USA Holidays

San Francisco Travel Association Offers Holiday Tips and Ideas

  • Written by Laurie Armstrong

San Francisco Travel, the city's official visitors bureau, offers a sleigh-full of tips and ideas about how to make the most of the holiday season in the City by the Bay.  All accessible at www.sftravel.com/holidays, topics include:

  • 15 Reasons Why San Francisco Is Awesome During the Holidays
  • 13 Ways to Give Back to San Francisco This Holiday Season
  • 2 Unusual, Quirky Gifts You Can Only Find in San Francisco
  • 10 Independent Book Stores Where You Can Find the Perfect Holiday Gift
  • 10 New Holiday Treats in San Francisco 
  • Eight Great Drinks for a Chilly Day in San Francisco
  • Six Must-Sees This Holiday Season
  • Six Things to Do on Christmas Day in San Francisco
  • Four Holiday Markets and Fairs
  • Four Neighborhoods Perfect for Holiday Shopping
  • San Francisco's Holiday Lights, Sights and Decorations
  • The Best Holiday Gingerbread Houses in and Around San Francisco
  • Where to Eat on Christmas Day
  • Things to Do Beyond San Francisco This Holiday Season
  • New Year's Eve Bar Crawls



In addition to all the holiday activity, San Francisco is in the midst of the fourth annual Illuminate SF Festival of Light, a celebration of 35 light art installations spanning 12 neighborhoods of the city, which continues through the end of 2016.  Informative articles on San Francisco Travel's site include:

  • 12 Light Art Destinations in San Francisco That Will Light Up Your Instagram
  • 9 New Light Art Works and More in This Year's Illuminate SF Festival of Light
  • 5 Must-See San Francisco Museums for Light Art Lovers
  • 3 Light Artists You Need to Know About
  • Why San Francisco is Awesome for Light Art
  • What You Need to Know About the Bay Lights
  • Guides to Light Art Around Central Market Street, Civic Center, North Beach, the Embarcadero, Yerba Buena, Bayview and Beyond

San Francisco Travel has also released its first seasonal digital guide. Offering a distinctive “insider tone,” the 28-page guide is filled with reasons to visit San Francisco this season. Readers will find timely tips about major events and festivals, distinctive dining, holiday treats, local shopping and special places throughout the city.

The new guide is designed to reach more visitors earlier in the inspiration and trip-planning phases.  Seasonal sections include “Where to Enjoy the Holidays” and “How to Celebrate Chinese New Year,” as well as where to stay, shop, eat and enjoy warming up on cool winter days.  Many of the articles in the new guide also link to deeper content on San Francisco Travel's website. 

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official destination marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sftravel.com,  read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.  San Francisco Travel also operates Visitor Information Centers at Hallidie Plaza, 900 Market St. at the corner of Powell and Market streets and on the lower level of Macy's Union Square. 

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 44 international cities on 38 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 78 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines.  SFO offers upgraded free Wi-Fi with no advertising.  For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. Follow SFO on www.twitter.com/flysfo and www.facebook.com/flysfo.

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