900 North Point Street
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
4 to 9 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - Tree Lighting
A favorite San Francisco attraction becomes even more captivating with the return of the holiday season. Ghirardelli Square welcomes back its brilliantly lit Christmas tree near the dazzling mermaid fountain. The public is invited to bring families and friends to watch the tree light up for the first time. Before, during and after the ceremony, there will be live music and entertainment for the children, including a visit from Santa Claus himself!
Ghirardelli is known for its decadent chocolate, and was founded by Domingo Ghirardelli. The Square was once the company's 19th century chocolate-making factory. Today, the beautifully preserved brick and iron buildings are home to retailers, restaurants, and tourist attractions. Visitors from all over the world wait in line to have a Ghirardelli chocolate ice cream sundae, and to purchase the many varieties of the delicious treat. Locals use the services like the indoor children's play area at Peekadoodle Kidsclub. Everyone loves visiting shops like Yap for fancy pet supplies, and the delights of Lola Toy Stop. Make a day of it with lunch or dinner at one of the Square's excellent restaurants. Go casual at Lori's Diner or try the elegant McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood & Steaks.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the tree lighting ceremony, so there will be lots of extra surprise goodies in store. Admission is free. For more information on the Ghirardelli Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, visit http://www.ghirardellisq.com/events/.