Holiday season in San Francisco is considered “the most wonderful time of the year”. The city has several events that are special and not to be missed. Here are the awesome events and attractions in San Francisco this holiday season.

“Luzia” Opens Nov. 19 at AT&T Park

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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.

SHN Musical Romps and Curran Reopens

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SHN offers two holiday diversions onstage this season: “The Lion King” Nov. 2-Dec. 31, 2016 at the SHN Orpheum and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Dec. 12-14, 2016 at the SHN Golden Gate. The legendary Curran Theatre will also reopen in January 2017 with the ground-breaking, Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home.” Built in 1922 the 1,600-seat Curran is reopening in the heart of Union Square after a major restoration and renovation.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light

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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.

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.

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.


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