24 Holiday Team Activites in San Francisco

The holiday season is coming up, and you’re still trying to decide what to do with your team? Maybe celebrate the year’s accomplishments, or take time to unwind with a group of friends!  If you are looking for something different this season, here are some of the things you can do with your team with big cheers and holiday spirits! 

Take the team to a holiday show 

Traditions call for a good holiday show! So, for the youngsters or young-at-heart, here are some of the shows you should not miss this season! 

The Nutcracker 

nutcracker cast

Now on their 5th Anniversary, The Nutcracker continues to wow its audience with its festive theatrical experience at The Opera House! With more than a hundred characters in spectacular costumes, children and adults are left in awe! You can get your tickets now, and shows start on December 11

A Christmas Carol 

the cast of the Christmas carol musical in action

Even after 43 years, many are still waiting for Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater in San Francisco. Adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, the audience should expect nothing but amazing! Catch the show filled with lively music and delightful casts in grandiose costumes on November 29 – December 24! 

Beach Blanket Babylon’s Holiday Extravanganza

beach blanket in outrageous costumes

Take a journey with Snow White as she finds her “Prince Charming” in this hilarious musical! After entertaining more than 6.5 million people worldwide,  still many want more of Beach Blanket Babylon’s Holiday Extravanganza! Bring your friends, and watch it at Clun Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district! 

Bracebridge Dinner 

classical looking cast in bracebridge dinner show

Celebrate Christmas festivities with Yosemite’s Bracebridge Dinner! Celebrated annually since 1927, Ahwahnee Dining Room brings us back in the Renaissance era with its music and decor based on a Washington Irving’s novel! Enjoy a traditional show with their world-class seven-course meal! 

Treat your team to some seasonal drinks

Holiday parties and celebrations need a festive drink. We gather the best seasonal drink that will add spice to your next get together! 

Marshmallow & Hot Cocoa 

marshmallow floating in hot chocolate drink

What perfect way to stay warm during this cold season than a hot chocolate! One of San Francisco’s favorite cafes, Jane on Filmore’s blends 63% Guittard chocolate and 72% Valrhona chocolate. Get cozy with your team, and sip on this work-of-art hot cocoa with homemade marshmallow. 

Eggnog 

egg nog with no kick

Holidays are here, and you can’t miss out on trying on some of the season’s drinks! Eggnog is a tradition! Established in 1953, Mitchell’s offers more than its 200 flavors of ice cream!  They make their creamy and rich eggnog with cream, sugar, eggs, and rum flavoring! 

Hard Eggnog 

alcoholic egg nog drink in stemmed glasses

If you are feeling boozy? Head to one of the world’s 50 best bar, Trick Dog! Enjoy the Christmas spice with their eggnog made with Wild Turkey Bourbon, cream, egg, and cinnamon! But don’t miss out, whether you want regular or boozy eggnog, because this season drink is only available from November until January!

Gingerbread Tea 

very nice looking tea place

San Francisco’s Fairmont turns into a magical, bigger than life Gingerbread House starting November 30! Made with 1,650 pounds of candies and more than 3000 pounds of icing, you and your friends can enjoy afternoon holiday tea next to this enchanting masterpiece! 

Teddy Bear Tea 

drinking tea in front of a Christmas tree with a Teddy bear

Enjoy the joyful season with the little ones at San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton during their Teddy Bear Tea! Enjoy hot cocoa, teddy bear treats and assorted sandwiches as you get entertained by an elf, a giant Teddy Bear and their sidekick! That’s not all, the young ones get to take home a gift and a photo with the fluffy bear! 

Tea Time at Top of the Mark 

fancy a cup of tea

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins offers a Tea Time at Top of the Mark. This three-tier presentation of desserts like cranberry scones and Mini Yule Logs enjoyed with a great selection of delectable teas, all while overlooking the infamous Golden Gate Bridge!   

Holiday photo op with the team

Capture precious moments with these perfect photo ops for the holidays! 

Photos with Santa 

child smiling with Santa

It’s that time of the year again when you Santa is in town! Come meet jolly St. Nick for a photo at Fioli on Saturdays, alongside Mrs. Claus! His sleigh is filled with lots of treats for everyone! They even have reading hours with Mrs. Claus, dance-and-sing-alongs and craft-making for the kids to enjoy! And yes, they have ponies dressed ready for the holidays!

Pinkmas at Museum of Ice Cream 

pink team selfie at ice cream museum

Head to the most instragrammable destination this holiday at the Museum of Ice Cream! And you guessed it? All their immersive installation at Pinkmas is pink! Get your tickets now because Pinkmas only lasts from November 8 – January 12! Tickets are only $38, and for groups for 10 or more, it’s discounted to $29 each! 

Create something for the season

Deck the halls filled with beautiful decors after these holiday workshops with your team! 

Gingerbread House Making

ginger bread house work in progress

Bring out some sweet spirits with your team with SF Cooking! With the help of an instructor, Jessica Sullivan, make delicious and cute gingerbread houses with royal icing and a wide variety of candy options. Each adult can bring a child no younger than 10 years old! Of course, you’ll be enjoying all this while sipping on wine! 

Cookie and Candle Making 

4 lit white candles

It all started with a love of candles! Founder Joy Hyunny of Lighten Up Shoppe offers different holiday workshops — candle making, cookie decorating and much more! You and your team can create candles with your very own concoctions of scents using dried flowers and oils. You can also take a two-hour class learning how to decorate cookies with a fall feel! Maybe add a more festive touch to your office or house by making wreaths from fresh greeneries, berries, and decorative ribbons. 

Caligraphy and Table Decor

cards and Christmas ornaments on a nice table setting

Who wouldn’t want to have an elegant table decor this holiday season? With Paper Source, you can take workshops that help you set table for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They teach you how to design everything from creating place cards to picking the right decor! Want to personalized your holiday cards? They also offer calligraphy classes that teach you how to add a personal touch to your gifts this season! 

Share a holiday event moment together

Christmas in the Park

Crowds enjoy Christmas in the Park in Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Christmas in the Park celebrates 35 years this season. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

It all started with a Nativity display, and now after 39 years, Christmas in the Park in San Jose has brought Christmas cheers to over 750,000 guests every year! Bring the team, and walk through the Christmas lane filled with festive exhibits full of music and lights! 

Santa Con 

drunk Santas posting for pic

Santa Claus is coming to town. Actually, lots of them! At Santa Con, lots of men and women dress in their best Santa suits! Celebrating their 25 years, join in on the fun and get your Santa on! It is also the largest single toy donors in the history of the San Francisco Police Department! Remember that Santa Con is to bring holiday cheers! 

Winter Festival at Great America

great America winter festival

Experience a magical and immersive holiday Winter Wonderland with Great America!  From Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, 2019, the amusement park turns into a delight! There are definitely lots of things to do —  watch their holiday live show, watch through their candy cane lane, or even hop on one of their 60 rides and attractions!  Don’t forget to say hello to Santa, and make cookies with Mrs. Claus! 

Get the team’s heart pumping

Keep the celebrations going with the best winter sports activities for your team! 

Ice Skating 

night time ice skating with lights

Celebrate at the Heart of San Francisco where you can find the biggest outdoor ice skating in the Bay Area! From November 6 – January 20, Union Square turns into a holiday ice rink where they host events like Silent Skate Party and Drag Queens on Ice! Don’t worry if you can’t skate because they also offer Learn to Skate events every Saturday and Sunday! 

Tubing 

family tubing in the snow
Photo credit: Erik Bergen, Placer County

Take a winter trip, and have fun in the snow! Gear up for some snowy adventures and go to Tube Town in Tahoe. Soda Springs is one of many ski resorts that offer tubing. It’s an easy way to get the team out in the snow without needing any sporting abilities!

Skiing/Snowboarding

teen skiing in colorful clothing

Let it snow! There are many great ski resorts in Northern California and Boreal Mountain California is one of the closest. They have a full day full of fun activities for your team but don’t forget to arrive at least 120 minutes before your lesson to make time for parking, rentals, and other things! 

Volunteer your team’s generosity

Take a break from holiday deadlines, and give back to those in need! ‘Tis the season to give thanks and spread love, and volunteer at these locations! 

Holiday Heroes 

holiday meal with children

Bring joy to children who are seriously ill, and entertain them with themed parties with Holiday Heroes! It is a full day of fun and games, and give away special activities boxes for arts and crafts and hot meals.

Glide Memorial Church 

seniors enjoying the holidays at glide sf

With their 50 years of volunteer opportunities, Glide Memorial Church opens its doors to volunteers who want to make a difference in those who suffer food insecurities! Make a difference this season and create connections by serving hot meals including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Meals on Wheels 

Senior Couple Being Served Meal By Carer

Make spirits bright, and volunteer at Meals on Wheels. They provide food delivery every Wednesday to seniors that face food insecurities! Help prepare food for the elders, or be part of their Good Neighbor program where you can help seniors do their daily tasks!

Conclusion:

Holidays are the perfect time to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime with your team! Don’t forget to check out these cheery activities after your escape room holiday party. Happy Holidays!