Celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with your family and/or friends at a FUN Tree Lighting Ceremony is your city. We’ve got the scoop on Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades in the SF Bay Area, Napa Valley, New York City and London.
Our favorite San Francisco Tree Lighting Ceremonies include Macy’s Union Square Tree Lighting and Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting. Be prepared for crowds at both locations, but especially at Union Square. By the time we made our way over there from Ghirardelli Square, there were thousands of people overflowing into the streets. It was a beautiful clear night and the crowds were out in full force. With only minutes to spare before the actual tree lighting, there was no way we were going to get close enough to see anything. So, we made our way into Macy’s and headed up to one of the higher floors where we found a space to sit by the windows, overlooking the square – we weren’t alone! If you’re thinking of going to see the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Union Square this year, get there EARLY. Both Union Square and Ghirardelli Tree Lightings take place on a Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping after the tree lightings – many of the shops are open late.
Other popular Tree Lighting Ceremonies take place at Pier 39, Santana Row in San Jose, Los Altos, Cannery Row in Monterey, San Rafael, Jelly Belly Co. in Fairfield, and Napa. Yountville celebrates its Festival of Lights. Fun Holiday Parades also take place in San Rafael, Oakland, Los Altos and Napa Valley.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony signals the beginning of the Holiday Season in New York City – it’s one of the most exciting times to be in the Big Apple. The tree lighting usually takes place on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, however this year, it will take place on Tuesday, November 30th. The fun event draws a huge crowd, so be sure to get there early for a good viewing spot. Enjoy star-studded entertainment and classic holiday tunes. For those of you watching the event this year in the comfort of your own home (that would be us) check your local TV listings. FYI, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be on display until January 7,2010.
Across the pond, London’s famous Trafalgar Square Tree Lighting Ceremony always draws a huge crowd. The tree will be on display in Trafalgar Square until just before the 12th Night of Christmas. And don’t miss the beautiful Holiday Lights along London’s popular Oxford and Regent Streets.
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