Contrary to popular belief, the holidays really do bring out the worst. Freezing temperatures force us into stores where we’re met with a reductive mix of awful holiday music and the guilt-ridden anxieties of family gift-giving. Then we haul ourselves home to a resplendent televisual banquet of the same holiday cartoon specials timed simultaneously with our gluttonous yuletide binge-ing. But one local ceremony honors the sanctity of the holidays by reinstating a city tradition on the plaza of the former Bank of America Center. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony sees the illumination of one of the largest holiday trees in the region. Now in its fifth year, this event boasts even more, with an appearance by NFL Hall of Famer and 49er legend, Joe Montana. Cool Joe is joined by former teammate Dwight Clark to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the game-winning play that clinched the NFC championship for the 49ers and led to the franchise’s first Superbowl win. The ceremony also features a live performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Robin Thicke. Thicke has written and produced over 20 gold and platinum albums for artists like Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, and Pink. Attendees are treated to holiday goodies and a variety of big band favorites played by the Dick Bright Orchestra. Celebrate the holidays in true San Francisco fashion -- you can always "bah humbug" tomorrow.
Tue., Nov. 27, 5 p.m., 2012