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Where to Feel the Holiday Spirit in the Bay Area

From full-blown pop-up bars to exquisitely decorated hotels

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‘Tis the season for giant gingerbread houses, hot buttered rums, and jingling bells. Holiday pop-ups — and more informal decorative transformations — have taken over Bay Area bars and hotels, with more places to knock back a festively-named cocktail and relish in seasonal cheer than ever before. And we are so here for it. Read on for 14 places to feel the holiday spirit.

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1. Claremont Club & Spa

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Claremont Hotel & Spa
Berkeley, CA 94705

A life-size, Whoville-inspired gingerbread house and Christmas tree are among the decorative attractions this year inside the East Bay’s fanciest hotel. There are also special holiday teas — potentially with a visit from the Oakland Balley’s Nutcracker — and a Whoville-themed brunch with Santa. On Christmas day, the hotel will unveil a six-foot tall Christmas tree made of chocolate and Rice Krispies treats.

2. Hello Stranger

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1724 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 947-9028
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On Friday and Saturday nights through December, Oakland nightlife destination Hello Stranger is transforming its VIP room into its Naughty and Nice Lounge, a Christmas-themed pop-up with a “cocktail menu that would make Santa blush.” Find it starting at 8 p.m.

3. Fairmont San Francisco

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950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5000
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The Fairmont is always elaborately decorated for Christmas, with a 23-foot tree, a champagne bar, hot cocoa pop-up shop, a giant gingerbread house, and holiday tea. This year’s gingerbread house is the biggest yet, and for the first time, you can even dine inside of it.

4. Top of the Mark

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999 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 392-3434
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Throughout December, you can order a festive, “12 Days of Christmas”-themed cocktail at this lounge, while the entire InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel gets decorated — including with a full-on gingerbread house village — and hosts events like holiday brunch and children’s “magical tea.”

5. Pacific Cocktail Haven

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580 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 398-0195
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New York-born holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to Pacific Cocktail Haven. There’s a fresh lineup of Christmas-themed cocktails in custom glassware to along with green-and-white stockings, string lights, and more decor.

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6. Palace Hotel

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2 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 512-1111
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Big, lit-up Christmas trees enter the extravagantly elegant Palace Hotel every year, alongside a slew of holiday-themed events. This year, there’s an ugly sweater party, a gingerbread-decorating mixer, and many chances for holiday afternoon tea — possibly even with a visit from Santa.

7. Union Square

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Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94108

Two blocks off of Union Square have transformed into the pedestrian-only Winter Walk, with rotating food vendors from Off the Grid; a giant charcuterie board for Instagramming; wine, beer, and cocktails from Rye on the Road; and, of course, twinkle lights, garlands, and other nods to the season.

Winter Walk

8. Deck the Halls

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1217 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 771-8292
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This extremely festive and extremely rowdy holiday pop-up is back for another year, this time in the former location of Rusted Mule. It runs November 23- December 25, providing festive decor and drinks like the Yellow Snow Slushie made with Hennessy, Luxardo amaretto, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. There’s also the Dreidel Room within the Christmas-themed bar.

9. Museum of Ice Cream

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1 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(855) 258-0719
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Instead of decking out its sweets-themed rooms in red and green, the Museum of Ice Cream is going pink. “Pinkmas,” as they’re calling their seasonal exhibition, includes a glowing pink forest, a gingerbread house, and a new Gingerbread Disco ice cream flavor. You can get in on the Instagram action through January 6.

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10. Elixir

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3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-1633
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Until January 6, Elixir will serve its menu of traditional holiday cocktails, like egg nog (and Añogo, a nog made with añejo tequila), hot spiced cider, and “hot butt rum.” From December 15-25 there’ll also be Tom and Jerry’s, the labor-intensive, rum- and cognac-spiked holiday classic.

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11. The Beehive

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842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

The retro-themed bar is decked out as a gingerbread house (emphasis on the gin, as it’s a partnership with Zephyr Gin) this year, with plenty of festive decorations and a special list of holiday drinks. Enjoy the blasphemous Krampus Club ($14) withgin, spiced cranberry, martini, bitter, Cointreau, egg white, lemon, the Festivus martini with gin, douglas fir, martini ambrato, maraschino, improved bitters, or the Santa Baby (pictured), with Zephyr gin, Beehive hot cocoa, Wondermint, winter spice, and toasted marshmallow, served in 60’s style soda fountain glass

The Santa Baby
Lea Zaglin

12. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

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2050 University Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 566-1200
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The East Palo Alto hotel transformed its outdoor lounge into wintry pop-up Après, with sparkling lights, mini pine trees, a fireplace, and fake falling snow every night. There’s a festive food menu (bison burger, cheese fondue, s’mores) and cocktail list, including hot cocoa spiked with Irish whiskey and green chartreuse. It runs through February.

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

13. Rosewood Sand Hill

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2825 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 561-1500
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The hotel’s first-ever Winter Terrace pop-up aims to create a cozy and immersive escape with cognac cocktails, bites via Michelin-starred restaurant Madera, and larger in-theme dishes like cheese fondue. The pop-up is open through January, though the Rosewood Sand Hill team already anticipates possibly extending into February due to popular demand.

Rosewood Sand Hill

14. Paper Plane

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72 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 713-2625
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Christmas-themed pop-up bar Miracle has hit San Jose for the first time, with cheeky drinks (see the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! starring sweet potato rum and marshmallow orgeat) in custom glassware and heaps of decor. Paper Plane is also kicking it up a notch with a couple of new holiday-appropriate dishes as well, including a turkey pot pie samosa and mashed potato sundae. It runs through New Year’s Eve.

Melissa Hom

1. Claremont Club & Spa

Claremont Hotel & Spa, Berkeley, CA 94705

A life-size, Whoville-inspired gingerbread house and Christmas tree are among the decorative attractions this year inside the East Bay’s fanciest hotel. There are also special holiday teas — potentially with a visit from the Oakland Balley’s Nutcracker — and a Whoville-themed brunch with Santa. On Christmas day, the hotel will unveil a six-foot tall Christmas tree made of chocolate and Rice Krispies treats.

Claremont Hotel & Spa
Berkeley, CA 94705

2. Hello Stranger

1724 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

On Friday and Saturday nights through December, Oakland nightlife destination Hello Stranger is transforming its VIP room into its Naughty and Nice Lounge, a Christmas-themed pop-up with a “cocktail menu that would make Santa blush.” Find it starting at 8 p.m.

1724 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

3. Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

The Fairmont is always elaborately decorated for Christmas, with a 23-foot tree, a champagne bar, hot cocoa pop-up shop, a giant gingerbread house, and holiday tea. This year’s gingerbread house is the biggest yet, and for the first time, you can even dine inside of it.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

4. Top of the Mark

999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Throughout December, you can order a festive, “12 Days of Christmas”-themed cocktail at this lounge, while the entire InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel gets decorated — including with a full-on gingerbread house village — and hosts events like holiday brunch and children’s “magical tea.”

999 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

5. Pacific Cocktail Haven

580 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Alison Weber

New York-born holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to Pacific Cocktail Haven. There’s a fresh lineup of Christmas-themed cocktails in custom glassware to along with green-and-white stockings, string lights, and more decor.

580 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108

6. Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Big, lit-up Christmas trees enter the extravagantly elegant Palace Hotel every year, alongside a slew of holiday-themed events. This year, there’s an ugly sweater party, a gingerbread-decorating mixer, and many chances for holiday afternoon tea — possibly even with a visit from Santa.

2 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Union Square

Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94108
Winter Walk

Two blocks off of Union Square have transformed into the pedestrian-only Winter Walk, with rotating food vendors from Off the Grid; a giant charcuterie board for Instagramming; wine, beer, and cocktails from Rye on the Road; and, of course, twinkle lights, garlands, and other nods to the season.

Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Deck the Halls

1217 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This extremely festive and extremely rowdy holiday pop-up is back for another year, this time in the former location of Rusted Mule. It runs November 23- December 25, providing festive decor and drinks like the Yellow Snow Slushie made with Hennessy, Luxardo amaretto, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. There’s also the Dreidel Room within the Christmas-themed bar.

1217 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Museum of Ice Cream

1 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Museum of Ice Cream

Instead of decking out its sweets-themed rooms in red and green, the Museum of Ice Cream is going pink. “Pinkmas,” as they’re calling their seasonal exhibition, includes a glowing pink forest, a gingerbread house, and a new Gingerbread Disco ice cream flavor. You can get in on the Instagram action through January 6.

1 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. Elixir

3200 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Elixir

Until January 6, Elixir will serve its menu of traditional holiday cocktails, like egg nog (and Añogo, a nog made with añejo tequila), hot spiced cider, and “hot butt rum.” From December 15-25 there’ll also be Tom and Jerry’s, the labor-intensive, rum- and cognac-spiked holiday classic.

3200 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. The Beehive

842 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Santa Baby
Lea Zaglin

The retro-themed bar is decked out as a gingerbread house (emphasis on the gin, as it’s a partnership with Zephyr Gin) this year, with plenty of festive decorations and a special list of holiday drinks. Enjoy the blasphemous Krampus Club ($14) withgin, spiced cranberry, martini, bitter, Cointreau, egg white, lemon, the Festivus martini with gin, douglas fir, martini ambrato, maraschino, improved bitters, or the Santa Baby (pictured), with Zephyr gin, Beehive hot cocoa, Wondermint, winter spice, and toasted marshmallow, served in 60’s style soda fountain glass

842 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley

The East Palo Alto hotel transformed its outdoor lounge into wintry pop-up Après, with sparkling lights, mini pine trees, a fireplace, and fake falling snow every night. There’s a festive food menu (bison burger, cheese fondue, s’mores) and cocktail list, including hot cocoa spiked with Irish whiskey and green chartreuse. It runs through February.

2050 University Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

13. Rosewood Sand Hill

2825 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Rosewood Sand Hill

The hotel’s first-ever Winter Terrace pop-up aims to create a cozy and immersive escape with cognac cocktails, bites via Michelin-starred restaurant Madera, and larger in-theme dishes like cheese fondue. The pop-up is open through January, though the Rosewood Sand Hill team already anticipates possibly extending into February due to popular demand.

2825 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025

14. Paper Plane

72 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
Melissa Hom

Christmas-themed pop-up bar Miracle has hit San Jose for the first time, with cheeky drinks (see the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! starring sweet potato rum and marshmallow orgeat) in custom glassware and heaps of decor. Paper Plane is also kicking it up a notch with a couple of new holiday-appropriate dishes as well, including a turkey pot pie samosa and mashed potato sundae. It runs through New Year’s Eve.

72 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113

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