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'Tis the Season for Science and Reindeer!

  • Address:
    55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco, CA 94118
  • Time: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This holiday season, your winter wonderland is in the heart of San Francisco. Frolic under outdoor snow flurries, enjoy dazzling decorations, and meet two impressively antlered reindeer in the East Garden.

Dates & Times: Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021, Monday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Academy's annual tradition,‘Tis the Season for Science, returns this year for a safe, physically distanced outdoor celebration of one of the symbols of the season: Reindeer! 

Under twice-hourly snow flurries, learn about the remarkable adaptations that allow reindeer to thrive in frigid Arctic realms and migrate incredible distances each year—on foot, contrary to popular belief…

The reindeer are in residence November 20 through January 3, 2021. Please welcome Peppermint and Cookie, our dashing reindeer duo!