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The free, family-friendly Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting returns on December 4, 4-7pm!
This festive event features holiday entertainment, “snow” flurries, festive bites and drinks, free holiday crafts from community organizations, and a toy giveaway for 400+ children!
Taking place at the steps of City Hall in Civic Center Plaza next to Civic Center’s Winter Park Ice Rink, the night of festive entertainment includes performances by The Topman All Stars, a Holiday Jazz Band; Dickens Fair Carolers of the Great Dickens Fair; the acapella group The Dartmouth Dodecaphonics; and the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees. Talented youth performers include America SCORES Bay Area, poets from the Civic Center neighborhood; MoonSchool Performers, singers from 42nd Moon school program; and the string quartet Stars Aligned. The full night’s line up is all led by Boxcar Theatre‘s Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero. The night of entertainment also includes Christmas VIPs the Grinch and the man-of-the-hour: Santa!
The SFPD Northern Station with Another Planet Entertainment will lead a toy giveaway for the first 400 children under 12, and distribute free candy canes. There will also be holiday-themed DIY activities with SF Etsy in the Maker Village sponsored by Redwood Credit Union. Festive bites will be available for purchase from Off the Grid food trucks, along with a full bar offering seasonal favorites like Irish coffee and mulled wine. And don’t forget to stop at Bi-Rite for cookies and hot chocolate!
The event will begin promptly at 4 p.m. The lighting of Civic Center Plaza’s 50-foot noble fir by Mayor London Breed will take place at 5:30 p.m. Also, don’t miss ice skating at the adjacent Winter Park Ice Rink!
The event is sponsored by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, San Francisco Police Department’s Northern Station, the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, Another Planet Entertainment, Redwood Credit Union and the Civic Center Initiative.