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Santa Claus in San Francisco

The Top Places to Find Him in 2016

He's making a list and checking it twice! Yes, it's Santa Claus and he is coming to San Francisco!

Every year, Santa is a busy man and is all over SF. You can have breakfast with him at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, get pictures taken with him at Ghirardelli Square, and enjoy the lights with him at the Zoo Lights event.

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Japantown Center Malls

Address: East Japan Center Mall at 1737 Post Street
Dates & Times: December 3 & 4; December 10 & 11, 1pm to 5pm All Days
Other Details: Santa will make an appearance at the Japantown Center Malls for four days in December. Pose with him for your holiday pictures and don't forget your Christmas wish list! There is no photographer on hand, so bring along your own camera for that perfect photo. Free.

San Francisco Zoo

Address: Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway
Dates & Times: December 16 - 30 from 5pm to 8pm (closed on the 24th and 25th)
Other Details: Enjoy the lights all around the beautiful San Francisco Zoo. After you've had the chance to walk around, head over to Elinor Friend Playground for some fun activities under the lights. Enjoy some hot apple cider or hot cocoa and talk to Santa about your last minute requests.

Macy's in Union Square

Address: 170 O'Farrell Street
Dates & Times: November 25 - December 24
Other Details: Where else will you find Santa Claus in San Francisco? Well, of course, Union Square! He will be making stops daily at the Macy's in Union Square. Head up to the 7th floor to visit Santaland and tell Santa what you want this Christmas! Photo opportunities are also available.

Stonestown Galleria (2015)

Address: 3251 20th Ave
Dates: November 14 - December 24
Other Details: Get your picture taken with Santa at the Stonestown Galleria Mall. Reservations are not required to visit with Santa, but if you book a visit ahead of time, you can save 30% or more on your photo package.

Fairmont Nob Hill - Gingerbread House (2015)

Address: 950 Mason Street
Date & Time: Saturday, November 28 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Other Details: Santa, a Christmas fairy, elves, and carolers will visit the spectacular, life-sized gingerbread house to receive last-minute requests and share the holiday spirit. Check out the official opening of this year's Gingerbread House along with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies.

Ritz Carlton (2015)

Address: 600 Stockton Street
Date & Time: Thursday, December 3 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Other Details: Join the Ritz Carlton for their annual tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa Claus. Santa and his helpers will light the tree and then stick around for photos with the kids. The Ritz will also offer cider, hot chocolate, and cookies.

Westfield Mall (2015)

Address: 865 Market Street, Under the Dome on Level 4
Dates & Times: November 22 - December 24; Monday to Sunday 11am to 8pm; December 24 from 11am to 6pm; Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Other Details: Stop by for holiday photos with Santa Claus at the Westfield Mall near Union Square.

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San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker: One of the biggest events of the season is the SF Ballet's Nutcracker. This company was the first to perform this international classic in the US. It's a holiday tradition here and one you do not want to miss. Click here for details.

SantaCon SF: The adults version of celebrating the season is to dress up as Santa for a holiday bar crawl. Join thousands of others in red and white as you head all around the city enjoying drink specials and making new friends. Click here for this year's event details.

All December Events: Are you looking for other fun things to do this month? In addition to holiday events and activities, you will also find some great theater and SF Symphony performances. Other top events this month include the Charles Dickens Festival, two 49ers games, and Cavalia: Odysseo. Click here for the entire December calendar.

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