Christmas Tree Lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco - 510 Families

Christmas Tree Lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco

This festive list of Christmas tree lighting events was sponsored by Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.

I love the idea of a public Christmas tree lighting. In my imagination, the children are bundled up all cozy and snug from a chilly evening staying up a bit past bedtime; we all countdown to the ignition; we celebrate a glorious sight. Twinkling Christmas Magic!

Ghirardelli Square’s Christmas tree lighting
Ring in the holiday season at Ghirardelli Square’s 55th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Ghirardelli Square’s 55th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Black Friday, November 29th, from 4-9 pm in the West Plaza. In addition to the lights going on the ginormous tree, you and your family can join in to celebrate the season with Santa Claus, crafts, and seasonal music by Kevin Toqe Music. Come early and have plenty of time to enjoy the decorations and festivities. (Note that parking is about $20 most places around Ghirardelli Square)

Ghirardelli Square Santa Claus
Ho ho ho! Ghirardelli Square tree lighting has Santa Claus, too.

These events are often crowded and my small children are too short to see anything. Choose a family-friendly Christmas tree lighting-up ceremony — or ceremonies — based on how easy it is for you to get there or the wonderful other activities, then be prepared with a back-up plan for bored, hungry, confused kids who need the potty at the worst moments. Ice skating nearby? Perfect. A holiday cocoa? Yes! Some of these events offer extra Christmas magic like a carriage ride. How to choose?

I offer you these tree lighting ceremonies in chronological order. Tell me which ones you've visited!

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There are many wonderful events this time of year for families, and you can probably hit more than one, even with a three-year old clutching your leg and begging for a cookie.

Carolers in front of tree at Alameda South Shore
Carolers in front of Christmas Tree at Alameda South Shore

Find more to do this Holiday Season in our East Bay Holiday Guide.

This festive round-up of Christmas tree lighting events was sponsored by Ghirardelli Square.

[Thanks to Ghirardelli Square and Alameda South Shore for providing images]

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