Friday, December 22, 2023

A Holiday Weekend in San Francisco

We take a short break from memories of this year's trip to Cinque Terre to visit San Francisco over a December weekend just before the holidays.  Our first stop is Union Square to see the Winter Wonderland set up in the square, admire the tree, and view the windows in Macy's Department Store and other stores around the square.

Macy's windows

Pets available for adoption in the windows

Union Square tree

It's SantaCon in San Francisco today, a tradition that began in Copenhagen in 1974 and arrived in San Francisco in 1994.  The streets are filled with people dressed as Santa, exploring the city and visiting the bars.


Tree and windows

Ice skating in the Winter Wonderland

Leaving Union Square, we spot the lights on Maiden Lane and the displays of Nieman Marcus, facing the square, across from the imaginative windows of Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and others

Sidestreets off Union Square

Nieman Marcus

Louis Vuitton


Looking back at Union Square

In a few blocks, we reach the entrance to San Francisco's Chinatown, which is also decorated for the holiday.


A few blocks further, we pass the office building at 100 California Street, which has really put out the lights for the holiday.

100 California

In a nearby allyway, people are sitting on the sidewalk watching Let's Glow SF 2023, a project to show visual art on the side of the building across the street.

Let's Glow SF

As we walk, we notice that the trollys and fire stations are also all decorated for the holidays.

Ready for the holidays

As the sun sets, we head over to Kokkari Estiatorio for a fabulous dinner starting with appetizers of gigantes beans and fresh dungeness crab spread, followed by branzino, sole, and pork shoulder roasted in the rotisserie in the fireplace across the room.

Sunset in San Francisco

Kokkari Estiatorio 


Main courses

The next morning, we rise and take a stroll through the city before heading home, spotting more great decorations among the fantastic San Francisco scenery on the streets and along the harbor.

Building decorations

Harbor traffic

It's been a fabulous weekend in San Francisco, a city that never fails to delight.

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