2022 Holiday Lights & Sights Guide – San Francisco Bay Area

    Embrace the Winter Chill and Check out Lights & Sights!

    To make things easier for you, we have put together our top picks of
    this year’s holiday lights and sights in the San Francisco Bay Area. Take your pick and make your rounds. Have fun!

    Don’t forget to check out our community calendar of events happening around the Bay in the Fall, and you can even add your own public events to the calendar.

    Light Up Your Life!


    Thrive City Winter Wonderland

    The 2022 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Fanatics will tip off holiday celebrations with festive greetings, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and multicultural activities during the annual Thrive City Winter Wonderland, presented by Fanatics. Key events, all presented by Fanatics, include the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30, featuring San Francisco’s tallest Christmas tree, standing 90 feet tall, followed by the Holiday Spectacular on December 16 – 18, and closing the year on December 31, with Kwanzaa and Noon Year’s Eve Celebration.

    DATE November 30 – December 31

    LOCATION  |  1725 3rd St, San Francisco, CA Map It

    ENTRY  |  Free

    Ruth Bancroft Garden of D’Lights

    The Garden of D’Lights at Ruth Bancroft Nursery showcases 3.5 acres of cacti, succulents, and trees under beaming lights sure to make you feel like you’re wandering through wonderland.

    DATE November 25 – January 8

    LOCATION  |  1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, CA Map It

    OPENING HOURS  |  Open daily 10 am – 9 pm

    ENTRY  |

    Member: Adult $20 | Child (ages 5 – 17) $12 | Child (ages 0 – 4) FREE
    Non-Member: Adult $28 | Child (ages 5 – 17) $16 | Child (ages 0 – 4) FREE

    Christmas in the Park, San Jose
    Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, Downtown San Jose, CA

    November 25 – January 1 | 12 pm – 10 pm

    There is no public parking at the Park

    Gilroy Gardens
    3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA

    November 24 – December 31

    Visit their website for detailed schedules and ticketing info.

    California’s Great America
    4911 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

    November 25 –  January 1

    Check their website for details schedules and ticketing info.

    Fantasy of Lights Vasona Park
    333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos

    December 6 – December 30 (closed December 25) | 6 pm – 10 pm

    Tickets required

    1123 Coleman Ave – San Jose, CA

    PayPal Park | Christmas light maze starts 11/25 – 1/1 

    Stroll through lighted tunnels, discover larger-than-life displays, find your way to their 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, and look for special surprises along the way.

    Neighborhood lights
    1900 Eucalyptus Ave, San Carlos

    Lights start the first weekend of December and until December 26

    Willow Glen Holiday Lights
    Glen Brook, Ave San Jose 

    Tunnels of Joy Brentwood
    La Costa Drive, Brentwood 

    December 2 – December 30

    Neighborhood with a beautiful light display and light tunnels

    Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda
    3200 block of Thompson Ave between High and Fernside 

    December 3 – December 30th (start date TBD) | 5:30 pm to 10 pm

    Neighborhood with beautiful light displays 

    Holiday Parade of Lights 
    Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek

    December 1 | 6 pm – 9 pm

    The “Parade of Lights” is the highlight of Broadway Plaza’s holiday season kick-off and includes music, refreshments, and a special Tree Lighting Ceremony initiated by Santa Claus himself!

    Crippsmasplace.org Fremont
    The 70+ homes of Crippsmas Place are on Cripps Place, Asquith Place, Nicolet Court, Wellington Place, and the stretch of Nicolet Avenue between Gibraltar Drive and Perkins Street in Fremont

    Donations appreciated | Facemasks requested 

    December 10 –  December 31 | 6 pm – 10 pm

    There will be candy canes handed out from 6-10pm starting Saturday December 10 through Saturday December 25 (possibly later, TBD).

    Christmas Light Show Benicia

    Free | 1 Ticket Per Car Required 

    Join us for the Northgate Light Show. Watch a synchronized 25-minute laser and lights show on our building.

    Oakland Zoo Glowfari
    9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA

    November 16-23, 25-27, 30, 2022 | December 1-23, 26-31, 2022
    January 1-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, 2023

    All Ages | 5 pm – 9 pm | Free Parking

    Adults $24 | Children (2-14)/Seniors (65-75) $20 |
    Members 10% discount | Under 2 and over 76 Free

    Neighborhood Lights
     Ascot Drive –
    Woodland Drive, San Ramon, CA

    Beautiful display of lights

    Neighborhood Lights
    Candy Cane Lane – Arlene Drive, Vacaville, CA

    Beautiful display of lights

    Winterfest Sausalito
    Sausalito Waterfront – Gabrielson Park

    December 10, 2022 | 6 pm -7:15 pm
    5 pm Reserved Seating Opens | 6 pm Lighted-Boat Parade begins | 7:15 pm Fireworks

    Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks

    Cornerstone Sonoma
    23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 


    Let the tradition continue as Santa himself lights up the famous Cornerstone Snowman Tree and welcomes children of all ages into another magical season of celebration and cheer!

    Winter Lights
    Santa Rosa Courthouse Square

    November 25 | Skating on the Square, the annual tree lighting celebration, live performances, and holiday shopping and dining.

    Peacock Meadow 240 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA

    December 1 – December 30 | 5 pm – 10 pm

    Entwined’s forest of illuminated color will once again light up Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park this winter with new upgrades, immersing park visitors in a realm of art, technology, and nature. New to this year’s installation will be twice-a-week performances and other engaging art activations.

    Let’s Glow SF
    525 Market Street, San Francisco 

    December 2 –  December 11 | 5 pm to 10 pm | Starts at 6:30 pm on December 2 

    America’s largest holiday projection mapping festival returns to downtown San Francisco this December, celebrating the season with 10 nights of light, animation, and music crafted by artists from the Bay Area and across the globe.

    Castro Street House
    68 Castro Street, Castro San Francisco, CA

    Decorated house, known for its amazing display!

    Neighborhood Lights
    752 Valota Rd, Redwood City, CA & Nearby

    December 10, 2022 – January 2, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 10 pm

    Beautiful display of lights

    Where’s your favorite spot to pick your Christmas trees? Post your photos with #SFBayAreaMoms for a chance to be featured on social media!
    Be sure to check out our Winter Guide for events, recipes, gift guides, and more!
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