Begin this elegant tea experience with a choice of fine artisan teas from Mighty Leaf or Red Blossom Tea Company, followed by a selection of English tea sandwiches, freshly baked black currant scones and seasonal berries with Devonshire-blend cream, preserves and assorted petit fours. Guests may also choose the Royal Tea that includes the complete tea service with a glass of Gloria Ferrer Brut sparkling wine.

$68 Adults Complete Tea; $75 with Red Blossom Tea; $80 Adults Royal Tea; $85 with Red Blossom Tea; $40 for children 12 and under for regular tea.

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Reservations are required. Please be sure to book early. For reservations, call (415) 774-0264.

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St. Francis Sugar Castle

November 27, 2019 to January 2, 2020

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Executive Pastry Chef Jean-François Houdré will unveil two of his signature castles including a 12-foot rotating holiday sugar castle in the Landmark Lobby of The Westin St. Francis on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:00 am. The Westlake School for the Performing Arts choir will be performing just after at 11:30 am. This event is open to the public. Hot chocolate and tray passed holiday cookies will be available.

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Most Fabulous Drag Queens on Ice | 10th Annual

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8pm to 10pm

UNION SQUARE PARK | ICE RINK

The Union Square Ice Rink is never more fabulous than during one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season — Drag Queens on Ice. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the tenth consecutive year.

To celebrate, this year’s event will feature new acts, audience surprises, and of course, San Francisco’s fiercest drag queens. Skate with or just watch some of San Francisco’s most notable Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the tenth consecutive year.

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the application.

Tickets to skate alongside the queens and have the best seat in the house for the performances are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets are on sale now.

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Cuddle Experience at Macy's Holiday Lane, 7th Floor

December 5, 2019 | 12pm to 2pm

Come cuddle with the sweetest adoptable animals from SF SPCA and SF ACC. $10 for 10 minutes.

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SantaCon is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Meet up at Union Square at Noon.
Union Square Park

Hundreds to thousands of Santas will take over as the annual commotion that fills the streets and dive bars with booze laden Santas traversing Union Square and the rest of The City!

Buckle up your Santa Belt as by early evening as it becomes a drunken mess as Santas spread out through The City!

This is a gathering of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, Reindeer, and yes even Grinches! Christmas Carols, a Best Dressed Contest and more will be held.


Please bring a new, unwrapped toy that can be donated to the Toys for Tots program.

For those of you joining us at Union Square in beautiful downtown San Francisco (our 25th Anniversary), we will never ask for an entry fee, there are no tickets available because we don’t have any! The only thing we ask for is a new, unwrapped toy for the San Francisco Fire Department and their toy drive efforts for disadvantaged children and families. We don’t care about how expensive that toy is. If you have the money and you want to do good, buy a bunch of toys. If you don’t have that much, don’t worry! Bring what you can!

All of you remember to take care of each other while you’re having the time of your life. And most importantly, be good around kids. They still believe in the magic of Christmas and a bad Santa from SantaCon shouldn’t ruin that magic. Have fun and Merry Christmas!


This SantaCon event is FREE to attend. For ages: 21+

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San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

75th Anniversary Celebration

December 11 to December 29, 2020

This holiday season, be entertained as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it's only at SF Ballet.

On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.

FRIENDS & FAMILY PRICING - Save 20% single ticket prices when you purchase 4-10 tickets. Check Ticket Purchase link below for dates available.

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Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 5pm to 7pm

MACY'S | UNION SQUARE
Holiday Lane | Macy's, Level 7

The San Francisco SPCA and Macy's are teaming up to bring you Santa Paws, a special holiday event where you and your beloved pooch can get a close-up with Mr Claus. We'll be serving up treats for both dogs and humans and lots of fun holiday cheer. You'll also receive festive giveaways from generous partners at Purina.

Tickets are $45.00 and include admission for two people, two dogs and a printed photo with Santa. Click Here to RSVP today! All proceeds support the SF SPCA and SF ACC ensuring that our shelter animals can stay warm, cozy and healthy during the holidays. Please help ensure the safety of animals by keeping them clear of escalators.

nd be sure to check out Charles Suwannaporn's collection, a designer in residence at the Fashion Incubator SF. The Limited Edition Collaboration will be available to shop during the event and 10% of your purchase will support the SF SPCA. Visit https://cottonthefirst.com/collections/sfspca-ctf-holidays-limited-edition.

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Chanukah Festival of Lights | Menorah Lighting Schedule

Note: This years dates & events haven't been released yet.
Sunday, December 22, 2019 to December 29, 2019

Union Square Menorah Lighting Schedule and entertainment and celebration.

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Happy New Year Toast

WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Some Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve - Waterfont Cruises in line to see the New Year's Eve Fireworks on the San Francisco Bay in front of the Embarcadero, A 360-degree View above the City at the Cityscape Lounge in the Hilton Hotel, Front Row Seating to the Fireworks at the Waterbar and Sens...

Passport New Year's Celebration at the Westin St. Francis, attend an International Ball at the Palace Hotel, Dance the night away at The Saratoga, many, many choices festivities to bring in the New Year 2019. These are just some.

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Polar Bear Skate | 7th Annual

Monday, January 1, 2020| 2:00pm to 3:30pm

UNION SQUARE PARK | ICE RINK

You don't want to miss the 7th Annual Polar Bear Skate, a San Francisco spin on an old tradition this New Year's Day 2020.

With California-style in mind, ice skaters are encouraged to come in their favorite bathing suit and beach apparel!

Get your shades, bathing suit and best polar bear attire and come to the ice rink to take the plunge! #polarbearskate

All skaters are invited to ring in the New Year in their chicest, wildest, and most inventive beach attire in hopes of walking away with prizes, awarded on theme, originality and overall appearance.

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