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Visit the ice skating rink at Justin Herman Plaza, overlooking the Ferry Building.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SF HOLIDAY TRADITIONS?
A: Smuin Christmas Ballet. The ballet performances happen in two parts. The first act features classical Christmas music and formal ballet dance performances by the company, and the second act features contemporary Christmas. Fun Christmas musical numbers offer rock classics and lighthearted music.
Q: WHERE DO YOU SEND GUESTS FOR A TRULY SF HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE?
A: Visit the enormous gingerbread house at the historic Fairmont hotel, located on Nob Hill. You can walk through the house, gazing in the windows at the rooms within. With advanced reservations, up to 10 guests can dine inside the gingerbread house! It runs from Nov. 30-Jan. 1, 2020.
Q: WHERE CAN VISITORS GO FOR FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES? A: Visit the ice-skating rink at Justin Herman Plaza, overlooking the Ferry Building, or the ice-skating rink at Union Square. I also recommend guests attend the Christmas tree lighting at Union Square and Pier 39 and Hanukkah Menorah lighting at Union Square. For a real San Francisco experience, don’t miss Drag Queens on Ice, located at Union Square, on Dec. 5.
Q: WHAT IS A PERFECT GIFT TO TAKE HOME FROM SAN FRANCISCO?
A: A keepsake from San Francisco to take home would be a cable car ornament for your Christmas tree from the Cable Car Museum. The museum store also offers books, clothing and collectibles. Admission to the museum is free, offering visitors the rich history of the cable cars.