San Francisco is the place to see impressive holiday trees. From a private 65-foot tree at a home in Noe Valley to the 83-foot Union Square tree, San Franciscans and their visitors are spoilt for choice. View the sumptuous tree at the Fairmont Hotel and then you can even arrange for up to ten people to have a meal inside the house made of real gingerbread displayed in their lobby. Just don’t eat the walls!
About: WinterFest at Great America brings about a magical transformation of the grounds with a holiday festival atmosphere, millions of twinkling lights, an ice skating rink in front of the Carousel Columbia and even falling snow at this winter wonderland. Prepare to be wowed by the displays of lights and décor, the live holiday shows, and more than 60 rides and attractions. Kids will be delighted to see Santa’s workshop and Mrs Claus’ kitchen, while the whole family can enjoy festive holiday food. As you enter you’ll be greeted by the giant toy soldiers, and one of the Bay Area’s tallest Christmas trees, all decked out with lights and ornaments.
When: December 1-30 (starts November 23).
Cost: From as little as $26 online.
About: Drop in to admire the 23-foot tree in the main lobby with its elegant decorations. They also have a gingerbread house display that is two stories high made from thousands of gingerbread bricks, stuck together with gallons and gallons of royal icing, and decorated with hundreds of pounds of candy! You can even reserve dining space for afternoon tea or dinner inside the gingerbread house for up to ten people – call Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar at 415-772-5144.
When: November 24 to January 1.