I've been for the last few years and plan on going this year...it's awesome! The lighting is great, with fireworks and everything!
We usually get there about 3 hrs early and park in the parking structure off of Orange and 9th. Then we walk through the festival of trees to kill time, have some drinks at one of the many bars/restaurants at the Inn or around it and then get ourselves a place on the street right in front of the Mission. There's tons of people, so you have to stake your claim :)
Then we usually walk down to The Salted Pig for dinner after.
Most of the hotel restaurants will have a 2-3 hr wait. You may be able to make reservations, but it's unlikely.
It's worth all the chaos to us...a tradition :)
Hope you enjoy it if you come out!
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