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Union Square’s Christmas Tree Lighting in SF Held a Week Early

The Macy’s “Great Tree” lit up on Friday a week before usual to help promote sales in the slumping retail corridor.
By - posted 11/20/2021 No Comment

Thanks to KTVU for letting us know that Macy’s “Great Tree” lighting in San Francisco’s Union Square was lit up a week early than normal, on November 19, 2021.

KTVU reports that the lighting was held early in order “to promote sales in the slumping retail corridor.”

You can view the tree from November 19, 2021 – January 1, 2022.

According to unionsquareshop There was no entertainment like there had been in the past, but instead there was just a lighting ceremony. “For the protection of visitors, locals and shoppers this year – there won’t be a tree lighting event with entertainment. Macy’s wants to be responsible and avoid crowds to protect the public. Macy’s will, as usual, will gift to the City of San Francisco, their Great Tree.”


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The next lighting in Union Square will be the annual Chanukah Menorah lighting starting on November 28th.

Sun. Nov 28, 2021 – Mon. Dec 6, 2021

Chabad SF presents the Chanukah Menorah Lighting in Union Square, November 28 through December 6. Join us for the Bill Graham Menorah Day celebration on the first night of Chanukah: Sunday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. for music, traditional foods, and a Menorah Lighting with dignitaries.

  • Sunday November 28: Bill Graham Menorah Day 2:00pm-6:00pm. Live Music & Festivities Entertainment
  • Monday, November 29 through Thursday, December 2, 5:00pm Lighting Ceremony
  • Friday, December 3, 3:00pm Lighting Ceremony
  • Saturday, December 4, 8:00pm Lighting Ceremony
  • Sunday, December 5, 5:00pm Light Ceremony