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Fisherman’s Wharf celebrates the 2012 Holiday Season

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco


Calendar of Holiday Events from November 18, 2012 – January 2, 2013

8 November 2012 – San Francisco, CA: The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) announces a full calendar of family fun for the 2012 Holiday Season. From Sunday, November 18, 2012, through January 2, 2013, Fisherman’s Wharf will be a center of holiday lights and activities for visitors of all ages, from unique special events to year-round attractions. Events organized by the FWCDB include a Lagoon Concert & Lighting Event on Saturday, December 1; Fisherman’s Wharf 2012 Crab Fest on Sunday, December 9; the Lighted Boat Parade on Friday, December 14; Tree to Shining Tree Walking Tour and Activities throughout Fisherman’s Wharf from November 18 through January 2; and much more. For a complete schedule of events, visit

“With so many family friendly events, shopping, special decorations, holiday lights and the beginning of Crab Season, Fisherman’s Wharf is truly a magical place for both children and adults to visit during the holiday season.” says Troy Campbell, FWCBD Executive Director.

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 6pm — PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration

Welcome the holiday season with a day of holly-jolly magic and merriment at PIER 39! PIER 39 invites you to join them and their special friends from the Disneyland® Resort for a day of holly-jolly magic for the whole family. The festivities culminate at 6pm, as their majestic sixty-foot tree, adorned with glistening ornaments, bows, and twinkling lights, is illuminated against the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco skyline.

Friday, November 23, 2012, 1pm-7pm — 48th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square

FREE live entertainment throughout the day, with the lighting of the Ghirardelli Square Christmas tree at 5:30pm, hosted by Christina Loren of NBC Bay Area, with singing by The Yuletide Carolers from 6pm-7pm. Scheduled performers also include the Contra Costa Chorale (2pm-3pm), City Opera SF (3:15pm-4:15pm), Kevin Toqe (4:30pm-5:15pm), and more. Between 4pm and 6:30pm, Lola Toy Stop will offer a small gift for each child who stops by the store (up to the age of 9, whiles supplies last). Ghirardelli Chocolate and special guests will pass out Peppermint Bark Squares after the Ceremony.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 5:30pm-6:30pm – The FWCBD presents Lagoon Concert & Lighting Event

The FWCBD invites the community to gather at the Inner Lagoon on Jefferson Street between Taylor and Jones to sip on hot cocoa, compliments of Ghirardelli, and enjoy the sounds of the San Francisco City Chorus as they perform holiday songs. For the first time ever, a special addition to this year’s festivities includes a countdown and lighting of the Fisherman’s and Seaman’s Memorial Chapel located in the heart of the lagoon, a most picturesque sight alongside the twinkling lights of the decorated fishing fleet and surrounding restaurants. We have also received word that a certain jolly visitor from way up north will make a special appearance. Please join us for this FREE family friendly event.

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 5:30pm-6:30pm — Light the Menorah at Ghirardelli Square

In partnership with the Jewish Learning Institute of San Francisco, Chabad, Ghirardelli Square will light a 9-foot Menorah at 6pm, celebrated with music and good company. The program begins at 5:30pm with Live Music by Jordan Feinstein, a Kid’s Craft Table by Peekadoodle KidsClub, and Orthodox Chews Salt Water Taffy Sampling & Sale. From 4:30pm-6:30pm there will be a Lucky Lollipop Pull at Lola Toy Stop in Ghirardelli Square’s Lower Plaza.

Sunday, December 9, 2012, 12 noon-3pm — The FWCBD presents the Fisherman’s Wharf 2012 Crab Fest, at the 3rd Floor Waterfront Terraces at 145 Jefferson Street in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Come celebrate the start of crab season with a special crab tasting event! The FWCBD 2012 Crab Fest hails this most sought-after tasty crustacean with three hours of eating, drinking and celebrating the season, with signature crab dishes prepared by chefs from renowned Fisherman’s Wharf restaurants, complimented by local sustainably-produced wines. Participating restaurants include Alioto’s, Bistro Boudin, Blue Mermaid, Cafe Pescatore, Capurro’s, Fog Harbor Fish House, The Franciscan, McCormick & Kuleto’s, and Scoma’s. Tickets for this local food and wine feast are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and include all tastings, wine and a commemorative wine glass. All proceeds go to benefit the SF Fire Fighters Toy Program and the SFPD Youth Fishing Program. Tickets are available at More information is available at

Friday, December 14, 2012, 6pm — FWCBD presents Lighted Boat Parade

The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club join once again to present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Beginning at 6pm, more than 60 boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront. A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade includes members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet, Golden Gate Yacht Club, PIER 39 Marina, and the Sea Scouts. The Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Fleet will remain lit throughout the holiday season.

The parade route will begin just off of PIER 39, and proceed west past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, and the St. Francis Yacht Club, turning around at Crissy Field to return along the waterfront. Restaurants along Fisherman’s Wharf, in addition to offering a fantastic vantage point, will feature traditional holiday menus. Spectators can also enjoy wonderful views from Aquatic Park, PIER 39, the Marina Green, and Crissy Field, with best viewing of this spectacular display at the Sport Fishing Harbor along Jefferson Street between Jones and Taylor.

November 18, 2012 through January 2, 2013 – FWCBD presents Tree to Shining Tree Walking Tour and Activities

Fisherman’s Wharf is truly a magical place to visit during the Holiday Season. This year, the Wharf boasts two decorated Christmas Trees, a lit Menorah, Dickens Carolers, Santa, elves, lights, unique attractions and shopping experiences, and endless choices in restaurants. Special holiday displays and activities will be found all throughout Fisherman’s Wharf, including Ghirardelli Square; The Cannery; the charming Conrad Park; Anchorage Square, featuring Dickens Carolers performing the first three Saturdays in December from 12 noon to 3pm; Sport Fishing Boats lit for the holidays on the lagoon along Jefferson Street; The Crab Wheel wrapped in multi-color lights; Boudin Bakery with help from Santa and his elves, and live piano music; The Wax Museum; Taylor Street with three blocks of trees wrapped in lights; NorthPoint Center with entries for the 7th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest, and entertainment by Santa and the Dickens Carolers in the main concourse on the first three Saturdays in December; PIER 39 with decorated shops and a 60-foot tree adorned with bows, ornaments and glistening lights; and MORE. Full details are available at

Hosting nearly 14 million visitors a year, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is a world famous tourist attraction and a thriving and vibrant local neighborhood and commercial area. Home to world-class dining, shopping, hotels and endless entertainment opportunities, Fisherman’s Wharf is truly the place to start your San Francisco experience. 

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