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Monday in San Francisco: Financial District's holiday glow-up, Union Square's giant menorah and more

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By Sri Ravipati

It's the most wonderful time of the year — to grab drinks at an over-the-top Christmas-themed bar, take a selfie with a menorah and eat inside of a real gingerbread house.

Find out where in this San Francisco daily roundup for Nov. 29.

Tiki-Christmas-themed pop-up comes to Kona's Street Market Bar

Kona's Street Market Bar on Friday transformed into Santa Sippin, a festive tiki Christmas cocktail pop-up bar.

Kona's, located near Union Square, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5PM-12AM. The bar requires proof of vaccination. No reservations needed, first come first serve.

Financial District to launch nation’s largest holiday projection mapping display

On Dec. 3, Downtown SF is launching Let’s Glow SF, a 2021 holiday light display that uses projection mapping on four buildings around the Financial District:

  • 1 Bush Plaza
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Pacific Stock Exchange
  • 345 Montgomery

The buildings will be illuminated with a dynamic light show designed specifically for each location. According to SecretSF, the 22 x 30,000-lumen display is the largest holiday projection mapping event in the United States.

The displays will be up from Dec. 3-12 and are easily viewed via a self-guided walking tour.

Giant menorah erected in Union Square for first day of Hanukkah

A 25-foot-tall menorah was lit up Sunday evening at San Francisco's Union Square to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.

The Bill Graham Menorah Project by Chabad SF has hosted the event since 1975.

Fairmont Hotel's life-sized gingerbread house returns

After the pandemic put it on pause last year, the Fairmont Hotel’s iconic gingerbread house is back!

Teams have been working for weeks to construct the two-story, life-sized, Victorian-style house made of edible gingerbread. The hotel is allowing visitors to have dinner inside the gingerbread house with a reservation.

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