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Holiday Schedules for SF's Top Attractions 2021

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: June 8, 2021

Many of San Francisco's attractions remain open throughout the year. The Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square are three major attractions that stay open all year long. 

Alcatraz Island, the California Academy of Sciences and several other SF museums close on major holidays. 

If you plan on visiting during the holidays, use this helpful guide to determine which attractions you can see each day.

Fourth of July 2021

Many attractions are open on Fourth of July. Check out the chart below for more details.

>> Click here for a complete list of all activities and events on Fourth of July.

Thanksgiving Day 2019 Schedules

Note: With so many changes right now, I'll update this for 2021 once we are a couple of months out from Thanksgiving. The chart below is from 2019 and will give you a good idea on what to expect again this year. 

Many attractions also close on Thanksgiving Day. You will also find a few of them closing early the night before. All attractions return to their normal schedule the day after Thanksgiving.

Use this chart to help you plan out your stay during Thanksgiving.

  Wednesday Before Thanksgiving Thanksgiving
Day 2019
Alcatraz Island 8:45am - 4:25pm Closed
Asian Art Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
Aquarium of the Bay 10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm
Beat Museum 11am to 7pm 11am to 7pm
Botanical Gardens 7:30am to 4pm 7:30pm to 4pm (free admission day)
Cable Car Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
California Academy of Sciences 9:30am to 5pm

9:30am to 5pm

Chinatown Shopping Most shops open around 10am and some stay open as late as 10pm Most shops are open from around 10am to 10pm
Chinese Historical Society 11am to 4pm Closed
City Hall 8am to 8pm Closed
Coit Tower 10am to 5pm Closed
Conservatory of Flowers 10am to 4pm Closed
Contemporary Jewish Museum Closed Closed
de Young Museum 9:30 am to 5:15 pm Closed
Disney Museum 10am to 6pm Closed
Exploratorium 10am to 5pm Closed
The Ferry Building 10am to 6pm (Minimum hours, some businesses and restaurants stay open later) Closed
Ghirardelli Square Most shops open from 10am to 7pm with restaurants, bars, and Ghirardelli Chocolate shops staying open later A handful of shops are open
Golden Gate Bridge 5am to 6:30pm
Grace Cathedral 7am to 6pm (they do not allow visitors during their service, so check the board outside before entering)
Hyde Street Pier 9:30am to 5:00pm Closed
Japanese Tea Garden 9am to 4:45pm
Legion of Honor 9:30am to 5:15pm Closed
Lombard Street (Crooked Street) Open all day everyday
Mission Murals Open all day everyday
Mission San Francisco de Asis 9am to 4pm Closed
Muir Woods 8am to 5pm
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10am to 5pm Closed
Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Open all day everyday
The Palace of Fine Arts Open all day everyday
Pier 39 Stores: 10am to 8pm
Restaurants: 11:30am to 9pm (although some open earlier or stay open later)
Each store decides if they are open or not, although more than 75% are open regular hours (listed to the left)
Pier 45/SS Jeremiah O'Brien 10am to 4pm Closed
USS Pampanito SS-383 Opens at 9am and
closes around 4pm
Closed
SF Zoo 10am to 4pm

If you are planning on staying all weekend, use my helpful Thanksgiving Day guide for additional ideas on the top things to do.

Christmas Eve & Day 2019 Schedules

Note: I'll update this as we get closer to the holiday. This will allow me to ensure each time is accurate. 

The majority of the big attractions close on Christmas Day. A few also close early on Christmas Eve. 

However, you will find a few fun things to do on Christmas Day such as shopping on Pier 39, seeing the plants and flowers at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park and strolling around the Mission to see its famed murals.

This chart will help you easily plan out your trip to SF during the Christmas season.

  Christmas Eve Day 2019 Christmas Day 2019
Alcatraz Island 8:45am - 4:25pm Closed
Asian Art Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
Aquarium of the Bay 10am to 3pm Closed
Beat Museum 10am to 7pm Closed
Botanical Gardens 7:30am to 4pm 7:30am to 4pm (free admission day)
Cable Car Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
California Academy of Sciences 9:30am to 5pm

9:30am to 5pm

Chinatown Shopping Most shops open around 10am and some stay open as late as 10pm Each shop determines their schedule and usually about half open this holiday for a few hours
Chinese Historical Society Closed Closed
City Hall Closed Closed
Coit Tower 10am to 5pm Closed
Conservatory of Flowers 10am to 2pm Closed
Contemporary Jewish Museum 11am - 5pm Closed
de Young Museum 9:30 am to 5:15 pm Closed
Disney Museum Closed Closed
Exploratorium 10am to 3pm Closed
The Ferry Building 10am to 6pm (Minimum hours, some businesses and restaurants stay open later) Closed
Ghirardelli Square Most shops open from 10am to 7pm with restaurants, bars, and Ghirardelli Chocolate shops staying open later Closed
Golden Gate Bridge 5am to 6:30pm
Grace Cathedral 7am to 6pm (they do not allow visitors during their service, so check the board outside before entering)
Hyde Street Pier 9:30am to 5:00pm Closed
Japanese Tea Garden 9am to 4:45pm
Legion of Honor 9:30am to 4pm Closed
Lombard Street (Crooked Street) Open all day everyday
Mission Murals Open all day everyday
Mission San Francisco de Asis 9am to 4pm Closed
Muir Woods 8am to 5pm
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10am to 5pm Closed
Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Open all day everyday
The Palace of Fine Arts
Fine Arts
Open all day everyday
Pier 39

Stores: 10am to 8pm
Restaurants: 11:30am to 9pm (although some open earlier or stay open later)

All stores and restaurants have the option of closing early this day, so head over a little early if you want to do some shopping.

Each store decides if they are open or not, although more than 75% are open regular hours (listed to the left)
Pier 45 & SS Jeremiah O'Brien 10am to 4pm Closed
USS Pampanito SS-383 Opens at 9am and
closes around 4pm
Closed
SF Zoo

10am to 4pm

While there are only a handful of activities on Christmas Day, there are plenty of places open for brunch, lunch and dinner. You will also find a few special activities planned on Christmas Eve. Use my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day guide to learn more

New Year's Eve & Day Schedules 2019 & 2020

Note: This one will also be updated closer to the holiday to ensure everything is accurate. The information below is from 2019/2020 holiday and I'll adjust it as things change for 2021 in October or November. 

Many attractions run a standard schedule on New Year's Eve and just a few close early. You will also find several attractions closed on New Year's Day. Use this chart to help you plan out your visit during this popular holiday.

  New Year's Eve 2019 New Year's Day 2020
Alcatraz Island 8:45am - 4:25pm Closed
Asian Art Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
Aquarium of
the Bay
10am to 6pm 10am to 6pm
Beat Museum 10am to 7pm Closed
Botanical Gardens 7:30am to 4pm 7:30am to 4pm (free admission day)
Cable Car Museum 10am to 5pm Closed
California Academy of Sciences 9:30am to 5pm

9:30am to 5pm

Cartoon
Art Museum
11am to 5pm Closed
Chinatown
Shopping
Most shops open around 10am and some stay open as late as 10pm Most shops are open from around 10am to 10pm
Chinese Historical Society Closed Closed
City Hall Closed Closed
Coit Tower 10am to 5pm Closed
Conservatory of Flowers 10am to 4pm Closed
Contemporary Jewish Museum 11am to 5pm Closed
de Young Museum 9:30 am to 5:15 pm 9:30am to 5:15pm
Disney Museum Closed Closed
Exploratorium 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm
The Ferry Building 10am to 6pm (Minimum hours, some businesses and restaurants stay open later) Closed
Ghirardelli Square Most shops open from 10am to 7pm with restaurants, bars, and Ghirardelli Chocolate shops staying open later Some shops are open, varies by store
Golden Gate Bridge 5am to 6:30pm
Grace Cathedral 7am to 6pm (they do not allow visitors during their service, so check the board outside before entering)
Hyde Street Pier 9:30am to 5:00pm Closed
Japanese Tea Garden 9am to 4:45pm
Legion of Honor 9:30am to 4pm 9:30am to 5:15pm
Lombard Street (Crooked Street) Open all day everyday
Mission Murals Open all day everyday
Mission San Francisco de Asis 9am to 4pm Closed
Muir Woods 8am to 5pm
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 10am to 5pm 10am to 5pm
Painted Ladies of Alamo Square Open all day everyday
The Palace of Fine Arts Open all day everyday
Pier 39 Stores: 10am to 8pm
Restaurants: 11:30am to 9pm (although some open earlier or stay open later)
Pier 45/SS Jeremiah O'Brien 10am to 4pm Closed
USS Pampanito SS-383 Opens at 9am and
closes around 4pm
Closed
SF Zoo

10am to 4pm

Are you interested in finding additional activities for New Year's? If so, then visit my New Year's Eve and Day guide. It includes several top activities planned throughout the holiday season.

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