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Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier

Santa Claus in his red suit sitting in a rowboat with Hyde Street Pier and the historic ships in the background.
Santa arrives by boat at Hyde Street Pier
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News Release Date: November 20, 2007
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

Unique Holiday Celebration Offers Family Fun for All


Saturday, December 8, 2007, 3:00 pm, aboard ship Balclutha


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents “Christmas At Sea!” This special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, costumed characters from 1901, and a special visit from Santa Claus, arriving by boat. 


The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities aboard the historic ship Balclutha at 3:00pm, performing traditional sea chanteys with a holiday twist. Their spirited maritime music is popular with adults and children, and audience participation is definitely encouraged! This band has performed at festivals, museums, yacht clubs, and on local television for the 50th anniversary of the Golden GateBridge.


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 unique water-borne arrival of the jolly fellow in the red coat. Santa arrives by boat at approximately 4:20pm, and will listen to children’s wishes until the afternoon portion of the program ends at 4:45pm.


At 6:00pm, the park’s costumed Living History Players will take you back to Christmas 1901, where you will meet and talk with the captains, wives, and crews aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and characters offer a memorable holiday experience.


Reservations are required for the 6:00pm portion of the program. Please call 415-447-5000 for reservations and information. Admission to Christmas At Sea is simply the regular admission fee to board the historic ships - $5.00 for ages 16 and up and free for ages 15 and under with adult supervision.



Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...