SAN FRANCISCO Tree Lightings, Snowflakes and Menorah Lightings prove that San Francisco, Calif. is the epi-center of holiday celebrations. If you pick one city to encapsulate all the best of the holidays, San Francisco would be the first choice of countless Californians and visitors who seek more than a sandy beach (though SF has that). In addition to the holiday lights and spectacular tree lighting ceremonies, there are several holiday ice skating rinks, lots of great themed entertainment and a real shopping area fashioned after the traditional downtown districts Back East. Shown in the photo is the tree lighting at Union Square in front of Macy's.
Macy's Great Tree Lighting
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Union Square
The annual illumination of Macy's Great Tree includes more than 1,500 ornaments adorning the tree. For information, visit macys.com
PIER 39 Tree Lighting Celebration
Nov. 22 & 23, 2014 Noon 6 p.m.
PIER 39 annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in 2012 features friends and family welcoming the holiday season with a day of holly-jolly magic and merriment at PIER 39! Engage in fun for the whole family with interactive exhibits, special meet-and-greets, live holiday music sing-alongs, and more. Everything culminates at 5:30pm as PIER 39's majestic 60 foot tree adorned with glistening ornaments, bows and twinkling lights is illuminated against a stunning backdrop of the San Francisco City skyline 5:30pm in PIER 39's Entrance Plaza. Visit pier39.com for more information.
Bill Graham Menorah Lighting in Union Square November 28, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
A tradition that dates back many
decades, the giant menorah in Union
Square will be lit each evening as part
of Hanukkah festivities. For
information, visit billgrahammenorah.org
Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy free, live entertainment for the entire family throughout the day culminating with the lighting of the Ghirardelli Square tree at 5:30 pm. For more information, visit ghirardellisq.com.
The Ritz-Carlton Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The holiday season begins at twilight when The Ritz-Carlton's 40-foot holiday tree is illuminated by Santa Claus and his little helper from the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Hosted by veteran Bay Area TV anchor Tom Sinkovitz, this annual tree lighting ceremony begins with Dickens-era costumed carolers performing holiday favorites throughout the hotel while guests enjoy cider, hot chocolate and cookies. After the ceremony, children may take photos and visit with Santa in the Terrace Room. Complimentary and open to the public.
555 California Holiday Tree Lighting
Dec. 3, 2014, 5 p.m.
555 California St. This Holiday Tree Lighting has become a premier event in San Francisco and continues to grow, bringing a fresh holiday spirit to the entire Bay Area. www.555treelighting.com
Annual Embarcadero Center Building Lighting and Winter Carnival Friday November 21, 2014: Winter Carnival 4-6 p.m. Tree Lighting 6-7 p.m.
Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, marks the annual Building Lighting Ceremony. Once the sun sets, the countdown to the official lighting leads up to the illumination of One, Two, Three and Four Embarcadero Center, followed by a grand fireworks display. On the same evening each year, we proudly present our Winter Carnival event. The festivities include children's activities, entertainment, visits with Santa, and a very special appearance by Mickey Mouse, including a live sneak peek Disney on Ice performance! So gather your friends and family, and come take in a San Francisco holiday tradition at Embarcadero Center! Free Holiday Parking!
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Lighting Ceremony November 21, 2014
Festivities When you stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco during the holiday season, guests are treated to a host of joyful events. It all kicks off with a stunning 30-foot tree, and the fun doesn't let up with daily indoor snow falls in the atrium, special Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, and New Year's Eve dinners at the onsite restaurant Eclipse, breakfast with Santa on weekends beginning November 30, and a giant Snow Village inside the lobby until December 30th. And don't miss the 300,000 cascading lights decorating the inside of the hotel, which is conveniently located right next to the Embarcadero ice skating rink!
Macy’s Great Tree Lighting November 28, 2014
The annual illumination of Macy’s Great Tree includes more than 1,500 ornaments adorning the tree. For the best viewing location, stop by Union Square early to stake out your spot. 6 pm (tree lighting at 6:40pm). Union Square. Free.
Holiday Tree Lighting at 555 California Street