See San Francisco in its holiday splendor with these great seasonal tours.

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October 30, 2018

7 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.

Bay Adventures
Dec. 8, 2018
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!

Big Bus Holiday Light Tours
Dec. 8, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
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.

Hornblower Classic Cable Cars Nights and Sights Tour
Nov. 23 - Dec. 30, 2018 (except Dec. 8, 15, and 25)
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. 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
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. 7; 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.

San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
Nov. 23, 24, and 25; Dec. 26-30
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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