Commons Visitors Celebrate Civic Center Tree Lighting

On December 5th, 2017, San Francisco brought the holiday cheer during the Civic Center Tree Lighting in Civic Center Plaza.

As snow (of the manufactured variety) fell from the skies, host Honey Mahogany emceed, providing entertaining banter between performances which included vocalist and X-Factor finalist Jason Brock; a cappella glee club Scales of the City, San Francisco A Cappella, and some wildly exuberant dancing by The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees as well as members of Boxcar Theatre‘s Speakeasy.

What holiday event would be complete without visits from Christmas VIPs such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair‘s Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Present? Not to mention the man-of-the-hour — Santa himself — was in attendance.

Commons visitors cheer as the tree lights, photo courtesy of CCCBD.

With drinks for kids of every age and hundreds of toys given away courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department, smiles were in abundant supply amid a chilly evening as the City’s central gathering place welcomed the holiday season in style.

If you missed the grand event, fret not, the tree is in Civic Center Plaza through the holidays for all to enjoy. How do you know this is a true San Francisco tree? If you look closely enough, you might think it leans left.

The event was sponsored by the Civic Center Community Benefit District, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Public WorksSan Francisco Recreation & Parks DepartmentAnother Planet Entertainment, and Civic Center Commons.

 

Commons Block Parties, It’s a Wrap!

San Francisco celebrated the final Commons 3rd Thursday Block Party event last week, and while the inaugural season has come to a close, it’s just the beginning of what #WeHaveInCommons.

Throughout the inaugural series, music promotion stalwarts from Another Planet Entertainment, People in Plazas, and Noise Pop were the curated an astounding array of exceptional talent. The Commons visitors danced to Cuban all stars, shook to hip rockers, and grooved to beat bumping DJs. Off-the-Grid punched the flavor ticket, bringing food and drink. Visitors also perused museum exhibits, shopped at pop-up book stores, and got crafty with DIY workshops all in the City’s central public spaces. While you were there, you may even have noticed the trees getting wild.

In the final two events of the series, visitors rented free roller skates and with varying degrees of skill went round and round (and sometimes down) at the Church of 8 wheels roller disco. We’d be hard pressed to create a better people-watching spectacle.

The Commons Thursdays grew out the greater Civic Center Commons initiative, a strategic effort led by the City of San Francisco and community partners to transform daily experiences in our central public spaces and create a unified, inclusive civic “Commons.” The Commons Thursdays event was a collaboration between the City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Off the Grid, Noise Pop, and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.

We can’t wait to see City Hall turn yellow, red, and blue again for the next Commons Thursdays in 2018. The inaugural series may be over, but is’ just a salvo, the very beginning of exploring, entertaining and engaging with what #WeHaveInCommons.