• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier 2009

Children standing on a beach waving to Santa Claus in a rowboat with Hyde Street Pier in the background.
Children standing on a beach waving to Santa Claus in a rowboat with Hyde Street Pier in the background.
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News Release Date: November 24, 2009
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

Unique Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier Offers Family Fun for All!
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 3:00pm, aboard 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.

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES (No reservations required):  Admission: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free (with adult supervision). Free with national park passes.

The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities aboard the historic ferryboat Eureka 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 afternoon portion of the program ends at 4:45.

EVENING ACTIVITIES (Reservations are required). Reservations: 415-447-5000.

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. Lamplit guided tours leave every 20 minutes until 8:20pm. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and characters offer a memorable holiday experience.  

Did You Know?

The scow schooner ALMA, with white sails raised, sailing on SF Bay.

ALMA was built in 1891 in a little boatyard on the southernmost bay front of San Francisco, just north of Hunters Point Navy Yard. She mostly worked in the South Bay carrying salt from the southern salt ponds. She has been rebuilt several times and now sails on the Bay often, carrying passengers. More...