A relatively new, but nonetheless popular, holiday tradition is returning to San Ramon this Friday (Nov. 22) with the City Center Bishop Ranch second annual Tree-Lighting Celebration.
In addition to lighting the center’s 50-foot Shasta Fir tree with nearly 14,000 lights and ornaments, the celebration will include a number of other holiday-themed events for the whole family.
Set to be held in the center’s Alexander Mehran Square, attendees will be treated to complimentary gift-wrapping by Cirque du Soleil, hot cocoa and cider cheer stations courtesy Williams-Sonoma, magical snowfall and two stages with live musical performances from San Ramon Voices as well as the Monte Vista High School marching band, Pride and Joy.
Kriss Kringle will also be making a return appearance to San Ramon for the popular “Selfies with Santa” photo opportunity. Santa Claus will be sticking around to meet with City Center visitors every Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. throughout the holiday season.
The lighting itself will be kicked off with remarks from owner and developer of Sunset Development Company, Alex Mehran Sr., San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi -- the namesake of City Center’s Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink which opened last Friday.
The Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 per skater, $10 for skaters 4 and under and $5 for skate rentals.
Residents who are in the giving spirit may consider contributing to the center’s One Warm Coat Drive, which supports donating warm winter clothing to people in need throughout the region.
Financial donations, as well as both gently used and new coats will be accepted in bins located at concierge on Level 1. City Center officials say the first 100 people to donate a coat will receive a complimentary ticket to the skating rink.
The second annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony and holiday celebration will be held Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., at City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, in San Ramon.