At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    

Seven Festive Events to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Andrea Powell | November 25, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

2014 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
What: The official lighting of San Francisco’s biggest Christmas tree; a 83-foot behemoth strung with more than 33,000 lights and decorated with 1,100 shining ornaments.
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
When: Friday, November 28, 6:40pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Performances will include Quintavious Johnson of America’s Got Talent, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Beach Blanket Babylon, and even “Tap Dancing Christmas Trees”

Napa Christmas Parade
What: This family-friendly event celebrates Napa’s 52nd annual Christmas parade, with lit-up floats and a visit from Santa Claus.
Where: First and Second Streets, Napa
When: Saturday November 29, 5pm
Cost: FREE
Why: For that Christmas village feel, Napa may have the best set-up around.

Snowvember at the Treasure Island Flea
What: For the last flea market of the year, 20 tons of snow will be imported to Treasure Island for a only-in-San-Francisco snowstorm.
Where: The Great Lawn, Treasure Island
When: Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30, 10am-4pm
Cost: $3
Why: The perfect chance to shop for holiday gifts while getting in a mini snow-vacation.

Parol-Making Workshop
What: Learn to make a parol, a beautiful Filipino lantern, at this workshop hosted by the Bayanihan Community Center. Then march with your parol at the Parol Lantern Festival & Parade on December 13.
Where: The Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco
When: Friday, December 5, 5:30-8pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Not only will your handmade parol light up the night sky, it also makes a nice gift for mom.

Santa Skivvies Run
What: Billed as a “festive romp,” the Santa Skivvies run invites participants to strip down to their underwear and run through city streets, all a benefit for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Where: The run starts in UN Plaza and continues to Noe and Market Streets, ending in front of Lookout.
When: Saturday December 6, 9am
Cost: $50 (but remember, it’s for charity!)
Why: Upon reaching the finish line, runners will be greeted with cups of “Hard Hot Chocolate” and other rewards. Sounds like a good deal to us.

Christmas Caroling
What: As part of this year’s “Holidays on Fourth Street” celebrations, the SF City Chorus hosts a festive sing-along.
Where: Fourth and Delaware Streets, Berkeley
When: Saturday, December 6, 1pm
Cost: FREE
Why: Just like a Christmas movie!

Lighted Boat Parade
What: A sort of parade-on-the-water, the 29th Annual Lighted Boat Parade in Santa Cruz Harbor includes numerous local vendors on land, with the spectacle taking place at sea.
Where: Santa Cruz Harbor
When: Saturday, December 6, 5:30pm
Cost: FREE
Why: What’s nicer than a holiday dinner on the water? A holiday dinner on the water with a parade.

Have feedback? Email us at letterssf@sanfranmag.com
Email Andrea Powell at apowell@modernluxury.com
Follow us on Twitter @sanfranmag
Follow Andrea Powell on Twitter @AndreaPowellSF



Tags:

Photography by: