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SF’s Most Magical Tree Lightings & Holiday Events

All the biggest lighting ceremonies and the Bay’s most special xmas & holiday events
By - posted 11/12/2017

The holidays are just around the corner and you are invited to get into the spirit at tree lightings and holiday festivals all over the Bay Area.

Grab your friends and family and marvel at magical fireworks and twinkling lights, hear carolers sing all your seasonal favorites, as the little ones tell Santa their Christmas wishes.


Friday, November 24

2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland
Friday, November 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Oakland
2017 Plaid Friday | Oakland

Plaid Friday is the fun, indie alternative to the big box store “Black Friday,” designed to promote local and independently owned businesses during the holiday shopping season.
2017 Plaid Friday
Friday, November 24, 2017
All Over Oakland
FREE, but bring money for food, drinks and shopping
> 2017 Events & Specials
Look for …

Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free rides on Friday, 11/24/17 from 3-6 pm only.
| Downtown San Jose
Free Ride Friday: Winter Wonderland Amusement Park | San Jose

Take a break from shopping on Black Friday and ride some free rides at San Jose’s Winter Wonderland from 3-6 pm on November 24, 2017. Unlimited wristbands are usually $20 for the day, or $3.50 per ride.
Winter Wonderland is a good old-fashioned carnival set up each winter in San …

Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017
Friday, November 24 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square 53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony | 2017

In celebration of its 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, Ghirardelli Square is creating a winter wonderland. The event will include live music, visits with Santa, snow, free activities for kids and more.
53rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 4-9 pm
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
FREE

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga
Friday, November 24 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Saratoga Village
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting: Caroling & Free Carriage Rides | Saratoga

Strutting horse-drawn carriages, crafts people displaying their wares for sale, Father Christmas and more are highlights of the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Wine Stroll in Historic Downtown Saratoga Village on Big Basin Way.
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting
November 24, 2017 | 5-8 pm
– tree lighting at 5:30 pm
Big Basin …

2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville
Friday, November 24 – 5:15 pm | Cost: FREE | Old Oak Tree
2017 Lighting of the Old Oak Tree | Danville

Come to enjoy street-corner musicians, strolling along the tree-lined sidewalks, stopping in for dinner or a cocktail at a local eatery, browsing shops and enjoying holiday merriment and goodies such as hot cocoa, cider, and tea provided by Danville’s merchants, to celebrate the lighting of …

2017 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting | Union Square
Friday, November 24 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Macy's Great Tree Lighting | Union Square

Macy’s Great Tree in Union Square, San Francisco’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall, decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments, will be officially lit on Friday, November 24, 2017.
28th Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Union …

2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Plaza de Cesar Chavez
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening: 60-Foot Tree Lighting & Live Music | San Jose

After a day of feasting with family and friends, come to downtown San Jose to enjoy the opening of Christmas in the Park and the lighting of the 60-foot Community Giving Tree.
2017 Christmas in the Park Opening
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6 pm
Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San …

2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles
Friday, November 24 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Niles
2017 Festival of Lights & Parade: 60+ Floats & Santa Claus | Niles

The Niles Festival of Lights and Parade, which for many Fremont residents signals the start of the holiday season, will take place from 6-8 pm on November 24, 2017.
2017 Niles Festival of Lights and Parade
Friday, November 24, 2017 | 6-8 pm
– Tree lighting at 6 …

Saturday, November 25

The Fairmont’s 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF
Saturday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Fairmont (San Francisco)
The Fairmont's 25-Foot Tall Gingerbread House Party | SF

For more than a century, The Fairmont San Francisco has enchanted guests with its joyful holiday festivities and exuberant ambiance. Once again, The Fairmont elves are working overtime this season to create the iconic hotel’s unparalleled interior and exterior holiday décor.
The Fairmont San Francisco’s famous …

Winter Walk SF Opening: Festive Open Plaza & SF Opera Concert | Union Square
Saturday, November 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Opening: Festive Open Plaza & SF Opera Concert | Union Square

The Winter Walk Opening Day features a concert by the Balkan Hanukkah Quartet from noon to 3 pm, followed by a performance by SF Opera from 4-6 pm.

Annual West Portal Snow Festival | SF
Saturday, November 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Event is free. There is a charge for photos with Santa.
| West Portal Avenue Parking Lot
Annual West Portal Snow Festival | SF

The Thanksgiving weekend is sure to bring the whole family home and what better way to spend the weekend with a day in the snow. The forecast says snow in SF. Snow to play in and crafts for kids all day. Pictures with Santa 11 …

Weekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Saturday, November 25 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

2017 Winter Lighting Ceremony: Snow & Free Carousel Rides | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, November 25 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Children's Creativity Museum
2017 Winter Lighting Ceremony: Snow & Free Carousel Rides | Yerba Buena Gardens

Put a “spin” on a classic holiday tradition this winter as the Children’s Creativity Museum lights up the Bay Area’s oldest and most beloved carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens.
This historic carousel was constructed in 1906 and lived at Playland-at-the-Beach from 1913 to 1972 and moved …

Sunday, November 26

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF
Sunday, November 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Rainbow World Fund
Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF

Help decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope for San Francisco City Hall – the most unique holiday tree in the world. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism for our community of ...

Monday, November 27

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF
Monday, November 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Rainbow World Fund
Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF

Help decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope for San Francisco City Hall – the most unique holiday tree in the world. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism for our community of ...

2017 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men’s Chorus | SF
Monday, November 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bank of America Castro Branch
2017 Castro Tree Lighting Celebration & SF Gay Men's Chorus | SF

The 2017 Castro Tree Lighting will take place in front of Bank of America at Castro and 18th Streets with a 28-foot tree.
2017 Castro Tree Lighting
Monday, November 27, 2017 | 6 pm
Bank of America Castro Branch | 501 Castro St, SF
FREE
The 28-foot lighted, decorated community Holiday Tree …

Tuesday, November 28

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF
Tuesday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Rainbow World Fund
Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF

Help decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope for San Francisco City Hall – the most unique holiday tree in the world. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism for our community of ...

Free Ice Skating All Day, Photo Booth & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center
Tuesday, November 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged but not required.
| Four Embarcadero Center
Free Ice Skating All Day, Photo Booth & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center

Cool Effect is taking over the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center and invites you to join them for a complimentary skate session on #GivingTuesday.
In addition to free ice skating, there will also be a ‘Bosco Lite’ photo booth, complimentary snacks and beverages courtesy of KIND, …

Wednesday, November 29

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF
Wednesday, November 29 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Rainbow World Fund
Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF

Help decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope for San Francisco City Hall – the most unique holiday tree in the world. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism for our community of ...

Thursday, November 30

Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Rainbow World Fund
Decorate the Holiday Tree at the City Hall | SF

Help decorate the Rainbow World Fund (RWF) World Tree of Hope for San Francisco City Hall – the most unique holiday tree in the world. The RWF World Tree of Hope is a global holiday project promoting peace, love and humanitarianism for our community of ...

Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Thursday, November 30 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

2017 Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ritz Carlton Hotel
2017 Ritz Carlton Tree Lighting Ceremony | SF

A favorite among the Bay Area community, the Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco ignites the holiday season at sundown, when the 40-foot holiday tree outside the hotel is illuminated by Santa Claus and his little helper from the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.
The …

2017 Holiday Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Montclair Village
2017 Holiday Stroll | Oakland

The Montclair Village Association invites you to the 15th Annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday evening, November 30, 2017, from 5:30-8 pm.
The Stroll is an invitation to celebrate community, to share in the spirit of the season, and support local businesses, schools, and non-profits that bring …

2017 Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting | Walnut Creek
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Broadway Plaza
2017 Holiday Parade of Lights, Open House & Tree Lighting | Walnut Creek

Music and festivity will fill the shopping center at Broadway Plaza’s annual Open House and Community Tree Lighting, from 6-9 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
The tree lighting will be at approximately 7 pm.
Event Activities: 

6PM – Retailer Open House, Olaf Hide and Hug Treasure Hunt …

SF’s Spectacular Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree Lighting | Westfield Centre
Thursday, November 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested
| Westfield San Francisco Centre
SF's Spectacular Upside Down 50-Foot Crystal Tree Lighting | Westfield Centre

Join in as Westfield San Francisco Centre kicks off the holiday season when they light San Francisco’s “most instagrammable” holiday tree on Level 4 Under the Dome.
Thursday, November 30th is the official unveiling of their new, spectacular holiday décor including their stunning upside-down 50-foot crystal tree …

Friday, December 1

2017 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square
2017 Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony | Oakland

Jack London Square is set to ring in the holiday season with an annual tree lighting ceremony on the Oakland waterfront – plus there’s the crazy fun Tap-Dancing Christmas Trees.
Oakland’s favorite annual holiday tradition promises to deliver holiday magic to the Oakland waterfront with the …

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting & Ornament Making | McCoppin Sq.
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| McCoppin Square
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting & Ornament Making | McCoppin Sq.

Join the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) and Supervisor Katy Tang’s Office in celebrating the holiday season with a holiday tree lighting at McCoppin Square Park.
The event is on Friday, December 1 and starts at 5 pm. Help decorate the tree, sing holiday songs and …

Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Friday, December 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

2017 Holiday Tree Lighting, & Community Parade | Emeryville
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Emeryville City Hall
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting, & Community Parade | Emeryville

Celebrate Emeryville’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Some of the fun includes a parade at 5pm. Grab a seat on the curb and enjoy the parade.
After the parade head down to City Hall (1333 Park Avenue) and …

2017 Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration & Snow Day | East Bay
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Bishop Ranch 1
2017 Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration & Snow Day | East Bay

Bishop Ranch invites you to gather family and friends and come play in a snow park with real snow, listen to live music and watch the ceremonial lighting of the spectacular 70-foot White Fir tree at the annual Tree-Lighting Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1, 2017.
The …

2017 “It’s A Wonderful Night” Annual Holiday & Tree Lighting Celebration | San Leandro
Friday, December 1 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Estudillo Plaza
2017 “It’s A Wonderful Night

Downtown San Leandro welcomes all to its Holiday Tree Lighting and “It’s A Wonderful Night” Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The SLIA invites the community to kick-off the evening at 5:30 p.m. for the Holiday Tree Lighting in Estudillo …

2017 “Night of Lights” Tree Lighting & Parade | Half Moon Bay
Friday, December 1 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Half Moon Bay
2017

Finish up your Christmas shopping and celebrate the holiday season with 2017 Night of Lights in Half Moon Bay featuring the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Parade of Lights.
2017 “Night of Lights”
Friday, December 1, 2017 | 6-9 pm
Mac Dutra Park, Kelly and Main Streets, Half Moon Bay
FREE
Night of Lights …

Saturday, December 2

2017 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Ice Sculptures & Parade | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Redwood City
2017 Winter Spectacular: Snow Day, Light Show, Ice Sculptures & Parade | Redwood City

The annual Children’s Festival and Light Show in downtown Redwood City features a parade, an ice sculpture demonstration, real snow to play in, a carnival and more.
2017 Winter Festival | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10 am to 8 pm
Downtown Redwood City
FREE
Each year, on the …

Free Ice Skating All Day & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, an RSVP is encouraged but not required. Pls bring cash for possible skate rental
| Four Embarcadero Center
Free Ice Skating All Day & Free Snacks | Embarcadero Center

Cool Effect is taking over the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center and invites you to join them for a complimentary skate session on Saturday, December 2nd.
In addition to free ice skating, there will also be a ‘Bosco Lite’ photo booth, complimentary snacks, and beverages courtesy of KIND, Health-Ade and …

Hometown Holidays & Annual City Hall Tree Lighting | Redwood City
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Hometown Holidays & Annual City Hall Tree Lighting | Redwood City

Get in the holiday spirit and join the festivities as Redwood City’s Downtown Business Group throws Hometown Holidays, a party to celebrate the holiday season, rain or shine. Guests can enjoy a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, snow, Santa Claus photos and more. This free …

2017 Home for the Holidays: Children’s Festival | East Bay
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Livermore
2017 Home for the Holidays: Children's Festival | East Bay

Kick off the holiday season at downtown Livermore’s Home for the Holidays festival and the Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade.
2017 Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 11 am to 4 pm
Downtown Livermore
FREE
A Celebration of the Traditions of the Holidays. Lizzie fountain will be transformed …

2017 Tiburon Holiday Festival: Tree Lighting, Santa & Snow Party | Marin
Saturday, December 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Downtown Tiburon
2017 Tiburon Holiday Festival: Tree Lighting, Santa & Snow Party | Marin

Celebrate the holidays with a sparkling party in downtown Tiburon and take a walk through town and enjoy festive food and drink offerings from your favorite shops and restaurants on Saturday, December 2 during the Tiburon Holiday Festival.
The event will feature snow party where Mickey …

2017 Union Street Fantasy of Lights | SF
Saturday, December 2 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Street (at Van Ness Ave)
2017 Union Street Fantasy of Lights | SF

Union Street kicks off its annual Fantasy of Lights holiday celebration, where young and old alike can enjoy festivities to begin the holiday season.
Thousands of holiday lights set off the Victorians, transforming Union Street into a magical backdrop for Santa and a team of elves to …

2017 Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting | Pleasanton
Saturday, December 2 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Street (Pleasanton)
2017 Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting | Pleasanton

Pleasanton celebrates the season with the annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting with floats, marching bands, community groups and more as the hometown tradition marches down Main Street.
After the parade, the mayor will light the tree, there will be musical entertainment and a special appearance by …

2017 Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting & Stroll | Oakland
Saturday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Key Route Plaza
2017 Piedmont Avenue Tree Lighting & Stroll | Oakland

Join the merchants and neighbors of Piedmont Avenue for the 9th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Stroll.
There will be a ceremonial tree lighting, holiday caroling, festive performances by local musicians and school children, and a visit by Santa Claus. Shops will be open late for your holiday …

2017 Lighting of the Snowmen: Live Music, Kiddy Craft & Wine Tasting | Sonoma
Saturday, December 2 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with $10 parking donation to benefit fire victims and relief efforts.
| Cornerstone Sonoma
2017 Lighting of the Snowmen: Live Music, Kiddy Craft & Wine Tasting | Sonoma

Celebrate the coming of the holiday season at Cornerstone Sonoma’s annual Lighting of the Snowmen.
2017 Lighting of the Snowmen
Sunday, December 2, 2017 | 4-8 pm
Cornerstone Sonoma, 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA
FREE
The festival will feature music, kids’ crafts, wine + beer tasting, warm drinks, delicious food, festive …

2017 Tree Lighting & The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show | Alameda
Saturday, December 2 – 4:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Alameda City Hall
2017 Tree Lighting & The Mistletones’ Rockin’ Holiday Show | Alameda

Start the Holiday season right by attending the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Alameda City Hall.
2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 4:30 pm-6:15 pm
(Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 5:30 pm)
Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
FREE
Entertainment Include:

Alameda Community Band
Alameda …

2017 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.
Saturday, December 2 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Encinal Yacht Club
2017 Oakland Lighted Yacht Parade | Jack London Sq.

Head to Encinal Yacht Club (or the Wind River Park in Alameda) and nab a perfect viewing spot for the 41st Annual Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade, starting about 5:30pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
In 2017, the parade will follow a longer route passing by Fortman …

Holiday Tree Lighting & Live Digital Art | Menlo Park
Saturday, December 2 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fremont Park (Menlo Park)
Holiday Tree Lighting & Live Digital Art | Menlo Park

Visit Fremont Park for their annual Holiday Tree Lighting with Mayor Kirsten Keith, presented by the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
This holiday favorite event brings the Menlo Park community together to ring in the holiday season. Come enjoy live …

2017 Lighted Tractor Parade | Calistoga
Saturday, December 2 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Calistoga
2017 Lighted Tractor Parade | Calistoga

Experience the ultimate small town, quirky holiday parade with vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment bedecked with dazzling lights on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade begins on Stevenson Street and ends on Cedar Street.
The 22nd annual parade rolls down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the …

Sunday, December 3

2017 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley
Sunday, December 3 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Gourmet Ghetto (North Berkeley)
2017 Snow Day: Holiday Market, Snow Queen, Free Cookies & Cider | Berkeley

Bring your boots and mittens to play in the snow that is predicted to gently fall on the frontage road between Rose and Vine on Shattuck Ave at the annual Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto.
2017 Snow Day in the Gourmet Ghetto
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 10 …

2017 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Live Music & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley
2017 Winterfest: Snow Slide, Live Music & Tree Lighting | Mill Valley

The downtown plaza in Mill Valley will be filled with live music, children playing and community togetherness when the community celebrates the holiday season with the Annual Winterfest celebration.
2017 Winterfest
Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 11 am to 5 pm
Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley
FREE
Featuring an awesome snow …

Monday, December 4

San Francisco City Hall “World Tree of Hope” Lighting Ceremony | 2017
Monday, December 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
San Francisco City Hall

Come celebrate Christmas in San Francisco City Hall with Mayor Ed Lee and the Annual World Tree of Hope Celebration.
The Rainbow World Fund’s World Tree of Hope is a holiday tree in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall decorated with thousands of origami cranes, each …

Thursday, December 7

88th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Snow Day & Winter Carnival | Golden Gate Park
Thursday, December 7 – 4:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Most activities are typically free, but some may have a nominal cost.
| McLaren Lodge
88th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Snow Day & Winter Carnival | Golden Gate Park

SF Rec & Park will kick-off the 2016 Holiday Season with the annual free winter family event, the 88th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting.
In a sense it’s a fun mini Winter Carnival with many free activities including a snow play area, carnival rides, a cookie factory, arts …

2017 Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park: New Illuminated Artwork | SF
Thursday, December 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
2017 Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park: New Illuminated Artwork | SF

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting a free special event, “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” that will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park
Thursday, December 7, 2017
– 4pm at Winter Fest & Tree Lighting at McLaren Lodge …

Friday, December 8

Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop Up Plaza | Union Square
Friday, December 8 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop Up Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2017 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

2017 Holiday Lights: Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | Presidio
Friday, December 8 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn
2017 Holiday Lights: Tree Lighting & Lantern-Lit Forest Walk | Presidio

The Presidio invites you to partake in the annual, magical tree-lighting ceremony, a decades-old tradition for the neighborhood – plus a lantern-lit evening forest walk.
2017 Holiday Lights Tree Lighting
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 5pm
Presidio Main Post, San Francisco
FREE, but reservations are appreciated
Gather at the tree …

Saturday, December 9

24 Holidays on 24th Street: Hayrides, Music & Olive Oil Tastings | Noe Valley
Saturday, December 9 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | West Parklet
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Hayrides, Music & Olive Oil Tastings | Noe Valley

Holiday Celebration

10 am to 7 pm: Ring in the New Olive Oil! “Olio Nuovo” – Come to Olive This Olive That and enjoy Tastings & Holiday Treats. They will be offering 20% off Selected Items.
Live Music – Noe Valley Town Square
11 am to 2 pm: Holiday Hay Ride …

SantaCon 2017: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF
Saturday, December 9 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SantaCon 2017: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF

“SantaCon” or “Santarchy” is San Francisco’s annual city-wide Santas-only pub crawl happening on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
This flash mob-type event brings together hundreds of slightly sober people dressed in Santa costumes parading around the city, visiting landmarks drinking at bars, and causing general mayhem.
And just so …

15th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa
Saturday, December 9 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Jessie Square
15th Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival & Parade | SoMa

It’s the time of the year again, when the community starts making their parol lanterns and holiday decor to adorn their houses for the yuletide season. In San Francisco, on Saturday, December 9, 2017, the community will be holding the 15th Annual San Francisco Parol …

Unsilent Night 2017: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park
Saturday, December 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Mission Dolores Park
Unsilent Night 2017: Boombox Christmas Parade | Mission Dolores Park

“Unsilent Night” is artist Phil Kline’s free outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through smartphones and boomboxes where the audience becomes the performer.
“Carolers” play one of four tracks of music downloaded to their smart phone, or anything that amplifies music, together comprising “Unsilent Night.” The public ensemble will …

Napa Lighted Art Festival | 1st Day
Saturday, December 9 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | 1st Day

Experience an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. Eight to ten original artworks will light up the night sky for 9 ...

Tuesday, December 12

2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 1st Night | Union Square
Tuesday, December 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
2017 Chanukah Festival & 25-Foot-Tall Menorah: 1st Night | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 12-19, at approximately 5 pm on most ...

Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017
Tuesday, December 12 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017

Experience an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. Eight to ten original artworks will light up the night sky for 9 ...

Thursday, December 14

24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley
Thursday, December 14 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Just for Fun
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Santa & Live Reindeer | Noe Valley

Stop by West Parklet/Just for Fun (3982 24th Street in Noe Valley) to say hello to some fluffy reindeer who will be on 24th Street from 3:30-7:30 pm on December 14, 2017.
Santa Claus will be there too from 4:30-7:30 pm, so don’t miss out on the …

2017 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Santa’s Village & Holiday Market | SF
Thursday, December 14 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is requested.
| Bayview Opera House
2017 Winter Wonderland: $1 Ice Skating, Santa's Village & Holiday Market | SF

The historic Bayview Opera House invites you to the 6th Annual Winter Wonderland, a community celebration featuring a German style holiday market, live music, kids’ ice skating for $1, food and craft market and a Santa’s Village.
2017 Winter Wonderland
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 5-9 pm
Bayview Opera House, 4705 …

Friday, December 15

Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017
Friday, December 15 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | 2017

Experience an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. Eight to ten original artworks will light up the night sky for 9 ...

2017 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman’s Wharf
Friday, December 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
2017 Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade | Fisherman's Wharf

The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Boats festooned with lights and holiday decorations will parade along the waterfront on December 15, 2017.
A holiday tradition since 1994, the …

Saturday, December 16

SF’s Menorah Parade & Chanukah Lighting | Union Square
Saturday, December 16 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
SF's Menorah Parade & Chanukah Lighting | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 12-19, at approximately 5 pm on most ...

Sunday, December 17

2017 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 70+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF
Sunday, December 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | California College of the Arts SF (CCA SF)
2017 SFMade Holiday Gift Fair: 70+ Local Artisans & Sweet Treats | SF

The only holiday gift fair where you walk in and know that every item was made in San Francisco. SFMade presents its sixth annual Holiday Gift Fair at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The shopping extravaganza is free and open to the public ...

Bill Graham Menorah Day 2017: SF’s Chanukah Festival | Union Square
Sunday, December 17 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Bill Graham Menorah Day 2017: SF's Chanukah Festival | Union Square

Celebrate Chanukah 2017 with the 43rd annual lighting of the 25-foot tall mahogany Bill Graham Menorah in Union Square. This San Francisco tradition, the brainchild of rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham, begun in 1975. Lighting ceremonies take place from December 12-19, at approximately 5 pm on most ...

Napa Lighted Art Festival | Last Day
Sunday, December 17 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Downtown Napa
Napa Lighted Art Festival | Last Day

Experience an illuminating art walk during the season of lights. This festival creates stunning artwork as light displays are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa and the Oxbow District. Eight to ten original artworks will light up the night sky for 9 ...

Monday, December 18

2017 Chanukah Under the Dome & Homemade Latkes | Westfield Centre
Monday, December 18 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Westfield San Francisco Centre
2017 Chanukah Under the Dome & Homemade Latkes | Westfield Centre

On the same night as the lighting of the 7th candle of the 25 foot Bill Graham Menorah at 5 pm in Union Square, make your way over to the Westfield SF Centre for a Chanukah Celebration with Live Music, Sufganiyot, Festivities for All Ages
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Thursday, December 21

Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Thursday, December 21 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

Friday, December 22

Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop Up Plaza | Union Square
Friday, December 22 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop Up Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2017 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Friday, December 22 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekday Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

Saturday, December 23

24 Holidays on 24th Street: Holiday Waltzes & Carolers | Noe Valley
Saturday, December 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 24th Street (Noe Valley)
24 Holidays on 24th Street: Holiday Waltzes & Carolers | Noe Valley

Festivities on December 23, 2017:

1 – 3:00 pm: Rowdy rags & wondrous waltzes from the Roaring 20’s Skillet Licorice
4 – 5 pm: Holiday Music – Strolling Carolers from the SF City Chorus

Sunday, December 24

Weekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville
Sunday, December 24 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Bay Street Emeryville
Weekend Holiday Jazz Music Series | Emeryville

Ring in the holidays with live jazz performances at Bay Street throughout the holiday season. Everyone is invited to stop by the Center Plaza to enjoy smooth, festive favorites from The John Calloway Trio, Machina Sol, Andre Thierry, Descarga Jazz, Bobby C. Quartet and more. ...

Friday, December 29

Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop-Up Plaza | Union Square
Friday, December 29 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF: Holiday Pop-Up Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2017 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Monday, January 1

Macy’s Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square
Monday, January 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)
Macy's Holiday Windows & Pet Adoptions: Final Day | Union Square

It’s your last chance to see Macy’s decorated Holiday Windows and perhaps start the new year with a new furry friend from 11 am to 7 pm on January 1, 2018.

Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square
Monday, January 1 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stockton & Ellis
Winter Walk SF Final Day & Festive Open Plaza | Union Square

Union Square SF’s Winter Walk will once again make the holidays brighter by transforming two blocks on Stockton Street into a pedestrian-only holiday pop-up plaza. 2017 Winter Walk SF November 25, 2017 – December 31, 2017 Stockton St. between Geary and Ellis, San Francisco FREE Back ...

Tuesday, January 2

12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Final Day | Westin St. Francis
Tuesday, January 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | The Westin St. Francis
12 ft. Tall “Enchanted Sugar Castle” Final Day | Westin St. Francis

The Westin St. Francis will be transformed into a festive oasis. Join Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Francois Houdré and his team as they unveil two spectacular one-of-a-kind handcrafted castles in the lobby of The Westin St. Francis. This annual holiday tradition began in 2005 with the ...

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