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 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.

outdoor christmas tree lit up during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony

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. 2 from 5:45 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 and laser light show accompanied by live music and entertainers. The two-hour celebration has performances by Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ Performance Ensemble and The Lyric Performing Arts Academy. Look for other special guests such as a giant Christmas teddy bear, Frosty, a Peppermint Princess, and Santa Claus himself.
Location: near 98 Broadway at Water Street, Oakland
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Holiday tree lighting in Oakland
Jack London Square aglow | Courtesy of Jack London Square

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 Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in chronological order. Tell me which ones you’ve visited before!

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laser light christmas tree show
On December 2, 2023, Jack London Square’s tree lighting will feature a laser light show among many special surprises! | Photo: Jack London Square

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.

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Lightings in the East Bay & San Francisco”

  1. Pingback: December 2023 Events & Resources for Bay Area Families – A Green Lifestyle Blog for Bay Area Parents

  2. I am looking for someone or a company to string lights on the trees outside my house. Any leads very appreciated.

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