Niles Festival of Lights Parade, Fremont – Friday November 29th
Tree Lighting at 6pm, Parade at 6:30pm
Sponsored by the members of the Niles community and the Fremont community at large, this wonderful holiday tradition features over 60 unique floats and other entries, marching bands, specialty service units, costumed characters and of course, an appearance by the man himself – Santa Claus.
Union Square, San Francisco – Friday November 29th
Tree Lighting at 6:40pm, Celebration 6-7pm
The 30th Annual Great Tree Lighting will be celebrated with live performances by the San Francisco Opera; the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus; Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the cast of San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘Groundhog Day the Musical’; winner of season 16 of NBC’s The Voice, Maelyn Jarmon.
Nightly tree lighting musical every half hour from 5-10pm from November 27 – January 5
Synchronized to holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments
Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco – Friday November 29th
Saratoga Holiday Wine Stroll & Tree Lighting – Friday November 29th
Tree Lighting at 5:30pm, Event 5-8pm
Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, performance by Los Gatos Ballet, pictures with Santa, and more. The activities are free, however tickets are required to participate in the Wine Stroll
Christmas in the Park, San Jose – Friday November 29th
Parade & Opening Night Celebration, 5-10pm
For over 30 years, Plaza de Cesar Chavez has been transformed into Christmas in the Park, a holiday fantasy with over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree.
One of the largest exhibits, the Lima Train, includes a melting snowman, caroling mice and elf woodcrafters. Guests enter a winter wonderland of lights, songs and local entertainment while strolling through an enchanted forest of decorated trees. Children can have their photograph taken with Santa, watch nightly entertainment and enjoy holiday themed refreshments.