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Explore San Francisco's famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.  Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco's unique history.

You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guests to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour.  Immerse yourself in San Francisco's diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.
Times: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 10 minutes)
Location: 99 Jefferson Street (near Mason) 
For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687


This euphoric new flavor, One Sweet World, is filled with more than just chunks and swirls!  It's a small part of Ben & Jerry's larger effort to advance issues of social and economic justice.  Come to your nearest scoop shop and try it today!    
Dates: Now through December 31, 2017

Locations: 475 Jefferson Street (next to the Argonaut Hotel) and Pier 41
Argonaut Location Hours:  10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday through Sunday)
Pier 41 Location Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mon through Thur); 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Fri and Sat); 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sun) ​
For more information: Call Janna Kaufman,

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Enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends amongst our festive decorations, and take a photo with our surfing Santa!  We are open every day in December, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.  With our wide-open patio, outdoor bar, roaring fire pit, celebrity-signed surfboards, and word-famous signs, 

​Wipeout Bar & Grill is San Francisco's wildly popular surfing restaurant.  Proudly serving all sustainable seafood.            

Holiday Dates: Sunday and Monday, December 24 - 25, and Sunday, December 31, 2017
Holiday Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Christmas Eve); 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Christmas Day); and 9:00 a.m. to midnight (New Year's Eve). 
Location: Entrance of PIER 39, Lower Level
For more information: Call 1-415-986-5966 or email


Bay Area Longshoremen's Memorial Association and ILWU Local 10 Sponsor Holiday Donation Programs

'Tis the Season for Giving and what better gift than a fun-filled Segway tour!  Receive $10.00 off on Gift Certificates for all of our joyous Segway tours from now through December 25th.  Simply use the promo code SEGWAYSANTA. Gift certificates never expire!  Click here for that special someone on your Nice List.

​We offer 7 other fun guided tour routes:
Wharf & Waterfront Tour; Golden Gate Park Tour; Night Chinatown & Little Italy Tour; Advanced Hills Tour; Advanced Golden Gate Park Tour; Waterfront Mini Segway Tour (1.5 hours); and Park Mini Segway Tour (1.5 hours). Must be 12 years or older and (100 - 250 lbs.) You will love gliding through the city on a Segway! Don't believe us? Click here to check our reviews!

Winter Hours: Our office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with 4 daytime departures and 1 night tour departure on weekends!
Locations: 757 Beach Street (near Hyde); 82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (near Japanese Tea Garden), Golden Gate Park; and 417 Beach Street (near Taylor)
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-474-3130 (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 
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If you are thinking prestige, you have come to the right place. Serving the Bay Area, Protocol Transportation offers the Finest in Official and Proper Transportation.  

​We can take you on a City Tour, including the San Francisco City Tour(Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Lombard "Crooked" Street, Seal Rock).  

For business meetings, conferences, or team-building outings, Protocol is also ready to help plan an event of any scale including airport services, point to point transfers and as directed.

Dates: Now through December 31, 2017
Location: 514 Presidio Avenue
For more information: Call 1-415-923-0934   
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BALMA and ILWU Local 10 are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program for families in need, as well as job readiness items to Toolworks job counselors working with clients who are homeless and trying to obtain and maintain employment.  Donations for both charities can be dropped off at the Bay Area Longshoremen's Hall.  Please visit their websites for items needed.

Dates: Donations accepted now through Dec 18, 2017
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Location: 400 North Point Street (between Mason and Taylor Streets)
For more information: Call 1-415-776-8100 or email 

Seasonal high spirits and merry moods spur us to gather with like-minded souls to share some holiday cheer.  With its jolly, welcoming ambiance, hearty meals, world-famous Irish Coffee and other heart-warming libations, the Buena Vista is the place to get into the holiday spirit. We'll be open on Christmas day, for cocktails and Irish Coffees only, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  And we'll be giving 2018 a festive welcome, so join us on December 31st for a jovial New Year's Eve celebration!   

Shopping for the BV fans on your list?  Stop by our gift shop for a unique selection of apparel and collectibles featuring exclusive Buena Vista designs.  And be sure to check out our charming, custom tree ornaments.  To make playing Santa truly effortless, we can ship your gifts, too.  You can also shop online by visiting the BV gift shop at
Event Date and Hours: December 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (bar service only)
Regular Hours: Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)
For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044   
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Join your fellow sports fans and watch your favorite team play for the win on over 200 sports channels on 35 HDTVs or private tableside TVs at Players, San Francisco's Premier Waterfront Sports Grill!  Voted by GoodDeedSeats as one of the 50 Best Sports Bars in America's Best Sports Towns.  Enjoy American favorites like burgers, pizza and steak.  There's also a menu for kids. Relax in San Francisco's only Waterfront Tiki Bar, with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, and sip on one of our 15 beers on tap or classic Tiki cocktails.  With more than 85 thrilling state-of-the-art arcades games and pool, Players Sports Grill & Arcade is your #1 destination for sports fun!

 On the bay end of PIER 39 (next to the Carousel), Fisherman's Wharf 
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). 
For more information: Call 1-415-981-6300

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Your #1 Destination for Sports Action!

Create your own journey or enjoy one of our road-tested itineraries showcasing the gems of San Francisco and beyond. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours has bikes for all ages, levels and tastes to explore San Francisco on your own.  By offering the largest selection of adult bikes, kids bikes, and specialty equipment, we can satisfy anyone's biking needs. Our local guided tour experts proudly feature four Daily Guided Tours. Our professional guides can take you to explore San Francisco up close and personal.  We also provide detailed riding maps of our favorite routes, locks, and helmets for a flawless journey!

Dates: Winter 2017
Hours: Open daily at 8:00 a.m. Tour times vary.
Locations: 501 Bay Street, 2661 Taylor Street, 2830 Jones Street, and 2800 Leavenworth Street
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-346-2453   
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Grab your friends, head to THE PIER and kick off the Holidays with an evening of wine, music and fun at the  PIER 39 Winter Wine Pour!  Stroll THE PIER and stop by participating businesses to enjoy wine tastings, exclusive discounts, and live music and entertainment.  Attendees will receive wine tastings, discounts at participating businesses, a commemorative wine glass and more.  
Tickets are $20.00 online and $25.00 at the event (cash only). 
*Events and event activities are weather-permitting and subject to change without notice.  Restrictions apply.
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: PIER 39

For more information: Call 1-415-705-5500 or email


On Saturday, December 31, 2017, the city celebrates the new year with a spectacular fireworks display.  Red and White Fleet's New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise provides views and experiences unavailable to anyone on land.

​Guests can use the outdoor decks of the vessels to see the fireworks from a unique vantage point, or can also celebrate inside with music and entertainment provided by a live DJ.  Our New Year's Eve cruise offers an onboard hosted bar and photo booth, as well as a spectacular panoramic view of all the bay's festivities, while serving a buffet of light appetizers and a traditional champagne toast at midnight!
Due to the nature and popularity of this annual event, space on each boat is limited and reservations are required.  Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.  We recommend you leave ample time to arrive due to road closures.  
Family Boat: 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
21 and Over Boat: 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Regular cruises and departure times include:
Golden Gate Bay Cruise®: 10:00 a.m., *10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise®: 12:00 p.m. and *4:15 p.m. 
California Twilight Cruise®: Daily at *5:30 p.m.

*Thursday - Monday only
Location: Pier 43 1/2  
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-673-2900 or email 

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Pier Market is open every day in December, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve!  Celebrate the holidays with us in our festively decorated dining rooms.  Devour live Dungeness crab, mesquite-grilled fish and meats, and award-winning clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls while overlooking the bay and the PIER 39 sea lions.  Proudly serving sustainable seafood. 

Holiday Dates: Sunday and Monday, December 24 - 25, and Sunday, December 31, 2017
Holiday Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Christmas Eve); 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Christmas Day); and 11:00 a.m. to midnight (New Year's Eve). 
Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email

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Holidays on the Bay with Hornblower

Seasonal Dungeness Crab Menu at Fog Harbor Fish House

Be Here for Holiday Cheer!

Celebrate the holiday season on a yacht with Hornblower Cruises & Events!  Cruises feature welcoming service, gourmet cuisine prepared fresh on board, and dazzling views of the San Francisco Bay.  Special holiday cruises include brunch, lunch, and dinner events all December long.  

This Christmas, gather friends and family for less stress and less mess on a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Cruise.  You can also ring in 2018 with a New Year's Cruise!  Count down to midnight with a spectacular view of the fireworks show on a dinner cruise or toast to the new year with a champagne brunch cruise.  

Dates: Now through December 31, 2017
Departure times: Varies by cruise
Location: Pier 3, Hornblower Landing
For more information: Call 1-415-788-8866  

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It's peak Dungeness Crab season at Fisherman's Wharf!  Fog Harbor is featuring a fantastic Dungeness Crab Menu available all month long, with more than 15 fresh Dungeness Crab dishes.  Come eat!  We are open every day, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, when we serve a traditional holiday special in addition to our regular menu. 

Dates:Now through December 31, 2017
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (daily); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Christmas Eve); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Christmas Day); and 11:00 a.m. to midnight (New Year's Eve). 
Location: Entrance of PIER 39, Second Level
For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email


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Season's Greetings from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf!  If you plan to visit during the month of December, there are fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, and places to dine, and enjoy the sights and sounds. Come celebrate the holidays with cocktails, dining, cruises, or even a rockin' New Year's Eve party!

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Have you made your New Year's Eve plans yet?  Join us for an electric party on the pier.  Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco presents New Year's Eve Guitar Smash 2018!  Be prepared for a night filled with amazing food, incredible drinks, and music by DJ Jimmy Hits.  VIP Party Packages available.  Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017 
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Location: PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-956-2013

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The Exploratorium is currently featuring Curious Contraptions: Small Machines of Love and Mystery, an interactive exhibition of more than 30 charming and playful mechanical sculptures known as automata.  These whimsical machines are brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.  Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama, often reflecting its maker's sense of humor.  Visitors will be able to see and investigate the simple mechanisms used to make these automata move.  This year, Curious Contraptions features work by Colombian artist Carlos Zapata, Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Fi Henshall, as well as Artists-in-Residence.  Visitors will have an opportunity to engage with the artists through public programs and hands-on workshops hosted at The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio.

Dates: Now through January 28, 2018
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday through Sunday) and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Thursday evening, ages 18+ ONLY).  Closed on Monday, except select Monday holidays.
Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
For more information: Call 1-415-528-4444 or email   

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Glide into the holiday season with ​Hotel Zoe's 
specially curated winter package.  Enjoy time with family and friends skating through the Winter
Wonderland at Union Square! 

Offer includes:
*Two tickets to the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink
*Mittens for skating
*Two Cable Car tickets to the ice rink
*Free parking
*1:00 p.m. late checkout

Valid Dates: Now through January 14, 2018   
Location: 425 North Point Street (at Mason)

For more information: Call 1-415-561-1100  

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It's a ballpark where home runs can be "splash hits" and the breathtaking bay view rivals the action on the field.  It's where one of baseball's most hallowed franchises plays inside an architectural landmark. Come visit the Home of the San Francisco Giants and go behind the scenes with one of our seasoned Tour Guides.  Get a player's-eye view from the Dugout, the Visitor's Batting Cage and Clubhouse.  Tour stops may also include the Bob Stevens Press Box, a Luxury Suite, and our Giants memorabilia display on the Club Level.

Dates: Now through December 31, 2017 (except December 25)
Times: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  
​Tours last 1.5 hours long.
Location: 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Tours depart from the Giants' Dugout Store located on the Third Street side of the ballpark.)
For more information: Call 1-415-972-2400 or email   

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Join Blue & Gold Fleet on the Bay Lights Cruise and watch the illumination of The Bay Lights, the world's largest LED light sculpture, from the best seats on the Bay!  Ticket includes (1) drink ticket (good for 1 house alcoholic beverage or 2 non-alcoholic beverages).  Cruises depart promptly.  All cruises are 90-minutes long.  This is not a seated event.  $3.00 of proceeds will be donated to Illuminate.  Learn more about The Bay Lights by Leo Villareal and dedicate a light at

Dates: Saturday, December 9, 23, 30 and Sunday, December 31, 2017
4:15 p.m. (boarding begins at 3:45 p.m.) on December 9 and 23.  4:00 p.m. (boarding begins at 3:30 p.m.) on December 30 and 31
Location: PIER 39 

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The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club will join once again to present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay.  Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront on Friday, December 15, 2017

A holiday tradition since 1994, the parade includes members of the St. Francis Yacht Club, Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Fleet, Golden Gate Yacht Club, PIER 39 Marina, and the Sea Scouts.  The parade route will begin just off of PIER 39, proceeding west past Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club, and will turn around off of Crissy Field to return along the waterfront. 

The Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Fleet will remain lit throughout the holiday season. The best viewing can be found at the Sport Fishing Harbor along Jefferson Street, between Jones and Taylor.

​This event happens rain or shine, but realistically if it's poor weather and/or choppy conditions, you will see less boats in the parade. 
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
For more information: Call 1-415-673-3530 

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Experience the thrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game all at once!  Our 20-seat theater, massive movie screen and the newest 3D technology will keep your senses reeling as you RIDE, BLAST and COMPETE your way into other dimensions! Featuring Road Fighters, Los Banditos, Zombies! and Gigamon.
Put your agility, speed and confidence to the test as you navigate your way through a web of crisscrossing laser beams in 
Lazer Challenge. You can attempt this mission solo or work in tandem as you jump, crawl and stretch yourself to the limit to beat the clock and your friends, all while being cheered on by onlookers on our live screens!  Almost as fun to watch as it is to complete!  

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-445-0916

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For the first time in history, Alcatraz Cruises is launching a "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket promotion!  Although tours often sell out during the year, it is a priority to educate the community about the robust history of the Island.  As a result, Alcatraz Cruises welcomes locals to experience the assets that make Alcatraz one of the country's most popular attractions.  Offered to local Bay Area residents*, this "Buy One, Get One Free" ticket promotion is available on the following dates:  

December 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2017
January 30 and 31, 2018
February 6 and 7, 2018

​*Residents of the following Northern California counties are eligible:  Alameda; Contra Costa; Marin; Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo; Santa Clara; Solano; and Sonoma. 

For tickets: or purchase at the Ticket Booth, Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
For more information: Call 1-415-981-7625

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