San Francisco’s Holiday Season Never Looked Brighter…and it all Starts Along the City’s Waterfront with Cascading Lights and Daily Snowfall at Hyatt Regency San Francisco

San Francisco is renowned for celebration on a grand scale and this year’s holiday season will continue this magical holiday tradition.

Lobby 2 on Nov 16, 2012

Holiday revelers will greet the holiday season with a most exciting “gift”, including the dramatic-lighting of the iconic Embarcadero Center, where each of the five striking buildings is outlined in twinkling lights. At the center of this Waterfront holiday destination, Embarcadero Center features an outdoor Holiday Ice Skating Rink as well as over 100 retail stores and restaurants ( each of which offers their own brand of cheer. As the perfect complement, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is an over-sized “snow globe” promising daily snowfall in its Guinness Book of World Records largest hotel lobby, complemented by over 300,000 cascading lights and the popular snow village display, which features thousands of intriguing collectibles.

The magical, holiday mood extends beyond Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency San Francisco into other Waterfront landmarks. Across the street, the Ferry Building will be decked out with holiday treats for both the eyes and taste buds, with food-oriented and sustainability-themed gifts and decor; along the promenade we’ll see illuminated boats as well as the many piers that grace the Waterfront; and of course, within view of this bustling and revived bay-front location is the much celebrated Bay Bridge Lights Project.,

Whether visiting from within the city, other Bay Area locales or from afar, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the perfect “home for the holidays” for shopping, dining and festivities of the season. The hotel is adjacent to all forms of Bay Area public transportation, including MUNI, BART and ferries, and is only steps from the California Cable Car line (where riders do not have to wait in long lines to hop aboard). Additionally, there are many parking options, including the four buildings of Embarcadero Center’s four underground garages, which offer validation for patrons of some of the center’s retailers and restaurants.

So, what should be on your holiday list? To begin, Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s annual Atrium Lighting Ceremony, which will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014. Starting at 7:00 p.m., immediately following the Embarcadero Center’s 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. exterior lighting and ice skating show, the hotel will celebrate the launch of San Francisco’s holiday season with live entertainment with Glide Memorial’s Choir and other local entertainment troupes. As the crowning glory, the hotel will be illuminating 300,000 lights, which cascade down the hotel’s dramatic 17-story atrium lobby, complemented by a centerpiece 30-foot illuminated tree.

What’s next? Open 24-hours a day and free to the public, Hyatt Regency San Francisco will continue its holiday tradition with an engaging and interactive snowfall display in its atrium lobby throughout the holiday season.  Complementing the dramatic lights, over-the-top interior décor and 30-foot tree, snow will fall daily from November 22 through December 31, 2014. Snow times are as follows: Weekends (Saturday + Sunday) at 10:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; and 6:30 p.m. and on weekdays (Monday – Friday) at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the hotel’s legendary Snow Village will be on display in the hotel’s lobby from November 22 through December 30. The 2014 display encompasses over 1000 pieces, ranging from traditional holiday-inspired collectibles to entertaining motion-oriented exhibits.

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While all this free entertainment is enough to delight kids of any age, Hyatt Regency San Francisco has the inside track with personal visits from Santa Claus who will be making his appearance during the weekends as well as extended dates for the weekdays leading up to Christmas at Eclipse Restaurant’s Breakfast with Santa. The weekend buffet is offered from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, on November 29 and 30; and December 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20-24. The cost is $29 per adult and $14.50 for children 4-12 while children under four are free (limited to one complimentary child per one adult).

For adults that are interested in a seasonal libations and treats, Eclipse Lounge will feature holiday happy hours throughout December. Offering a special menu every day from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., the Lounge will feature a host of holiday inspired cocktails, at special holiday prices.

Looking to escape kitchen duties during this busy season? Eclipse Restaurant is the perfect “stage” for holiday meals, featuring multi-course dinners as follows: Thanksgiving, November 27 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Christmas Eve, December 24 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Christmas Day, December 25 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; and New Year’s Eve, December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pricing and menu selections will vary for each holiday meal. For dining reservations and additional information, call (415) 291-6581 or visit

As the ultimate gift, Hyatt Regency San Francisco features the most captivating “package” for the holiday season. The Holiday Ice Skating Package features all the benefits of the hotel’s holiday amusements as well as all the nearby festivities at the decked out Embarcadero Center, iconic Ferry Building, cheer-filled ExplOratorium and the bright lights of the Bay Bridge Lights Project. The room package includes accommodations for two; two adult ice skating tickets at the adjacent Holiday Ice Skating Rink; overnight, valet parking; and the coveted Embarcadero Center retailer discount shopping book. Valid from November 5, 2014 through January 4, 2015, rates for this package start at $249. For more information, visit

And, to ring in the New Year, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is in the center of the action just steps from the city’s dynamic New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration. So, for those that want to enjoy the ultimate in luxury and convenience, the hotel is featuring the New Year’s Eve Regency Club Package. Whether guests want to get out into the middle of the Waterfront’s celebration or take in the views from the warmth of the hotel’s cozy Regency Club, this grand package includes a luxury room on one of the top two floors of the hotel, private access to the exclusive Regency Club (open until 1:00 a.m.), Champagne toast at Midnight, , upgraded appetizer and dessert buffet, breakfast for two on New Year’s Day and complimentary valet parking. Rates start at $299 for December 31, 2014. For those interested in pre- or post- New Year’s Eve nights with Regency Club Access, rates start at only $209, but this pre- and post- New Year’s Eve rate does not include breakfast. For more information, visit

For reservations and information, visit or call (800) 233-1234.

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