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San Francisco Christmas: How to Spend a Holiday by the Bay on a Budget


It’s the time of the year again when people start rushing here and there to buy Christmas presents. It’s the time when shopping centers are packed with mall goers and the roads are gridlocked because most people spend their holidays outside their homes. Some go on a road trip for the holidays; others spend it in hotels while most are making the most out of their holiday breaks by just staying at home. Spending the holidays by the Bay has slowly becoming popular nowadays. It’s an inexpensive way to take a break with your family this holiday season. Below are some top hints and tips on how to spend the holidays by the bay without breaking the bank.
 
Check out the best light displays in the area.

Every month of November, each year, Fourth Street, Berkeley is filled with light as it gears up for the holiday season. People are expected to gather here to see dazzling street lights brighten up the streets. This free event happens on November 16 from 5pm to 7pm. There will be live music from PJay Smik Smak and The Cliffnottes. Caterpillar Puppets shows from 5:45 to 6:30 pm. Adding to the fun and excitement is a free complimentary hot beverages from selected shops in the area. 
 
Visit Union Square for free holiday events.

Union Square is usually the center of free holiday events and activities in San Francisco. Are you ready for 5 weeks full of entertainment, fun-filled family activities, abundant food choices, massive beers and wines and loads of IG-worthy memories? Visit Union Square San Francisco on Stockton between Geary and Ellis starting this November 23 to December 31 for the Winter Walk SF 2018 and find out why this is the ultimate holiday treat in San Francisco. For its 6th year celebration, expect Winter Walk SF 2018 to be attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors excited to welcome the holiday season. 
 
Macy’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is a great holiday treat for the whole family. Watch how the beautiful tree turns to a breathtaking sight with its 43,000 LED lights. There will be performances from San Francisco’s best chorale groups and lots of surprises. Catch this annual holiday spectacle at Union Square on November 23, 2018 at 5:30pm. 
 
Are you ready to see hundreds and thousands of people in their Santa costumes? This biggest gathering of Santa in Union Square will make you and your family feel the Christmas vibe. This free event starts at 12 noon to 6pm. So you have lots of time to have your pictures taken with Santa. Head over to Union Square this December 8, 2018, Saturday and be fascinated with lots of Santa walking the streets of Union Square. 
 
Watch Christmas shows.

Every Christmas season, there’s a stellar line up of Christmas shows to watch out for in some of San Francisco theaters. Gather your friends and family and catch the following shows this holiday.
 
Catch the magical story of Nutcracker on War Memorial Opera House from Dec 12 to Dec 29 with shows at 2pm and 7pm daily. Never miss this year’s show by buying your tickets online so you will be guaranteed of your seat at your most convenient time and date to watch the show. 
 
San Francisco Symphony offers a one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza with Deck the Hall. This most beloved holiday tradition of the San Francisco Symphony will give the entire family an amazing experience. If you have never been to this event, now is your time to witness this festive holiday concert. Catch Deck the Hall this December 2, 2018 at Davies Symphony Hall with shows at 11am and 3pm. 
 
If you are coming to San Francisco during the holidays, don’t forget to check out San Francisco Inn and enjoy being at the heart of the city. Book best room rates through our website here or call (415) 431-5131.