San Francisco Announces Holiday Events

San Francisco has announced its holiday offerings, including live performances by the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony and the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon; going to the theater for The Velveteen Rabbit, A Christmas Carol and The Lion King; and taking part in The Dance-Along Nutcracker or a holiday sing-a-long at Grace Cathedral.

Other activities to be offered include: tree lightings, ice skating rinks, gingerbread houses and the world's largest sugar castle. Breakfasts with Santa, Kwanzaa celebrations and a reindeer romp at the San Francisco Zoo are also popular. Holiday-themed culinary events, fancy teas and Dungeness crab season – which runs from early November to New Year's Day 2013 – are similarly scheduled for the holiday season.

Holiday itinerary ideas and special hotel packages are available from San Francisco Travel Association, the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. The visitor information center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.

American Express is the official Card partner for the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport offers flights to more than 31 international points on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 74 cities in the US on 15 domestic airlines.