San Rafael Parade of Lights + Winter Wonderland

San Rafael Parade of Lights

This year’s San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland is a free event that will take place the two days after Thanksgiving (November 28 – 29, 2014). The parade is one of the largest holiday parades in the Bay Area. The Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland features live entertainment, shopping opportunities at the Holiday Marketplace, children’s activities, including free snow sledding.

San Rafael Parade of LightsFollowing 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.

WHAT: Annual San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland is Free.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday November 28 – 29, 2014.


  • Snow Sledding Noon to 4:30pm & 6pm to 8pm
  • Marketplace Noon to 8pm
  • Parade at 5:30pm


  • Snow & Kids’ activities 9:00 AM to Noon

WHERE: Downtown San Rafael, CA. Parade down Fourth Street (B Street to Lootens).

 San Rafael Parade of LightsSAVVY TIP: The San Rafael free parking program will once again run from Thanksgiving Day through December 31. San Rafael downtown merchants will provide free 3 hour parking validations redeemable in the two City garages located on 3rd and A and 3rd and C Streets. The West End Village parking meters in the lot located at 1550 4th Street will also provide three hours free parking.

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