Christmas holiday in San Francisco


  • Dec 04, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    I will be traveling to San Francisco over the Christmas holiday; I would like to know if anyone can tell me some of the not to miss places to visit there? Is there anyone who is a native San Franciscan who would be willing to show me around?
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    Ride the glass elevator up the St. francis hotel.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Dec 04, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    union square is nice but crowded. or maybe ice skating at the Embarcadero Center
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    Dec 04, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    Union Square and the Macy's!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 04, 2012 7:00 AM GMT
    I remember working in the financial district and having Dickensesque Christmas Carolers coming into the lobbies of the historic office buildings, it was like being transported to the late 1800s. A beautiful place to be for the holidays, enjoy it!
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Dec 04, 2012 10:21 AM GMT
    Do Lands End Trail, it is amazing!
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    Dec 04, 2012 10:34 AM GMT
    I used to live in San Francisco for a while. It's a ghost city during Christmas because people go home to visit their love ones except for maybe Union Square and Northbeach touristy areas. Pick up a free guide in the city, it's everywhere. There is always the Castro if you want to do and explore gay stuff. I like Chinatown, Alcatraz, Northbeach, Union Square and the Marina area.icon_cool.gif It's going to be cold too, wear a sweater.

  • Dec 04, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    Bicycle tour thru the golden gate park and along the beaches.
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    Dec 04, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
  • Koaa2

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    Dec 04, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    Lunch at Neiman Marcus, at the Rotundra Restaurant is always something special at Christmas. It is on Union Square, so you can ice skate or shop before and after. Make a reservation though, as it is usally booked this time of the year.

    Another fun thing to do is go see Beach Blanket Babylon, if you have never seen it, it is halarious. They have a special Christmas Edition. Again you have to get tickets ahead of time.

    For a little sleaze go to Blow Buddies.

    Enjoy
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    Dec 04, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Swimming in the ocean.
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    Dec 04, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidSwimming in the ocean.

    If you want to freeze the sure.
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    Dec 04, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidSwimming in the ocean.

    ...naked.

    But seriously, the lights at the Embarcadero. The market at the Ferry Building. The crowds at Union Square can take a toll, but the windows at Macys are pretty sweet. If you're doing that neighborhood, you might as well take the Powell street cable car to the wharf. Top it off with a night time spectacle atop Twin Peaks and then head to the Castro for some libations.
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    Dec 04, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    I live in Oakland.

    Union square is ok. I haven't been there more than a handful of times since moving here over 5 years ago. It's kind of like the high-end shopping areas you'd find in any big city. But it is right next door to Chinatown. The only real touristy stop I'd recommend wholeheartedly is Alcatraz. Well, and the Golden Gate bridge, of course. We love our damn bridge. The classic way to enjoy the bridge is to ent a bicycle for the day, bike to Sausalito, then ferry back. I grumble all the time about the tourists crowding it when I just need to get to Marin, but they're all having a fabulous time.

    Go for a run in Golden Gate park. Seriously beautiful and peaceful and home to a couple of excellent museums. Elsewhere, the SF MOMA is also fantastic. The heartbeat of the city, IMO is in the Mission/Castro area, where you'll find great restaurants, great coffee, lots of young techies, the gays, and Dolores Park (if you luck into a warm weekend, definitely go to Dolores). I've been in the Mission right up to the 23rd and the sheer volume of people living in such a small space means that it won't die off too badly.

    There's a starting point...I'll maybe give it more thought later.

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    Dec 04, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    timshel saidRide the glass elevator up the St. francis hotel.


    Unfortunately they no longer allow people to do that who aren't guests of the hotel icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 04, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    sanjose408 said
    msuNtx saidSwimming in the ocean.

    If you want to freeze the sure.
    NO ONE swims in San Francisco without a board and a wetsuit. It is just way too dangerous. That said, the surfers are hot, and there is a nude beach (Baker) which is quite popular on warm days even in winter (can be cruisy).

    Food: Try dim sum at a Chinese restaurant (brunch or lunch only) in Chinatown or on clement St. Other than Yank Seng, stick to places frequented by mostly Chinese.
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    Dec 04, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    Disregard what the posters above said. You can swim. It is water.


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    Dec 04, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidDisregard what the posters above said. You can swim. It is water.


    and become the latest of the drowning stats for this year. Every year people are swept out to sea when only wading in knee deep water. You can swim at Pacifica (10 miles south) or Stinson Beach (15 miles north). (Or you can swim in the bay in the calm waters of the East Bay, were they have been dumping sewage this week - if you're very lucky, there might even be a sign warning about the sewage - the reputation of the region for having a government protective of the enviornment is highly exaggerated.)
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Yogi567 said
    timshel saidRide the glass elevator up the St. francis hotel.


    Unfortunately they no longer allow people to do that who aren't guests of the hotel icon_sad.gif


    Is this a new thing? I just did it a few months ago.
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    Google things to do in SF. There are so many that you'll need to look at the list and figure what you like best and what you can access depending on your mode of transportation. You can walk most of SF and it's a good healthy walk. What is beyond walking you can take the Muni (subway) or a taxi. You'll need a taxi or car for the GG Bridge but definitely to the Marin side and see the City from there.

    Cable Car, GG Park, Museum of Modern Art, Academy of Science, Chinatown, COIT Tower, Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz tour (might have rain and/or cold, need reservations ahead of time), Union Square, Castro, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts (including Exploratorium).
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    The NIGHT tour of Alcatraz, creepy!
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidYou'll need a taxi or car for the GG Bridge but definitely to the Marin side and see the City from there.


    You really don't. Bike rental, muni, jog, golden gate transit, even walking are all options (I've walked across and back)...you can easily experience everything in the city without bothering with a car or taxi, and it will save you anxiety and $!

    Car only needed if you want to get out to the stunning surrounding area: Big Sur, Point Reyes, Santa Cruz, wine country...
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    Dec 04, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Search this board for San Francisco - there have been lots of previous suggestions on here. (I can't post URLs, since I am not at a computer).

    Out of the ordinary: Poly Anne's Ice Cream - flavors unique to San Francisco - Noriega St. @ 39th; Christmas lights at Tom and Jerry's house - 21st between Sanchez and Church - where will be mobs of people driving down 21st in cars to have a look, but since you are a jock, you can walk uphill from Church Street where you can have taken a streetcar.
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    Dec 04, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMay I suggest San Francisco's "Red Light" District?

    If I were in SF, that's where you'd find me - HO'n for my Christmas candy and stocking fillers icon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gif


    I live in SF and I don't even know where that is. Do you mean Nob Hill?

    Or North Beach where a lot of the straight strip clubs are?

    I've never heard anyone refer to any of our neighborhoods as red light districts.
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    Dec 04, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    smudgetool saidTop it off with a night time spectacle atop Twin Peaks and then head to the Castro for some libations.


    This is my #1 must do for SF for those who come visit. Day or night, it's the best view of the city. Go earlier in the day to avoid the fog.