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


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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