With the holidays just around the corner, you and Santa's Little Helper might be wondering where you can check out the best Christmas lights in San Francisco. All across the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and homeowners decorate the Golden Gate City with twinkling lights to make Christmas extra special. So grab your festive fur-baby, and head to the 5 best Christmas holiday lights in SF for walking your dog.
Despite being at the heart of bustling downtown San Francisco, Union Square is must-visit if you're looking to see the best of Christmas lights in San Francisco with your pupper in tow. With over 30,000 lights and an 80-foot Christmas tree every year, this is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit.
While in Union Square, take a brief detour to admire the heartwarming Macy's Holiday Windows. If you fancy warming up after seeing the lights, head to one of the nearby dog-friendly cafes for a mug of warm cocoa.
A tourist hot-spot, Pier 39 provides one of the best Christmas light displays in San Francisco. One of the biggest draws of Pier 39 during the holidays is its towering singing Christmas tree. Another popular event is the Fisherman's Wharf Lighted Boat Parade, where dozens of boats parade along the waterfront covered with lights and decorations. Dogs are welcome on Pier 39 as long as they stay on a leash. This area can get busy, so ensure your pup is well-adjusted to large crowds.
Christmas Tree Lane, or Fulton Street, has been wowing the residents of Palo Alto for 80 years. Since 1940, this run-of-the-mill suburban street transforms every year into one of the best festive neighborhoods in the Bay Area. With carolers and vintage lawn displays, Christmas Tree Lane will help you recapture a bit of Christmas magic from your childhood. Plan a road trip down to Palo Alto with Rudolph and take your pup on a leashed stroll along Fulton Street.
Located about 40 miles east of SF in Livermore is one of the most impressive Christmas light home displays on the West Coast. Nicknamed "Casa del Pomba," or "House of the Doves," Deacon Dave and a group of volunteers decorate his house with a whooping 640,000 lights, turning it into a winter wonderland. Before checking out this mesmerizing display, take your pooch for an off-leash walk at the Robertson Park Dog Run just 2.5 miles away.
If you're looking for a delightfully Christmassy neighborhood without leaving San Francisco, look no further than Chestnut Christmas Lit Houses. Along South San Francisco's Chestnut Avenue, roughly 100 residents adorn their houses with various Christmas decorations, making this street one of the best decorated residential areas in San Francisco. As a fairly long road with lots to see, Chestnut Avenue is ideal for a leashed dog walk with your holiday hound.