The holiday season is in full swing, which means San Francisco is glowing with lights, holiday bars, and many festive activities. And, of course, the beloved SF tradition, the Civic Center Tree Lighting, is returning for 2023. The family-friendly event takes place on December 6 from 4-7 pm at the Civic Center Plaza.
Food trucks, DIY activities, live performances, and more will take over Civic Center Plaza. A full bar will be on hand serving up seasonal drinks, and you can chow down on festive bites while browsing the booths. Enjoy “snow” flurries and interact with special guests, including a visit from Santa and even SF’s famous tap-dancing Christmas trees. Other performances include a magician and singer, Doris Bumpus, for the evening event.
In the spirit of giving, there will also be a massive toy giveaway for the first 400 children under 12 at the event. The giveaways continue with the SF Public Library hosting a book giveaway. You can also visit the Maker’s Village, where SF Etsy will host creative activities such as Santa letter writing, Dreidel making, and more.
If you’ve been missing Off The Grid food trucks at Fort Mason, you’re in luck. You can grab some tasty bites from food trucks at the tree lighting while enjoying the various activities. For the adults, a full bar will be available with holiday specials.
The main event, led by Mayor London Breed, will take place at 5:30 pm. Guests can watch the massive 50-foot tree illuminate Civic Center Plaza and enjoy the festive spirit. Plus, SF City Hall will be lit in green and red lights, making the perfect holiday backdrop for the tree.
The tree lighting and accompanying festivities take place on December 6 in Civic Center Plaza from 4-7 pm. Remember to bring some layers and a camera.