Every Christmas season San Franciscans head to the elegant Palace Hotel's Garden Court to enjoy holiday brunch or tea. This historic Beaux Arts hotel also offers inventive holiday cocktails in their Pied Piper Bar. An annual gingerbread competition, held in the Lobby, brings out the best decorative bakers who create gingerbread displays of San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge. You can vote for your favorite and all proceeds generated from your votes are given to local charities. A short walk to Union Square's ice skating rink and you can catch the Drag Queens on Ice performance (usually in early December). Also take some time to enjoy the many festive window displays in nearby stores.