5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in San Francisco

The holiday season is near! But with so many options it may become tricky to choose which ones are the most worthwhile. The holiday season is a magical time with crisp air, a vibrant atmosphere, and festive lights decorating the streets. Here are the top five things to do in San Francisco this year:

Union Square Festivities

Union Square is the most popular destination in SF during holidays. It’s home to some of the best holiday events and activities.

The Union Square Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Ceremony typically takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving. The beautiful Christmas Tree, with more than 40,000 twinkling lights, provides a perfect spot for visitors to take pictures. Union Square's central location, its iconic hotels, and shopping centers make it a must-visit spot during holidays. For the best view of Union Square, enjoy happy hour from the outdoor patio on the rooftop of the Macy’s building.

The Great Dickens Fair

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a long-standing holiday tradition for San Francisco locals and tourists alike. Why not try traditional English foods, enjoy theatrical performances, shop from the numerous gift booths, and experience what Christmas was like during Victorian times at this fair!

Ice Skating

Ice skating is such a fun activity for all ages. Visit the Safeway Holiday ice rink in Union Square to ice skate with your loved ones. Other popular ice rink options include the Embarcadero Center ice rink and T-Mobile Winter Park at Civic Center Plaza.

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker

The San Francisco Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is one of the most anticipated events of the season. First performed in 1944 by the SF ballet — one of the oldest ballet companies in the United States — this ballet performance has become a holiday tradition. The show is recommended for ages 5 and above.

Lastly, get some Christmas shopping done at Pier 39. It’s a great place to shop with local entertainment and a view of the SF bay.

These top things to do in SF during the holidays truly provide a magical vibe to the Winter holidays. Soma at 788, which is conveniently located near these attractions, lets you enjoy these with luxury & comfort. Schedule your visit and check out the available apartments at Soma at 788 today.

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