• Fenyes Mansion Main Christmas tree (Photo - Staff).

      2017 Holiday Tree Lighting Listings

      All Holiday Tree Ceremony listings in Greater Pasadena area.

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      Here’s a comprehensive list of all the Tree Lighting ceremonies in the Greater Pasadena area.

      By Marc Corti

      Friday, November 18

      – Pasadena, Paseo Colorado

      Paseo Colorado Tree (Photo - cafepasadena.wordpress.com).

      Paseo Colorado Tree (Photo – cafepasadena.wordpress.com).

      The Paseo will come alive on Friday when it celebrates the holidays with Santa lighting the holiday tree:

      • Live musical performances by Pasadena Playhouse and School of Rock.
      • Free Apple cider.
      • Carolers.
      • Live music.
      • Tree lighting.

      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Paseo Colorado


      Thursday, December 1

      – South Pasadena

      South Pasadena Christmas house (pizzabytheslice.com).

      South Pasadena Christmas house (pizzabytheslice.com).

      Festivities will begin with a wide array of entertainment and events:

      • Musical performances by a number of local South Pasadena groups.
      • Mayor Diana Mahmud turns on the brilliant lights of the tree at 5:30 pm.
      • Santa Claus’s will be on hand for a chance to take photos with him.
        *Santa will also be there every Thursday before Christmas at the Farmers’ Market.

      4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      South Pasadena Farmers Market


      – Monrovia

      Monrovia old town Christmas (Photo - gemcityimages.com).

      Monrovia old town Christmas (Photo – gemcityimages.com).

      Kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

      • Tree Lighting Ceremony Begins: 6:00 p.m. in Monrovia Library Park (corner of Myrtle & Lime)
      • Parade Starts: 7:00 p.m.

      Parade Route: Myrtle Avenue from Chestnut Avenue to Palm Avenue (Old Town).

      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Old Town Monrovia


      Friday, December 2

      – Pasadena

      City of Pasadena Holiday Tree Lighting 2015(Photo - Staff).

      City of Pasadena Holiday Tree Lighting 2015(Photo – Staff).

      Mayor Terry Tornek will light the City’s Official Holiday Tree during this free, annual festive family celebration with local singers, art projects for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The Mayor will light the tree at 6 p.m.!

      • Live entertainment throughout the night.
      • Santa Claus promises to make a special appearance with a little help from his friends at the Pasadena Fire Department.
      • Light refreshments will be served.
      • The Pasadena Fire Department also will be collecting new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment from attendees able to donate a gift for needy children as part of the annual “Spark of Love”.

      KPAS, the City’s cable government access TV station, will be on hand to record the event for later broadcast during the holidays.

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Pasadena City Hall


       – San Marino

      San Marino Christmas Tree Lane (Photo - kidsofsocal.com).

      San Marino Christmas Tree Lane (Photo – kidsofsocal.com).

      Huntington Drive shopkeepers will open their doors after hours for this fun and festive event and Santa will arrive at 6:00 p.m. at the fire station on Old #1 at City Hall to greet the kids. Jump aboard a trolley or stroll the drive as you listen to the holiday sounds of Carolers as you visit local merchants. Then stroll down to Christmas Tree Lane, San Marino, which is the sister street to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena (see below).

      • Join Santa Claus at 6 pm, as he arrives at the Fire Station on Old Engine #1
      • Board the Trolley for a trip “Around the Drive”!
      • A variety of refreshments
      • Strolling Carolers
      • Face Painting, and much more.

      5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Huntington Dr., San Marino


      – Alhambra

      Alhambra (Photo - alhambrachamber.org).

      Alhambra (Photo – alhambrachamber.org).

      Free Santa photos, entertainment and refreshments.

      5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Renaissance Plaza (northeast corner of Main and Garfield)


      – La Cañada Flintridge

      A still from Enchanted Forest of Light (Photo - YouTube).

      A still from Enchanted Forest of Light (Photo – YouTube).

      The Festival in Lights will include:

      • A meeting with Santa.
      • Live music.
      • Introduction of Miss La Cañada Flintridge.
      • Food drive.
      • Toy drive.
      • Enjoy Great Food

      4:00 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
      Memorial Park (1301 Foothill Blvd)


      Tuesday, December 6

      – San Gabriel

      San Gabriel (Photo - sangabrielcity.com).

      San Gabriel (Photo – sangabrielcity.com).

      Ring in the holidays at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, December 6. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with local schools performing some of your favorite holiday tunes. While your children make holiday decorations to hang on the trees in Plaza Park, you can enjoy a cup of cocoa, meet new friends, and renew acquaintances. The holiday tree lights will illuminate Plaza Park at 7:00 p.m. to officially welcome the holiday season. Santa will arrive on his vintage fire truck to spread his holiday joy and greet all the children.

      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Plaza Park


      Friday, December 9

      – Pasadena, Hastings Branch Library

      La-Pintoresca– Pasadena, La Pintoresca

      This beautiful tree lighting concert has been a community favorite for years. A free, family-friendly holiday celebration with arts and crafts, story time, a visit from Santa Claus, and wonderful live performances.

      • Tree lighting at 6 p.m.

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      La Pintoresca Branch Library (1415 N Raymond Ave.)


      Saturday, December 10

      – Pasadena, Allendale Branch Library

      Christmas lights (Photo - juliabush.com)Allendale Holiday Library 4th Annual Literary Festival and 14th Annual Tree Lighting:

      • Music by the BIBS (Blair International Baccalaureate School) Choir
      • Poets, authors, and performers Khadija Anderson, James Cushing, Michael C Ford, Vinita Khilnani, Teresa Mei Chuc, Luivette Resto, Mike Sonksen, A. K. Toney, and Pam Ward headline a stellar roster which will explore the “true meanings” of the holidays in works ranging from the irreverent to the inspirational.
      • Refreshments by Blair High School Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy.
      • Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

      4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      Allendale Branch Library (1130 S. Marengo Ave.)


      Saturday, December 10

      – Pasadena, Upper Hastings Ranch

      Upper Hastings Ranch (losangelesloveaffair.com).

      Upper Hastings Ranch (losangelesloveaffair.com).

      The Upper Hastings Ranch is a family-oriented community that boasts one of the best Christmas lights displays in the area. Their Holiday Light Up is a competition in light decorating skills.

      Throughout December, look for the following

      • Carolers on Cartwright
      • Band plays on Rexford
      • Tubas and cider on Coronet

      6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (until January 2nd)
      Upper Hastings Ranch (North Michillinda Avenue to the east, Eaton Canyon Golf Course & Riviera Dr. to the west, Sierra Madre Blvd to the south)


      – Altadena Christmas Tree Lane Lighting

      Altadena Christmas Tree Lane 2014 (Photo - Staff).

      Altadena Christmas Tree Lane (Photo – Staff).

      The 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony & Winter Arts & Crafts Festival (click for details).

      • 2PM: Winter Arts & Craft Festival
      • 6PM: Lighting ceremony

      2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Altadena Public Library (corner of Mariposa and Santa Rosa)


      Friday, December 16

      – Pasadena, Hastings Branch Library

      Tree LightingGet into the spirit of the season and join in the fun to light the Christmas tree with the Hastings Branch Associates and Pasadena Public Works Department.

      • Tree Lighting at 5:30pm.

      3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
      Hastings Branch Library (3325 E Orange Grove Blvd)

      > If we  have missed a tree lighting event in your area, please leave us  know and we will make sure to include it in the list.

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