Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco. This city needs no introduction, across storied and unique neighborhoods, charming corners, cool weather, and the center 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 holiday season festivals and events, and get ready to explore!

Holiday Season at Westin St. Francis

Around San Francisco, there is one attraction of the holiday season that keeps on giving, the Westin St. Francis! This iconic San Francisco hotel is renowned for its beauty and commitment to the holiday spirit, providing a number of activities for family outings, date nights, group activities, and solo travelers alike to enjoy. The most famous of these is the Tea Room, where visitors can enjoy the pleasures of holiday tea, pastries, finger sandwiches, and delectable treats along with generous pots of tea. For other travelers, there are also wine tastings also held throughout the winter here at the Westin. Accompanying the Westin is also an outdoor ice skating rink providing an outlet in the cool nighttime air and a flagship Macy’s where visitors can get holiday shopping done in one go. No matter your holiday season plans around San Francisco this year, be sure to keep an eye out for the events happening near the Westin St. Francis.

The Merry Ferry Building

The Ferry Building is a staple for foodies, shoppers, and anyone looking for a fun (and delicious) outing year-round in San Francisco. During the holiday season, however, watch San Francisco don the lights and colors of the holidays, and bring a bit of festive joy to its grounds. The familiar open aircraft, farmers, and food market takes a turn for the holidays, and is a great stop for visitors to pick up Christmas gifts, souvenirs, treats to share, and is a great photo opportunity given the central location. Bring your Christmas list, cameras, and appetite to this part of San Francisco, and enjoy some of the best in small business all in one spot.

Renegade Craft Fair

For those visitors looking for a truly one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir, the Renegade Craft Fair is a great experience. Some of the nation’s best independent artists, craftsmen, and studios come to display and showcase their wares, providing shopping as far as the eye can see. Also present are the many closer, in-depth looks and explanations of the work by the artists themselves, as well as live music, food trucks, and opportunities to really get to know small businesses here in the Bay. Bring the whole party to the Renegade Craft Fair and enjoy shopping for truly unique soaps, clothing, jewelry, coffee, tea, beverages, pastries, plants, and artwork all in one place!

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