As every Oakland resident knows, each Holiday season marks the lighting of the Christmas lights at the Oakland Mormon Temple, which is located high atop a prominent hill above the city.  This is an annual event that many wait for as a signal to start the beginning of the Christmas festivities.  This wonderful spectacle of celebratory lights is visible from much of the San Francisco Bay area.  Parking around the temple allows spectacular views of San Francisco and Oakland below, as well.

Arriving at the entrance, visitors are greeted with a a flowing creek that works up towards the temple, and runs between fountains splashing water. The creek is surrounded on each side by lush gardens and tall palm trees. These are highlighted with plentiful and colorful lighting that warms even the coldest winter night. The Temple itself is an amazing landmark in itself.  Made of concrete, with a Sierra white granite facing, it, too, is alight throughout the year with bright white lighting.   Many nearby neighbors in the Oakmore and Montclair district bring friends and out-of-town visitors to see this truly amazing site. 

This year, the Light the Hill event is scheduled for this 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 30th.  Located at 4770 Lincoln Avenue, the temple has public parking for visitors. The event will be between two presentations at the site called "Believe The Magic Of Christmas" at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This presentation will include professional singers, bell ringers, instrumentalists and two gospel choir to enhance the lighting experience, and is free charge. 
Take your friends and family, and enjoy this very special event.

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