City holiday tree lighting to take place today

San Francisco residents and visitors can enjoy the lighting of the city’s official holiday tree Thursday afternoon in front of McLaren Lodge, officials with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department said.

The free ceremony starts at 4 p.m. at 501 Stanyan St. and includes toboggan rides, a snowy play area, carnival rides, live entertainment, cookie decorating and visits with Santa Claus. A holiday light show in the Conservatory of Flowers will also be free to visitors.

Parks officials said the holiday tree lighting began 89 years ago when parks superintendent John McLaren lit trees along a mile of Fell Street, ending with “Uncle John’s Tree” at McLaren Lodge.

The 130-year-old Monterey Cyprus tree will be decorated with more than 550 multi-colored lights and a decorated train.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A San Francisco Unified School District program that gave would-be teachers extra training in the classroom has lost a key partner. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/2019 S.F. Examiner)</ins>
USF ends partnership with SFUSD in teacher residency program

District launched training effort to improve low retention rates for new hires

The Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center joined San Francisco city leaders and community partners in a “Campaign for Solidarity” at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
City launches ‘Campaign for Solidarity’ to combat racial violence

Mayor London Breed, the city’s Human Rights Commission and community leaders launched… Continue reading

It’s time to break the code of silence and end the stigmatism against infertility, which is fairly common. <ins>(Shuttterstock)</ins>
Struggles with infertility are common

We all can support friends, ask legislators to mandate sppropriate insurance

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Most Read