All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony. Take a look at these neighborhood activities. Where will we see you?
Downtown San Rafael 33rd Annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland
Friday, November 23rd, noon–8pm
Saturday, November 24th, 9am–noon
Downtown San Rafael will once again commence the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland, Parade of Lights, and Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts that starts the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues through Saturday November 24. Free snow sledding and kids activities from noon–4:30 pm and 6–8 pm, and Holiday Marketplace from noon–8 pm. The Parade of Lights begins at 5:30 pm with Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival and, a tree-lighting takes place immediately after. Kids activities and snow sledding continue on Saturday, November 24, from 9 am–noon. On Fourth Street from B Street to Lootens Place in downtown San Rafael.
Ghirardelli Square 48th Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, November 23rd, 5:30pm
Enjoy free live entertainment for the entire family throughout the day culminating with the lighting of the Ghirardelli Square tree at 5:30 pm. Performers include Contra Costa Chorale, City Opera SF, and the Yuletide Carolers. Lola Toy Stop will be offering a small gift for each child visiting the store from 4–6:30 pm (ages 9 and under, while supplies last). Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street (at Beach and Larkin), San Francisco
Macy's 23rd Annual Union Square Tree Lighting
Friday, November 23rd, 6pm
Macy's gift to the city and San Francisco's most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit in Union Square at 6 pm. An 80-foot fir tree will be adorned with 21,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Festivities include a performance by The Voice's Chris Mann, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus himself. Union Square, Post and Stockton Streets, San Francisco.
Tiburon Holiday Festival
Friday, November 30th, 6pm
On Friday, November 30, ice skating returns to downtown Tiburon! In addition to the outdoor ice skating rink, the Tiburon Winter Festival will feature the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm, classic holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along Main Street, gingerbread house decorating, and more! The outdoor ice skating rink for families runs from 3:30–9 pm (sessions run every half hour) and the cost is $25 advance reservation (prices are per person per half-hour session and include skate rental). The traditional Fountain Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6 pm with classic holiday carolers, costumed characters strolling along Main Street, wonderful holiday treats, gingerbread house decorating at Sam's Anchor Cafe ($30 per house), winter land, snow globe making/photo shop for kids, and more!
Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Novato
Saturday, December 1st, 4:30–8:30pm
This Joyous community event has been wonderfully successful for many years past. People come from all over the bay area. And you’ll find our favorite activity, Santa’s Village for the children. Great photo opportunities. Holiday tree lighting, caroling, hot cider and community fun. Santa arrives at 5:45 pm and tree lighting around 6 pm. Festivities take place in front of Novato City Hall at 900 Sherman Avenue (at Grant Avenue), in Old Town Novato.
Annual San Anselmo Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1st, 5–6:30pm
Bring the family to the holiday lighting ceremony at San Anselmo Town Hall, 525 San Anselmo Avenue, sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and the San Anselmo Recreation Department. See Santa arrive in a fire truck and have your picture taken with him. Enjoy kids' activities complimentary refreshments donated by local businesses, holiday entertainment
Saturday December 22nd, 6pm
Be a part of Marin's maritime holiday tradition and join the nearly 100 decorated yachts in one of the largest lighted boat parades on the West Coast. Hosted once again by Community Action Marin.