Entwined is Back: Golden Gate Park Lights Up - And It's Free! - 510 Families
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Entwined is Back: Golden Gate Park Lights Up – And It’s Free!

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.

Photo of Entwined installation in Golden Gate park
Photo Credit: @secret.san.francisco

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

entwined light up trees
Photo Credit: Daniella Forney

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.”

holiday light display
Photo Credit: Daniella Forney

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.

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Photo Credit: @secret.san.francisco

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!

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