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November 4, 2016
The Dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre

6 Must-Sees in San Francisco This Holiday Season

The Six Must-Sees in San Francisco this Holiday Season is an annual article and will be back next year! Check out other local events and festivals for current events.

San Francisco loves the holidays so much that it can’t limit itself to a single giant Christmas tree. There are actually dozens: Macy’s soaring 80-foot-plus tree in Union Square, an officially nondenominational tree at City Hall, and another majestic tree at PIER 39. But once you’ve wished for peace on Earth and goodwill to all, there’s still plenty to do besides sip an eggnog latte at the nearest third-wave coffee shop. Between major art shows, musical events and big performances, winter is brimming with culture.

Westfield San Francisco Centre

From Dec. 1-31, 2016 Westfield San Francisco Centre’s iconic dome will come to life each night with a holiday bazaar under the grand dome. Partnering with local retail and food vendors, Westfield is creating a marketplace, performance space and lounge for shoppers to enjoy shows and entertainment, savor some special holiday treats and buy holiday gifts. "The Place to Holiday," Westfield will host performances by the San Francisco Ballet and ensembles from SHN's "White Christmas" and A.C.T.'s "A Christmas Carol" under their new inverted crystal tree. 

Name Droppers
Bruce Conner, the Brothers Le Nain and Frank Stella are just a few of the boldface names being featured in local museums this winter. We think you'd like to get to know them better. Bruce Conner was an active force in the counterculture of the mid-1960s. His show, "Bruce Conner: It's All True" at SFMOMA through Jan. 22, 2017 is the first comprehensive retrospective of this pivotal artist's prolific output and includes 250 pieces in various media. Active in Paris in the 1630s and 1640s, brothers Antoine, Louis and Mathieu created some of the most enigmatic and beautiful works of art in history - this presentation at the Legion of Honor features more than 40 of their masterpieces through Jan. 29, 2017. In an exclusive West Coast presentation, "Frank Stella: A Retrospecttive" at the de Young through Feb. 26, 2017 surveys the career of this towering figure in post-WWII American art. 

More Museum Marvels
Currently on view at the Asian Art Museum, “The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally Foe” continues through Jan. 15, 2017. Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio” allows visitors to step behind the scenes of one of the most influential animated films in history at The Walt Disney Family Museum through Jan. 9, 2017. 

"Luzia" Opens Nov. 17 at AT&T Park
Making its U.S. premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area, "Luzia" is Cirque du Soleil's new Big Top production. Inspired by Mexico, "Luzia" has been described as a waking dream where light ("luz" in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain ("lluvia") soothes the soul. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, "Luzia" opens on Nov. 17, 2016 under a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at AT&T Park and closes on Jan. 29, 2017 before moving to San Jose from Feb. 9-March 19, 2017.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light
Light art will illuminate block after block of San Francisco’s corrugated surface from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day, 2017 for the Illuminate SF Festival of Light. The fourth annual light fantastic includes 35 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations accessible by public transit and admission-free. A two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, it features free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, artist talks and participatory experiences. Many of San Francisco’s intimate neighborhoods will also light up shopping districts, streets and galleries, and host participatory holiday activities. 


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