Best Area to Stay in San Francisco for the Holidays
If you're looking to stay in the city for holiday festivities, you will want to book your room in advance as November and December have the best hotel rates of the year. If you're looking to come to San Francisco for New Year's Eve, here are our recommendations.
Best Area to Stay Near the Ghirardelli Square and PIER 39 Tree Lightings: Fisherman’s Wharf
Each November, PIER 39 and Ghirardelli Square host their tree lighting celebrations to welcome the holiday season. And while details are still being planned, you can always count on plenty of holly-jolly magic and merriment for the whole family. Stay within walking distance of the Wharf to catch the lighting of these two majestic trees and other festivities.
Best Area to Stay Near the Holiday Concerts: Civic Center
Love a good show? Every year, the San Francisco Symphony offers a festive lineup of concerts, performances and musical events for all ages to enjoy. The Symphony often offers an array of award-winning artists performing holiday favorites with the Orchestra. Stay at a nearby hotel and make plans for dinner, a concert and plan for a night cap.
Best Areas to Stay Near Gingerbread Houses and Castles: Union Square and Nob Hill
The holiday spirit comes alive with the opening of the famous gingerbread houses. Every year several Union Square and Nob Hill hotels, including the Fairmont San Francisco and the Westin St. Francis create one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses and castles decked out with colorful ornaments, elaborate gift boxes, candies and trees. It’s sure to be a sight to see.
Best Areas to Stay for Ice Skating: Embarcadero
While there will be plenty of holiday cheer taking place around Union Square, you can always count on the Embarcadero Center to brighten the holidays with their annual Building Lighting Ceremony & Carnival. Ice-skating enthusiasts can skate to their hearts content under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront at the largest outdoor rink in San Francisco.
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