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Unique Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier Offers Family Fun for All

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Date: November 13, 2008
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 3:00pm, aboard ferryboat Eureka

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.

The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities aboard the historic ferryboat Eureka 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!

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.

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 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.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, WPA-era Bathhouse Building (closed for renovation), Aquatic Park Historic District and library. The park offers regular programs and special events.  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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