Snow in San Fran­cisco — in­doors

Ev­ery day looks like a white Christ­mas in the lobby of the Hy­att Re­gency

The Dallas Morning News - - TRAVEL - By BEV­ERLY MANN Spe­cial Con­trib­u­tor

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Who says it never snows in the City by the Bay? Hum­bug. It snows ev­ery day through­out the Christ­mas hol­i­days — just not out­side.

In the Hy­att Re­gency San Fran­cisco’s atrium lobby, snow will fall three times a day — at 1, 6 and 8 p.m. — un­til New Year’s Eve.

Take the tykes to meet Santa. They can sit in the lap of lux­ury near a 30-foot Christ­mas tree, be­neath thou­sands of cas­cad­ing lights drap­ing the atrium.

My grand­sons, 2 and 5, had break­fast with Mr. Claus at the minia­ture buf­fet. They feasted on fluffy scram­bled eggs, Mrs. Claus’ cinnamon French toast sticks, choco­late chip and ginger­bread pan­cakes, Krispy Kringle ba­con, roly-poly sausage, fresh fruits and berries, and fin­ished with Christ­mas cook­ies and choco­late milk.

Af­ter­ward, the boys tried catch­ing the snowflakes gen­tly sprin­kling down. Santa pa­tiently lis­tened to the 5-yearold, who brought his gift cat­a­log with all his re­quests cir­cled.

Santa is avail­able Dec. 17-18 dur­ing the ho­tel’s break­fast buf­fet, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $23.95 per per­son, $10.75 for chil­dren 4 to 12. Chil­dren un­der 4 are free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult (one child per pay­ing adult).

The ho­tel is in the Em­bar­cadero area, near the Ferry Build­ing. The Ferry Plaza Farm­ers Mar­ket, a fab­u­lous show­case of lo­cal and re­gional foods, is open on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day out­side the Ferry Build­ing.

Through Jan. 8, nearby Em­bar­cadero Cen­ter is the site of an out­door ice skat­ing rink.

Con­tact:

Hy­att Re­gency San Fran­cisco, 5 Em­bar­cadero Cen­ter, San Fran­cisco; 415-788-1234.

Pho­tos by Andy Free­man

The lobby of the Hy­att Re­gency San Fran­cisco is fes­tooned in fin­ery for the hol­i­days.

Cas­cad­ing lights drape the atrium of the ho­tel, and snow falls three times a day through­out the sea­son.

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