When you think of holiday activities, you probably imagine sleighs whisking over snow-covered streets, or carollers belting out their best yuletide hymn, despite the chilly weather.
In San Francisco, however, the weather is usually within sight of fifty degrees. Day or night, Christmas or the summer equinox, the temperature gauge doesn't budge too much.
In fact, as Mark Twain famously noted, the real winter comes in the dead of July. That's when the Central Valley area just east of the Bay Area really heats up, which draws the cold Pacific fog right over San Francisco. It's amazing how cold that wet fog can make a person feel...!
But seventy degrees and sunny is not out of place during the winter months. In addition to the extra options that such moderate weather brings, the incredible diversity of San Francisco offers many different ways to celebrate the holidays.
If you feel like sticking with traditional entertainment, we've got your Christmas Carol and Dickens Fair all lined up. But if you're daring enough to think outside of that nicely gift-wrapped Christmas box, you can spend a wonderful day with the family both around and inside the Exploratorium, which always has some interesting, holiday-themed exhibits.
If you find yourself in San Francisco during the holidays, our list below will make sure it's a holiday to remember.