Tree Lightings Around the East Bay Area
EAST BAY, CA – Let there be light in your holiday season when you experience the spectacle of a traditional tree lighting ceremony. These celebrations offer festivities for all ages to enjoy, from live music, seasonal refreshments and even visits from Santa Claus himself. With several events planned in the area, you and your family will have plenty to choose from this winter. Mark your calendar with one of these popular ceremonies and make great holiday memories that will last a lifetime!
Lighting of the Old Oak Tree
Friday, November 24 • 5:15-8:30pm
Witness Father Christmas and the Snow Angel work their magic on Danville’s 350-year-old oak tree and bring it to life with a dazzling light display. Choral groups will perform touching musical numbers that will warm your heart as will the hot beverages provided by local businesses. Take a relaxing stroll downtown and enjoy refreshments, entertainment and shopping along the festively decorated streets of beautiful downtown Danville. More details.
Alamo Tree Lighting Festival
Sunday, December 3 • 4:30-6:30pm
Andrew H. Young Park • 3000 Danville Blvd, Alamo
A classic holiday experience awaits you in Alamo, complete with caroling, music, treats and beverages. Adoptable animals from ARF will be there, looking for their forever homes. And, of course, Santa Claus will be in attendance to find out what good boys and girls would like under their tree this year! More details.
Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday, December 1 • 5:30-7:30pm
Bishop Ranch 1 • 6111 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
Bishop Ranch 1 will transform into a winter wonderland with real snow! There will also be live music and dancing, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, a petting zoo with live reindeer, a snow play area for kids and a dazzling 70-foot white fir tree. One Warm Coat will be on hand accepting gently used coats and financial donations for those in need, as well as the Food Bank of Contra Costa which will be accepting funds and donations of pre-packaged foods. More details.
Light up the Night in Downtown Pleasant Hill
Wednesday, November 29 • 5-8pm
Downtown Pleasant Hill
With free horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa, plus an “Elf on the Shelf” treasure hunt, downtown Pleasant Hill will become your one-stop holiday destination. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and coffee while taking in the sights and sounds of festive music and dance performances. End your night at the Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair and find that perfect gift for your special someone. More details.
Broadway Plaza Parade of Lights & Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 30 • 6-9pm
Broadway Plaza • 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Gather your family and friends for a memorable winter evening at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. Businesses will be adorned with their best holiday decorations to celebrate the season. Make sure to stake out a good spot along Broadway Plaza Street for the Parade of Lights. Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the end and lead the community in the tree lighting ceremony after the parade. Complete this magical experience with a great dinner at one of Walnut Creek’s many fine restaurants. More details.
It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette
Friday, December 1 • 4-6:30pm
Lafayette Plaza Park • Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Moraga Rd., Lafayette
Your little ones will rejoice when they see Santa Claus as he cruises aboard Lafayette’s treasured Old Betsy fire engine, making his way to meet all the children on his “Nice List”!
In addition to a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, live music, photo opportunities, crafts, food and drink and a holiday sing-along are just some examples of the festive fun you’ll find. More details.
Hometown Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 2 • 5pm
Main Street, Downtown Pleasanton
Take part in a hometown tradition as the City of Pleasanton treats you to a parade and tree lighting event. Witness floats, marching bands, community groups and more make their way down Main Street. After the parade, Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne will lead the tree lighting ceremony, with a little help from none other than Santa Claus himself! More details.
34th Annual Dublin Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, November 30 • 7pm
Dublin Civic Center • 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin
Enjoy festive live entertainment and snacks at an event that is sure to make for a bright and lively evening. Watch your children’s eyes light up when Santa Claus makes a very special appearance, visiting all the way from the North Pole! More details.
Holiday Sights & Sounds Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2 • 6pm
First Street, Downtown Livermore
First Street in Livermore will be illuminated by a bright and lively parade featuring over 50 floats, including local businesses, clubs, marching bands, associations and more. Following the parade, Old St. Nick will make a grand entrance and lead you to a rousing tree lighting ceremony. More details.