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87th Annual Golden Gate Park Winter Carnival

Celebrate with tree lighting, cookie factory, rides and special snow play area on December 1st
By - posted 11/30/2016 No Comment

SF Rec & Park will kick-off the 2016 Holiday Season with the annual free winter family event, the 87th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting.

In a sense it’s a fun mini Winter Carnival with many free activities including carnival rides, a cookie factory, arts and crafts for kids, a visit from Santa, a snow play area and live entertainment.

This event will also honor the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Fire Department. Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will light the tree.

87th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 4-8 pm
McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park, 501 Stanyan Street (and Fell)
FREE – Happening rain or shine

Tree lighting ceremony takes place at 6pm

In past years, you could bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Operation Dream and SFPD’s Toy Drive. We hope they continue that tradition this year.

In 1929, John McLaren, the grandfather of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco’s first park superintendent, began a holiday tradition of lighting trees along a mile-long stretch of Fell Street that ended in front of McLaren Lodge, his home at the time.

McLaren Lodge is located at 501 Stanyan Street (and Fell), in Golden Gate Park and is accessible by MUNI via the 5 Fulton, 21 Hayes, 33 Stanyan, 71 Noriega and N Judah lines.