Thursday Doors – Christmas in San Francisco

Back in the day, when we could travel without worry, my husband and I spent part of our Christmas holiday in the beautiful city by the bay: San Francisco. One of our favorite things to do in San Francisco is to walk and, if you’ve been there you already know, that means hills… lots of hills. In fact, I read that San Francisco is considered the second hilliest city in the world, next to La Paz, Bolivia.

The wonderful thing about hills, besides the great cardio workout you get, are the views they often provide when you arrive at the top:

At the top of Lombard Street (the “crookedest street in the world”) looking towards Coit Tower.
At the summit of Telegraph Hill looking out towards Alcatraz Island.

With its sweeping views, vibrant downtown, bustling waterfront, historical neighborhoods, and eclectic architecture, as long as you are in decent shape, the city is best observed on your feet (preferably shod in sturdy walking shoes). By walking rather than driving, you will also be better able to appreciate the Victorian beauties, especially when their doors are dressed up for the holidays. No blow-up plastic Santas here; the decorations are elegant and understated. It just takes a bit of bling to make a grand impression.

It has been a couple of years since we’ve been to San Francisco, but it’s a city that will always call us back. Even though we’ve been there many times, there is always more to see.

Thursday Doors is a weekly celebration of doors hosted by Dan Antion at No Facilities. Head on over to see his collection and to see what others have shared from around the world.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful year ahead!

Author: Janis @

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

81 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Christmas in San Francisco”

  1. Janis, A beautiful collection of doors and wreaths. San Francisco is one of my favourite cities. It will always call me back, too. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  2. Beautiful doors in a beautiful city. I was in San Francisco in the month of October, so no Christmas decor but I like the concept of less is more too. Merry Christmas Janis.

      1. Yes, it was beautiful when I went Janis. I took a 10-day bus tour down the coast of California and it originated in San Francisco and ended up in L.A. I enjoyed it very much. We stayed in Burlingame. We were lucky and it was not cold, but I recall a blogging friend telling me that it was so cold all year around in her workplace that she had to keep a space heater in her office to stay warm.

  3. We live so close yet rarely go. Maybe that’s something I can put on my adventure list for next year! Thanks for sharing to remind me.

    1. I guess it’s not unusual to rarely visit what is close by (we don’t go to a lot of the nearby locals/attractions either) but it’s also fun to play tourist in your local area. We found that the hotel prices in downtown SF were pretty reasonable around the holiday.

  4. Hi, Janis – As always, your photography is beautiful! I LOVE San Francisco and completely agree that it is best seen on foot.
    Wishing you and Paul a very merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!

  5. We’ve only been to San Francisco once and that was during the summer. I’ll bet the city is especially enjoyable during the holidays. The doors you shared are all elegant and welcoming – nicely done. Best wishes for a lovely and merry Christmas to you and your husband, Janis!

  6. It occurs to me as I compose my comment: whenever a movie is set in San Francisco, I usually pay more attention to the landscape than I do to the story. A magnificent town. One I don’t imagine that I’ll ever visit, so I do appreciate this album of gorgeous images.

    Take care, Janis. Merry Christmas.

  7. Tastefully decorating one’s home for Christmas has become a lost art in many places. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your beloved city of San Francisco, Janis! Merry Christmas!

  8. San Francisco is indeed a lovely city and, you’re right, best seen by walking.
    We haven’t been in years but we both remember the time spent there very well and would love to go back and walk it again.
    Thank you for the beautiful door pictures.
    Merry Christmas to you both!

  9. I’ve been to SF once and was enchanted. Beautiful doorways. My favorite is the arched wrought iron with all the holly. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Oh, how I miss that city. I was fortunate enough to get there at least every other year because that’s where my HQ was located. A really nice remembrance from days when we could travel; which I hope won’t be too long in the future either. Thanks, Janis. – Marty

    1. I applied for a job in San Francisco many years ago and often wonder how different my life would have been had I gotten it. After my interview, I walked around the city thinking how it would be to live there. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I wasn’t hired and my life turned out as it has… which is great.

  11. The doors are very festive and even a bit Spanish like with the wrought iron. San Francisco is one place I would like to visit – one day. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas Janis.

      1. We had a quiet one too and lovely in the fact it was a no fuss no stress day. I think it’s a city with character from what I have learned though not sure it is as interesting as New York which was amazing to experience. Not sure I could handle living in such a huge city it’s a pleasure to visit.

  12. Nice photos! What I remember about San Francisco is the first time I was there, late 1970s, driving my 5-speed manual transmission VW up and down those hills. I was a pro after that. Haven’t been there since, let’s see, it must have been 2005. Time for another visit!

    1. Yikes! I think I’d freak out if I had to drive a manual there. I am very impressed that you mastered those hills (I assume without backing into anyone). It’s definitely time for another visit… but either take a car with an automatic transmission or plan on walking.

  13. Oh, thank you for taking me on a trip to the City by the Bay! San Francisco is absolutely one of my favorite cities. One of my kids used to live in Berkeley, so I had the perfect excuse to fly into SFO several times a year. I still haven’t quite forgiven him for moving! 🙂

  14. Wow, Janis! You held on to all those doors and Christmas decorations for years without posting them on your blog? Now, is the perfect time. Love SF! I’ve got some history there. It’s where Chapter One in Plunge begins… But that’s all I’m giving away. 🙂

    1. I was looking through my photos from my first European trip 30+ years ago, and it appears I loved them way back then too. You should join in on the Thursday Doors posts now and then to share your door photos! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  15. I’ve never been to S.F. during Christmas, but I can imagine how charming it would be. No blow up Santas–I love it! It’s been ages since I’ve been there. You’ve reminded me of how much I love that city.

  16. What a lovely collection of doors in a beautiful plsce Janis. I’ve not been there and at this rate I never will but I did enjoy your post and the memories you’ve shared with us.

  17. These doors are amazing! The curved, blue door is especially interesting. It appears curved only at the top. Is this true, do you remember?

  18. Hi Janis, just browsing your blog posts and always love Thursday doors. That bright red one with the black trim is gorgeous! So are many others. Hey, as far as I’m concerned – hang a Christmas wreath on anything and it makes me happy. Fun post.

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