There are many annual tree lighting ceremonies in and around Oakland, but one of the most consistently popular ones has been the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Jack London Square, located at the foot of Broadway in Oakland.  There will be so much going on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. designed for all ages, that the choices will be difficult.   

If Christmas shopping is your intent, local artisans will be on hand with their crafts at 90 Holiday Pop Up sites for your consideration.  If you are looking for delightful entertainment, you can choose from the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, the Oakland Ballet Sugar Plum Fairies, a  Jingle Bell Dance Contest, plus seasonal music and costumed Christmas characters to put you in the holiday mood.  Other activities include cookie decorating, ornament making and, of, course, Santa and his reindeer will be on hand to complete the picture.

The "big event" will be the lighting of the christmas tree in the square, and this year it will be a very dramatic 55 Foot Mt. Shasta fir tree with 5000 Christmas lights and 600 colorful ornaments.  

The event is titled "Jack London Square Lights Up For Christmas", and if you want more details: "LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS" 

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