Craziest Christmas Displays in San Francisco


San Francisco is known as a city that does not hold back when it comes to decking the halls for the holidays. Here are five places in the city that are dressed to impress when it comes to holiday decorations.

Tom and Jerry's Christmas Display

For over 20 years, these two guys have been transforming their Victorian home in Noe Valley into a Christmas wonderland. There is nothing subtle about their decorations, which include a 65-foot Christmas tree, giant stockings and plenty of twinkling lights. Santa makes an appearance every night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. from December 1 through Christmas Eve.

Classic Cable Car Holiday Nights and Sights

There is nothing more iconic San Francisco than a classic cable car. Take it up a notch this holiday season with a motorized cable car that is lit up and decked out for the season. The tour lasts 70 minutes and brings guests around to various decorated landmarks throughout the city. Make sure to bring a blanket to combat those famously foggy San Francisco nights.

Caltrain Holiday Train

This illuminated train starts out in San Francisco, and makes its way to the Peninsula, as it stops briefly at the stations along the way. No passengers are allowed aboard unless you are part of Santa and his squad. Make sure to gather early at the stations, where you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus amidst all the sparkling lights.

Union Square

Even for the holiday grinches, it is hard not to crack a smile when you see all the elaborate decorations throughout this downtown square. For starters there is the giant tree that is decorated with thousands of sparkling lights. Across from the square is the Macy's Building that is brought to life by the many different light displays across its storefront windows. Make sure not to miss the adorable kittens and puppies that are available for adopting in Macy's decorated ground floor display windows.

Gingerbread House at the Fairmont

As one of the city's iconic hotels, it is no surprise that it goes all out on decorations. The biggest highlight is a two-story gingerbread house that is created out of thousands of gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of candy and icing. The moment you enter the lobby the sweet aroma of gingerbread fills the air, making it hard not to crave something sweet.

Julia is a freelance writer and native San Franciscan, born and raised. She has her own travel blog Small World This Is and has written for Matador, Roads and Kingdoms, and USA Today.