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.