Skip to main content Skip to footer Go to Accessibility Page

Make a Reservation

Select Check-In Date
Select Check-Out Date
(800) 886-6997

8 Things to Do in San Francisco to Enjoy With the Family

Here are some of the things to do and places to go with your family this Christmas Day.

1. Go Ice Skating

True, you can’t expect to see snow on the ground here in San Francisco, but there are ice skating rinks downtown if you want to show off your triple axels on Christmas Day. Drop by for some gliding fun in the ice skating rinks of Yerba Buena Gardens, the Embarcadero Center and Union Square.

2. Visit the San Francisco Zoo

Experience the Reindeer Romp at the San Francisco Zoo from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1. The kids will especially enjoy the four cute reindeer while the parents delight in the low-cost, family friendly fun. Take a little side trip to the beach afterwards which is located just right across the zoo.

On Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway, San Francisco.

3. Relax in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens Society at Strybing Arboretum

Stroll through New Zealand, the Mediterranean or the Central American rain forests in the middle of the city! What a great treat for your cold feet!

Located at the Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way.

4. Union Street Fantasy of Lights

Add some more magic to your Christmas with Union Street Fantasy of Lights event where ponies dressed as reindeer, a horse-drawn carriage and costumed characters cruise the main drag of Cow Hollow. Kids will enjoy balloons, cupcakes, photo taking with Santa, face painting and thousands of sparkling holiday lights.

On Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner, San Francisco.

5. The Great Union Street Holiday Elf Hunt

Don’t miss out this from Dec.5 to Dec.12. Participating merchants will be hiding a toy elf in their stores for people to find. If found, participants can write that store’s Elf name on a card and be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card! Want to join? Download the Elf Hunt Map here.

6. SantaCon

Play dress up as Santa (or as a creative interpretation of him) or one of his sidekicks and join the mass pub crawl through the city during the SantaCon. Hoho ho! Click here for more information and guidelines about the event.

Keep posted for the announcement of the starting location here.

7. Lighted Boat Parade

The holidays are the perfect time to visit Fisherman’s Wharf as more than 60 boats festooned in lights and holiday decorations parade along the waterfront. Join the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club as they present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Click here for more information.

Boats start off of Pier 39, go west past Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason, turn around at Crissy Field and head back.

8. Holiday Caroling on Union Street

Sing along Christmas carols on Saturday December 19 at 1 pm as the Caroling Stroll occur up and down Union Street. Refreshments are served at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin afterwards.

On 2325 Union Street (at Steiner Street).

Enjoy the Holidays with all this fun and (mostly) free events in San Francisco! See you there!

Need a place to stay for Christmas in Half Moon Bay? Stay with us here at Harbor View Inn, the perfect Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite and wake up each morning to a free continental breakfast before you go out to attend all these Holiday events. Book with us here or contact us at 650-726-2329.