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Ready, Set, Glow! Top Tree Lighting Events In San Francisco Bay
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Ready, Set, Glow! Top Tree Lighting Events In San Francisco Bay

Picture of Sarita Starks
Updated: 9 February 2017
We’re officially in the busy holiday season. so add some sparkle to your holiday plans with a festive tree lighting ceremony.
Macy's Holiday Tree at Union Square
Macy's Holiday Tree at Union Square | © Ingrid Taylar/Flickr

Macy’s Holiday Tree at Union Square © Ingrid Taylar/Flickr

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Macy’s Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony

Black Friday isn’t the only thing Macy’s gets excited for during the holiday season. The national retailer loves to share the holiday spirit with local communities. Since 1989, Macy’s has gifted San Francisco a tree lighting ceremony in the heart of Union Square. At 83′, the reusable tree fits perfectly with the environmentally friendly city. 33,000 energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 colorful ornaments flicker on the tree, while musical performances by a special celebrity guest and local choirs entertain the crowd. This is not a night to miss.

Macy’s Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony, Union Square, 333 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 477 2610

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Pier 39 Tree Lighting Celebration

Ring in the holiday season with PIER 39. Each year PIER 39 teams up with Disneyland Resort to create a fairyland of splendid activities. The two-day event has something for every family member. Hear beautiful songs from choirs representing the surrounding Bay Area, and spend time with your favorite Disney characters at the Meet & Greet station. Didn’t have time to write your letter to Santa? Don’t worry; you can write your letter — and wishes — at the Letters to Santa workshop, sponsored by the United States Postal Service. End the night gazing up at a 60-foot tree decorated with sparkly lights and ornaments.

PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration, Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 705 5500

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Jack London Square Lights Up For The Holidays

Embrace the joyous holiday season in Oakland’s Jack London Square. Revel in an evening of activities, entertainment, and shopping. There’s something for everyone at this annual event. Say hello to Santa, and feed his reindeer. Get crafty with DIY holiday ornaments, and decorate cookies. Listen to choir performances from Oakland School for the Arts. Watch The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees perform. View a rendition of scenes from the Nutcracker by Oakland Ballet Company students. Browse Nineka’s Holiday Pop-Up and discover treasures from local vendors. Festivities end with the lighting of a 55-foot holiday tree festooned with 5,000 glowing lights on Oakland’s majestic waterfront.

Jack London Square Lights Up For The Holidays, Jack London Square, Broadway at Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 645 9292

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Christmas In The Park

Join the holiday festivities with Christmas In The Park in Downtown San José. The annual event transforms Plaza de César Chávez into an enchanted Christmas wonderland. Adults and children enjoy numerous activities, entertainment, rides, and exhibits over the course of 38 days. On opening day, there’s a celebration to kick off the start of the holiday season: a 60-foot Community Giving Tree — with colorful decorations — lights up at the end of a splendid holiday ceremony. Head over to Christmas In The Park for quality holiday fun!

Christmas In The Park, Plaza de César Chávez, S Market St, San José, CA, USA +1 408 200 3800