Photo by Kelsey Johnson
San Francisco is known for it's ability to capture the heart of many a visitor, however any local will tell you that it's especially true during the holidays. Here are some of our favorite places in the city to celebrate the magic of the season.
1.) The Palace Hotel- It wouldn't be the holidays without our traditional Team Canvas martini at The Palace Hotel. We love sinking into their comfy couches on a cold night, surrounded by lights and toasting to the season.
2.) The Fairmont Hotel Gingerbread House- Every year they transform their lobby into a winter wonderland with an amazing two story edible gingerbread house and giant tree. After walking through the main house, stop off at the mini-house for animals that's just as adorable.
3.) The Nutcracker - A San Francisco classic, since it made its original US debut here. We love the Victorian scenery and magical performances that are great for kids and kids at heart. Care to gift a child in need a ticket? Here's a link to make a donation to the Enchantment Fund.
4.) Window Shopping at Macy's Union Square- Forget the clothes, we fall in love with the adorable (and adoptable) kittens and puppies who bring Macy's holiday windows to life every year. We dare you to walk by and not want to take one home!
5.) Play It Hot and Cold -Our city is a foodie paradise and there are many fun options for holiday sweets. Here are two at the top of our list this year:
Hot Cocoa At Dandelion -Warm up on a foggy night with hot cocoa at Dandelion Chocolate in the mission or at the Ferry Building. Don't skimp on the handmade marshmallow.
Bi-Rite Creamery - If your sweet tooth hasn't gotten enough, we are big fans of Bi-Rite Creamery's Seasonal Flavors. Sample them all at their Mission location--and don't miss our favorites --the Candy Cane and Sticky Toffee Pudding.