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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime Park Announces Two Special Dec. 8 Christmas Programs

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Two special Christmas programs with a definite maritime feel will be offered to the public on Dec. 8, 2012 at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

The first program, Christmas At Sea, will be held Dec. 8, 2012, at 3 p.m. on board the historic sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, and will present unique family fun for all.

christmas_at_sea_santaThis special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, and a special visit from Santa Claus. The Dogwatch Nautical Band starts the festivities at 3 p.m., performing traditional sea chanteys with a holiday twist.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the popular ornament-making activities and refreshments from 3 to 4:45 p.m. As the band concludes its performance, a park ranger will read a popular holiday story.

Another highlight of the celebration will be the arrival of the jolly fellow in the red coat. Santa arrives at 4:20 p.m., and will listen to children's wishes until the program ends at 4:45 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults. Ages 15 and under are admitted at no charge (with adult supervision). Free with national park passes.

Then from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's costumed Living History players will present its annual Old Time Maritime Christmas, bringing maritime history to life in this unique holiday program.

Turn the clock back to Christmas in the year 1901, where you will meet and talk with captains, wives, and crews aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier.

Lamp lit guided tours leave every 20 minutes from the entrance to Hyde Street Pier until 7:40 p.m. With the lights of San Francisco twinkling in the background, the historic ships and characters offer a memorable Holiday experience.

The program is free, but reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (415) 447-5000.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, in San Francisco.

The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, Maritime Museum, and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, call (415) 447-5000 or visit the park's Web site at
www.nps.gov/safr .

 
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