The City by the Bay is decking the halls! As winter draws nearer, revel in the delights of San Francisco’s holiday cheer coming to life. From Fishermen’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge, expect to see elaborate displays of wreaths, garlands, and holiday lights to strike lasting memories in the minds of you and your family! Here are some of our recommendations for the best holiday lights in San Francisco:
Picardy Drive: A short drive outside of the city, Picardy Drive consists of charming 1920s-era houses with endearing turrets, arched windows, and peaked roofs. The houses themselves are a spectacle – but they’re especially enchanting when adorned with strings of lights and décor! Some homeowners embrace the jovial spirit more than others, so take a drive along Picardy from 55th Ave to Seminary Drive to experience it all!
Union Square: At 6pm on November 29, 2013, head over to the Macy’s 24th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square Park! It’s an excellent opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping, with many sales geared toward the commemorative day. With your Go San Francisco Card, you’ll receive an extra 10% off on your Macy’s Purchase! Arrive early, do some shopping, and stake out a desirable vantage point for the tree lighting. Before heading over to Union Square at night, spend your day visit the neighboring attractions – including GoCar Tours, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the California Historical Society, the Cartoon Museum, and others with your Go San Francisco Card !
City Hall: Just down the road from Union Square, you’ll encounter another beloved winter wonderland. City Hall hosts the World Tree of Hope each year – comprised of thousands of origami paper cranes bearing wishes from around the world. Pay a visit to the nearby Asian Art Museum for a culturally unique take on the holidays!
Don’t feel like hunting down the holiday lights? Chances are you’ll encounter the jovial displays all around the city – intentionally or otherwise! San Francisco is known to embrace the holiday spirit, so expect to experience all the magic of the season without being buried in snow. Lucky for you, though, winter temperatures average in the mid 50’s, so you can still sport that ugly holiday sweater as you skirt around town!