SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER PLAZA TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY TO BRING ECLECTIC HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AND TOY GIVEAWAY TO CIVIC CENTER ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 5, 5:00 PM
Event will feature performances by Honey Mahogany, Jason Brock, the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, the San Francisco Symphony, the Coventry Carolers, Charles Dickens, Scrooge, Santa, the Grinch and more!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, –The SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER PLAZA TREE LIGHTING and toy giveaway on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5:00 PM is a free, new annual event sponsored by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, Another Planet Entertainment, and the City of San Francisco.
Host Honey Mahogany will emcee the night of entertainment, which includes performances by vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees; and members of Boxcar Theatre's Speakeasy, including Artistic Director Nick A. Olivero, who will lead a Christmas song sing-along. Christmas VIPs such as the The Great Dickens Christmas Fair's Coventry Carolers, Charles Dickens, Mr. Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Sam Weller, the Grinch, and the man-of-the-hour – Santa himself – will also be in attendance. Members of The Speakeasy's six-piece house band will also perform, as will members of the San Francisco Symphony.
The San Francisco Police Department will lead a toy giveaway for kids 12 years old and younger, and free candy canes will also be on offer. Noe Valley’s Homestead Cookies will be available for purchase, along with warm beverages including hot chocolate and Irish coffee.
“This tree lighting showcases the best of San Francisco – from our unique cultural institutions to our philanthropic undertakings to our holiday spirit,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Our goal is for this vibrant holiday event in Civic Center to become an annual highlight for years to come.”
The event will begin promptly at 5 p.m. The lighting of the Civic Center Plaza’s 50-foot noble fir will then take place at 6 p.m. followed by additional performances and the toy giveaway. Festivities will conclude at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit sfciviccenter.org/events.
The San Francisco Civic Center Plaza Tree Lighting is a public-private partnership among the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Boxcar Theatre, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District. The event collaboration grew out of the Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in these public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons.” As a result of the overall effort, visitors to the area also will experience a dynamic sound installation in UN Plaza, courtesy of the Exploratorium, an outdoor art gallery by the Asian Art Museum, and a new yarn wrapping installation that placed clusters of knitted animals on trees throughout the area. In early 2018, the new Helen Diller Civic Center playgrounds open in Civic Center Plaza, followed by a new café kiosk to be operated by Bi-Rite Market.
About Another Planet Entertainment
Another Planet Entertainment, LLC (Another Planet) was created on July 18, 2003 when Gregg W. Perloff, President/CEO of Bill Graham Presents, left to build his own company. Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has been honored by a vote of its concert industry peers for a total of 14 nominations and 4 wins by Pollstar Magazine. In 2016, Gregg Perloff received the “Promoter of the Year Award” from Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, The Independent, a 500-capacity nightclub in San Francisco, and Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre in Lake Tahoe. In 2010, APE was honored to be awarded the exclusive contract to operate the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a flexible capacity multi-use event and concert space that holds up to 8,500. Another Planet also successfully produces three major festivals – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007) and Life is Beautiful (beginning in 2013). Another Planet Entertainment has produced well over 5,000 events with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Muse, Robert Plant, Phish, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon & Garfunkel.
About Boxcar Theatre
Boxcar Theatre was co-founded in 2005 by Nick A. Olivero, who is acting as Artistic Director for this tree lighting event. Boxcar has produced over 60 plays and musicals including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Little Shop of Horrors, Clue, three Tennessee Williams plays in repertory and four Sam Shepard plays in repertory. It has also been the home for such companies as Crowded Fire and the Neo-Futurists as well as dozens of other emerging groups over the years. In 2007 the company opened its first venue, the Boxcar Playhouse in San Francisco’s SoMa district, and in 2010 their second space, the Boxcar Studios in the Tenderloin. The company is currently located in The Palace Theatre, a multimillion-dollar space designed and built for Boxcar Theatre, which opened in 2016. Boxcar’s marquee show, The Speakeasy, reopened in its current form in fall 2016. “An intoxicating delight,” (San Francisco Chronicle), “Period perfect,” (San Francisco Examiner), “A voyeur’s playland” (San Francisco magazine), and “An extraordinary night out,” (Frommer’s) are among the rave reviews it has received. For more information visit thespeakeasysf.com.
About The Civic Center Commons Initiative
The Civic Center Commons initiative is a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in the City’s central public spaces between Market Street and City Hall and create a unified, inclusive civic “commons”. Neighbors, community organizations and cultural institutions are working with City agencies and people who frequent these spaces to bring interactive art installations and play structures; more frequent activities and events; additional food and drink options; new stewardship approaches; and innovative workforce development partnerships. A goal of the initiative is to create a strong foundation for future capital improvements, including the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, set to open in early 2018, and the Civic Center Public Realm Plan, which is redesigning the area’s open space. For more information; visit: https://civiccentercommons.org/CCC_Initiative_Overview.pdf
About Civic Center Community Benefit District:
Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization that works in tandem with City agencies to provide public safety, maintenance, marketing and special events that benefit Civic Center.