It is hard to believe that Halloween just ended and now holiday season is in full swing. As the streets and storefronts are filled with festive decor and tinsel, it is hard not to get in the spirit. And a great family activity at this time of year is going to see one of the many free tree lighting ceremonies in San Francisco.
The joy begins this weekend at the first tree lighting at PIER 39. Meet Disney characters on Sunday, Nov. 21, as the 60-foot tree is lit at 5:30 p.m. Haven’t gotten enough holiday cheer? Ghirardelli Square lights its 35-foot tree on Friday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m. Both of these celebrations have free, live entertainment for all to enjoy.
The Union Square tree also is lit on the day after Thanksgiving. Shop around the square for a bit and then come over to the tree at noon to take part in the all-day activities catered to the family. The actual Macy’s Tree Lighting ceremony takes place from 6-6:30 p.m. “American Idol” alum Katharine McPhee will be performing and there will be appearances by members of the World Champion San Francisco Giants as well as cast members from “Shrek the Musical.”
The final tree lighting takes place at 555 California St. on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year the celebration takes place on Nov. 30 with live entertainment, featuring Natasha Bedingfield and the Dick Bright Orchestra taking the stage at 4:15 p.m. and the tree being lit at 6 p.m.
Travelzoo Tip: Come early to these ceremonies because they are known to get quite crowded!