Month Long of Holiday Happenings Continue with Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition, Caroling and More, December 21 Rain or Shine San Francisco’s historic Union Street will kick off its holiday celebration on December 7 with the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights. Each year, the Fantasy of Lights brings young and old together to celebrate the season viewing 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 Fantasy of Lights kicks off on Saturday, December 7 from 3pm – 7pm with a packed line-up of family friendly activities and events. Don’t miss the inaugural Ugly Holiday Sweater competition on December 21, which is sure to be festive and fun. Enjoy San Francisco’s Union Street transformed into a magical backdrop of holiday cheer. There will be entertainment on every block for shoppers to enjoy! Including pony rides, jugglers, face painting, costumed characters, balloon animals, singers, sweets and more! See Union Street, holiday style, and hop on the Horse Drawn Carriage! The pickup location is in front of Wells Fargo at Laguna. Get your photo taken with Santa from 5:30pm to 7pm in front of the Cudworth Mansion (2040 Union St.). Cupcake Decorating will take place from: 3:00-5:30 in front of the Cudworth Mansion (2040 Union St). At 5:15pm, Children are invited to meet at The Enchanted Crystal (1895 Union St) to join the Snow Queen in a sidewalk prance to the Cudworth Mansion to bring toys to Santa Claus who will donate them to the San Francisco Firefighters’ Toy program. Enjoy the merchant open house with dinner, drinks and shopping at the many places on Union Street that will stay open late. SF Firefighters’ Toy Program collection barrels will be available on Union Street at the event and throughout the holiday. Be sure to bring non-perishable food and new or gently used coats to 2071 Union Street for the Food and Warm Coat Drive. The Union Street Fantasy of Lights celebration continues throughout the month of December with Union Street stores offering trunk shows, charity events, special treats, free gifts with purchase, restaurant specials, validated parking and extended evening shopping hours! Many merchants will have extended hours until 9:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Each Saturday, look for Santa from 1 - 4pm and receive Holiday Dollars to be used at participating businesses for discounts, special treats and much more. All of these activities and deals will be listed on Union Street’s very own Online Holiday Calendar. Enter the Ugly/Creative Holiday Sweater Contest on Union Street. On Saturday, December 21 from 2-4pm, wear your best ugly holiday sweater and enter to win prizes for the Ugliest, Most Creative and Best Child! The official judging and photos will be taken in front of Bank of America at 1995 Union @ Buchanan. Check the event website for all of the submissions and winners! Come holiday caroling on Union Street. On Saturday December 21, the public is invited to meet in the courtyard of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 2325 Union Street at Steiner Street, at 1 pm to join in the Caroling Stroll up and down Union Street and returning to the church later for refreshments. 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. For all your public transportation options, visit 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, LLC and presented by the Union Street Association. Visit: