Ghirardelli Square hosts the 49th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and more this season. From quartets to caroling and holiday ice rinks to hot cocoa, we’ve rounded up a calendar of seasonal fun for you and the whole family to enjoy.

Lighting The Menorah.  On November 27th there will be a lighting of the Menorah event in Ghirardelli Square.  Join Rabbi Peretz Mochkin in lighting the 1st candle of the Menorah - a celebration for the entire family.  There will also be a Lilipop pull at Lola Toy Stop and attendees will also enjoy taffy from Orthodox Chews.

5pm - Live Music by The Jordan Feinstein Quartet
6pm - Light the Menorah & Dance like a Dreidel

Tree Lighting. On Friday, November 29, the 49th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ghirardelli Square will take place in the West Plaza. This annual event has become a tradition for many Bay Area families, where people come for all over come to experience Ghirardelli Square’s gift to the city. Be sure to cuddle up with a Ghirardelli hot cocoa from our neighbor, the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate shop or get ideas and recipes to create your own cocoa party at home from our Pinterest Board.

Much more than Lights. This year’s Tree Lighting festivities will also include live music, children’s entertainment and a visit from Santa. Christina Loren, NBC Bay Area’s Meteorologist will emcee the event.

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Yuletide Carolers
4:45pm - 5:15pm: Rocketship Radio
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony with Christina Loren, Santa & Rocketship Radio
6:30pm - 7:30pm: Kevin Toqe

Tot Time.  Your little ones will enjoy festivities just a short stroll from our doorstep at the Peekadoodle Kidsclub Annual Holiday Party on December 14th from 10am-12 noon. *RSVP is required and all events are for families with children 5 and younger.

Lace up your skates! Just 2 miles from your door, a winter wonderland awaits. Enjoy the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice rink, as locals and visitors alike head to the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center.  This much-anticipated venue is a huge crowd-pleaser with family and friends gathering for a little ice skating across from the historic Ferry Building. The holiday Ice Rink opens November 6 and runs through January 5, 2014. The hours are 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday-Thursday and 10:00am – 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday.  More information regarding the Holiday Ice Rink can be found here.

If your plans include some seasonal shopping at Union Square, plan a glide across the ice at the Union Square Ice Rink!  90 minute skating sessions start on every even hour, and rink hours are 10am to 11:30pm daily. Tip: The one, true Santa will be available to hear your wishes at Holiday Lane on the 7th Floor at Macy's Union Square from November 29 - December 24. To the delight of children of all ages, jolly old St. Nick will be on hand to captivate daily.

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