San Francisco at Christmastime

posted by Sharon Odegaard 24 Comments
San Francisco Christmas

San Francisco at Christmastime is a charming place to enjoy the holidays. You will find seasonal decor everywhere, with lights in the windows adding to the usual ambience. There are an abundance o Christmas trees and decorations to cheer you. Here are a few highlights from our recent visit to San Francisco at Christmastime.

The Christmas tree in Union Square dazzles.

San Francisco Christmas San FranciscoSan Francisco ChristmasMacy’s added new window dressing this year that’s a real crowd pleaser. Puppies from a shelter tumble and frolic — and they are adoptable. What a great way to help get these pups in a new home for the holidays. San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco Christmas

Visit Union Square in the Evening

Of course, Union Square all lit up at night is the best. San FranciscoSan Francisco Christmas

The Cable Cars Get in the Holiday Spirit

Cable cars ply their routes dressed up for Christmas, too. Rides are extra fun this way. San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco Christmas

Fisherman’s Wharf Features a Tall Christmas Tree

Here’s the Christmas tree at Pier 39, on Fisherman’s Wharf. Pier 39 San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasEven the vintage street cars sport red and green.  San Francisco Christmas

Hotel Decor Adds to the Fun

We stayed at the Hilton on Union Square, which is a lovely hotel in any season. The hotel goes all out for the holidays. San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco Christmas

Other Places to Enjoy the Holidays on Union Square

Our go-to breakfast restaurant is Sears on Union Square. This 80-year-0ld establishment has served some famous people, and it’s often filled with regular patrons. The Swedish pancakes can’t be beat. San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasThe venerable St. Francis Hotel on Union Square decks out its lobby and halls for Christmas. San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco Christmas

Our time in San Francisco boosted our holiday spirits to ultra bright.  How about you? Where do you enjoy going during this season? San Francisco ChristmasSan Francisco

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Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin at

So pretty!! I so want to make it that way one day!

Milette at

So cute and Christmassy!!

farragio at

Beautiful, eye-catching photos!

William Kendall at

The city is definitely beautifully decorated for Christmas. The pups are adorable, and my favourite of those trees is the one with the period photographs among the branches. It reminds me of one I photographed here yesterday.

Heidrun at

It’s my dream to visit San Francisco!

Carol at

Another fun adventure in one of my favorite cities!

Lydia C. Lee at

Very festive indeed!

Fun60 at

Looks so festive especially the cable cars.

klara at

very festive. nice images.

page at

i’ve never been to SF but this trip looks so lovely and fun!! and loveee that puppy photo! x

Lady Fi at

Wow – everything is big and gloriously festive!

Jim, Sydney, Australia at

The city looks beautiful.

dee Nambiar at

We’d planned to drive to SF over the weekend to see how festive it looked but the rain on Sunday made us cancel our plans. :(. Your pictures quite make up for it. 🙂
(I don’t know if we’d be able to do it this weekend.:-/)
Merry Christmas, Sharon. 🙂

Su-sieee! Mac at

When I lived in SF as a younger thing a lifetime ago, I liked to sit in the Fairmont lobby at Christmas time. Good times. I enjoyed seeing the city through your photos. Merry Christmas!

Brooke of Passport Couture at

I’ve been thinking about where I want to explore for the holidays in San Francisco, and I’m glad I found your post to guide me. It looks like the city is not afraid of going all out for Christmas. Can’t wait to see some of these colorful displays!

Out On the Prairie at

Love seeing all the sights and could feel a lovely town.I lived there near the old mint and then moved over to Sausalito. I started in Culver City before moving north. Miss being there, was out in 08 ;last

Deborah Regen at

I have been to San Francisco twice and loved my visit both times! Such a unique US city in so many ways. I find the cable cars done up in garlands and other holiday decor just charming! Love all the fresh seafood, old world Italian restaurants, Chinatown, and of course Ghiradelli chocolates! #feetdotravel

Jeanna at

You got some fantastic photos, Sharon, inside, outside and nighttime. This time of year I’m just trying to make it through the holidays but SF looks incredible and merry, a holly jolly cable car sounds like a gas. Sears has a restaurant? Did I read that right?

Angie (FeetDoTravel) at

So many wonderful decorations, and the trees are huge! Great to see the cable cars weren’t forgotten. It’s always such a pretty time of year, and San Fran has done you all proud. Merry Christmas. #feetdotravel

Esther at

Aww, this looks awesome. I visited SF years ago during Halloween and we could just feel the holiday season getting started. It’s the perfect place to catch the atmosphere 🙂

image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup at

Lovely photos – so festive!
Thanks for sharing at
Merry Christmas and New Years Blessings to you!

Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) at

This is fabulous! We love San Francisco, but have never been there during the Holidays. Wow!! Had no idea what we were missing. Like New York, the Macy’s displays are awesome, but everything else…just so great. You’ve planted a seed for our next Christmas trip! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on #WeekendWanderlust!

Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) at

Almost forgot – Merry Christmas Sharon! It’s been so great reading along with your travels this year. All the best for the Holidays & beyond!

California Globetrotter at

I’d have to agree that Xmas in SF is a wonderful time! I haven’t necessarily been there for Christmas but for NYE and the decorations were still up and they were sooo beautiful! #FeetDoTravel


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