Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting: 2023 Guide

‘Tis the season to swoon under the magnificent 83-foot Christmas tree adorned with thousands of lights and ornaments. San Fran’s Union Square Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will once again brighten the night sky, so bundle up!

It’s that magical time of year when San Francisco the great trees take center stage, and there’s no better way to usher in the holiday season in the city than with this annual tradition. Take a first look at the gigantic tree in all its shining glory with the entire family. Make sure to come early to reserve a good spot and watch live performances from several local artists.

Then, let the festivities continue as you dine in style at one of Union Square’s many restaurants or sip on a warm brew at a cozy coffee establishment after the ceremony.

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Follow along as we share more details about this annual tradition.


The Christmas Tree Lighting Union Square is free and open to the public.

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Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting Viewing Details

This popular event is at the epicenter of tourist excitement, so secure a prime spot. Arriving early is essential. In anticipation of the bustling crowd at the official Tree Lighting Ceremony, make the smart decision to use public transportation.

Be there at least an hour ahead and enter through the Post and Powell Street gateway, easily identifiable by the red heart adorned with an image of the Golden Gate Bridge. Once inside the square, make your way to the left, where you’ll find the cement steps near the majestic tree.

This spot offers you the best of both worlds – close enough to marvel at the exquisite holiday lights and decorations, plus just the right distance to capture magnificent photos of the fully illuminated spectacle.


The official dates for the Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will be announced soon. However, the ceremony usually falls on Friday November. Visit their website later for this year’s details. 


The event takes place at Union Square Plaza. It is viewed in Union Square Park between Sutter & Geary Streets and Powell & Stockton Streets from the front of Macy’s.

Experience the Union Square Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Come together for the gifting to the city – an enchanting Christmas tree in Union Square that spreads festive cheer. Nothing puts people in the holiday cheer quite like a glimmering tree. Jumpstart your holiday festivities at the lighting of the Christmas Tree Union Square! 

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Take the chance to embrace the cheerful atmosphere of the city and witness how the 80-foot tree gives the sky a warm glow with an exciting crowd. Plus, watch the extraordinary series of performances that will follow the tree-lighting ceremony. This event will be attended by local bands and big performers, so don’t miss the lighting ceremony and events.

Also, you’ll get to cross off your list while in the heart of San Francisco’s premier shopping destination. Give the gift of joy by shopping at the yearly holiday sale at Macy’s from Christmas trees to gifts, where there’s something special for everyone.

While at it, you may want to check out the city’s other gems and attractions located at Westin St Francis and Civic Center. Plus, catch the more year by year Macy Union Square events. Elevate your vacation with a San Francisco vacation package.


Start Date:

November 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm CST

End Date:

November 29, 2022 @ 9:00 pm CST


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San Francisco, CA United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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