Secret San Francisco wants to help you make the most of your free time! It’s not too late to check out these activities and news stories we wrote about last week.
1. The Fairmont’s 2-story gingerbread house is now open
One of San Francisco’s most celebrated holiday installations is the two-story gingerbread house at the Fairmont Hotel. The fascinating creation is 22 feet tall, composed of thousands of gingerbread bricks and gallons of royal icing. It’s now open for the public to enjoy through the holidays.
2. Holiday lights, movies, and more come to Ghirardelli Square
One of the coziest escapes in the city is Ghirardelli Square, which is a must for shoppers on any day of the year, but turns up the charm during the holidays. Read on for a summary of events and activations happening there through December, from Christmas movie screenings to DIY crafts and live concerts.
3. Explore San Jose’s drive-through winter wonderland
Christmas in the Park is back this year! As of this weekend, San Jose is decked out in tens of thousands of sparkling lights. Blinky’s Illuminated Holiday is their beloved drive-thru experience where guests can take a trip through a magical glowing winter wonderland.
4. Walnut Creek’s dazzling Garden of D’Lights is now open
The Ruth Bancroft Garden is bringing back its whimsical Garden of D’Lights holiday event! Each year, they deck out the plants with multicolored lights, lasers, and more, transforming the already spectacular 3.5 acre space into an otherworldly outdoor adventure. Guests can stroll through the beautiful glowing gardens for 1-1.5 hours to discover countless photo ops and exciting displays.
5. 40 spectacular activities for a wonderful winter in the Bay Area
Winter in and around San Francisco is a time for getting cozy and leaning into the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite cold-weather activities to enjoy during the winter season in the Bay Area — stay warm and have a great time all the way into February!