This festive list of Christmas tree lighting events was sponsored by Jack London Square in Oakland. Whether you visit for the amazing holiday lighting display or another time during the holiday season, stick around for dinner.
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!
Spotlight on Jack London Square’s Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 11 from 6 pm-8 pm in the main plaza near Plank, Oakland’s Jack London Square celebrates the holiday season with a festive celebration including a beautiful Christmas tree lighting, laser light show, and snowfall in addition to live music and entertainers. The two-hour celebration has performances by Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Merrie Old Christmas carolers. Look for other special guests such as a Peppermint Stilt Walkers, a giant Christmas teddy bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus himself.
Location: near 98 Broadway at Water Street, Oakland
Christmas Tree Lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco
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 backup plan for bored, hungry, confused kids who need the potty at the worst moments. Ice skating nearby? Perfect. 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 before!No Events
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.
Find more to do this Holiday Season in our East Bay Holiday Events Guide >
This festive round-up of Christmas tree lighting events was sponsored by Jack London Square.