8 Winter Date Ideas in San Francisco

Whoever claims romance is dead doesn’t live in San Francisco.

Though cynicism is a common trait amongst Millennials, everyone still wants a little romance in their lives. Luckily in San Francisco, the beautiful landscapes set the scene for romance. And the cocktails help, too.

Winter dates hold a special kind of magic that you can’t get during the rest of the year. Although we don’t have snow, we have dry air and fun, holiday-inspired activities to liven up the winter. Impress your crush this year going out on a festive outing, mistletoe in tow. Between hot Irish coffee and ice skating, you won’t run out of date fodder to keep things toasty. If you’re ready to take your date on an outing that’ll make Mrs. Claus green and red with envy, here are 8 adorable winter date ideas to go on in San Francisco this Holiday season:

Related: The SF Must List: What to Do in San Francisco This December 

1. Go Ice Skating at Union Square. 

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Union Square Holiday Ice Rink | 333 Post Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 10AM-11:30PM daily | $13-$21

2. Take a stroll at Winter Walk.

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Winter Walk | Stockton Street, between Geary and Ellis Streets, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 7AM-9PM daily | Free

Related: San Francisco Winter Bucket List

3. Go on an Irish Coffee Date at Buena Vista Cafe. 

Photo: Joanne B, Flickr, Creative Commons.

Buena Vista Cafe | 2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Friday: 9AM-2AM, Saturday-Sunday: 8AM-2AM | $

4. Watch a retro movie at the Castro Theatre. 

The San Francisco International Film Festival in the Castro Theatre. Photo: seventh-row.com

Castro Theatre | 429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA | Check calendar for movies and showtimes | $

5. Explore After Dark at the Exploratorium. 

Photo: Bea Janelle D., Yelp.

Exploratorium After Dark | Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco, CA | Thursdays, 6PM-10PM | $15-$20 | 18+

6. Visit the gingerbread house at the Fairmont Hotel. 

Photo: Fairmont San Francisco, Facebook.

Gingerbread House at the Fairmont Hotel | 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA | Free

Related: Where to Get The Best Pumpkin Pie in San Francisco

7. Dine under the lights at Foreign Cinema. 

Photo: Judy L, Flickr, Creative Commons.

Foreign Cinema 2534 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA | Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 5:30PM-10PM, Thursday-Friday: 5:30PM-11PM, Saturday: 11AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-11PM, Sunday: 11AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10PM

8. Shop for mistletoe at Clancy’s Christmas Tree Lot. 

Photo: @ctheb2003, Instagram.

Clancy’s Christmas Trees | 1620 7th Avenue, San Francisco, CA | Hours: 9AM-9PM daily | $$


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