High on Castro Hill stands a little gingerbread Victorian, dwarfed by a 65-foot-high tree covered in lights and surrounded by gift-wrapped boxes as big as Volkswagen Beetles. And the entire scene is scaled to look as if the tree were only five feet tall. The house vanishes behind the decorations. The garage serves as a sort of fireplace, above which hang two eight-foot-high stockings brimming with gigantic teddy bears. A smiling stuffed polar bear rides an oversized model train around the tree skirt, while a matchstick carnival spins and whirs nearby.
Welcome to the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree
Tom Taylor and Jerome Goldstein once again share with you the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree on 21st St. in San Francisco. Santa Claus brings his magical presence to the Christmas Tree beginning December 12 after his reindeer pull up to 21st St. and all the elves help him to unload Candy Canes and Best Wishes for all. Santa Claus will be available to all for candy canes and photography until 24 December from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. He will depart from the Christmas Tree at 10:35 PM to prepare for the Christmas Day Deliveries. If you look real hard toward the North of 21st Street over Dolores Park at 10:05 PM on Christmas Eve you will see his Reindeer riding on Magical Jet Carpets to get their rest before delivering all the Christmas Presents by morning time.
Getting a Candy Cane from Santa is very special because making a wish and putting the candy cane under your pillow on Christmas Eve may make that wish for Christmas Day come true!!
The Christmas Tree is a LIVE Norfolk Island Pine purchased by Tom and Jerry in 1973 as a house plant. As you can see the tree has flourished and in its 65 foot glory has been the home of the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree and Celebration for many years.
The display is meant to embody the Holiday Spirit for all who choose to view it and is not of any religious or sectarian view.
As you can see the ornaments and stuffed animals are of a magnitude to reflect the size and grandeur of the tree. The most memorable quote of the Christmas Tree is, “Next to Rockefeller Center in New York City, there is the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree in San Francisco.”
Tom and Jerry do not accept donations from individuals as the tree is a gift from them to all who come to visit as a recognition of the spirit of the holidays, inclusive of rich and poor, young and old, children of all ages, and the beauty and spirit and diversity that San Francisco offers. Many visitors who live in Tom and Jerry’s neighborhood work in Silicon Valley and for large corporations. Tom and Jerry are in their late 60s will consider corporate sponsorship as the project has grown in popularity and magnitude over the years. The family of stuffed animals is in continual need of nurturing and loving care and those who might have an extra family member in need of adoption are always welcome as it is very cold when they return to the North Pole to await next years celebration. As you can imagine it takes a lot of space to store Tom and Jerry’s Christmas Display and it goes without further comment that there is a warm, fuzzy, and cozy spot at the North Pole for the display where the elves work year round to keep things perfect for the next Christmas.
For years, The Tom and Jerry Christmas tree has caught the attention of all those lucky enough to pass it. One San Francisco film maker, Richard Gutierrez, has a particular interest by capturing all the magic of the Christmas tree and those who enjoyed it, during last years holiday season, by creating a documentary film entitled: Making Christmas: The View from the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree. The documentary premiered this past June at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco and since then has had debuts at the San Antonio Film Festival in June and the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival in September. The Diversity Foundation of San Francisco has funded the video and you are welcome to have one for a donation to the Foundation. We suggest a minimum donation of $15.00 to cover production costs. If interested in obtaining your signed copy of the DVD “Making Christmas: The View from the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree” and supporting the Tom and Jerry Christmas tree, please email Diana at [email protected].
Please enjoy every aspect of the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree. They ask that you respect their neighbors. Caroling, reasonable conversation, and any type of photography are musts.
HORN BLOWING is a MUST NOT!! This block of 21st ST. is a very steep hill and everyone asks that you park either at the top or the bottom of the hill and walk to the tree to share in the Holiday Joy and Spirit.
In addition to the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree featured on local television newscasts, the Tree made its debut in The Wall Street Journal on 24 December, 2011. The article was available in both the print version of the newspaper and the on-line edition with interviews.
A special event will take place at the Roxie Theater on 16th St. in San Francisco on Friday, 21 December. The event will feature 3 films byRichard Gutierrez focusing on the Mission and adjacent areas of San Francisco. The films include his documentary of the Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree, the story of Cliff’s Variety Store on Castro St.which is a San Francisco treasure and a film of the poetry of the Mission District. There will be 3 showiings of the films and tickets are available through the Roxie Theater. There are only 150 seats for all three films and Richard advises purchasing them as soon as possible to experience the joy of the season and the Mission and adjacent neighborhoods. Ticket prices are $10.00 and $15.00. Come one, come all, and experience our own Noel.
2015 – The Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree will make its debut earlier this year so that more folks can enjoy the display – shortly after Thanksgiving. There is a new 5000 piece roller coaster as well as new, larger than life stuffed animals and Santa has invited friends to entertain with him during the viewing hours. Viewing hours will be 6 PM until 10 PM and of course until midnight on Christmas Eve when Santa has to depart for the North Pole once again.
2018 – New mechanical elves holding Tom and Jerry, Santa starts Dec 10th