26th Annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights

Holiday Event on Saturday, December 3
And a month long celebration of holiday happenings
Union Street between Van Ness & Steiner, Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard
San Francisco, CA


RSVP & Invite Your Friends
2015 Merchant Participation & Information Application
2015 Union Street Fantasy of Lights Food Truck Application
2015 Elf Hunt Map

In November, Union Street kicks off its highly anticipated Holiday Celebration, bringing a wealth of holiday-related entertainment to Cow Hollow, one of San Francisco’s most beautiful historic neighborhoods.

Throughout the Season

Throughout November and December, the stores lining Union Street will add festive holiday lights to their buildings and trees, and meters will be transformed into giant candy canes, setting the stage for a magical season. The month-long celebration on Union Street also includes validated parking, store open houses complete with refreshments and evening shopping, and holiday lights. Merchants will stay open until 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays in November and December.

Fantasy of Lights Event

On December 3, Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights Holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season. Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to celebrate along with jugglers, live ponies dressed as reindeer, face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, singers and live entertainment.

See Union Street, holiday style, and hop on the FREE Union Street Holiday Horse Drawn Carriage Ride from 3-5:30 PM, fun for the whole family!

Come decorate a holiday ornament from 3:00-5:30 PM in front of the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union Street!

Santa will arrive at the Cudworth Mansion, 2040 Union Street, at 5:30 PM where he will be available for pictures until 7:00 PM.

Donate toys for needy children through the SF Firefighters Toy Program. Collection barrels will be available on Union Street at the event and throughout the holiday season.

This is truly a holiday tradition that should not be missed.

The Great Union Street Holiday Elf Hunt!

For one week, from December 3rd through the 11th, participating merchants will be hiding a toy elf in their stores for people to find. If found, participants can write that store’s Elf name on a card and be entered to win prizes donated by Union Street Merchants! Download the Elf Hunt Map here.

Holiday Caroling on Union Street!

On Saturday December 17, the public is invited to meet in the courtyard of The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 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 for refreshments.

This is a smoke-free event.

For all your public transportation options, visit www.511.org.

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 us at 415-456-6436 at least three weeks prior to the event.