San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland

The holiday season is almost upon us. Festive events will be taking place all around the Bay Area and once again, Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual Holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland.

In its 37th year, the event features a Holiday Marketplace with arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, free snow sledding, and one of the largest Holiday Parades in the Bay Area.

The event is attended by people from all over the Bay Area. It also enjoys a very “local” feel and is known as a great destination for people of all ages. The event starts at noon with free snow sledding and kids’ activities and a Holiday Marketplace. The Parade begins at 5:30 PM.

Following the Parade, Santa, Ms. Claus and other costumed characters arrive with the Mayor of San Rafael to the center of town in the City Plaza to light the official Holiday Tree. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa and friends are available for a meet and greet with the kids.

The entire event is free to the public and takes place the day after Thanksgiving, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take advantage of the Holiday shopping season.

Event details:

Date: Friday, November 25th

Time: 12pm to 8pm

Snow Sledding 12 to 4:30pm &  6pm to 8pm
Marketplace 12 to 8pm
Parade at 5:30pm

Place: Downtown San Rafael, Fourth Street ~ B Street to Lootens 

Event Cost: Free to the public.

Parking: The City of San Rafael will once again contribute to the holiday cheer by providing our downtown merchants the opportunity to give their customers 3 hours of free parking. Parking is available in the two city garages located on 3rd and A and 3rd and C Streets. To assist the West End Village, parking meters in the lot located at 1550 4th Street will also be provided 3 hours free parking. The program will run from Thanksgiving Day through December 31st.


Event details provided by Steven Restivo Event Services.