Christmas Lights in San Francisco


If you’d like an inside look at some of the best holiday light displays in San Francisco, then consider joining one of Marilyn Straka’s “On the Level Holiday Lights Walking Tours”. The tours follow a level route of travel and include stops at hotels, office lobbies, retail locations and public spaces that boast festive decorations. Add in a little bit of history and San Francisco trivia and you’ve got a fun early evening activity.

The one-mile tours last about two hours. The price is $20, with a $5 discount available to anybody with a disability. Tours are limited to 20 participants, so it’s best to sign up in advance. You can make a reservation on or give Marilyn a call at (415) 921-1382.

By way of full disclosure, I’ve known Marilyn for many years; and in fact we are both serve on the Access Northern California board of directors. Her tours are designed for wheelchair-users; in fact she even had a few wheelers try out the routes before she offered them publicly. She also offers a wide variety of non-seasonal walking tours during the rest of the year, so check her out if a visit to San Francisco is in your future.

And yes, I have taken a tour with her before – and I enjoyed it very much!