The trees are lit up downtown for the holidays, none more brightly than the Christmas Tree in Union Square. The backdrop against The Saint Francis Hotel, which has its own spectacularly bedecked lobby this season, is the height of San Francisco's winter urbanity. The outline of the skyscrapers each season and the rapid turn from the warmth of October days to the stormy unpredictable Holiday Season and crowd-filled sidewalks is a reminder that the darkest time of year is also a festival of lights.
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