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    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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Special Holiday Celebration

Santa rowing a boat.
Here comes Santa by sea!
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News Release Date: November 13, 2013
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Christmas At Sea on Hyde Street Pier offers unique family fun for all!

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 3:00pm, aboard Balclutha. Admission: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free (with adult supervision). Free with national park passes.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents “Christmas At Sea!” This special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, and a special visit from Santa Claus. All activities are held aboard the historic sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier. The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities at 3:00pm, performing traditional sea chanteys with a holiday twist. 

Kids of all ages will enjoy the popular ornament-making activities and refreshments from 3:00-4:45pm. As the band concludes its performance, a park ranger will read a popular holiday story. Another highlight of the celebration is the arrival of the jolly fellow in the red coat. Santa arrives at 4:20pm, and will listen to children’s wishes until the program ends at 4:45pm.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov.safr/.

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Did You Know?

The Balclutha, a sailing ship, built in 1886, now resides at Hyde Street Pier.

The resources of San Francisco Maritime NHP include five National Historic Landmark vessels. 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1895 schooner C.A. Thayer, and 1907 steam tug Hercules. More...