Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tree Lighting Celebration at Pier 39 in #SanFrancisco Review

Now that my son is old enough to understand the holidays and all the fun times we have during this time of year we are finding new things to do. My husband and I did not realize how each year we have been doing the same thing. This year we wanted to do something really fun and travel a bit to do so. One of our favorite places to visit is San Francisco. I love the way the ocean air smells and the excitement of such a big city. We always visit Pier 39 when we go to San Francisco. Its a great pier filled with shops, restaurants, family activities all in one spot. You could spend all day on the pier and we did!

When we found out that on November 20th Pier 39 would be having their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony we knew we had to go to celebrate my son's birthday. I have not attended a big tree lighting ceremony like this before nor had my husband or mother in law and of course not my son. We were all very excited for this new experience.

When we first arrived there was a bustle of people, holiday music, picture taking and even Disney characters! It felt very festive to be there. There were booths for kids to do activities, sign up for local deals (we were considered locals even from Sacramento which is great!). We donated some toys to the Toys for Tots bin as we signed up for the deals email list. There was a meet and greet with the Disney characters where you could get your picture taken but we missed it since we got out of line to change my sons diaper! Next time I will have my family wait in line while I go to the restroom.

The tree at Pier 39 with the city in the background.

Right before the tree lighting everyone gathered waiting for the Disney characters to arrive.

As the Mickey and Minnie came on stage all the kids were super excited.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony took place at 5:30 just after the sun went down over the ocean horizon. The event was filled with so many people. All the singing and kids bundled up from the cold was great. The wonderful thing was there were people from many different cultures. I overheard at least 7 different languages and saw people dressed in all sorts of ways, even cowboys! There was Christmas carols sang before Mickey, Minnie and Santa Goofy arrived on stage for the count down to the tree lighting.

The Pier 30 Christmas Tree all lit up

The tree was beautiful when it was lit. Everyone cheered and Mickey, Minnie and Goofy started to sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".  The Tree Lighting was a very memorable event. We had fun singing and spending time as a family and community while we waited for the big moment. The tree is up and waiting for you to come see it. While your there you can enjoy the holiday festive atmosphere of the Pier and enjoy San Francisco.

There are many great deals if you are planning a trip to San Francisco and Pier 39:

1. Visitors to PIER 39 can download a coupon good for a free PIER 39 Fun Pack by visiting and clicking on the special offers page.  Inside the Fun Pack is not only a ton of money saving coupons to most of the shops, restaurants and attractions, but also a coupon valid for 2 hours free parking in the PIER 39 parking garage.  Fans of our Facebook page can also check-in to PIER 39 and receive the free Fun Pack coupon on their mobile as well.

2. Locals (anyone living between Sacramento all the way down to Monterey/Salinas) can sign up for special local discounts throughout the year at  Right now we're offering Holiday Half-Off offers, which will be released on Nov. 11.  We also do Kids Eat & Play FREE, as well as Buy One Get One FREE offers.  You should sign up so you receive the coupons in your inbox on Friday too!  

3. AAA members can show their card at the California Welcome Center for 20% off at participating restaurants, and other great discounts.

4. Groups can take advantage of our meal voucher program, for overall savings and added convenience

For all Pier 39 special offers, visit the Special Offers page.

*We were not paid for this review. We were provided passes to enjoy attractions on Pier 39. The opinions are 100% mine and may vary from others.

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