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Signed, Sealed, & Delivered: Easy Bay Area Holiday Activities

December 5, 2018

photo: Dllu via wikicommons
The lights, the festivities, and (quite frankly)
the frenzy of the holidays are upon us.


If you’re like me, the holidays are fun but it’s also a bit overwhelming. With so many activity options in the Bay Area, it can help to get a few plans in the calendar to make sure you fully enjoy what the holidays are all about: spending time with friends and family (and not planning activities!) As a Bay Area native, I’m happy to present here some of my favorite local activities from past years, as well as some ideas that we’ll try out for the first time in 2018. In the spirit of the holidays, look for the “gift wrapped” icon which means no planning work required, or the “some assembly required” icon for activities that require a little bit of planning, for those of you who just can’t help yourselves.


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San Francisco

flickr: razel.mella


1. For the quintessential big-city holiday experience that’s signed, sealed, and delivered: make your way to Union Square. As the perfect starting point, head to the Westfield San Francisco Centre. “Meet back at the Westfield in a few hours” has been a standard phrase in my family. Its central location to transportation makes it the perfect home base: take BART, Lyft, or park at several parking garages nearby (Fifth & Mission Parking is my favorite). From here, you can experience myriad holiday festivities within a 5-10 minute walk. The choice is yours:


  • Get your hot chocolate and take in the sights of the holidays. Union Square has one of the largest concentrations of shops and high-end boutiques in the country.

  • After shopping around a little bit, head to the Westin St. Francis lobby to see the iconic
    Sugar Castle, basically a gingerbread house on a grand scale.

  • While the world-famous shopping and entertainment district is known as Union Square, the actual square is a 2.5 acre public plaza that hosts the annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Ice Rink.