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The Most Wonderful Things To Do For The Holidays in San Francisco

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast On the Town in San Francisco

Wonderful as it can be to host a Thanksgiving dinner with family or friends, sometimes you want a holiday meal you don’t have to spend hours preparing—and then hours cleaning up after. Spending Thanksgiving weekend at Tilden Hotel, you’ve got some of the top restaurants in San Francisco right at your fingertips, which means a Turkey Day feast without the stress and the hassle.
Discover the extensive multi-course Thanksgiving menus on offer at the following restaurants:

  • Presidio Social Club (563 Ruger St)
  • VILLON (1100 Market St)
  • Zinger Ristorante & Jazz Bar (501 Post St)
  • Top of the Mark (999 California St), where you can pair your lavish meal with panoramic views of the city

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Volunteer & Give Back

For the season of giving, this is a great time to volunteer and give back.  A few ways to give back to the community this year:

  • Thanksgiving Day Block Party
    San Francisco City Impact is reaching out to the Tenderloin Community with a Thanksgiving Day Block Party that aims to deliver 5,000 hot meals to homes, serve 300 a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, and deliver 500 grocery bags.
    Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 8:30 am to 2 pm | 230 Jones Street, San Francisco
  • SF-Marin Food Bank
    41,000 people count on the SF-Marin Food Bank every week. Make a hands-on difference by volunteering in the warehouse or in the community. Sign up online to volunteer. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, Help us Feed the Need on Saturday, November 23.
  • SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s
    Volunteer to help spread holiday cheer at the annual holiday SPCA pop-up adoption center at Macy’s. Although the adoption center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, it’s open every other day for the holidays. Sign up online to volunteer at the Holiday Windows. Please note the shifts fill up quickly.
  • Glide Thanksgiving Meals
    Put on your apron and come to GLIDE to help chop, dice, mix and slice in preparation for their Annual Thanksgiving Day breakfast or lunch and come serve thousands complete Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings to individuals and families.
    Thursday, November 28, 2019 | Various shifts | 330 Ellis St., San Francisco

Go Ice Skating at Union Square

Beginning November 6th and running through late January, Union Square—just steps away from Tilden—hosts a super-popular ice skating rink that makes the perfect Thanksgiving weekend activity. The rink’s open daily from 10 AM to 11:30 PM for sessions lasting an hour and a half; general admission (which includes skate rentals) is $18, with kids eight years old and younger getting in for $13.

Take a Winter Stroll in Union Square for all your Holiday Shopping and Dining

The streets around Union Square will transform into a San Francisco style winter wonderland for five weeks of performances and entertainment, family-friendly activities, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, craft holiday cocktails, and plenty of things to Instagram. As you shop, check out the cute kittens and puppies for adoption in the Macy’s windows as part of SF SPCA & Macy’s 32nd Annual Holiday Windows. Enjoy ice skating by the beautiful and reusable tree decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments. Union Square has a large annual menorah public celebration of Chanukah that started back in 1975. At that time, it was the largest outside of Israel. It continues today and events start on December 22nd at 4.30pm to December 29th, 2019. On Thursday, December 5th, The Union Square Ice Rink is never more fabulous during one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season — Drag Queens on Ice. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the ninth consecutive year.

Union Square Holiday Events Website

Black Friday ~ The Place to Shop

Union Square’s also one of San Francisco’s premier shopping hubs, which means you can make some major headway on your holiday list on the heels of your skating idyll. Among the slew of stores here are Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, GAP, Banana Republic, Apple Store, the 49ers Team Store, Kate Spade, Nordstrom, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Saks Fifth Ave, Gucci, Victoria’s Secret, and Louis Vuitton.

After a day at the shops, you will be rewarded with Macy’s 30th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony. On Black Friday, November 29, 2019 starting at 5:30pm, enjoy Macy’s gift to the City of San Francisco – Macy’s 30th Annual Tree Lighting. It will take place in Union Square Park between Sutter & Geary streets and Powell & Stockton Streets, right across from the front of Macy’s. The beautiful and reusable tree will be decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments.

Scheduled Lighting of the Tree
San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree will be lit at the end of the ceremony, around 6:50 p.m.

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!
Thursday, November 29, 2018 | at 5:00pm

The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s are teaming up to bring you Santa Paws, a special holiday event where you and your beloved pooch can get a close-up with Mr Claus. We’ll be serving up treats for both dogs and humans and lots of fun holiday cheer. Tickets are $45.00 and include admission for two people, two dogs and a printed photo with Santa. A portion of the proceeds benefits the SF SPCA to ensure that our shelter animals can stay warm and cozy during the holidays. Located at Macy’s Union Square on Level 7

Nothing Says The Holidays Like a City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl – SantaCon is Coming To Town

There’s nothing like seeing 8,000 Santas in one place at one time: hundreds to thousands of Santas will take over as the annual commotion that fills the streets and dive bars with booze laden Santas traversing Union Square and the rest of The City! All are welcome but we ask that you wear a full Santa/Elf suit (T-shirts don’t count and just a hat isn’t enough). Please bring one new, unwrapped toy that can be donated to the Toys for Tots effort by the United States Marine Corps.
Saturday, December 7th
Starts at Union Square at 12pm
SantaCon Facebook Website

Discover a One-of-a-Kind Adventure at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

The Dickens Christmas Fair revives the tradition of an old English Victorian Christmas with theaters, a music hall, dance parties, taverns, shops, stalls, food, street vendors and period costumes. Visit London – at the historic Cow Palace Exhibition Halls! Enter the winding lanes of Victorian London and immerse yourself in a world of music halls, theatres, pubs, dance parties, and charming shops overflowing with hand-made holiday treasures. Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air. Discover holiday revelry in this lamp-lit city brimming with over 800 lively and colorful characters from the imagination of Charles Dickens, the pages of history, and the sometimes saucy world of the Victorian stage.
November 17 – December 23
Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, San Francisco
source: www.dickensfair.com

Decorate “World Tree of Hope” at Grace Cathedral

Help Decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope – the World’s Most Unique Holiday Tree at Grace Cathedral -1100 California Street. The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope is the largest origami holiday tree in the world, standing over 23 feet tall and decorated with over 17,000 origami cranes and stars, each hand folded and inscribed with wishes for the future of the world. The wishes come from people of all ages, all faiths and all walks of life. The cranes are not mere decorations in a holiday display; they are representations of hopes and dreams. Learn More on SF.funcheap

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall
Every Day from Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2019 | 9 am
Sunday, Dec. 8 from 12:30 pm to 5 pm
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. SF
Free, an RSVP is required.

Golden Gate Bridge for the Holiday

Ring in 2019 San Francisco Style

New Year’s Eve is a non-stop celebration all around the city. Just stumbling distance from Tilden Hotel, the ALIST New Years Eve Party at the Westin Union Square features 10 different DJs playing top 40, EDM, house, mashup, international beats, 80s/90s and more! For the best fireworks, head down to the waterfront near both the Ferry Building and the SF Bay Bridge for one of the most attended fireworks displays with hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. The display kicks off at 11:59pm and lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you want to avoid the crowds, head out into the bay for unobstructed views. City Kayak takes about 30 experienced paddlers out for midnight outing. The lucky group, led by guides in a motorboat, paddle out for a front-row fireworks view and a glass of ice-cold champagne. If you want a less aerobic celebration, The Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Cruise aboard the Fume Blanc is one of the first San Francisco celebrations to sell out every year, and it’s no wonder when you think about the music and blackjack tables to keep you entertained when you aren’t looking at the scenery.
If all that is just too much excitement, San Francisco is a city of variety. New Year’s Eve Meditation Party at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center. Ring out the Old and Ring in the New with Meditation, Games, Live Music, Refreshments, Words of Wisdom, “Letting Go Of The Old” contemplative Fire Ceremony.