Christmas tree lighting in San Francisco

Starting November 29, in San Francisco.

LostinSF wants to share with you a walk through San Francisco to discover the five most fabulous Christmas trees.


Family and wallet friendly : everything is free and kids are the guests of honor! Print the San Francisco map below and pencil the dates in your diary!




1. Union Square Tree, The most popular San Francisco Christmas Tree

This 80 foot tall tree is certainly the most visited tree in San Francisco. It is Macy's tribute to Union Square, every Christmas.

The tree lighting celebration will be held on Friday, November 29th 2013 at 6:00 pm. If you can’t make it that day, don’t worry  the tree is lit every night with its 21,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

Kids can also visit Santa at Macy's on the 7th floor until December 24th. Even better, they can also write and decorate a customized letter to Santa on Macy's website, print it at home and bring it to the store and put it into the dedicated Santa's letterbox. Each letter will generate a one dollar donation to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation (up to $1 million). 

Union Square downtown SF

Macy's Union Square 7th floor – 170 O'Farrell street, SF.



2. The World Tree of Hope, The most peaceful and poetic Christmas Tree of San Francisco...

This tree is decorated with over 7,000 white origami cranes and silver stars, each containing a message of peace or wish from people all over the world. You too, like Barack Obama, can write a message that will be folded and put on the tree! Go to the Rainbow Fund website if you feel inspired by this Japanese tradition.

Inauguration of the World Tree of Hope, concert with SF Boys Chorus and cocktail will be held on Tuesday, December 10th 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

The tree will be on view at SF City Hall from December 1st to January 2, from 8am to 8pm. 

SF City Hall, 1 Doctor Carlton B Goodlett Place, SF.


3. Golden Gate Park Tree, The most vintage Christmas Tree of San Francisco!

Train rides, live entertainment, cookie factory, refreshments and a visit from Santa himself!

Thursday, December 5th 2013: 84th annual holiday Monterey cypress lighting, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Mc Laren Lodge, Golden Gate Park, SF.



4. Presidio Tree, The evergreen San Francisco Christmas Tree!

As green as it can possibly be, it stands in the green Presidio. Enjoy the magical tree-lighting and join the Presidio Community for an enchanting lantern-lit walk through the forest. Bring your kids and your flashlights with you! Detailed information here.

Meeting point: Presidio Main Post,on Friday, December 6 2013.

Presidio Main Post, at the corner of Lincoln Blvd and Funston Av, SF.


5. Tom and Jerry's Tree the most extravagant Christmas Tree in  San Francisco! 

Two local guys from San Francisco, Tom & Jerry (no kidding!) grew a pine tree in 1984 in front of their house on Dolores Heights. Since then, the little tree has become a 60-foot-high tree, while the owners have kept their child's dream alive. Every year in December, the tree vanishes behind huge decorations, stuffed animals and toys. Santa in person receives visitors, especially young ones... 

3650 21st street, between Sanchez and Church, Noe Valley/Castro



Christmas trees at the five corners of San Francisco...



What about your own Christmas tree...? 

LostinSF shares with you its Christmas tree addressbook to select and buy your own tree.