Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 561-4900
WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM
Walt Disney’s daughter Diane founded The Walt Disney Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio to explore the life, career, and times of her father—but it also offers a compelling look at the art of animation and how Disney’s work has shaped pop culture. Open 10am–6pm daily, except Tuesdays, January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
UNION SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
The Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is always held the day after Thanksgiving in San Francisco. The 2017 scheduled performers include several local performers and artists. The performances will be followed by the lighting of the tree at 6:40pm.
Every year, the Christmas tree is given to the city as a gift from Macy’s. This year’s reusable tree is 83 feet tall and will feature more than 30,000 lights and around 1,100 decorations. The tree will be lit each night through the end of the year.