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The San Rafael
36th Annual Parade of Lights
and Winter Wonderland

Friday, November 27, 2015
Snow Sledding Noon to 4:30 PM &
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marketplace Noon to 8:00 PM
Parade at 5:30 PM

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Snow & Kids' activities 9:00 AM to Noon

Fourth Street ~ B Street to Lootens
San Rafael, CA


* In case of rain, snow activities may be suspended if we feel
the snowsledding is a public safety issue.


After the 2011 event, City funding will no longer be available for this cherished Downtown event. Your tax deductible contributions will help continue this much beloved tradition in this time of economic constraints. Please help preserve this great FREE local event that touches generations.

Click here to donate: Donate!


San Francisco Chronicle Article 
November 27, 2011

Marin Independent Journal Article
November 25, 2011


Downtown San Rafael will once again host its annual holiday Parade & Winter Wonderland. In its 35th 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, a Holiday Marketplace and 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 occurs 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.


The Downtown Business Improvement District is adding a “Shop Downtown” $500 shopping spree raffle! Attendees who show a receipt to the Info Booth from a downtown store or restaurant purchase of $20 or more during the event hours, will be given a raffle ticket to enter a $500 credit card shopping spree! Other winners will be given gift cards or gifts offered by downtown shops. Participants will receive one raffle ticket for each $20 spent at a downtown business.

To request accommodations for persons with disabilities or if you have communication needs such as large print, braille or sign language interpreters, please call 1-800-310-6563 or fax us at 415-456-6436 at least three weeks prior to the event.

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Parking Information: 

The City of San Rafael will once again contribute to 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.

The goals of the program are to increase downtown shopping during the holiday season, provide a friendlier shopping experience, and maintain turnover of on-street parking. The Holiday Program has been a huge success since its introduction in 2006. The Parking Services Division of the City of San Rafael, is looking forward to contributing to another successful and bright holiday season!

San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
San Rafael Parade of Lights
Photos by Adam R. Foote
Proudly Presented By: 2015 Festival Sponsors Include:
To visit our sponsors' websites, please click on the logos below.
San Rafael Business Improvement District

City of San Rafael Redevelopment Agency
Redevelopment Agency

  2014 Festival Sponsors Included:
To visit our sponsors' websites, please click on the logos below.
Classic Cable Car Sightseeing
Ghilotti Bros.
Ride The Ducks


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