City Celebrates 79th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites the public to join them at the 79th Annual Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 5 p.m., at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park. This San Francisco tradition began in 1929 — just a few weeks after Black Tuesday — when John McLaren, the grandfather of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco’s first park superintendent, lit the trees along a mile-long stretch of Fell Street to celebrate the season and lift the spirits of those San Franciscans who were down on their luck.

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