Don't Break the Bank ~ Free Holiday Season Events in San Francisco

The holidays are just around the corner and we know that the holidays means stretching your checkbook a little farther than usual.  Here are some fun events events going on in San Francisco and best of all, they are 100% free!


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Union Street Fantasy of Lights


When: December 6th from 3 pm-7 pm.  

Where: Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner

Fantasy of Lights Website


This event marks the start of Holiday celebrations on Union Street.  The old Victorian houses that line Union Street will all be illuminated, creating a magical wonderland.  There will be delicious food options, jugglers, face painting, costumed characters, music, and even live reindeer (ponies in costume).  Shops will all be open until 9 pm.  Santa Claus will come to meet kids (and anyone else) at Cudworth Mansion (2040 Union Street) from 5:30 to 7pm and you can take a free Horse-Drawn Carriage ride down Union Street with the entire family from 3 pm to 5:30.  There are more fun events going all month so be sure to check out the website! For 100% guaranteed parking options, please visit our website.  


San Francisco Holiday Bazaar


When: December 13th & 14th, 11 am -6 pm

Where: The Fort Mason Center at Herbst Pavillion

San Francisco Holiday Bazaar Website


This Holiday Bazaar and Crafts Fair is a seasonal must.  There over 180 artists and food vendors from all over San Francisco selling their goods and offering free samples all weekend.  There are also many free “make and take” craft workshops for all ages.  Whether you are there to find a perfect gift (for yourself or another), taste delicious food, or simply enjoy the atmosphere, the Bazaar is the perfect place to be to get in the holiday spirit.  To reserve 100% guaranteed parking near the Fort Mason Center, please visit our website.    


Lighted Boat Parade


When: December 12th

Where: Fisherman’s Wharf ~ Best viewing location is at PIER 39, Aquatic Park

Lighted Boat Parade Website


The Lighted Boat Parade is an annual event that features more than 60 boats decked out in lights and holiday decorations.  They parade along the Waterfront and remain lit throughout the holiday season. Since 1994, people have been dazzled by the sight of 60 illuminated ships.  After you watch the parade, you can check out the hundreds of fun, affordable restaurants around Fisherman's Wharf, many of which will be featuring special holiday menus!  For more information, go the the parade website.  For 100% guaranteed parking options near Fisherman’s Wharf, check out our website.  


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