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Win Tickets to See Reindeer, Scuba Santa, and Snow in GG Park

In case you can't tell, we're pretty enthralled with the winter wonderland happening right now over at the California Academy of Sciences. From real snow flurries to a scuba-clad Santa to a prancing pair of live reindeer, the Academy is your one-stop shop for a dose of holiday cheer.

Your Wine Country Holiday Guide

’Tis the season of celebration, and there's no better way to treat your loved ones (and yourself!) than with the best restaurants, wineries, and gifts of Napa and Sonoma. Browse through our picks below, and you'll find that checking off your list for the holidays just got easier.

Art With Heart Returns to San Francisco

By now you’ve seen them around the city, popping up in unexpected places to provide a welcome dose of vibrant color in the smile-inducing shape of a heart. For the 10th year in a row, the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has selected top local artists from a talented pool of applicants to create the iconic art hearts displayed all around SF. 

Snow, Reindeer, and Albino Alligators at the California Academy of Sciences

Breaking news: It's snowing in Golden Gate Park! Seriously, folks—there's some snow a-fallin' inside the California Academy of Sciences, and that's not the only festive touch happening at The Academy this year. Celebrate the holidays with a geeky twist at 'Tis the Season for Science.

Holiday Gift Love: The Pax

Pax by Ploom

We're just going to say it—San Francisco is a town of gadgets. From a sea of smartphones and white headphones on MUNI to hand-crank artisanal coffee grinders popping up in apartments around the area, this city loves its hand-held devices that simply make life a bit better.

Take a Seat at BR+Table, Burritt Tavern’s All-New Artisanal Chef’s Table

BR+Table at Burritt Room + Tavern

On the second floor of the Mystic Hotel lies Burritt Room + Tavern, a film noir-influenced, American tavern-inspired bar and restaurant by celebrated chef Charlie Palmer. Walk to the back of the restaurant to discover BR+Table, the brainchild of Burritt’s Executive Chef Luke Knox.

Canine Seeking Human: Halston the Handsome

San Francisco SPCA Adoptions

Welcome to the Puppy Personals, where eager furry friends put their hearts on the line while they seek their perfect human match. Each month, we'll spotlight a highly adoptable dog or cat that is currently available at the San Francisco SPCA. Read their stories, fall in love, and go adopt! Today, feast your eyes on handsome boy Halston.

Design Innovators Toast Ivy Awards Winner at the NWBLK

Earlier this month, the community of thought leaders, innovators, and trendsetters better known as Ivy joined together at the up-and-coming Design District gallery, the NWBLK to raise a glass to impactful design and to honor the winner of their Ivy Innovator Award for Design, presented by Cadillac.

Five Can't-Miss Union Square Holiday Events

Union Square Holiday Events

It's the most wonderful time of year—the time when San Francisco transforms into an even more festive version of itself for the holidays. Whether you're a die-hard native or a recent transplant, you know that when it comes to the holidays, Union Square knows how to bring it. From fluffy kittens (and a cat celebrity) to walking through a winter paradise while eating bacon, these cheery events at SF's retail mecca will have you decking the halls and fa la la-ing your way straight through New Year's.

Three Must-Have Recipes for Your Holiday Table

Pumpkin Ginger Flax and Walnut Bread

Whether you're channeling Martha or just trying to get through Thanksgiving without an exploding turkey, a solid holiday dish requires a hefty dose of fresh herbs to dial up the flavor and bring on the festivities. When prepping your dish, it's essential to start with fresh herbs for maximum impact. Sure, dried and powdered herbs work in a pinch, but there's no comparison to the real thing.

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