Visit Union Square to See the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

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At the first twinkle of lights in Union Square, we know the holiday season has officially arrived in San Francisco.

Join the city in celebrating one of our favorite traditions, the annual tree lighting in the heart of Union Square. On Friday, November 29 at 6 p.m., this time-honored tradition will gather the entire San Francisco community for the illumination of Macy’s Great Tree, adorned with more than 1,500 ornaments. Watch as 30,000 lights dazzle and sparkle the towering holiday tree. Enjoy local performers and artists eager to get you in the festive spirit before the lighting ceremony, and soak up the merry atmosphere with both visitors and locals alike. Every year, Macy’s bestows the tree as a gift to the city and to us, there’s no better way to welcome in this fun and festive season. Come ready to sing your favorite holiday tunes and cheers to this family-friendly part of San Francisco's tradition.