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If you’re trying to decide when to visit Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, consider the end of the year, when the Five-Star hotel puts on extra events to get in the holiday spirit.
Seasons restaurant on the fifth floor hosts a Christmas lunch and dinner on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 every year, featuring a special tasting menu prepared by the hotel’s executive chef Mark Richardson, a champagne toast and decadent desserts from the in-house pastry chef, Jeffrey Wurtz. He’s often hard at work crafting sweets for the many weddings held each year at the Five-Star hotel and is known for making everything from sorbet bites to mini tarts, cupcakes, chilled milk shots, cream puffs and soufflé.
Seasons bar and lounge also offers holiday-themed cocktails crafted by bar manager Oliver Lee. The Wassail — which translates to “good health” in Middle English — is made with rum, organic apple cider, orange and lemon juices, clove-stuffed lemon and orange peels, whole allspice, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. If you’re looking for something more sweet than spicy, try the adult hot chocolate. It’s made with thick, rich cocoa and spiked with peppermint or vanilla liqueur, then topped with a housemade marshmallow. The fireplace will be roaring at the lounge and there’s always a large, lavishly decorated Christmas tree and menorah on display at the hotel — sure signs of the season.
If you’re in the mood for some outside holiday activities, head up the street to Union Square to ice skate at the rink and take in the glow of the 50-foot Christmas tree, adorned with sparkling lights and red bows.