Booking San Francisco Hotels for Christmas is the perfect excuse to rid yourself of the obligation to cook and dine out at fantastic restaurants, such as the charming Beso Bistronomia, or enjoy a festive brunch at Brasserie S&P.
If you want to give the traditional turkey dinner a miss then 1300 on Fillmore is the place for a perfect alternative Christmas dinner. This southern-inspired eaterie serves up delights such as prime rib roasts, seared scallops and BBQ shrimp. They also have several sittings so you can dine in the early afternoon or in the evening if you prefer.
This supremely stylish restaurant serves lobster crepe and foie gras for Christmas all washed down with an innovative festive themed cocktail. The fantastic atmosphere is as impressive as the food and Twenty Five Lusk has been frequented by many a Hollywood celebrity.
This traditional Italian inspired cafe is open for dinner both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Menu favorites include the braised pork jowl and the delicious grilled trout. For starters, you can expect a range of cured meats and dessert is Italian all the way with gelato and tiramisu.
San Francisco is blessed with some of the country's best attractions and at Christmas time the city transforms itself into a grotto of epic proportions. From stunning decorated department stores to trees festooned with fairy lights there's plenty to see when you book San Francisco hotels for Christmas.
Each season the department store Macy's rescues animals and displays them in their San Francisco store window. While all the puppies and kittens are up for adoption, you don't have to purchase a pet, simply adore the Christmas cuteness and, if you feel like it, make a donation to the collection boxes.
Gingerbread houses are a festive staple but the 33 feet high version displayed at Fairmont is something else entirely. The two-story high creation is made of real gingerbread and decorated with over a ton of frosting and candy.
Taking a picture with Santa is a wonderful opportunity for families with children and there are numerous locations where he hides out in San Francisco. Pier 39, Westfield Shopping Center and The Ritz Carlton Hotel are just a few places you can expect to find the man himself.
Whether it's catching a performance of The Nutcracker, a local tradition in San Francisco, or gazing at the dazzling lights on Union Square, the city is awash with many family-friendly activities to keep young and old alike entertained.
Union Square is the center of the festivities in San Francisco and a visit to the spectacular tree is a must. If you can't make the lighting ceremony don't worry, the shops surrounding the square are beautifully decked out and host a range of events in the run-up to the big day.
Take to the rink with your entire family at either Union Square, the Embarcadero Center or Yerba Buena Gardens Ice Rink. Tuck into cookies and cider before you don your skates and despite the warm temperatures you'll be in the Christmas spirit in no time.
Held for five weekends every Christmas season, Cow Palace is transformed into a Dickensian wonderland. Shops, food stalls and traditional pubs adorn the manmade Victorian streets and are incredibly evocative of the traditional festive spirit.