|Adopt a cat at Macy's (SPCA program)|
You may feel like the holidays are coming way too fast, but if your household is like mine, scheduling outings with the kids or grandkids takes some advance planning. Since I have just started receiving information on some of the things we like to do in San Francisco that are free, I thought I would pass along the info to anyone who lives in this area or will be visiting soon.
Treat #1. We can never resist going to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in 5 Embarcadero Center (the foot of Market St.) to see the "snowfall" and the Snow Village and train.
I love watching the "snow" fall delicately from the upper heights of the Hyatt's dramatic atrium, which is lit by 300,000 cascading lights. These beautiful displays, and a 30-foot tree, will be in the hotel’s lobby from November 22 through December 30.
|Snowfall fantasy--Hyatt Regency S.F.|
The snowfall's schedule will be: Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; and 6:30 p.m.; Monday thru Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Snow Village display, also in the hotel's lobby, contains over 1,000 pieces and many are animated.
You can preview the displays at the Interior Lobby Lighting ceremony on November 21 from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Free music and entertainment by the Glide Memorial Choir, Meshuga Nutcracker and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra Brass Section.
Breakfast with Santa is not free, but I imagine it is fun. On select dates between November 29 through December 24, you and the kids can have breakfast or buffet with a visit from Santa in the Hyatt's Eclipse Restaurant. Reservations are required (415) 788-1234.
Treat #2. Next up is a visit to the 28th annual Holiday windows display in Macy's Union Square store (170 O'Farrell St). Cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies, available for adoption through the San Francisco SPCA, will be bouncing around inside the delightful window displays enticing you to open your heart to a new pet. Almost 300 pets were adopted last year and this year's goal is 320+.
They'll be there from November 21 - January 4, 2015 and on most days from 9 am to 9 pm (coinciding with the store's hours.) Volunteers to help with the pets and to answer visitor's questions are still needed, click here for info!
Treat #3. If we have time and energy, we'll also visit one of the grand hotels--either the Westin Saint Francis, 335 Powell St. (Geary & Powell St.) on Union Square, or the Palace Hotel (2 New Montgomery Street).
|Castle at Westin St Francis (2010)|
click here. More events,
Palace Hotel: Just a look inside this gracious hotel at the Gingerbread Chateau designed by Chef Renee Cade is enough of a treat (but you can also go for brunches, teas, teas with Santa and more) Look at the schedule, click here.
Added: A seasonal treat, but not free, is ice skating in Union Square, 333 Geary Street (Geary and Powell).The outdoor rink is already open and will continue its run until January 29, 2015. Hours 10 am - 11:30 pm (with some breaks for maintaining the ice.) Link here.
|Holiday village--Hyatt Regency S.F.|
Thanks to Molly Blaisdell, Hook, Line & Thinker, for sending the information on the Hyatt's events. email@example.com