9 Bay Area Holiday Festivities You Don’t Want to Miss!

San Francisco offers natives and visitors the chance to experience the holidays with beautiful light displays, art, music, and much more. See what holiday activities the vibrant bay area boasts!

Holiday Gingerbread Tea

Holiday Gingerbread Tea

November 28th-December 30th

Celebrate the holidays in the lap of luxury at the Laurel Court Restaurant and bar within the iconic Fairmount San Francisco. The hotel showcases an ornate gingerbread house, made with real gingerbread, icing, and candy! Indulge in world-class cuisine while taking in the joyful sites!

Illuminate Art Display

Illuminate Art Display

November 27th-January 1st

See the light this holiday season at the Illuminate San Francisco Light Art city-wide display. Get inspired, viewing some of the city’s most notable light artists such as Ned Kahn, James Turrell, and Leo Villareal. Enjoy this free 36 day art-event while exploring all the various neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Boat Parade

Boat Parade

December 11th

Participate in a long-standing holiday tradition this year while viewing over 60 decorated boats. The Fisherman’s Warf is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. Enjoy fresh seafood at one of the various restaurants surrounding the harbor.

The Nutcraker

The Nutcracker

December 16th-January 1st

Experience the spirit of Tchaikovsky’s the Nutcraker at the San Francisco Ballet. Since 1944, this ballet has been a holiday favorite of San Francisco natives and visitors alike. The ultra-talented ballet dancer’s interpretation of the story is awe-inspiring and graceful.

SantaCon

SantaCon

December 12th

Dress up as Santa or simply wear an ugly sweater to this massive pub crawl. Spend valuable time with your buddies in a variety of different bars, lounges, and pubs while spreading holiday joyfulness! Be prepared to scream Ho HoHo all day at this fan-favorite event!

Winter Celebration

Winter Celebration

December 10th

The annual celebration of the holiday season includes the Bernal Jazz Quartet who will play fabulous music. Children have the ability to create festive crafts while listening to smooth jazz. Are you a holiday cookie enthusiast? Bring your best batch for a chance to win the Best Holiday Cookie Contest!

San Francisco Bazaar

San Francisco Bazaar

December 13th-December 14th

The San Francisco Bazaar offers visitors the chance to meet some of the city’s most innovative artists, designers, and craftsmen! Purchase ceramics, art, clothing, and much more at this holiday spectacular event! There will be a raffle, photo booth, and a DJ if you need a break from shopping!

Holiday Cable Car Tours

Holiday Cable Car Tours

Perfect for children and parents, the Holiday Cable Car Tours last for 70 minutes and let passengers view some of San Francisco’s best lighting displays. Sing along to holiday tunes while taking in the sites! Receive a complimentary Santa hat with any admission ticket.

Dickens Christmas Fair

Dickens Christmas Fair

Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in “London”, where it’s always Christmas and the streets are filled with celebration! Taking a stroll through the completely transformed Cow Palace, you will see beautiful era-specific costumes, street vendors selling their wares, carolers, and plenty of opportunities to get a warm hot chocolate.

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