The Oakland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple is perched high above Oakland on Temple Hill and is visible from many parts of the East Bay. Whether you’re a member of the church or not, their gardens are open to everyone, and a must-see all lit up for the Christmas holidays.
Oakland’s Temple Hill Holiday Lights and Gardens
Their gardens are all the adjectives: exquisite, extraordinary, impeccable. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. Not only are there flowers, but are also fountains and music. Music, you say? Yes, calming music peacefully plays from discrete, rock-shaped speakers so you can enjoy the garden, and be in the moment. While I love the flowers and just blissing out walking the property, my young daughters enjoy examining their ever-rotating varieties of flowers, roaming the sidewalks, walking across the bridges, and of course climbing up close to the impressive fountain waters (there are three). There are two levels of gardens, and winding pathways throughout the whole property.
Keep in mind, the temple grounds are a sacred place. We love to laugh, smile, and have fun. We ask that the temple grounds be treated with kindness and respect. For more information about expected behavior and policies.
When to Visit Temple Hill for the Holidays
Truly the best time of year to visit is after Thanksgiving, when the temple gardens are lit up with thousands of Christmas lights. This year the lighting Temple Hill will take place on November 26, 2021 at dusk. The Temple is also putting on a FREE production of Scrooge! The Musical (reserve tickets in advance), and a special performance from the CRANDL Chamber Group starting on November 27. In addition, there’ll also be a brand new Giving Machine on hand if you’d like your kids to get into the giving spirit.
I’m telling you not a single tree is missed! The lights are as impeccable as the gardens and the whole effect is spectacular. The Visitor’s Center will also be open for guests to explore with hot chocolate and cookies, as well as bathrooms. So add the LDS Oakland California Temple to your list of East Bay Christmas lights to visit, or at the very least as a stay-in-your-car drive by visit.
Plan your visit to Oakland Temple Hill Gardens
When: Nov. 26-New Year’s Eve, decorations will be up all day, and lit in the evenings.
Hours: Dusk – 9pm daily, with the lighting ceremony on Nov. 26 at 6pm. The facilities are open to the public daily from 9am – 9pm.
Where: 4770 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Keep in mind: Bring jackets and hats, it’s breezy up there. Masks and social-distancing required.