• Why the end of the year is called the “holiday season” is anyone’s guess since we have holidays throughout the year! If you happen to be in the “bah humbug!” spirit, we hope you can begin to change that feeling this weekend with the following list of attractive seasonal events.

      By Mike Pashistoran

      Some events are free, some are low cost.

      Holidayfest at South Lake

      Saturday, Dec 3, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      holidayfest 2016The South Lake Business Association (SLBA) invites you to celebrate the season at their annual holiday festival of events. Some things for the kids are face painting, appearances from super heroes, a kids concert with Emmy winner Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band, and more, at the North Pole kid zone.

      Santa stayed in Pasadena from the City Hall Christmas Tree lighting the night before to set up his Santa’s Village at The Shops on Lake! Another chance to have your photo with St. Nick. Plus, a scavenger hunt raffle and holiday giveaways. Happy Hour at The Commons. As you drink a toast to the holidays you’ll be greeted with candy sampling, promotions, cookie decorating, and of course, product demos.

      You say, “But I have no time for the above!” By just walking South Lake Avenue you won’t be able to escape the roaming holiday costume characters, and carolers belting out Christmas tunes.  The Best of HolidayFest?  Horse & Carriage rides around the block!


      Alta/Pasa/Dena Open Studios

      Saturday, Dec 3, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

      open studios tour 2016This tour offers a twist by offering visits into the home studios of fifty plus artists in the
      Pasadena/Altadena area, long a hotbed for creatives! Getting the opportunity to peak inside these artists working studios, usually not open for public view, should really not be passed up but also because it’s free.

      In addition to the studio tours, artist demos, live music, and of course, refreshments, will all be available to get you into the holiday spirit. You may think you don’t have anything creative in you, but after this tour you’re going to feel somewhat different! Be sure to pick up the tour guidebook listing the artists, the studio locations, special events, etc., at Hoopla Emporium, Pizza of Venice, Sidewalk Café, or the Altadena Public Library.


      Holiday Look In Home Tour and Boutique

      Saturday, Dec 3, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

      holiday-lookin-2016The Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony/Pops association brings you their 49th Holiday Look-In Home Tour of 4 “elegant homes decorated for the holidays by prominent floral designers.”

      A holiday boutique for shopping and refreshments will be located at 150 N. Madison Avenue in Pasadena. Homes on tour will include:

      • A Victorian, chalet-style villa from 1884 originally near the Hotel Greene location on Fair Oaks, and since moved to a hilltop location on La Loma Road.
      • A Tudor Revival home on Allendate Road that was originally built in 1924 and is listed in the California Registry of Historical Resources, because of it’s fine design and state of preservation!
      • A traditional architecture-Colonial style home originally built in 1937 for the founder of Bamico Nursery, located on Lomita avenue street where Armstrong Nursery stands today!
      • A Colonial-style home on Bradford street, built in 1931 by renowned architect Palmer Sabin, which is an excellent example of early California design.

      Click for tickets here.


      Garfield Heights Neighborhood Home Tour

      Sunday, Dec 4, 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      garfield heights tourJust a few weeks ago I participated in the 25th annual Craftsman Weekend from Pasadena Heritage, one of the major house tours in the nation.

      Our neighborhood traces its history to 1881, when two Iowa farmers purchased the land that became known as Garfield Heights”,

      ~Garfield Heights Neighborhood Association – (GHNA)

      This Sunday, the GHNA, Pasadena’s second oldest historic district, has its 10th annual Garfield Heights Landmark Historic District tour with the theme: “Living Artfully in a Historic
      Neighborhood”. “Historic” also means the neighborhood can trace its origins back to the early years of the founding of Pasadena.

      Per the association website, you’ll be able to view the interiors of, “six distinctive homes, representing both Arts and Crafts and Tudor Revival architectural styles, will provide visitors with the essence of gracious living in a neighborhood whose architectural history spans the period between 1880 and 1930.”

      As with Craftsman Weekend, the main event will be sweetened with other involvement opportunities: home craft vendors, the Gamble House bookshop, and it will be open house from some district artists art studios!

      Ticket Info

      It’s not free (unless you’re 10 and under) but it’s value priced at $20 Prepaid/$25 on Event day at:
      Ticket House/Will Call
      1147 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103.
      (626) 705-9821 info@garfieldheights.org

      Holiday Tour at the Castle!

      Sunday, Dec 4, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      castle green holiday tourThe annual Christmas holiday tour of the historic Castle Green is this Sunday! Dressed for
      Christmas, it will bring back a taste of an Old Pasadena Christmas.

      Castle Green traces its roots back to the late 19th century when it originated as the Hotel Green across the street where Stats is now. Designed by architect Frederick I. Roehrig and built in 1898 its an architectural hybrid of Moorish, Spanish and Victorian influences.

      A piece of the original hotel exists as the northwest corner of Stats! Castle Green is one of those distinctive buildings which says you’re probably in Pasadena.

      Your self-guided tour includes besides the main floor, a tour of about 25 private condominiums, the Penthouse, and the iconic Bridge which used to link the Castle Green to the original Hotel Green across Raymond Avenue! Caterers will have holiday treats on the main floor. Don’t expect those to last so come early!  From personal experience, be prepared to leave with a Christmassy spirit.

      Note: their elevator service won’t be available for the tour. Stairs only so come in shape!

      Buy Tickets Here. Tickets will also be available on the day of at the gate at $35.00 each.


      The Pasadena Playhouse Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

      Sunday, Dec 4, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Pasadena Playhouse Christmas Tree Lighting CelebrationFinally, as the sun sets on this first weekend of the final month, one more opportunity to get into the reason for the season from the talented folks at the State Theater of California: The Pasadena Playhouse.

      Along with the lighting of their tree, cast members of the playhouses A Cinderella Christmas, Grammy award winner Dawnn Lewis, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and local Assemblyman Chris Holden will be at the Pasadena Playhouse.

      Add to the above, Christmas caroling, live music, a puppet show, other holiday treats, plus, free admission, and you’ve got the jolt of an energy drink to zap you into the holiday spirit. At least for the evening, and maybe lasting into the new year!

      We have one, or many,  of these events this weekend will start instilling the spirit and reason for the season.

      Mike Pashistoran is a contributor to ColoradoBoulevard.net. He co-administers the popular Pasadena Politics group on Facebook.

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