The 37th Annual San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland

Event has passed (Fri Nov 25, 2016 - Fri Nov 25, 2016)
Downtown San Rafael
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


A frosty sight, as snow comes to Marin for the 37th Annual San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland holiday celebration. A treasured family tradition for nearly four decades, the Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland in Downtown San Rafael features a Holiday Marketplace with unique arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, the beloved snow-sledding hill, a tree lighting ceremony, and the celebrated Parade of Lights with Santa and his friends - one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay Area. The sledding continues on Saturday, November 26 from 9am to noon (or until snow is no longer safe).

This yearly holiday event is a family favorite, bringing together people from all over Marin County and the Bay Area. The festivities begin at noon on Friday, November 25th when a sledding hill with over 40 tons of snow is constructed on A Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue.

Other activities for kids include inflatable jump houses, mini carnival rides and face-painting booths. The Holiday Marketplace is open from noon to 8pm (on 4th Street between B Street and Lootens Place); the Parade of Lights with Santa and Mrs. Claus begins at 5:30pm at E and Fourth Streets and travels eastbound down Fourth Street to the City Plaza, just beyond the A Street intersection. Following the parade, Santa, Mrs. Claus and other costumed characters will arrive with the Mayor of San Rafael at the center of town in the City Plaza for the official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Kids will have a chance to meet Santa and friends following the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Plaza.

The producers of the festival are kindly asking for a minimum donation of $5 to help offset the cost of producing this wonderful legacy event for the community. There will be volunteers in the sledding area and roaming the event site helping with the donation effort. In addition, you can donate on the event website at

Tax-deductible contributions will help continue this treasured tradition. Help preserve this great, local event by donating, online or at the event.

Schedule of Activities:

Friday, November 25th 2016
• Snow Sledding: A Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Ave.; noon to 4:30pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm (kids only)
• Holiday Marketplace, Fourth Street between B Street and Lootens Place;
Noon to 8:00pm
• Parade of Lights, Fourth Street from E Street to the City Plaza; 5:30pm (everyone is welcome to join the parade. Parade participants meet in the staging area at E Street and Fourth Street at 5pm)
• Tree Lighting: City Plaza following the Parade of Lights

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
• Snow & Kids Activities 9:00am to noon (or until snow is no longer safe)

More than 35 exhibitors, merchants, sponsors and restaurants participate in the annual festivities, held on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Please visit the website to view the list of participants.

To sponsor or donate and help continue the Parade of Lights tradition, please contact Steven Restivo Event Services at 800-310-6563. The San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland is FREE, but contributions made to donation boxes on-site are greatly needed and appreciated.

The event is produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. For more information about the event call 800-310-6563 or visit or

For parking and transportation needs visit

Sponsors of the 2016 event include:
Diamond Certified (American Ratings Corporation), Renewal by Andersen Bay Area, SolarCity, Farm Fresh To You, Blue Waters Marketing, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, and Welk Resorts.


  1. Downtown San Rafael
    Fourth at A Street, San Rafael, CA