Wintertime in the historic Presidio in San Francicso is the idyllic season for a relaxing holiday getaway with loved ones. The mild climate provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the park’s 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, stunning overlooks, and uncrowded beaches. Either the award-winning Lodge or Inn are a cozy home base for discovering cultural offerings, dining, and holiday shopping, or simply gathering around the firepit or fireplace with a cup of cocoa in a serene oasis.

Supporting businesses in the park keeps the Presidio free as a national park site for all to enjoy. Below are a few of the activities taking place during the holiday season. For more information on visiting the Presidio, click here.

Spend the Night in a Magical Forest

Set amidst restorative nature with stunning San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge views, the Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at the Presidio provide a much-needed respite for those seeking a peaceful holiday getaway. Both hotels are beautifully decorated with handmade wreaths of North California fauna, stunning Christmas trees, and thousands of lights. The comfy outdoor fire pits, or the indoor fireplaces are tranquil spots for guests to unwind during the complimentary wine and cheese evening reception.

Gather for A Traditional Tree-Lighting

Celebrate the season with friends and family on December 2 at dusk, with the lighting of a towering 55 foot-tall, living Norfolk Island pine. This tree-lighting has been a park tradition since 1991, and one that originally began in 1957 with military families stationed in the park when the land was a US Army base. Enjoy a quiet moment with the holiday lights, which will shine each night throughout December.

Indulge in Creative Cuisine

The Presidio is home to several restaurants and a multitude of mobile food vendors at Presidio Pop Up, each offering a variety of delicious cuisine. For Thanksgiving, Presidio Social Club is excited to announce the return of its uber-popular three course menu featuring seasonal choices of appetizers, roasted turkey, prime rib, or chef’s seasonal fish preparation, plus a selection of delicious desserts. $95 per person. Reservations required.