Your Guide to Spending the Holidays in San Francisco

Your Guide to Spending the Holidays in San Francisco

There’s no shortage of things to do in San Francisco over the holidays! In fact, there’s so many fun activities, pop ups, and events, that it can be really stressful deciding which one to go to. Here’s your guide to avoiding a nasty case of FOMO!
What To Do:
  1. See the Christmas display at the Walt Disney Family Museum- You can see how the Disney family used to spend Christmas, and learn some cool Disney movie and parks trivia while you’re there!
  2. See the Illuminate SF Festival of Lights- Two blocks of downtown San Francisco are lit up from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve- it’s worth seeing, even if it is a little bit blinding!
  3. Visit Pier 39- A must see anytime you’re in San Francisco, Pier 39 is even more magical around the holidays.
  4. See the rescue animals at Macy’s- For the month of December, Macy’s has rescue animals that need homes in the display windows, so you can finish your Christmas shopping and adopt your new (BFF) best furry friend at the same time.
  5. Take the Big Bus holiday lights tour- Even if you’re not a tourist in San Francisco, this is definitely worth doing!

Where to Eat

  1. Holiday Afternoon Gingerbread Tea at the Fairmont- There are plenty of cool afternoon holiday teas in San Francisco, but this stands out- because of the two story, life size gingerbread house. Although you can’t eat it, I hear the gingerbread at the tea is delicious, albeit smaller.
  2. Winter Walk SF- I had to debate for a while whether to put this in ‘what to do’ or ‘where to eat’. Winter Walk SF is an outdoor street fair/festival/market that’s open every night until January. The food is legendary- ever had deep fried eggnog?
  3. Ghiradelli Square- Visit fisherman’s wharf, eat the best truffles in San Francisco, and see a Christmas tree decorated with chocolate ornaments. Need I say more?
  4. Eat some fish at Pesce e Riso- From December 19-24, you can eat a traditional Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes at this San Francisco staple restaurant.
  5. Get your fix of holiday lights AND chocolate on the Gourmet Walks holiday lights and chocolate tour- See some of the city’s best lights while drinking hot chocolate and nibbling fudge!

What to Wear

  1. Warm, waterproof bomber jacket- Don’t trust the weather forecast- rain is inevitable in San Francisco.
  2. Cashmere scarf- Cashmere is having a moment, especially on the West Coast.
  3. Combat boots- SF is all about military chic. Is military chic a thing? I’m calling it a thing. It’s a thing.
  4. Crossbody bags- Large enough to hold an umbrella, small enough to not slow you down.
  5. Cable knit sweater- A cable knit sweater will keep you warm while you jump on and off cable cars.