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New Online Guide to “The Holidays … Only in San Francisco"


The holiday season in San Francisco is like a huge box of sparkling ornaments.  Some are elegant classics, like the San Francisco Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Chanticleer.  Some are kitschy and clever like the dancing Christmas trees of “Beach Blanket Babylon” and the hilarious “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.” Some are as familiar as the smell of gingerbread, like the holiday lights that seem to cover every palm, pine and pier.  Others seem exotic and fascinatingly foreign, like the Parol Lantern Festival and Parade and the Japanese Mochi Pounding Party.

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) has put all the details of this special time in one place on their Web site at

More than 150 holiday events taking place through January 2008 are grouped and searchable by category, making festive affairs quick and simple to find: performances, music, festivals, free, sports, museums and dance.

Holiday hotel packages are available on the site and include amenities such as cruises on San Francisco Bay, rides on the famous cable cars, attraction tickets, dining certificates, valet parking, breakfast and other “stocking stuffers.”  With the easy to use reservation system, visitors can bundle accommodations, tours, attractions and activities to create their own customized packages.

In addition to finding details on when to go, what to do and where to stay, visitors can enter a drawing to win a San Francisco shopping spree with a $1,000 Visa Gift card by signing up for the SFCVB’s free monthly newsletter.

Visitors can also check out the Visa Preferred Travel section ( with more than 90 discounts and extra values available in San Francisco when paying with a Visa card.  Six “Special Offers of the Season” are featured with significantly compelling offers available through December 31, 2007 only.

For general information on hotel packages and reservations, events, activities and transportation in San Francisco, visit For lodging reservations, call 800-637-5196 within North America or 415-391-2000 elsewhere.  


The San Francisco Visitors Planning Guide is available at the Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St., at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza.  To receive a copy by mail, order the free visitors kit online at, call 415-391-2000, write to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, or send an email to International shipping charges will apply for requests from outside the United States.

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