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The Most Spectacular Holiday Lights in the Bay Area


A certain kind of magic materializes during the holidays—the streets come to life, ablaze with twinkling lights, snowmen and the jingling of bells.

Never mind that we're all grown up—holiday lights never seem to lose their enchanting effect. Come winter, it's one of the traditions we look most forward to, and finding the most dazzling displays is our seasonal treasure hunt. So don't you tarnish your seasonal spirit with a fretful online search. We've put together a handy Bay Area guide to the most stunning, colorful, and extravagant lights in the area.

Holiday Lights and Sights, San Francisco

(Courtesy of Hornblowers Classic Cable Cars via Facebook)

What could be more festive than taking in holiday lights from the comfort of a classic cable car? This 80-minute themed holiday tour is led by a guide who will show you all the sights—Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Union Square, Financial District, The Embarcadero and Pier 39. Added bonus: partake in a joyous singalong while wearing a Santa hat. // 190 Napoleon St. (Bayview), get tickets ($39) at classiccablecar.com.

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