Thanks to chocolate Santas and frosted sugar cookies, the holidays are a notorious time of the year for packing on the pounds. However, Golden Gate Park has an opportunity for you to jumpstart your metabolism before all the damage is done. Then, you can relax with the family at a Conservatory of Flowers local tradition.

Holiday Boot Camp
To prep your body for the holiday season, AlaVie Boot Camp offers award-winning workouts at Golden Gate Park during the early morning. Classes are held at Sharon Meadows (at Bowling Green and Kezar Drive) with two different options to choose from: 6 a.m. women’s only class and 7 a.m. co-ed class.

The Holiday Boot Camp is offered before Christmas and before New Year’s Eve on the following dates:

December 20 to 23
December 27 to 30

For more details, check out (6am) and (7am). You can also send an email to [email protected] or call (415) 567-7411 or visit our website: for more information. Tickets for this event is $20 to $50.

Garden Railway

A traditional holiday event that takes place in Golden Gate Park is the Garden Railway. Located at 100 John F Kennedy Dr, visitors of all ages come to the Conservatory of Flowers to see the model trains and trolleys that travel about a miniature display of specialty gardens in the park. From the residents at the bison paddock to the Dutch Windmill, you’ll find a delightful exhibit that also uses recycled and repurposed materials to create the magic.

The Garden Railway is on display until Tuesday April 5, 2011. The Conservatory of Flowers is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price of admission is $5 for general entry, $3 for kids 12 to 17, and $1.50 for seniors/students with ID.