8 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.
Dec. 14, 2019
Join Bay Adventures aboard the classic schooner Freda B for Sausalito's Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Show. Passengers should come ready for a celebration! www.schoonerfredab.com
Big Bus Holiday Light Tours
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.
San Francisco Fire Engine Tours
Departing at 5:45, 7:45 and 9:30 p.m. this December (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. www.fireenginetours.com
Hornblower Classic Cable Cars Nights and Sights Tour
Nov. 22 - Dec. 30, 2019 (except Nov. 28, Dec. 25, and 31)
A holiday tradition for almost a decade now, this 90-minute tour includes complimentary 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
Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, 2019
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. www.winecountrywalkingtours.com
Gourmet Walks Holiday Lights & Chocolate Tour
Begins Dec. 6; dates and times available on 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. www.gourmetwalks.com
Lucky Tuk Tuk
Nov. 29-Dec. 20, 2019
Experience holiday lights and sights in San Francisco aboard Lucky Tuk Tuk. This two-hour tour is complete with a six-passenger light-decorated rickshaw equipped with hot cocoa, candy canes, Santa hats and sing-along karaoke. Buckle up because this is about to be a jolly ride.
San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
Nov. 27-31, 2019
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! https://www.sfghosthunt.com/