Santa Rosa, CA
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Santa Rosa, CA
Contact: Janet Rogers
Phone: (707) 545-1414
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Winter Lights, downtown Santa Rosa’s annual tree lighting event, brings the community together to celebrate the holidays with activities for all ages. This is a free event for the whole community. (see the timeline at the bottom of the page)
This year, we're aiming to put new lights on the tree to light up the holidays! You can help by making a contribution.
Santa arrives with First Responder Heros
The evening starts with the arrival of Santa Claus on top of a fire truck. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone’s invited to have their picture taken with Santa in the City of Santa Rosa’s Out There Welcome Wagon.
Local eats and sips
There will be delicious food and beverages from local hot spots and food trucks, including beer and wine for the grown-ups and free hot chocolate and cookies for the kiddos.
Ornament painting, a bouncy jump house, face painting, live performances … there’s a lot see and do before the main event.
Ceremonies of remembrance and celebration
The festivities are particularly special to those who participate in the Remembrance Candle Lighting and Tree Lighting portion of the night. Over 30 years ago, Sutter Care at Home began the person-to-person candle lighting tradition in honor of loved ones who are no longer with us. After all the candles are lit, the countdown begins to illuminate the grand tree with thousands of color-changing LED lights.
This beloved celebration is traditionally held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Courthouse Square, and is free and open to the public.
Become a Sponsor, Underwriter, Food Vendor, Beer & Wine Donor/Vendor [online forms]
Thank you to our sponsors
Tree Lighting Sponsor
Sonoma Clean Power
Golden Ring Sponsors
Sutter Care at Home | PG&E
3:50 pm Sonoma County Taiko Drummers
4:00 pm Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey and Chamber CEO Peter Rumble: Welcome
4:05 pm Dano, Froggy 92.9, Master of Ceremonies
4:35 pm Santa's arrival on a fire truck
4:40 PM Dylan Black Project (First Set)
5:40 pm Merry Olde Christmas Carolers
6:00 pm Ballet Folklórico Quetzalén
6:15 PM Dylan Black Project (Second Set)
7:20 pm Candle lighting ceremony sponsored by Sutter Care at Home Hospice and tree lighting sponsored by Sonoma Clean Power
7:45 PM Dylan Black Project (Final Set)
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