Why do I want to live in Lamorinda, you ask…

Well besides the great schools and small town community feel… we love its close proximity to San Francisco. So grab your coat and the family and enjoy some seasonal activities to get you in the holiday spirit.



2013 Union Square Tree Lighting – Macy’s 24th Annual – Takes place November 29, 6:00 pm. You can also do some ice skating and shop the sales while you’re there. And don’t miss the SF SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s. The unveiling for that is November 22, at 5pm. Last year 286 cats and dogs found new homes during the Annual Holiday Window displays. So if you are in the market for a new furry friend, this might be just the ticket for you and for them. If you can’t make it in person, each window has streaming video that you can view here [https://sfspca.org/holiday] to watch the animals.

Ghiradelli Square’s Annual Tree Lighting – There is live entertainment for the family and they are lighting up the tree Friday November 29, 5:30 pm.

Bill Graham Menorah – Chanukah in Union Square – This lighting ceremony will be everyday in the evening, times vary for each lighting. The first candle lighting is November 27 at 5:00 pm.

A little closer to home, you say…..

Jack London Square Lights up for the Holidays – This annual family tree lighting is on the waterfront at Jack London Square in Oakland. There will be live reindeer, costumed characters and of course Santa will be making an appearance via a “water sleigh” at 5:15pm. They are going to light up the 55 foot Shasta fir at 7:15 pm.

Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade – Come watch hundreds of festively decorated boats compete for prizes. Want a front row seat, the Alameda/Oakland ferry will let you ride for free (with a toy donation benefiting Random Acts) as they participate in the competition. Details on that here. [https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/san-francisco-bay-ferry-participate-lighted-yacht-parade]

Lafayette Chamber presents “Its a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” – This event takes place at Lafayette plaza December 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Join them for a tree lighting, food, music and of course, a visit from Santa.

Tree Lighting at the Moraga Commons Park – is December 6. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served and entertainment by the Moraga Community Chorus begins at 6:30 pm and tree lighting at 7:00 pm.

These are but a few of the many great holiday festivities going on around the Bay. Here at Swim and Company we hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the holiday cheer.