Keep spirits shining bright with these local, San Mateo holiday ideas.
Have you ever looked at San Mateo through the lens of a visitor or young child? Think about our community from their perspective. You may see that San Mateo offers many incredible amenities that provide the right amount of entertainment for family and friends visiting this holiday season. If you are home for the holidays, here are some unique San Mateo holiday ideas that will keep antsy kids and visiting relatives entertained.
Go outside and play! San Mateo has more than 30 parks, an 18-hole golf course, and an accessible bike share program. Explore the Bay Trail at Shoreline Park, climb to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, or enjoy San Mateo on Ice located at Central Park. Fresh air and exercise will keep your holiday spirit shining bright!
Downtown Walking Tours
While there is no official walking tour of Downtown San Mateo, there is an abundance of architecture dating back from the city’s incorporation in 1894 to the 1930’s. For the best representation of historic architecture, walk through the northern portion of Downtown between B Street and Tilton Avenue and along Third, Second, and Ellsworth Avenues. Peppered throughout the architectural landscape of the downtown are murals and other forms of street art. The most recent, “Good Life,” featuring significant symbols of San Mateo, was completed earlier this month. You’ll find it at the Downtown Caltrain Station. Watch this video to learn more about muralist, Brian Barneclo and the creation of “Good Life.”
San Mateo Best Food
Who doesn’t like to eat? San Mateo’s vibrant food and dining scene is the perfect way to entertain out of town guests. With 350 restaurants and food specialty stores, there are plenty of options that will satisfy the pickiest eater to the most adventurous and everyone in between. Download the Downtown San Mateo restaurant guide, and explore San Mateo’s diverse dining options at www.sanmateobestfood.com.
Shop ’til you drop
Resisting holiday sales is hard! Grab your friends and enjoy a day exploring San Mateo’s local shopping districts and regional centers. Each one offers a different experience. Enjoy smaller boutiques in Downtown San Mateo and national retailers and department stores at Hillsdale Shopping Center. Early birds will likely find great deals at the discount and big-box retailers located at Bridgepoint, while 25th Avenue features a handful of mom and pop stores that are unique to San Mateo.
Over the holidays, take the time to share your favorite things about living in or around San Mateo. Your guests will enjoy your local perspective, and the variety of activities offered throughout our community.