Tree Lighting, Other Fun Slated for this Saturday

Mike Lano file photo    Mayor Trish Spencer will once again join the Mistletones for the city’s annual kickoff of the holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 2.


Opportunities to eat, shop and be merry in Alameda abound this Saturday, Dec. 2. From this year’s first Hot Cocoa Crawl to the East End’s Christmas Tree Lane, the Island City has lots to offer for a festive holiday experience.

Park Free Saturdays
Parking will be free on Saturday (and every Saturday) between now and New Year’s Day in Alameda’s shopping districts. In addition, look for free gift-wrapping opportunities, pop-up stores and other treats. Oh and of course, more opportunities to meet with Santa coming up. 

Christmas Tree Lane
For 2017 the lights on Christmas Tree Lane (Thompson Avenue) will be illuminated every night starting this Saturday through New Year’s Eve from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Watch for the Dancing Christmas Trees to appear on the Lane Friday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m., and for other choral and band performances throughout the month. Rumor has it Kris Kringle will also be dropping by nightly starting on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Join Mayor Trish Spencer when she and the City Council light the official island holiday tree Saturday at City Hall. Enjoy live local holiday performances beginning at 4:30 p.m. and meet the big guy Santa himself. The tree lighting is set for 5:30 p.m. Kids will receive free candy canes; adults can enjoy the musical stylings of the Mistletones. The Alameda Community Band, Alameda Miracles Youth Chorus and the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees will also perform. 

The tree lighting will go on, rain or shine. Find out more at

The tree lighting is a combined effort of the City of Alameda’s Public Works and Recreation and Parks departments, along with Alameda Municipal Power.

Hot Cocoa Crawl
After the tree lighting, the public is invited to join the Hot Cocoa Crawl with family and friends. Participating merchants in Downtown Alameda will be handing out free hot chocolate. Stroll through the downtown district and see the many holiday window displays and vote in the contest (details below). 

Holiday Window Contest
Local artists are teaming up with downtown businesses to create festive holiday window displays. Bundle up the kids and take a stroll to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Downtown merchants are asking the public to vote for their favorite window displays at

Santa Visits
In addition to Christmas Tree Lane and the Holiday Tree lighting ceremony, the man in red will also appear along Park Street during the “Shop Late Thursday” events set for Dec. 14 and 21. He will also be at Lost City Antiques, 1516 Park St., for the entire weekend starting Saturday, Dec. 16. 

Santa Claus will also drop by South Shore Center and Webster Street for special events in the upcoming weeks. 

Happy Holidays, Alameda!