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December 18, 2017
SF City Hall in Holiday Lights

8 Must-Sees in San Francisco This Holiday Season

The holiday season in San Francisco is just another of our best-kept secrets. It's the perfect time for you to visit! Hotels and airfare are more affordable than other times of the year, and there's no shortage of things to do. Here are just eight of the top can't-miss holiday events coming to San Francisco in 2017.

See A Tree
San Francisco loves the holidays so much that it can’t limit itself to a single giant Christmas tree. There are actually dozens, including Macy’s soaring 80-foot-plus tree in Union Square, an officially nondenominational tree at City Hall, and another majestic tree at PIER 39. Lightings, concerts, and other events will be scheduled soon. And don't forget that you can strap on your skates beneath the Union Square tree. A real-deal ice rink will be constructed for the season! 

Visit PIER 39
The tree lighting won't be the only holiday event at PIER 39. One of San Francisco's most popular visitor destinations, PIER 39 has shops, restaurants, an aquarium, and more. Stay tuned for future announcements about other special, seasonal events.

Marvel at Museums
San Francisco's world renown cultural institutions don't slow down during the holidays. This season, you can see the photographs of Walker Evans at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the paired works of Gustav Klimt and Auguste Rodin at The Legion of Honor, and the treasures of Teotihuacan at the deYoung Museum. There's even a season-specific exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum called Home for the Holidays at Carolwood, where you can see how the famous Disney family spent their Christmases.

Take A Magic Carpet Ride
Speaking of Disney, have you purchased your ticket to see the national tour of Disney's Aladdin? If not, you should hurry up! This production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will only be in San Francisco through Jan. 7, 2018. 

Feel Like A Pro at AT&T Park
Baseball season may be over, but that doesn't mean that AT&T Park is closed to visitors. No matter what time of year, you can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the beautiful ballpark. Go on any of the regularly scheduled tours or plan a customized, private one of your own. It might be the perfect holiday surprise for the aspiring sluggers in your family.

Get Illuminated
Light art will brighten block after block of San Francisco from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day for the Illuminate SF Festival of Light. The annual light fantastic includes 35 dramatic, eco-friendly light art installations that are accessible by public transit and admission-free. A two-month celebration during the longest nights of the year, Illuminate SF features free light art tours, nighttime neighborhood walks, artist talks and participatory experiences. Many of San Francisco’s intimate neighborhoods will also light up shopping districts, streets and galleries, and host participatory holiday activities. 

Explore San Francisco with Big Bus
Tight on time? The best way to see the city is aboard Big Bus. Their hop-on, hop-off routes take you to all the major sights and attractions. During the holiday season, take their special Holiday Lights tour. You'll see San Francisco's festive holiday trees, trimmings, and twinkling lights. Enjoy jovial jingles along with a complimentary seasonal treat from Ghirardelli Chocolate.

Ring in the New Year
If you're looking for something even more sparkly, consider staying in San Francisco for New Year's Eve. Fireworks at midnight over the bay are a sight you won't soon forget. Restaurants, bars, and hotels around the city will be planning special events to say good-bye to 2017. Keep checking our website for more details.


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