SF's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List
SF's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

SF's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

Everything you should do to celebrate the holiday season in the Bay. ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŽ„


Published November 15, 2021

Below we've rounded up some of our favorite holiday treats, winter activies and LED-lit experiences in San Francisco so you can make the most of the season. 

Take a Trip to the Iconic Alice In Wonderland Cocktail Bar

Take a Trip to the Iconic Alice In Wonderland Cocktail Bar

Who wants to join this tipsy tea party? ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸญEnjoy an Alice In Wonderland themed-bar where you can create your own cocktails, solve riddles and more!

Where: 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, California, United States, 94103

 

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The Alice - An Immersive Cocktail Experience

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Who wants to join this tipsy tea party? ๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸญEnjoy an Alice In Wonderland themed-bar where you can create your own cocktails, solve riddles and more!

Where: 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, California, United States, 94103

 

Enjoy Ghiradelli Square's Christmas Tree Display

Enjoy Ghiradelli Square's Christmas Tree Display

Join the festive Holiday Marketplace presented by Artists and Fleas, and take a stroll through various illuminated Christmas trees decorated by the talented students at the Academy of Art. ๐ŸŽ„

When: Friday November 26, 12-6 pm

Where: Ghirardelli Square 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109 

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Join the festive Holiday Marketplace presented by Artists and Fleas, and take a stroll through various illuminated Christmas trees decorated by the talented students at the Academy of Art. ๐ŸŽ„

When: Friday November 26, 12-6 pm

Where: Ghirardelli Square 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109 

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Visit the Two-story Gingerbread House at The Farimont Hotel Lobby

Visit the Two-story Gingerbread House at The Farimont Hotel Lobby

What is 22 feet high, 23 feet wide and full of thousands of bricks, a ton of royal icing and candy decor? ๐ŸญThe much beloved two-story-high Victorian Gingerbread House which will be back this year in the Fairmont Hotel lobby!

When: Debuting Saturday, November 27 at 11 am

Where: 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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What is 22 feet high, 23 feet wide and full of thousands of bricks, a ton of royal icing and candy decor? ๐ŸญThe much beloved two-story-high Victorian Gingerbread House which will be back this year in the Fairmont Hotel lobby!

When: Debuting Saturday, November 27 at 11 am

Where: 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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Pick Up Hot Chocolate From The Famous Dandelion Chocolate

Pick Up Hot Chocolate From The Famous Dandelion Chocolate

Indulgence and the holiday season were meant to be experienced together, that's why we are all about a cup of hot cocoa from Dandelion. We'll take some hot chocoalte, a small ginger cake, and maybe a few chocolate chip cookies, oh, and churros, definitely churros. Where were we? ๐Ÿคค


When: Monday-Thursday 11 AM - 7 PM, Friday-Sunday: 11 am-9 pm

Where: 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Indulgence and the holiday season were meant to be experienced together, that's why we are all about a cup of hot cocoa from Dandelion. We'll take some hot chocoalte, a small ginger cake, and maybe a few chocolate chip cookies, oh, and churros, definitely churros. Where were we? ๐Ÿคค


When: Monday-Thursday 11 AM - 7 PM, Friday-Sunday: 11 am-9 pm

Where: 740 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Volunteer Or Donate To The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

Volunteer Or Donate To The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

As we can all imagine, the pandemic has increased the need for food assistance for the Bay Area community significantly. 

One of the most rewarding and vital things you can do during the holidays is helping those in need. Support the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provide meals to those in need by donating or volunteering at one of their various locations.

Where: SAN FRANCISCO 900 Pennsylvania Avenue San Francisco, CA 94107 | MARIN 2550 Kerner Boulevard San Rafael, CA 94901

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As we can all imagine, the pandemic has increased the need for food assistance for the Bay Area community significantly. 

One of the most rewarding and vital things you can do during the holidays is helping those in need. Support the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank provide meals to those in need by donating or volunteering at one of their various locations.

Where: SAN FRANCISCO 900 Pennsylvania Avenue San Francisco, CA 94107 | MARIN 2550 Kerner Boulevard San Rafael, CA 94901

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Feel the holiday spirit at Union Square

Feel the holiday spirit at Union Square

Union Square is back with shopping, dining and drinks ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿฅ‚ — even indoor retail options to boot! Typically Union Square becomes a mecca of festive cheer—with ceremonial giant tree lightings and a massive ice skating rink.

Where: 333 Post St, San Francisco, California 94108

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Union Square is back with shopping, dining and drinks ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿฅ‚ — even indoor retail options to boot! Typically Union Square becomes a mecca of festive cheer—with ceremonial giant tree lightings and a massive ice skating rink.

Where: 333 Post St, San Francisco, California 94108

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Watch the SF Ballet's Nutcracker Performance

Watch the SF Ballet's Nutcracker Performance

Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers for the Nutcracker performance. ๐Ÿฅœโ„๏ธCovid restrictions include proof of full vaccination status alongside a matching photo ID & masks are required for everyone at all times.

When: December 10–30, 2021

Where: War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, California 94102


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Step into the reverie of little Clara in this unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of more than 150 dancers for the Nutcracker performance. ๐Ÿฅœโ„๏ธCovid restrictions include proof of full vaccination status alongside a matching photo ID & masks are required for everyone at all times.

When: December 10–30, 2021

Where: War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, California 94102


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Illuminated LED forest โ€˜Entwinedโ€™ returns to Golden Gate Park

Illuminated LED forest โ€˜Entwinedโ€™ returns to Golden Gate Park

The wondrous LED forest has sprung up at the perfect time in GG Park. 2,000 LED lights will flood the outdoor space ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, transforming it into an “enchanted forest” for the holiday season. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk among three “trees” with changing light patterns meant to evoke different sounds and sights found in nature.

When: Starting December 2

Where: Peacock Meadow, John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park

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The wondrous LED forest has sprung up at the perfect time in GG Park. 2,000 LED lights will flood the outdoor space ๐Ÿ˜ฑ, transforming it into an “enchanted forest” for the holiday season. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk among three “trees” with changing light patterns meant to evoke different sounds and sights found in nature.

When: Starting December 2

Where: Peacock Meadow, John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park

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Embark on a GLOWFARI

Embark on a GLOWFARI

This immersive experience features wildly illuminated larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Oakland Zoo! ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฎ Take a mile-long stroll through these dazzling creatures - from the ice-capped 15-foot tall penguin corridor to the breathtaking full-size elephants, giraffes, and lions. And definitely don’t skip a ride on the gondolas to visit California Trail - where you’re transported back in time to a dinosaur world.

When: November 12-30, 2021 | December 1-31, 2021 | January 1-30, 2022 at 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605


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This immersive experience features wildly illuminated larger-than-life animal lanterns throughout the Oakland Zoo! ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฎ Take a mile-long stroll through these dazzling creatures - from the ice-capped 15-foot tall penguin corridor to the breathtaking full-size elephants, giraffes, and lions. And definitely don’t skip a ride on the gondolas to visit California Trail - where you’re transported back in time to a dinosaur world.

When: November 12-30, 2021 | December 1-31, 2021 | January 1-30, 2022 at 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: 9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605


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Watch the Annual NYE fireworks show at Ferry Building on New Year's Eve

Watch the Annual NYE fireworks show at Ferry Building on New Year's Eve

Every year, San Francisco sees fascinating New Year's Eve fireworks, a gorgeous display over the waterfront. It's one of the most attended celebrations in the Bay Area with about 200,000 awed spectators annually.

When: December 31 at 11:59 pm

Where: Between the Ferry Building and the SF Bay Bridge

The 2021/2022 Fireworks have not been confirmed yet by the city, check back here for updates!

Every year, San Francisco sees fascinating New Year's Eve fireworks, a gorgeous display over the waterfront. It's one of the most attended celebrations in the Bay Area with about 200,000 awed spectators annually.

When: December 31 at 11:59 pm

Where: Between the Ferry Building and the SF Bay Bridge

The 2021/2022 Fireworks have not been confirmed yet by the city, check back here for updates!

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