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The California Academy of Sciences  invites you to visit live reindeer and then take a step inside the Academy's Snowman Theater for a viewing of Lights of the North. Settle inside to enjoy a variety of holiday-themed programs, including live musical performances and quiz shows.

When: November 23 through January 8
Where: 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Phone: 415-379-8000
Admission: Free with Academy admission



Tree lighting in Union Square - gorgeous! (photo via

Lace up your skates and join the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square! All levels are welcome (and you don't need to be able to skate at all to enjoy their hot chocolate!).

When: November 2 through January 16, 2017
Where: Union Square, 333 Post Street, San Francisco
Tickets: $12/adults; $7/kids 8 and under. Skate rental: $6
Phone: 415-781-2688



On the left are the SF Zoo's resident reindeer herd - on the right, a visiting herd greets them!

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The reindeer are back at the San Francisco Zoo and they are ready to share the holiday season with us! Meet Belle, Holly, Peppermint and Velvet, four North American caribou and hear from their handlers about the real reindeer stories behind the myths and lore!

When: Now through January 1st daily 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway, San Francisco
Phone: 415-753-7080
Tickets: Purchase tickets online!



Riding the train at Santa's Workshop! (photo via

487 acres of trees to choose from at Santa's Tree Farm and Village! On weekends the farm offers $3 train rides, carolers, handmade goodies in the Elves' Workshop, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can register for all activities prior to your visit on their website.

Good to Know:

- It's kitschy
- The bathrooms are port-o-potties
- Many of the activities cost extra
- Most people go to Santa's for the experience – you don't need to be tree-shopping to enjoy it!

When: November 22nd through Christmas Eve
Hours: Weekdays, 9 AM –5 PM; Saturdays & Sundays, 8 AM- 5 PM
Where: 78 Pilarcitos Creek Rd. (Hwy 92), Half Moon Bay
Phone: 650-726-2246


Have a wonderful holiday season!

~ Sarah