Holiday tours atop double-decker buses give passengers a Santa’s-eye view, enabling them to size up decorations from floor to ceiling, peek into chimneys to assess their structural integrity, and lasso in passing reindeer for fantasy-hoofball drafts. Take in sporting Yuletide festivities from above with today’s Groupon to City Sightseeing. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get one adult admission to a holiday-lights bus tour (up to a $29.99 value).
- For $10, you get one child admission to a holiday-lights bus tour (up to a $19.99 value).<p>
Tours kick off daily from December 1 to January 1 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Pier 39, with two free hours of parking included.
City Sightseeing shuttles passengers between San Francisco’s Yuletide-themed locales on a fleet of 20 double-decker buses. Patrons bundle up and converge around Pier 39’s festively glowing conifer for the 60-minute holiday-lights bus tour, boarding enclosed lower levels or opting for upstairs seating for open-air views of paragliding Christmas carolers. Scarlet motor carriages zoom to twinkling destinations such as Union Square, Ghirardelli Square, and Embarcadero while complimentary hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, candy canes, and bus stickers get riders in the holiday spirit. Passengers can arrive 15–30 minutes early for a photo with Saint Nick, which zips to PCs via email or digital carrier pigeon. Patrons will also receive exclusive discounts to local stores, restaurants, and attractions, which can be used before or after their seasonal outing.
In the past five years, City Sightseeing tour company has shuttled 1.5 million passengers around San Francisco in signature double-decker, open-top tour buses. Within the city itself, four different routes wend through various neighborhoods and past iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Danny Tanner’s favorite grocery store. Outside the city, tours also run to Muir Woods, wine country, the picturesque towns of Monterey and Carmel, and Yosemite National Park.