6 Things to do in San Francisco on Christmas Day


To do list on christmas

The holidays make San Francisco more beautiful than it already is. Here are a couple of activities to do on one of the happiest days of the year.

  1. Go ice skating in your favorite skating rink.

    Although San Francisco is considerably warmer than other cities, you are still free to enjoy this delightful winter activity with friends and family.
    There are four ice skating rinks in Downtown San Francisco, so you need not go far:

    1. Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center
    2. Embarcadero Center Holiday Ice Rink
    3. The Winter Park at Civic Center (opening on November 30)
    4. Union Square Ice Rink

  2. Greet the sea lions a merry Christmas.

    Are you planning on taking the kids out? Most of Pier 39 is closed for the holidays, but that shouldn’t stop you from paying some of San Francisco’s most famous residents a visit. Take pictures with the sea lions and the giant Christmas tree, stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf, and grab some lunch along the way.

  3. Have Christmas brunch with the family at the Palace Hotel.

    Christmas is all about treating yourself and your family, so why not reserve a table at The Palace Hotel for their brunch service? Spoil the rest of the family to a scrumptious buffet spread. Afterwards, enjoy a nice and relaxing tea time.

    The Palace Hotel’s Christmas Day Brunch costs $155 for adults and $80 for kids aged 5 to 12 years. Click here for more information.

  4. Visit the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens.

    Another family-friendly affair for Christmas Day is a trip to the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, which is open for the rest of the holidays. This year, their holiday highlight is the Reindeer Romp, which will run from November 17, 2018 until the first day of January 2019. Don’t forget to say hi to the rest of the zoo’s 2,000 residents.

    Zoo members get to go inside free, while ticket prices for regular visitors start at $17. San Francisco residents, however, get to enjoy special discounts. Click here to learn more.

  5. Visit the Gingerbread House at the Fairmont San Francisco.

    For years, the Fairmont’s Gingerbread House has attracted tourists from different parts of the country. This year, the Gingerbread House is going to be even grander. It will stand a total of 25 feet high, featuring approximately 10,200 bricks made of gingerbread, and 3,300 pounds of icing.

    Guests are also open to book a private dining space for a party of 10 inside the Gingerbread House. Call (415) 772-5144 to inquire.

  6. Drive out of the city to Muir Woods.

    Christmas Day is expected to attract large numbers of crowds to San Francisco. To avoid all the people, an alternative would be to drive out of the city and explore the rich outdoor recreation in the Bay Area. One favorite would be the Muir Woods National Monument.

    Famed for its collection of old-growth redwood trees, Muir Woods is sure to provide a welcome escape for the holidays. Call 1-800-410-2419 to make reservations for your group. For more information, visit this page.

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