The holidays are a special time of year, and there's no better place to celebrate than in San Francisco. From dazzling light displays and festive markets to exciting events and traditional traditions, San Francisco offers something for everyone during the holiday season. Here are the top things to do to celebrate the holidays in the city by the bay.
Visit the Union Square Christmas Tree
The centerpiece of San Francisco's holiday celebrations is the beautiful Christmas tree in Union Square. Standing at over 100 feet tall, this towering tree is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights and ornaments, and is the perfect spot to take a festive selfie or family photo.
Go ice skating at the Embarcadero Center
Nothing says "holidays" quite like ice skating, and San Francisco's Embarcadero Center offers a picturesque outdoor rink where you can glide across the ice with the city's skyline as a stunning backdrop.
Catch a holiday performanceSan Francisco is home to a thriving arts scene, and the holiday season brings a wealth of festive performances to the city. From the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker to the San Francisco Symphony's Holiday Brass concert, there's something for every taste and budget.
Visit a life-sized Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel
See this beautiful, world-renowned, luxury hotel during the winter and see their huge life-size gingerbread house. It is a 2 story sized gingerbread house that you can walk through and fully decked out with Christmas flair.
Visit the world-famous Macy's Holiday Windows:
For over 100 years, Macy's has been dazzling San Francisco residents and visitors with its famous holiday windows. Each year, the department store's windows are transformed into a magical display of lights, animations, and holiday scenes. Be sure to check them out while you're in the city.
With so many fun and festive things to do, the holidays in San Francisco are a truly special time of year. Plan your trip and start celebrating today!