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SPCA Puppies & Kittens in Macy's Windows
December 5, 2014

Holiday Must Hits in Union Square SF

We all know Union Square is holiday central in San Francisco! Check out our must hit list of holiday festivities! Check each one off your list for the best holiday season ever! 

Winter Walk SF Now - Jan. 1

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to hit up Winter Walk SF – a two block pop-up plaza we’ve set up on Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis. Not only do we have Off the Grid Food trucks there every other day, but we’ve got a whimsical and charming light art projection every evening on Macy’s Men’s building featuring Jack Frost’s adventures in San Francisco! We also have weekly performances from groups like the Dickens Fair Carolers, a special concierge desk to help you enjoy your day here in Union Square and other surprises. Check out all the details here.

Macy's Holiday Tree Now - Jan. 1

Stop by Union Square Park for the most quintessential holiday photo opp in SF! Take in the beautiful Macy's 83 foot tall holiday tree, decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments! We won't blame you for snapping a selfie or two! 

Elf at SHN Dec. 12-28

You remember the charming tale of Buddy (played by Will Farrell on the big screen), who was raised by Santa and the Elves, only to find out due to his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities that he is actually a human man. Follow his adventures as he finds his birth father in New York in a live musical that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!  

The Sugar Tree at the Westin St. Francis & the St. Francis Sweet Shoppe Now - Jan. 3

The Westin St. Francis is upping their game this holiday season with a 12 foot tall Sugar Tree with over 1,000 pieces of candy hand pulled and blown from sugar. This gorgeous work of pastry art features intricately crafted snowmen, sugar ribbons, candy canes and elves.

To further satisfy your holiday sweet tooth, the Westin opened a St. Francis Sweet Shoppe for the holidays with freshly baked and artfully decorated cookies, brownies and gingerbread as well as a special cupcake of the day and dessert of the weekend. Open weekends through Dec. 21, 11 am - 4:30 pm. 

A Christmas Carol at A.C.T. Dec. 5-28

This holiday classic has features a beautifully costumed cast of holiday characters, fun musical numbers and deliciously spooky ghosts! It’s the perfect family outing this holiday season, so be sure to grab your tickets now before they sell out!

Promises Promises at SF Playhouse Now – Jan. 10 

Known for their non-traditional, yet fitting holiday shows, SF Playhouse has chosen a show infused with the swinging energy of 1968 Manhattan this year. Promises, Promises is the musical tale of a lovelorn young executive and a romantically troubled waitress, as their affair intertwines with corporate shenanigans.

Holiday Ice Rink Now – Jan.

What could be better than ice skating in the center of it all here in Union Square SF? The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink is a beloved tradition here and the perfect way to round out a day of shopping or holiday adventures with friends. Don’t forget to hit up some of their fabulous events like Drag Queens on Ice on Dec. 11 and the Polar Bear Skate on Jan. 1.

Macy’s Holiday Windows Now – Jan. 4

Get in on this cute overload with the SPCA puppies and kittens as they enjoy a day in the Macy’s windows. These adoptable animals will be on display and helping to raise money for the SPCA’s vital programs throughout the holiday season!

Tea under the Tree Now – Dec. 23

There’s just something so festive about a formal tea with family and friends during the holidays! Luckily we have some grand settings that offer this special seasonal activity every year! Stop by the Sir Francis Drake hotel for Tea Under The Tree, complete with a roaring fire and a 27-foot Christmas tree! In partnership with Salvation Army’s Giving Tree program, Scala's Bistro has prepared a special menu of holiday teas, breads and pastries for guests to enjoy to their hearts' content.

Bill Graham Menorah Dec. 16-24

Rabbi Yosef Langer and Chabad of SF will continue the beautiful ceremony of lighting the menorah and celebrating Chanukah in Union Square! This year, expect a cast of festive musical guests and prominent members of the Jewish community during each lighting ceremony.