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Marin and Bay Area Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting Events 2023

Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting San Francisco

All across Marin and the Bay Area, communities celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a traditional tree lighting ceremony or celebration of holiday lights. Many events performances, food and drink vendors, games, and more. Santa might even make an appearance! Here's our list of Christmas tree, holiday light, and Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremonies and celebrations in Marin County, San Francisco, and Sonoma County. We'll be adding more events as the holidays near, so check back often!

Union Square Macy's Great Holiday Tree
Union Square — San Francisco

Thursday, November 9–Monday, January 1

Enjoy Macy's gift to the city of San Francisco, the Great Tree, which will shine brightly in Union Square Park, right across the street from Macy's flagship location.

Sonoma Plaza with holiday lights
Sonoma Plaza — Sonoma

Saturday, November 18, 5–8 pm

The Lighting of the Plaza is the first official holiday event in wine country and a beloved Sonoma tradition!

Pier 39 Christmas Tree
Pier 39 — San Francisco

Daily November 21–January 7, 5–10 pm

Enjoy the holidays all season long with Pier 39's nightly tree lighting musical moments on its 60’ Christmas tree.

Winter Lights Santa and Courthouse
Old Courthouse Square — Santa Rosa

Friday, November 24, 4–7 pm

Santa Rosa's annual event to ring in the holiday season will take place on Courthouse Square.

Santa at Ghirardelli Square San Francisco
Ghirardelli Square — San Francisco

Friday, November 24, 4:30–8 pm

Santa comes to officially illuminate Ghirardelli Square with Christmas lights.

Nob Hill Holiday tree lighting
Huntington Park — San Francisco

Monday, November 27, 5:30–7:30 pm

Kick off the holiday season as the Nob Hill Association hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Huntington Park.

Tree Lighting at Marin Country Mart
Marin Country Mart, Courtyard — Larkspur

Thursday, November 30, 3–7:30 pm

Join us to kick-off the Giving Tree and the holiday season with our annual Tree Lighting ceremony. 

Lighting of the Snowmen, Cornerstone Sonoma
Cornerstone Sonoma — Sonoma

Saturday, December 2, 4–7 pm

The Lighting of the Snowmen has returned to Cornerstone Sonoma.

Novato Holiday Tree Lighting
Novato City Hall — Novato

Saturday, December 2, 4–7:30 pm

Enjoy holiday crafts, artisan vendors, holiday treats, Santa Claus and live performances.

Holiday Tree Lighting San Anselmo
Downtown San Anselmo — San Anselmo

Saturday, December 2, 4–7 pm

Come to downtown San Anselmo for an afternoon of fun and celebration.

Tree lighting holiday christmas petaluma
Theater Square — Petaluma

Saturday, December 2, 5:30–7 pm

Celebrate the holidays with Santa, entertainment, and family fun in downtown Petaluma.

Holiday Tree Lighting Jack London Square Oakland
Jack London Square — Oakland

Saturday, December 2, 5:45–8 pm

Join Jack London Square and KTVU Fox 2 for a holiday tree lighting in Oakland.

Mill Valley Winterfest
Depot Plaza — Mill Valley

Sunday, December 3, 5–6 pm

Mill Valley's annual Winterfest returns... visit with Santa, live music, games and more.

The Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting
San Francisco Civic Center Plaza — San Francisco

Wednesday, December 6, 4–7 pm

The Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting — a free, family-friendly event — returns for 2023!

McLaren Lodge Golden Gate Park Tree Lighting
McLaren Lodge — San Francisco

Thursday, December 7, 4–8 pm

Kick off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting celebration in Golden Gate Park, featuring free activities for all

Menorah Lighting
Union Square — San Francisco

Sunday, December 10, 2–6 pm

The annual lighting of the Union Square menorah kicks off on Sunday, December 18 with "Bill Graham Menorah Day".

Dancers in Holiday Parade
Downtown Larkspur — Larkspur

Sunday, December 10, 2–5 pm

The first annual Holiday Magic on Magnolia features a tree lighting and fun for everyone!

Grand Menorah Lighting Novato
Novato City Hall — Novato

Sunday, December 10, 5 pm

Join together as we light up the night with a Chanukah Celebration!

Menorah Lighting
Downtown San Rafael Plaza — San Rafael

December 10, 5–7 pm

Join Chabad of Marin and the City of San Rafael as we celebrate the first Sunday night of Chanukah.

Town Center Corte Madera Chanukah Celebration
Town Center Corte Madera — Corte Madera

Thursday, December 12, 5–6 pm

Join Chabad of Larkspur-Corte Madera for a community Chanukah celebration and menorah lighting.