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November 21, 2017

9 Tours You Need to Take in San Francisco This Holiday Season

There are a number of unique ways to explore San Francisco during the holidays. Take any one of these great holiday-themed tours and see a special side of the city that only comes around once a year.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light
Nov. 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018
Get a guided tour of some of the 37 remarkable works of light art that are on display throughout the city. The Festival of Light lasts until the new year. Visit our Illuminate SF website for more info. 

Bay Adventures
Dec. 9
Join Bay Adventures aboard the classic schooner Freda B for Sausalito's Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Show. It's the 30th anniversary of this colorful tradition, so any passengers should come ready for a celebration!

Big Bus Holiday Light Tours
Dec. 15, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018
Ring in the holiday season aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See San Francisco's festive holiday trees, trimmings and twinkling lights. Enjoy a complimentary treat and jovial jingles. Tours begins from 99 Jefferson St., nightly at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Buy Tickets

San Francisco Fire Engine Tours
Dec. 3-23, departing at 5:45, 7:45 and 9:30 p.m. (subject to weather and availability)
In case a double-decker bus wasn't cool enough for you, how about seeing San Francisco by fire truck? San Francisco Fire Engine Tours will take you through Union Square and along the Embarcadero, among other busy city locations, to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds. Reservations are required, so plan ahead.

City Sightseeing San Francisco's Holiday Lights Tour
Departing at 5:30 and 7 p.m. most days in December (subject to availability)
Jingle those bells and join City Sightseeing for holiday fun on an open-top double-decker bus. View the city's festive trees and lights, sing your favorite seasonal songs, and even enjoy some hot chocolate and candy canes. It's one of the most enjoyable ways to see and learn about San Francisco.

Hornblower Classic Cable Cars Nights and Sights Tour
Through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Day)
A holiday tradition for almost a decade now, this 80-minute tour includes complimentary Boudin's hot cocoa, Santa hats and the songs of the season to make your ride on a motorized cable car a very special journey.

Holidays in Healdsburg Tour
Through Dec. 31
Spending some time beyond San Francisco? Sign up for Wine Country Walking Tours' Holidays in Healdsburg experience. Between the street decorations in town and the delicious tastings from local vintners, your leisurely stroll through Healdsburg will be one you'll always savor. A four-hour afternoon tour that starts at 11 a.m. is offered, as is a two-hour evening tour that begins at 5 p.m.

Gourmet Walks Holiday Lights & Chocolate Tour 
Begins Dec. 1; dates and times available on the website
This three-hour walking tour with the award-winning Gourmet Walks team is a must-do for any chocoholic. Enjoy generous samples at seven famous San Francisco chocolatiers and see the lights of Union Square, the Embarcadero and the Westfield San Francisco Centre.

San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
Nov. 22, 24, 25 and 26; Dec. 26-29
Looking for a different kind of Christmas spirit? Venture out into the city on a San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour—if you dare! Explore some of San Francisco's most haunted sites and hear stories about the city's past that most tour guides wouldn't dream of sharing. Availability is very limited this time of year, so book now!


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