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The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Winter 2017 Events and Activities

Winter is indeed coming, and lucky for us, Northern California offers an abundance of activities and events in which to participate, year-round. We’ve collected a few ideas that may inspire you to strap on some skates, slap on the skis, or even head out to a parade.

San Francisco

Holiday Ice Rink

Taking a spin around the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is a San Francisco tradition. This year, the rink opened on Nov. 1., and ccording to its official website, there are several special events planned, including Drag Queens on Ice on Dec. 7 and Flashback Fridays on Dec. 8 and Jan. 12. Hailed as one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.” by the “Today” show, the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is open until Jan. 15. Check out the rink’s official website for ticket information.

“Disney’s Aladdin”

From now until Jan. 7, head over to the SHN Orpheum Theater in San Francisco to enjoy the hit Broadway musical based on the animated classic, “Disney’s Aladdin” — fun for the whole family!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

You can transport yourself to London this winter at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace until Dec. 17, where you will experience the entertainment, food, and drink of another time. This holiday adventure is a party, with hundreds of costumed players and dozens of gift shops. The fair has been a city tradition since 1970. Visit the website for ticket information.

Gingerbread House

Every year, the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco transforms into a two-story, life-sized Gingerbread House. This edible house stands more than 25 feet high and features more than 10,250 gingerbread bricks. Check out its website for more information about this holiday treat.

San Francisco Ballet — Nutcracker

The holiday classic tale of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker, and the Mouse King returns to the San Francisco Ballet from Dec. 13-30. For information about the holiday story that has been delighting audiences since 1944, visit the San Francisco Ballet website.