With lighted trees ranging from 12 to 20 feet tall, Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow will be home to Entwined, a special exhibit of lights that will run December 1, 2022 – March 12, 2023.
The installation, “Entwined,” is designed by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, and returns for its third year to delight visitors of all ages.
This exhibition welcomes the public, at no charge, throughout the winter.
Perfect for strollers and scooters, a winding grassy path guides visitors through sculptures comprised of thousands of LED lights. Visitors can approach the sculptures, making it a fun outing for families.
New to the 2022-23 season, there will be twice a week performances and other engaging art activations. Plus families can see new sculptural artworks made by local artists, including a “fallen tree”, which will serve as a seating area, and “sapling” trees with “hidden world tree knots”. There are also a few events, including:
Thursday, December 1 from 5 – 10 pm: Uncle John’s Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3 from 4 – 7 pm: Light Up the Night Bike Parade
Friday, December 9 from 5 – 8 pm: Christmas Tap Dancing Trees Performance
Saturday, December 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Jaranon y Bochinche, Afro-Peruvian percussion performance
Sunday, December 18 from 5 – 8 pm: Christmas Tap Dancing Trees Performance
Monday, December 26 from 5 – 8 pm: Christmas Tap Dancing Trees Performance
The variety of lighting effects include
- raindrops on the pavement
- lighting and thunderstorms
- wind blowing tall grass and flowers
- ripples on a pond
San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg hopes that “a twilight stroll through the park will be truly magical this winter.”
Plan your visit to the Entwined light installation in San Francisco
Lights will turn off at 9:30 pm each night. Entwined may periodically go dark for short periods to prevent crowding. Entwined is outdoors and spread out over an acre of open, grassy space.
Visit on a weeknight. Entwined will be in Golden Gate Park through mid-March and will remain free.
If it’s crowded, come back later. Entwined is just one stop in an illuminated journey along JFK Drive. Take a picture in front of the lit-up façade of the Conservatory of Flowers. Travel a little further to the Music Concourse to find a wonderland of festive lights on the Observation Wheel and Spreckels Temple of Music. Plus, the Holiday Tree (aka Uncle John’s Tree) will be aglow outside of McLaren Lodge starting December 1.
Admission to this art installation is free. Peacock Meadow is on the east end of the park along JKF Drive, near the Conservatory of Flowers. Portions of JFK Drive are car-free, so plan accordingly. The Music Concourse Garage, which may be accessed from the Fulton Street and 10th Avenue entrance, is a 10-minute walk.
Note that the buildings are not open, so restrooms are not easily accessed. You’ll be parking and walking through the paths of Golden Gate Park. Bundle up and bring flashlights for extra fun!
Entwined Information Website >>