There is no better place to set your holidays in motion than in San Francisco – a city that has never needed a holiday excuse to exude energy and excitement. At this time of year, San Francisco and its grand hotels kick it up a notch with magical events for all ages. At the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, you’ll find celebrations to please even the grinchiest in your family: delectable dinners and brunches, playful holiday tea, and even a petting zoo – in the hotel lobby!
Make a date for one or more of these festive activities:
Thanksgiving brunch and dinner at Top of the Mark: Enjoy the abundance of the fall harvest with a Thanksgiving brunch and dinner feast at Top of the Mark. Presented by Chef Nenad Stefanovic, the Thursday, November 26 (11am – 8pm) buffet features breakfast selections, antipastos, raw bar, salads, soups, desserts, and more. Seasonal specials include smoked duck breast with grilled persimmons, toasted pumpkin seeds and fig compote, Sherry-molasses roast beets with allspice crème fraiche, candied walnuts and tondo, pickled butternut squash and pancetta jam, and roasted free range turkey with orange-cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Desserts includes traditional holiday delights along with pumpkin foster martinis with diced pumpkin, apple brandy, cinnamon sugar and graham cracker cookie ice cream. Piano entertainment and a Little Explorer petting zoo take place in the lobby from 12pm to 4pm. $129/adult and $59/child (ages 4 — 12). Reservations are required. Call 415-616-6941.
Magical Holiday Tea: starts Friday, December 4. Magical Holiday Tea is a family-friendly event open to kids and adults of all ages, featuring a magician, face painter, a cookie decorating station with Chef Stefanovic, a fire engine display in the courtyard and visits from Santa Claus. Adults are offered an array of both sweet and savory tea sandwiches as well as special items from the kitchen including Kobe beef sliders, meatball kebabs, and bacon Monte Cristo finger sandwiches. Young tea-goers will receive a selection of popular kids’ treats and finger foods including pigs in a blanket, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. Guests may also enjoy the elaborate dessert buffet filled with a Christmas Yule log, fresh fruit tartlets, homemade marshmallows, and more. Each guest that brings in a toy will receive a $4.00 discount on the price of tea service. $65.00/person or $61.00 with toy donation. Reservations required.
Christmas Eve Dinner at Top of the Mark: Celebrate Christmas Eve at the festive Top of the Mark with the city of San Francisco twinkling in the background. Enjoy a dinner buffet including a raw bar, antipasto selection, chef station, small plates, entrees, roasts, and more. Chef Stefanovic features some traditional holiday favorites including rosemary crusted prime rib, Upland cress with frisee, white asparagus and horseradish mustard dressing, bruschetta station with fava bean, manchego cheese, grilled pear, blue cheese, honey sweet potato and pancetta hash, and much more. Dessert includes Crepe Suzette with Grand Marnier sauce and orange supreme, as well as traditional holiday classics. Guests enjoy live music from San Francisco’s renowned pianist, Ricardo Scales. Top of the Mark’s Christmas Eve dinner buffet is offered from 5pm until 8pm. Adults $125/person and children (ages 4 — 12) are $59. Reservations are required. Please call 415-616-6941.
Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner Buffet: Fill your day of merriment and joy with a special holiday brunch and dinner buffet on Christmas day at Top of the Mark. From 10am until 7pm enjoy every delicious holiday treat you can imagine, from traditional prime rib and turkey to a sweet selection of holiday cakes and pies. Brunch highlights include an omelet and waffle station, scrambled eggs with chives and seasoned breakfast potatoes, and La Mer Benedict with béarnaise sauce. Additional Christmas day highlights include bone-in-ham with charred pineapple sauce, beef medallions with caramelized shallots au poivre and fried parsnip chips, grilled lamp chops with spiced lamb breast and honey mint dressing, lobster bisque, and more. Top of the Mark Christmas Day Brunch and Christmas Dinner buffet is $12/adult and $59/child (ages 4 – 12). Reservations are required. Please call 415-616-6941.
New Year’s Eve at Top of the Mark: Ring in the New Year with family, friends, and an unforgettable view! From 7:30pm until 1:30am enjoy a special reception, entertainment, dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Start your evening with champagne and hors d’oeuvres including assorted caviar, Tomales Bay & Rockefeller oysters, Spanish Serrano ham carving station, raw seafood selections, and more. Following the reception, guests enjoy a seated five-course dinner before dancing the night away and toasting the New Year. Rounding out the festivities is live jazz and rock entertainment by Mirage. Formal dress is required. Regular reservations are $400/person; window seating is $450/person. Reservations required. Please call 415-616-6941.
New Year’s Day Brunch at Top of the Mark: Start off the New Year in style with a special brunch at Top of the Mark. From 10am until 2pm enjoy a variety of brunch items: omelet and waffle station, small plates and antipastos featuring lobster medallions with spiced mango-ginger gazpacho, assorted maki sushi rolls, local and international cheeses, charcuterie with homemade pates, and a selection of salads. Chef Stefanovic will prepare mouthwatering entrees and roasts including porchetta infused with fennel and pan sauce and stuffed free range chicken breast with pine nuts, spinach, goat cheese and red wine chicken jus. Jazz musician Elias Negash provides the tunes. Top of the Mark’s New Year’s Day brunch is $105/adult and $59/child (ages 4 – 12).
Reservations are required for all activities. Call 415-616-6941