2018 Holiday Season in Civic Center

Along with our festive Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting on December 5, 5pm-7pm, which includes snow flurries, festive foods and drinks, a toy giveaway from the SFPD for 400 kids, and a wonderful lineup of holiday programming led by Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero — there are an assortment of other wonderful cheerful activities happening in, and adjacent to, Civic Center public spaces this holiday season. Here are few highlights:

Winter Park Ice Rink Ribbon Cutting: November 30, 11am-noon
New to the Civic Center Plaza, this ice rink and track is modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener-Eistraum, an ice rink located in the City Hall Square of Vienna, Austria; and is open through the holiday season, until January 6, 2019. At the ribbon cutting, hosted by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, attendees will see Brian Boitano, SF Ice Theater, and Yerba Buena Little Skaters! Three of the ice rink’s special events include First Responders Appreciation Days (12/3-12/4), iHeart Radio Wednesday themed DJ skate parties (all Wednesdays in December), and a Daybreaker yoga event (12/8). More information on the Winter Park Ice Rink can be found on their site.

War Memorial Arts Market: November 30 and December 7, 11am-5pm
Shop one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and buy directly from the artists who make them, at these two upcoming pop-up markets in the War Memorial Building.

Mayor’s Holiday Fair: Sunday, December 9, 10am – 4pm
Attractions in Civic Center Plaza (Family Weekends in Civic Center) will be complemented with activities inside City Hall, including photos with Santa Claus, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa festivities, and a view of the City Hall Tree inside the Rotunda.

Family Weekends in Civic Center: December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 10am-4pm
Bring the kids to Civic Center this holiday season! Festive and free kids games and activities, including face-painting and Santa visits, in Civic Center Plaza will happen adjacent to the new playgrounds, the Winter Park Ice Rink and Bi-Rite Café.

Holiday Fanfare: Throughout December
Hear festive songs from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and SFGC Chorus students this holiday season along Civic Center sidewalks. Happening adjacent to many of the arts buildings in the Civic Center Community Benefit District, the CCCBD has lined up some wonderful live music for those moving through Civic Center during December; schedule here.

City Hall Pop Up Holiday Shop in City Hall North Light Court : December 4, 11am-6pm
Avoid buying someone something she already has and shop unique and thoughtful gifts from over 50 local makers and manufacturers in City Hall. While you shop, enjoy live music, sweets and a raffle; this wonderful pop-up is hosted by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Work Development.

Children’s Toy & Book Festival in City Hall: December 5, 9am-11am
Mayor London Breed, San Francisco Department of Child Support Services, San Francisco Fire Fighters’ Union Local 798 and San Francisco Public Library will welcome kids 12 and under along with their parents to this toy and book giveaway event with Santa.

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services’ Kwanzaa Event: December 26
Check out the “Celebration of Family, Community and Culture,” which honors African heritage in African-American culture. More info to come, all are welcome.

Also happening throughout the holiday season are don’t-miss-events such as Off the Grid Food Truck Friday Markets (11am-2pm) and the City Hall Noontime Concert Series in City Hall Rotunda (multiple December dates, noon-1pm).

We look forward to seeing you at our Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and these other 2018 Holiday Season events!

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