Cool Holiday Events in San Francisco (Week of 11/20)

Looking for stuff to do in San Francisco this Thanksgiving week? Here is a small compilation of FREE events to get you in the holiday spirit while soaking up some local attractions. Stay tuned in weekly for more festive holiday things to do in San Francisco.

Westin St. Francis Castle and Train
WESTIN ST. FRANCISCO | SAN FRANCISCO
November 22, 2017 – 11am

Surround yourself with the festive holiday ambiance at the Landmark Lobby of the Westin St. Francis. The Sugar Castle (made out of 600 lbs. of sugar!) is back by popular demand as well as the St. Francis Enchanted Castle. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tray-passed cookies on opening day, November 22, 2017 from 11 am to noon.

Westin St. Francis Sugar Castle

Macy’s Santaland

MACY’S UNION SQUARE 6TH FLOOR | SAN FRANCISCO
November 24, 2017 – 9am-9pm

Here comes Santa Claus! Come tell him everything on your Christmas wish list! Photo packages are available for purchase but it’s free to meet him!

Macy’s 28th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony
UNION SQUARE | SAN FRANCISCO
November 24, 2017 – 5:30pm

It’s only right to ring in the holidays in San Francisco by checking out Macy’s Annual Tree Lighting in Union Square Park! Some of the best viewing spots include surrounding hotels like Westin St. Francis, Macy’s 4th to 7th floors, and Cheesecake Factory.

Union Square Christmas Tree

Gingerbread House
THE FAIRMONT | SAN FRANCISCO
November 25, 2017

The Fairmont’s two-story, life-sized Gingerbread House is a must-see holiday display of edible treats and confectionary delights. The hotel’s lobby is decked out in whimsy winter decor complete with a 23-foot tall Christmas tree so you’ll have plenty of great photo ops with your loved ones. It’s truly the sweetest way to get in the holiday spirit!

Winter Walk SF Opening
UNION SQUARE (STOCKTON & ELLIS) | SAN FRANCISCO

November 25, 2017 – 4pm-7:30 pm
Enjoy Winter Walk SF as you get in the holiday mood with two open air beer and wine gardens, food trucks, live performances, carolers, holiday themed photo opportunities, lots of family-friendly activities, and other wintery surprises. It will be open for 5 weeks from November 25 through December 31, 2017. Check out the calendar for more details.

Winter Walk San Francisco

Winter Carousel Lighting Ceremony

YERBA BUENA GARDENS | SAN FRANCISCO
November 25, 2017 – 4pm-7:30 pm

The Children’s Creativity Museum lights up the Bay Area’s oldest and most beloved carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens. Free carousel rides, carnival games, lantern workshop, snow play, and an ice skating recital at the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center.

Yerba Buena Gardens Winter Carousel

SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium 2017

PIER 35 | SAN FRANCISCO
November 25, 2017 – 12pm-6pm

Shop and support over 200 local artisans and small batch food vendors at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. There will be music, crafts and snacks! Bring your own shopping bag.

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