San Francisco is a magical place to be during the Christmas holidays—and without having to navigate snow. The 34th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party brings to life a classic English holiday party. Revelers in historic costume mingle with “visitors” from the future—that’s you, if you don’t don Victorian garb. Enjoy live entertainment in the form of dancers, musicians, and acrobats, as well as food stalls and holiday gifts to buy. The Dickens Christmas Fair runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 23 at the Cow Palace. http://www.dickensfair.com/.
If you are looking for some other great things to do around Christmas, look no further! Girls dream of becoming prima ballerinas after seeing the San Francisco Ballet and its quintessential version of The Nutcracker. The beautiful sets and top-notch performances bring this ballet favorite to life. http://www.sfballet.org/. Love a good Christmas tree lighting? Then be sure to attend the Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square the day after Thanksgiving. This 80-foot beauty will take your breath away.