As many pause to gather with family and friends, honor their faith, or enjoy a well-deserved day off, SFBay photographer Marlene Sanchez offers a gallery that illuminates different sides of the holiday season in San Francisco.
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Mahlae Balenciaga performs during the Drag on Ice event at the Union Square Ice Rink on December 10, 2015.
Holiday decorations are displayed inside the Ferry Building Market.
Lawrence Mesta, a food bank employee, poses for a portrait at the San Francisco Food Bank with some of the turkeys that will be distributed to hot meal programs in the Bay Area during the holiday season.
Rabbi Yosef Langer walks around with a torch during the final Menorah Candle Lighting at Union Square Park on Sunday, December 13.
Jamaican Winter (front), The Bravo Zulu (right) and the Winter Whiskers (left) are a part of Rye’s Winter season cocktails in San Francisco. Jamaican Winter is made with rum, Creme de Cacao, a whole egg, half and half milk, vanilla ice cream, bitters and grated cinnamon. The Bravo Zulu is made with Bacardi Superior, Noilly Prat Rouge, lime juice, pineapple juice, and cinnimon syrup. The Winter Whiskers contains bourbon, apple juice, bitters, black tea syrup, lemon, and an apple garnish.
Holiday lights are displayed at Justin Herman Plaza.
Tom Clickenbeard poses for a portrait where he works at Christmas Tree Jamboree in the Bayview District.
People ride the holiday transporation car in Union Square during Santacon on Saturday, December 12.
Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein pose for a portrait in front of their home known as the “Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree” on 21st Street in Noe Valley. The house has been decorated during the holidays for 28 years. In their hand they hold ornaments that were made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rainbow flag.
People dressed in santa outfits flock to Union Square Park to party during the annual Santacon.
George Washington High School Choir performs during the Salvation Army Bell Ringing event in Union Square on Friday, December 11, 2015.
A person dressed as a polar bear stands near the entrance of the San Francisco Zoo during their Christmas themed event, Zoo Lights on December 18, 2015.
Kathleen Egan (far left) and her son JJ Kirkland visit santa during the San Francisco Zoo’s Christmas event, Zoo Lights, on December 18, 2015.
Photos by Marlene Sanchez/SFBay