You might be thinking to yourself that Halloween is not even over, why would I want to think about Christmas holiday events now? Well, in San Francisco, the good tickets go fast, and with the start of December just 4.5 weeks away, it is time to get into gear if you plan to attend some of the more popular family shows in San Francisco. Here are three of my favorites:
Last year we took our kids to see the Velveteen Rabbit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. This beautiful story, performed by the talented dancers of ODC, is suitable for any age child, as long as they can sit still! My two enjoyed the programs, which doubled as coloring books, and even though our seats were toward the back, we had no problem seeing the stage and the dancers. Afterwards, we played around in Yerba Buena Gardens before heading home.
This year, because my kids have longer attention spans, I plan to take them to the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker, almost a holiday institution in the City. My friend who goes every year with her daughters tells me it is a wonderful show, with beautiful scenery and costumes. The tickets are pricey, but if you are thinking about a family entertainment splurge, you definitely get your money’s worth!
If dance is not your thing, the San Francisco Symphony offers many options this holiday season, including the SFS Choral Christmas Spectacular, Peter and the Wolf (narrated by none other than Leonard Nimoy!) and the Soul Children of Chicago in a Gospel Christmas.
Whatever your plans, San Francisco is a magical city during the holidays, enjoyable for all ages!
Photo courtesy of Tinou Bao.