Philabulous Holiday Favorites

3 Philabulous Holiday Experiences & Ideas


By Bahya Oumlil-Murad | December 17, 2015

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Photo: Fairmont Hotel

Joel Goodrich: "Lunch at the Fairmont Hotel enjoying their lobby with the 30' high Christmas Tree and the largest gingerbread house in the world!"

The Fairmont, San Francisco has enchanted guests for more than a century with its bashful holiday festivities and exuberant ambience.  This season again, the Fairmont elves have worked very hard to create an enchanting holiday decor with the Holiday favorite enormous Gingerbread House standing more than 22 feet high and 23 feet wide. The impressive structure includes thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy décor.

Guests can also enjoy brunch or the popular high-tea, check out a kids favorite North Pole Nook with the Gingerbread Doghouse and make a special stop at the Santa Express mailbox - a must stop for my daughter during the Holidays. The amazing displays can be viewed until January 1, 2015.

A special donation box is situated by the gingerbread house to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society throughout the holiday season.

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 Photo: Fairmont Hotel

Claudia Castillo Ross: "For the last few years, I have been Mrs. Clause for the Children Of Shelters Santa Fest event that takes place every December to benefit underprivileged kids in the Bay Area. I bring my children and they participate in the event and have a great laugh at me."
SantaFest is the official kick-off to the holiday season for many Bay Area families. The morning family party features gingerbread house decorating, crafts, breakfast, photos with Santa and much more! Children of Shelters (COS) connects some of the 2,500 children living in or being supported by family transitional shelters to the enrichment and educational opportunities they need to better their chances at ending a life of poverty. COS provides unique educational opportunities such as in-shelter tutoring, cultural experiences and enrichment activities for the children it serves as well as scholarship grants to support children’s academic achievement and character development, beleiving that education, leadership development and growing self-esteem are the keys to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Photo: Claudia Castillo Ross
Roberta Sherman: "Wrap all gifts in a bandana, a large dinner napkin, a beautiful, inexpensive scarf, or an amazing remnant of fabric... so chic!!!! & reusable!!!"
Cloth gift wrap is a great way to eliminate waste while adding personal flair to your gifts. There are so many cute ideas. Here is a gift sent to my daughter. Since the pink is her favorite color, the fabric of choice is a pink organza. Super stylish!

 Photo: Bahya Oumlil-Murad