Many people are coming to knowledge that San Francisco is a city full of surprises and a host of wonderful experiences. Whether you plan on sightseeing or traveling to have an enriching experience, San Francisco is definitely worth the trip. 

The city is bursting with flavour for all those foodies and offers lots of local delights at the Ferry Building and the Fisherman’s Wharf. If you are an art lover then you will find a remarkable collection of artwork at the Museum of Modern Art and art on the city walls. 

Visiting San Francisco in winter

Many people like to visit the city in fall which is around September to November as the summer rush quietens down. However lots of people prefer to travel in winter which is December as there are lots of bargains and the city has a unique and fun festive atmosphere. In winter there are many special events such as light displays and performances. There are fewer people visiting places therefore you do not have to stand in long queues to get your meals or tickets for the festivities. 

Reasons to visit San Francisco in December

Firstly, this is a great idea for bargain hunters as well as people wanting to save money on their flights and accommodation. You will find many discounts on airfares and hotel stays during this time of year. You also have the option of looking up co-living spaces in San Francisco if you would rather stay among the locals. 

In December, the city also hosts events and performances such as Broadway hits at the Golden Gate Theatre and the Curran. You will get to enjoy the attractions that the city has to offer and take some great pictures. Their New Year’s Eve celebrations are phenomenal and you will get to experience fireworks and meal specials at the restaurants nearby the bay as well as parties throughout the city. 

You can also opt to go ice-skating at the various ice rinks throughout the city with the rinks at Union Square and Embarcadero Centre being the most popular. Although December is the coldest month with rain and storms, there are about 10 hours of daylight everyday which gives you plenty of time to breathe in this beautiful city. 

Things to do in the city in December

There is so much going on in the city so travellers will not ever have to wonder what to do. There are so many exciting events and experiences to choose from, and many of them are child-friendly: 

1. Festival of lights and zoo lights

There are so many light displays to enjoy during this period such as the SF Festival of lights which showcase 37 lit-up art installations. You will also get to enjoy the Zoo Lights at the city’s zoo. 

2. Exploratorium 

This lab showcases 600 exhibits which is spread over 6 galleries and offers a unique learning experience for your whole family. Even kids are amazed with the tactile dome and shadow area. 

3. Winter events and festivals

There are loads of interesting events in December such as the Charles Dickens Christmas fair at Cow Palace that takes you back to the Victorian era. They have a variety of pubs, food and many colourful characters. 

4. Cable car rides

This is one of the popular activities that tourists embark on, however it is fun for the family, both young and old. 

5. Ferry building marketplace

This place offers so many delectable delights and various stalls and snack spots which offer everything from seafood to burgers and authentic foods like Mexican and Japanese. 

What should you pack for your trip?

Once you have decided to make a trip to the city in December, all you need to do is pack the right clothing so that your stay is comfortable. Essentials would typically include:

1. A scarf and woollen hat
2. Plenty of clothing for layering as well as thermal under garments
3. Waterproof backpacks are a smart idea as it is quite rainy in December

Tips for travelling to SF

You should check the weather forecast for the period that you are going to be on holiday. Ensure to carry your international driving license, medical insurance particulars and any adaptors you may need for charging your electronic devices. If you want to save on your trip, you should consider purchasing a City Pass card which allows free access into various museums and attractions. You will also be able to travel using different modes of transport for three days. You should remember to book hotels in advance as this will save you lots and ensure that you get the best rooms.