Christmas in San Francisco

Things to Do During the Holiday Season

During the Christmas season, the city of San Francisco is a magical place to be. From the huge Christmas trees in the squares to the fun window displays of the large shops, to the lights and events around the city, everything comes alive this time of year. If you're visiting during this special season, here are the best things to see and do in San Francisco during the holidays.
Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral on Nob Hill. The beautiful building is known for its mosaics, two labyrinths, and impressive stained glass windows.
1170 California Street, Nob Hill, SF, California, 94108
Holy Virgin Cathedral
This is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside of Russia. Located in the Richmond District, the large golden domes can be seen from a distance. Regular services are offered.
6210 Geary Boulevard, Richmond, San Francisco, California, 94121
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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
This concert hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony and has more than 2,500 seats. With regular events and concerts throughout the year, it's a fantastic venue for a date night or for any culture lover.
201 Van Ness Avenue, Hayes Valley, SF, California, 94102
Mission Delores
Also called Mission Dolores, Mission San Francisco de Asis is the oldest remaining structure in San Francisco. The mission was founded in 1776 by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Francisco Palóu. Regular Catholic services are offered in the larger basilica, and visitors can also see the Old Mission which contains gorgeous murals, as well as the historic cemetery on the grounds.
19 Chula Lane, Duboce Triangle, SF, California, 94114
Union Square
Union Square
Union Square is one of the most famous public plazas in San Francisco. It's surrounded by some of the city's best shopping, theaters, and tourist attractions and is bordered by Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton Streets.

Union Square also has a number of high end hotels, world class restaurants, as well as green space where visitors can hang out. Fashion lovers will appreciate the area's top rated shopping. Almost any brand you can think of has a store in the area.
Union Square, SF, California, 94104
War Memorial Opera House
On Van Ness Avenue near City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House has been the home of the San Francisco Opera since 1932! With events throughout the year, grab a ticket whether you're a local or a visitor, because you'll be blown away by the ambiance, atmosphere, and stunning performances hosted here.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California, 94102
How much are the Christmas activities in San Francisco?

Prices for activities, things to do, and tours range from $5 to $175. The average cost for a tour or tickets is $75. A few of the best options are below.

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San Francisco has plenty more to offer, so see also our other articles: The Best Children's Museums in San Francisco and Things to Do in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
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