A CHRISTMAS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Time flies – it’s already Christmas!  Whatever holiday you celebrate, we wanted to share a photo diary of our favorite festive places to visit in San Francisco during this jolly time of year.  We hope you get inspired by the beauty of the natural wonder of the Bay Area combined with the ornate decorations adorning the city and making it sparkle!  Wherever you live, we hope you make it to San Francisco once in your lifetime during this beautiful and celebratory time of year!

Francesca is obsessed with silky Christmas pajamas, and loves to combine pajama elements into her outfits.


For this festive look, she combined her favorite red pajama top with a fun neoprene skirt that literally looks like a upside down flower that would be worn by the Sugarplum fairy in the Nutcracker. 


The combo is not for the faint of heart, but if you are daring this is a very fun way to feel the spirit!


Valentina paired her favorite, warm and cozy, winter jacket with colorful and comfortable leggings, for an easy but fun way to explore the city by foot. Colder days don’t mean plainer clothes!!


Valentina takes any opportunity to mix colors and bring a playful element to her outfits. She also paired up the jacket with a bright patterned skirt for a more feminine look – a very easy transition from day to night.  Staying comfy and shining bright in color is a must for Valentina throughout the Xmas season! 


Its fun to become your own shiny ornament adorning the the city you inhabit!

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GOLDEN GATE GIRLS
Nothing is more festive than the iconic, rusty red Golden Gate Bridge!  Take a drive up highway one and stop by Lands End for a gorgeous hike overlooking epic views of the bridge.  Can’t you imagine Santa chuckling as he rides over the Golden Gate in his red sleigh with Rudolph leading the whole team?

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PAINTED LADIES
We love taking walks along the rows and rows of pastel-painted, quirky Victorian Houses that are iconic to San Francisco’s visual aesthetic.  We especially love the Pacific Heights neighborhood around Broadway and Steiner for houses that look as delicious as Christmas candy.   At the corner of Fulton and Steiner streets, in Alamo Square, you can see the crisp edges of the Financial District skyscrapers behind a row of Victorians – it’s one of the most famous views of San Francisco.  During our shoot we found the perfect house for us – a cotton candy pink Victorian House that made us so happy
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Painted_Ladies_San_Francisco_January_2013_panorama_2A SHOW STOPPING CHRISTMAS TREE

With the big red star on top, the glorious Christmas Tree in Union Square boasts a magnificent 80 feet of green and is a great location for selfies, hot chocolate and even has an ice skating a couple feet away for more fun.  Take a trip to Macy’s and head up the elevator to the top floor for the amazing view of the whole square and cityscape beyond (and grab dessert at the Cheesecake factory if you are feeling naughty).  For the super fashionista, high tea at the Neiman Marcus Rotunda is a must!  Set beneath a landmark stained-glass dome and overlooking Union Square, it’s the perfect dining experience for any special occasion or for turning an ordinary day into something wonderful!

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aIMG_8245SAINT FRANCIS SUGAR TREE
Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Houdre of the Westin Saint Francis delighted us this winter season with a 12 foot tall Sugar Tree in the middle of its very festive lobby.  The tree features over 1,000 pieces of candy made from blown sugar.  A true feast for the eyes, rows and rows of intricately crafted snowmen, elves, stars and ornaments weave a complex visual story adorning this rotating tree.  A must for anyone with imagination and child-like delight!
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TOP OF THE MARK
Enjoy the epic views of the city from the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins on Nob Hill.  We adore this elegant hotel’s architecture and decor.  Not to mention the doormen look so gentlemanly and Victorian in their top hats! Visit the Top of the Mark on the 19th floor for a traditional Holiday Tea complete with gingerbread houses, carolers and beautiful sweet and savory bites.  
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GINGERBREAD WORLD
The Fairmont Hotel is a classic 1906 landmark of historical San Francisco that is filled with magic during the holidays.  Fun fact – Tony Bennet first sang “I left my Heart in San Francisco” in the fairmont’s Venetian Room in 1961.  Check out our last post here all about the magic of the enormous Gingerbread House that the talented culinary team constructed with gingerbread bricks made from scratch.  

Enjoy our fun video diary below!  Wish you were here!
Comment below and tell us some of the best traditions you have with your family and friends wherever you live! And if you do head to San Francisco, please send us an email at ciao@valentinafrancesca.com – we would love to say hi to you!

 

DAY TO NIGHT:  HOLIDAY PARTY!

 

DAY TO NIGHT:  HOLIDAY PARTY!

 

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