San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Activites

San Francisco City Spotlight

by Emerian Rich

sf10“Living in the Bay Area is great at any time of year, but San Francisco glows especially bright during the holidays. Some families celebrate tradition by attending SF Ballet’s The Nutcraker, A.C.T.S production of A Christmas Carol, or the SF Symphony for the many holiday themed programs they provide. Trips to Union Square and Japantown for shopping are a must. Walking the streets of Chinatown and picking out a new scarf for the winter season is a personal guilty pleasure of mine. Browsing the shop windows around Union Square and checking out other holiday favorites, such as the over-sized holiday ornaments at 101 California, fill me with the holiday spirit...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

Bay Area Attractions:
Great Dickens Christmas Fair

by Rain Graves

Victorian London in San Francisco
“C
harles Dickens is famous for many things, but no one can argue that one of his most beloved works is his novella A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843 by Chapman and Hall, at his own expense. Readers young and old have reveled in more modern versions, as well as television and movie adaptations. There is no other experience, however, that immerses people so completely in the story and time period of Charles Dickens London like that of the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Victorian Holiday Party at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

Running five weekends, the fair opens on November 21st and ends on December 20th. Historically it opened the day after Thanksgiving, but opening a weekend before allows fair-goers the opportunity to begin the experience earlier, without being pressured to go on Black Friday.

It is by no means a small production of meandering themes. The fair is organized and executed by the full service production company, Red Barn Productions, also responsible for the Time Travel Weekends in Historic Sacramento. Dickens London covers over 120,000 feet of vendors, parlors, pubs, tea-rooms, dance halls, interactive performances, and special stages, which brings this Victorian postcard to life with a full cast of experienced actors and performers to interact with you....” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

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