SF Rec and Park Hosts 83rd Holiday Tree Lighting
SF Rec and Park’s citywide annual winter family event
SAN FRANCISCO –Mayor Ed Lee led San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, elected officials, San Francisco Fire Department and other city agencies kicked off Holiday Season 2012 with the 83rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, a SF Rec and Park’s winter family event,. There were carnival rides, cookie factory, arts and crafts for kids, visit from Santa, and live entertainment. More than five hundreds families came out to enjoy the tree lighting ceremony with games and warm refreshment at John McLaren Lodge.
“The Holiday Tree Lighting at McLaren Lodge is a San Francisco tradition that highlights how much our City values our world class parks, our children and families,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “San Francisco is committed to providing more opportunities for our families to enjoy our parks and open space.”
The official City Tree adorned with more than 550 multi-colored lights surrounded by a decorated train, is an over one hundred year-old Monterrey Cypress planted by the City’s first park superintendent, John McLaren. Around the City Tree, there were North Pole Café for warm refreshment, Santa’s Workshop for arts and crafts, Imagination Playground for games and more. In addition, SF Rec and Park offered toy and canned food donation stations for SF Fire Department’s Toys for Tots Program, and SF Food Bank.
“In 1929, John McLaren began the tradition of lighting trees along a mile-long stretch of Fell Street leading to the City Tree in front of his home, McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are proud to continue this heartwarming family tradition and celebrate the holiday season with our fellow San Franciscans.”
The 83rd annual Holiday Tree Lighting is part of SF Rec and Park’s overall efforts to better serve the diverse families in San Francisco. By hosting seasonal citywide family events such Eggstravaganza in Spring, Play Day on the Green in Summer, Scaregrove in Fall, and Holiday Tree Lighting in Winter, SF Rec and Park makes San Francisco a friendlier place for children and families.