12 Stunning Christmas Trees To Check Out In San Francisco

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

12 Stunning Christmas Trees To Check Out In San Francisco

San Francisco has so many gorgeous holiday trees up these days, it’s hard to keep track. We decided to round up the best ones, so you can catch them all before the season ends! Have you seen all of these glittering Christmas trees? Scroll to the bottom for a map to point you in the right direction.

1. Upside-down tree at Westfield SF Centre

Courtesy of Westfield SF Centre

This mind-blowing 50-foot inverted crystal tree is back for its 5th year at Westfield SF Centre! The glittering tree is like an enormous cone-shaped chandelier, and it’s especially jaw-dropping beneath the famous building’s historic glass dome and 100-foot-high ceilings.

Location: Westfield SF Centre, 865 Market St

2. World Tree of Hope at Grace Cathedral

Courtesy of Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is home to the largest origami Christmas tree in the world! They partner with Rainbow World Fund to decorate it with over 17,000 handmade origami cranes and stars, each of which is inscribed with wishes and hopes for the future. You can send your wish to be inscribed on a crane for free and added to the tree.

Location: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St

3. Uncle John’s Tree at Golden Gate Park

This Monterey Cypress at McLaren Lodge is known affectionately as “Uncle John’s Tree’ in honor of Golden Gate Park’s famous superintendent, John McLaren. It dates back all the way to 1880! See it adorned with hundreds of colorful lights, as it has been every Christmas since 1929 as the city’s official Christmas tree. It’s great for photo ops with the toy train alongside it.

Location: In front of McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St, Golden Gate Park

4. Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotel is best-known for their amazing 2-story gingerbread house adorning the lobby. But don’t forget to enjoy their absolutely beautiful 23-foot Christmas tree, decorated with blue, gold, and white baubles and thousands of glittering  lights! There’s also a holiday train, smaller “trees” made from stacks of champagne bottles, and more.

Location: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St

5. Thrive City at Chase Center

This blue and gold tree dedicated to the Golden State Warriors is the tallest in the Bay Area. It’s accompanied by nightly “snowfall” at 6pm, music, and great ocean views! Check it out on December 18, when Thrive City hosts their Holiday Spectacular, complete with artisan markets, delicious food, and live reindeer!

Location: Thrive City at Chase Center, 1 Warriors Way

6. City Hall

This beautiful golden tree is lighting the top of an impressive grand staircase inside of San Francisco City Hall. If you’ve never been inside this extraordinary building, now is the time to see it! Doors are open to the public Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm.

Location: City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place

7. 555 California

This 80-foot tree is one of San Francisco’s tallest ones, standing proud alongside the skyscraper at 555 California. You can see it while enjoying a cocktail at The Vault Garden, which has transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland.


Location: 555 California St

8. Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel has one of the most beautiful lobbies in the city, made even more impressive with its three colorful and ornate Christmas trees. See them among the hotel’s gorgeous golden chandeliers, captivating skylight, and marble columns for a truly luxurious photo op!

Location: Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St

9. Civic Center

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This 50-foot tree is the temporary centerpiece in Civic Center Plaza, where you’ll find City Hall decked out in red and green lights to complete the picture! Keep an eye on the Civic Center Facebook page for future holiday pop-ups.

Location: Civic Center Plaza, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place

10. Macy’s Tree at Union Square

Of course, Union Square’s Macy’s Christmas tree is one of the most recognizable ones in the entire Bay Area! The red and gold decorations and glowing red star are iconic, and it’s impossible to miss at 83 feet tall. While you’re there, be sure to check out the ice rink, which is still hosting plenty of fun skating events!

Location: 333 Post Street

11. Neiman Marcus

The Neiman Marcus department store at Union Square is quite well-known for its beautiful windows and luminous rotunda. They capitalize on the impressive entrance hall with this huge “tree,” which is really a cone-shaped light display, suspended from the ceiling. Check it out for some unconventional holiday cheer!

Location: 150 Stockton St

12. Pier 39

Pier 39 is currently home to a 60-foot live tree, which glimmers with shifting colors in a light display repeating every 30 minutes. Enjoy these tree lighting moments nightly from 5-10pm until January 9!

Location: Pier 39, Embarcadero


Featured image: @415urbanadventures via Instagram

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