Meet the Sullivans: Christmastime in Union Square

December 23, 2010

Christmastime in Union Square

Last weekend Keith and I made our annual Christmas trip up to San Francisco's Union Square for date night. We have been doing this together every year since we started dating, so this was year seven. In the past we've gone to see Wicked or The Christmas Carol and gone to dinner, and in other years like this one we shop, look at the beauty that is The City at Christmas and have a nice dinner.

This year we started out in the St. Francis Hotel. in the Landmark Lobby they have this giant sugar castles. It was created by Executive Pastry Chef, Jean-Francois Houdré. It was beautiful! It stands 12-feet tall, rotates, is 100% edible and weighs more than 1,200 pounds! It is truly a work of art. I only wish our Gingerbread House could look half as good!

The streets were wet that night because of all the storms we had been experiencing, luckily for us it stayed dry as we wandered the streets. The building with all the wreaths is Macy's and the "trolly" is actually not the real deal, it was a party bus full of "Santas" enjoying some "cheer".

Wouldn't be a California Christmas without a palm tree all lit up in lights! I love the city at night during Christmastime. It feels so old and makes me think of all my Dad, grandparents and ancestors who grew and lived in the city and what it must have been like back in the 1800's when my family first moved to the US.

This is an 80-foot tall Shasta White Fir from Mount Shasta. My little 9 1/2 footer looks teeny tiny compared to this one! 

Keith and I in front of the tree.  Someday I'll have to get all of our "standing in front of the Union Square Tree" pictures together in one place.

For the past week few years they have also set up a skating rink in Union Square. It is beautiful!  Two years ago we bought tickets to skate (you have to plan ahead), but this year we decided to stick to dinner, lights and shopping.

The ultimate dream; a multi-floor Williams-Sonoma. I'm sure you won't be surprised when I tell you we stopped in here twice!

It sure was purty in there! They had all sorts of yummy samples going; hot chocolate (which I have sitting in my cabinet waiting to be made!), hot apple cider, peppermint bark...and the list goes on. We bought a few goodies and then headed to dinner.

In years past we've tried to get into Scala's for dinner without reservations (silly us!) but this year I got smart and made reservations well in advance. The executive chef is Jennifer Biesty from Top Chef season 4. I have to tell you it was the best dinner I have ever had! I had the Lamb Risotto and Keith had the Orecchiette & Italian Sausage. Yum! 

Handsome husband at dinner! 

I'm already looking forward to next year's trip up there! It was so much fun!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How fun!!!! What a great date night idea!!!! :) I love SF. I work not far from Union Square!