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Westfield San Francisco Centre, the city’s premier destination for world-class fashion, entertainment, and dining, kicks off the holiday season on November 15 by unveiling the second annual 3D holiday light spectacular Illuminique Under the Dome. This memorable launch event includes a special appearance by San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker Snowflakes who will demonstrate dance steps for children ages 8 and under.
“Westfield San Francisco Centre has a long tradition as the city’s most entertaining, exciting and festive place to shop and celebrate the holidays,” said Shelly Schembre, General Manager of Westfield San Francisco Centre. “Guests will not want to miss Illuminique Under the Dome, an enchanting masterpiece that has become a new holiday tradition at the Centre. We’re thrilled that San Francisco Ballet will participate in our light spectacular premiere. It’s all part of the magic and memories created during the holidays at Westfield San Francisco Centre.”
Abounding with good cheer, Westfield San Francisco Centre makes holiday shopping fun and easy. Visitors can take pictures with Santa and four-legged friends can join in the fun with Santa Paws Pet Photos, both offered at Christmas Treasures, a new pop-up holiday shop on Level 4. Shoppers are also encouraged to give back this holiday season by participating in Westfield’s toy drive to benefit local nonprofit organization, South of Market Child Care, Inc.
November 15 Premiere of Illuminique Under the Dome with the SF Ballet’s Nutcracker Snowflakes
Westfield’s iconic dome will come to life each night starting November 15 with Illuminique Under the Dome, a one-of-a-kind animated 3D show that promises to capture the imagination of young and old. Open to the public and free of charge, the November 15 launch event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Level 4 with a demonstration of dance steps for children ages 8 and under by SF Ballet’s Nutcracker Snowflakes. The first 100 children in attendance will receive commemorative tutus. At 5:00 p.m., SF Ballet will unveil the Illuminique Under the Dome light spectacular.
About Illuminique Under the Dome
Illuminique Under the Dome is an enchanting, animated story set in a 19th Century toymaker’s workshop. Old meets new, as the Centre’s elegant 1908 glass dome is transformed into a state-of-the-art surround theater that exhibits the latest in projection mapping technology.

A lively cast of holiday characters including sugar plum fairies, toy soldiers, and gingerbread men are brought to life under the dome. They twirl, drum, and dance in unison creating merry melodies that contribute to a dynamic mechanical orchestra. The 6-minute show crescendos as more toys join the brigade and the entirety of the 102-foot dome becomes one gigantic holiday music machine. The production is an unrivaled “must-see” experience for Bay Area locals and visitors from around the world.

San Francisco-based creative technology studio Obscura Digital conceived and created Illuminique Under the Dome as well as breathtaking building projections the world over, including work at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Guggenheim Museum in New York, and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Illuminique Under the Dome shows will run nightly November 15 – December 31, every half hour from 5:00 p.m. until 30 minutes prior to the Centre’s closing. As holiday hours vary, please visit for extended holiday hours.

SF Ballet Appearances
SF Ballet will make two special appearances at Westfield San Francisco Centre, during which holiday shoppers and aspiring ballerinas can meet the dancers, take photos, collect autographs, and purchase unique holiday merchandise. SF Ballet dancers will be Under the Dome on Level 4 on Saturday, November 17 and December 5, from 5 – 6 p.m.
SF Ballet is America’s oldest professional ballet company and home of America’s original Nutcracker. On Christmas Eve, 1944, SF Ballet presented the American premiere of the Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House. The ballet was an instant sensation and launched a worldwide holiday tradition. The company’s current production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, is set in San Francisco during the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition and introduces audiences of all ages to the magnificent world of ballet. For Nutcracker tickets, please
Illuminique visitors can share the magic of Nutcracker with children and families in need by contributing to SF Ballet’s Children’s Enchantment Fund (CHEF), a program that provides under-served families with the opportunity to see SF Ballet’s Nutcracker free of charge. For many, CHEF offers both a first trip to the War Memorial Opera House and a rare opportunity to see a live dance performance. For more information and to donate to CHEF, please
South of Market Child Care Toy Drive and December 3rd Breakfast with Santa
On December 3, Westfield San Francisco Centre and San Francisco Ballet will host a special Santa breakfast for South of Market Child Care, Inc. (SOMACC), which provides early childhood care and education programs and comprehensive family support services to families in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. SOMACC families in attendance will enjoy a complimentary photo, breakfast and story time with Santa, as well as receive free tickets to a performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker through the CHEF program.
Throughout the holidays, Westfield San Francisco Centre will collect unwrapped toys for SOMACC.  Donations will be accepted at Westfield Concierge located on Level 1 and at Santa’s Pop-Up Holiday Shop Christmas Treasures on Level 4 from November 15 – December 20.
New Pop-Up Holiday Shop Features Photos with Santa
New this year, Westfield San Francisco Centre will launch a pop-up holiday shop, Christmas Treasures, located on Level 4 near the historic Dome. Shoppers will discover a festive selection of holiday decorations, fabulous gift ideas for everyone on their list and have holiday memories captured by taking a photo with Santa.
Also debuting are Santa Paws Pet Photos. Four-legged friends are invited to take photos with Santa on Thursday, November 29, December 6 and December 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Christmas Treasures on Level 4.
Christmas Treasures will be open from November 1 – January 16 during regular mall hours. Hours of operation for Photos with Santa are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., with Christmas Eve hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exciting Shopping & Dining at Westfield San Francisco Centre
Westfield San Francisco Centre makes holiday shopping easy and enjoyable with Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and a fashionable range of over 200 high-end boutiques all under one roof. Newly opened stores will include RED Valentino, Burberry Brit, Tiffany & Co.Onassis ClothingCamper, Godiva Truffle Bar, David’s Tea, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Topshop at Nordstrom, and Gucci at Bloomingdale’s.
After a day of shopping, visitors can cap off their experience with an exquisite meal or a holiday treat from The Restaurant Collection Under the Dome.Guests can enjoy hand-pulled noodles at the newly opened M.Y China by Martin Yan, dine within the handsome décor of LarkCreekSteak, celebrate the flavors of Italy at Cupola Pizzeria, savor the Pan-Asian dishes of Straits Restaurant, or feast on the decadent “Le Dome” dessert at the newly opened La Boulange du Dome.
Transportation to Westfield San Francisco Centre
Westfield San Francisco Centre strives to deliver exceptional customer service and amenities to shoppers. Valet drop off is located on Fifth Street between Mission and Market streets. To make the entire experience at Westfield San Francisco Centre as seamless as possible, shoppers are invited to use the Centre’s Text & Go valet service to get their packages home in a jiffy. Customers simply text ahead when they’re ready to pick up their car.
It’s easy for visitors to arrive in style at Westfield San Francisco Centre from anywhere in the City and the greater Bay Area. BART, MUNI, the Market Street historic trolleys, the Powell Street Cable Car, and the city’s largest parking garage at 5th and Mission all provide immediate access to Westfield San Francisco Centre.

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