Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around San Francisco, CA

San Francisco. This city needs no introduction, across storied and unique neighborhoods, charming corners, cool weather and the centre of the Bay Area, it comes as no surprise that there is always something happening here. Whether you’ve made San Francisco your holiday season travel destination, visiting friends and family or a local who’s curious to see what’s around home- read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve, and get ready to explore!

Waterfront Fireworks

Make a memorable night out of the many sights, sounds ( and tastes! ) of San Francisco’s waterfront and spend your evening here, near the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge. This wildly popular New Year’s Eve event is not without due reason- the sights of fireworks over the Bay is something not to miss if you’ll be here for the holidays. Aside from the sight of the firework display itself, there is also the famous concentration of eateries, dining options, bars, shops and iconic attractions along these areas of the city. Aside from these picturesque and entertaining options, there is also the number of parks and green spaces in close proximity to this area, allowing for picnicking and outdoors activities to fit into your New Year’s Eve plans. Bring the whole group to the waterfront this New Year’s Eve, where there’s something for everyone.

San Francisco San Wan

Also known as Sen Yun over North America, this spectacle of Chinese performing arts, dance and music is something to witness for those in the concert going mood this New Year’s Eve. The troupe famously has shows throughout the holiday season, and goes hand in hand with the city’s strong Chinese heritage.  Travelers of all ages and interests will enjoy the pageantry and skill of acrobats, dancers, actors and musicians as you and the audience are spirited away into the world of Chinese opera. Come experience a truly special New Year’s Eve and reserve your seat at a holiday season performance of the San Wan troupe.

Tours of the bay

Whether by water or by land, a number of cruises over the bay and tours via double decker bus are great options to see so much of the city and its surroundings, to end (or start) your long New Year’s Eve night. With so much to see around the city and the Bay Area, this is a good option for those with shorter stays in the city but still want to see so much that San Francisco has to offer. 

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