Past Event

Union Street's Annual Fantasy of Lights Celebration

All ages
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From the organizer

San Francisco’s charming Union Street kicks off the holiday season with the Union Street Fantasy of Lights on Saturday, December 3. Setting the tone for a month-long celebration of holiday happenings, this annual event brings spirit and joy to San Francisco’s historic Cow Hollow neighborhood. The Fantasy of Lights celebrates the season with thousands of twinkling white lights illuminating the Victorian houses and shops along Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner and Fillmore Street between Union and Lombard. The event takes place from 3pm – 7pm with a festive lineup of family-friendly activities and events.

Experience Union Street as it’s transformed into an enchanted holiday scene where kids can meet Santa, enjoy the sparking lights and see ponies dressed up like reindeer. Each block will also feature face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment. Ride the FREE Horse Drawn Carriage, make an ornament and take a photo with Santa at the Cudworth Mansion! And, to celebrate the season of giving, all guests are encouraged to bring new toys for the San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy Program.

The Union Street Fantasy of Lights celebration continues throughout December with Union Street stores offering validated parking, open houses with refreshments and evening shopping and holiday lights. Many merchants will have extended hours until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Fantasy of Lights - December 3, 3pm to 7pm

Opening Day Schedule of Events:

• Entertainment on every block for shoppers to enjoy! Including pony rides, face painting, costumed characters, balloon animals, singers, sweets and more!

• Donate Toys for Needy Children: SF Firefighters’ Toy Program collection barrels will be available on Union Street at the event and throughout the holiday. Bring toys to Santa Sit Area, 2040 Union Street.

• Pictures with Santa, 5:30-7:00 pm:  in front of the Cudworth Mansion (2040 Union Street).

• Merchant Open House: Enjoy dinner, drinks and shopping at the many places on Union Street that will stay open late.

Validated Parking:
Participating merchants will offer validated parking at 2001 Union Plaza Garage, 1910 Union Street Garage (Wells Fargo) and the Lombard Street Garage (enter on Moulton Alley at Webster). Subject to availability.
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To request accommodations for persons with disabilities or if you have communication needs such as large print, braille or sign language interpreters, please call 1-800-310-6563 or fax 415-456-6436 at least three weeks prior to the event.

About The Union Street Association
The Union Street Association consists of a membership of local businesses devoted to the promotion, preservation and beautification of Union Street since 1963. Union Street~ Always a Celebration! The event is produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. and presented by the Union Street Association. Visit:

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Questions about this event? Please contact the event organizer. For questions about submitting an event, email Hoodline.