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You will find a variety of options for Christmas Eve dinner in San Francisco in 2019. A few dozen restaurants are offering special meals for the holiday. Others are open and allow you to order off their regular menu.
You will find some of my top picks below. You will also find some other great ideas for an unforgettable day in SF.
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Here are a few of the best places to find Christmas Eve Dinner in San Francisco.
Secure your spot early, by booking a table on OpenTable.com.
Hornblower Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise: Spoil yourself and your loved ones on this special Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise. This 3-hour dinner cruise features a buffet dinner with items such as Prime Rib, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Salad and Pineapple Glazed Ham. End your meal with a tasty dessert or some seasonal fruits. The cruise leaves at 3:30pm. Visit their site for more details and availability.
There are a few additional great shows this year that you can enjoy either before or after your Christmas Eve dinner in San Francisco. They include shows such as Cirque du Soleil and SF Ballet's The Nutcracker.
There are more than 300 hotels in San Francisco. You will also find plenty of apartment rental options. If you are still looking to book your stay for Christmas Eve, check out these pages to learn more about where to stay, to find the best deals, and where you can find recent guest reviews to ensure the one you select is right for you.
Not sure which district is right for you? Check out my page that explains the pros and cons of staying in each district.
Christmas is a very special time for many folks around the world, and spending it in San Francisco can make it so much more memorable. Although several attractions are closed on December 25, you'll still find plenty to do.
You can sightsee on a fun tour of the Golden Gate Bridge or cruise the SF Bay, take a stroll in the one-of-a-kind Botanical Garden, share a nice meal at one of the city's best restaurants, and much more.
At this time of year, San Francisco always comes aglow with warm, colorful Christmas lights and other decorations. Whether you're surrounded by downtown buildings, in the residential neighborhoods, or by the waterfront, you can't help but notice the holiday cheer everywhere around you.
However, there are a few places in particular whose displays are especially worth visiting, including Pier 39, Union Square, the SF Zoo, local favorite Tom & Jerry's, City Hall, and many others.
While many San Francisco attractions will be closed on Christmas Day, most will be open on Christmas Eve, but some with shorter hours than usual. Several museums, like the Exploratorium and the Aquarium by the Bay, close a few hours early. (Many stores, on the other hand, stay open later on this day for last-minute shoppers.)
Other attractions, like Lombard Street and the Palace of Fine Arts, are of course open to the public all day everyday, so you can enjoy them at your leisure. Be sure to check the holiday schedule before you make your plans!
If you'll be sticking around to ring in the new year in San Francisco, you'll be thrilled by all your fun options for NYE. You could head to the Embarcadero to watch the annual fireworks display over the bay, dance the night away at one of the many 21+ clubs or party boats, go out to an elegant dinner, or enjoy a comedy show, among other things.
Check out the details for each of these options, and also find out how to get around safely that night.
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