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

      By Brian Rodriguez

      Tuesday, December 2

      – San Gabriel

      San Gabriel (Photo - sangabrielcity.com).Ring in the holidays at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, December 2. 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

      Thursday, December 4, 2014

      – South Pasadena

      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 Marina Khubesrian turns on the brilliant lights of the tree at 5:30.
      • Santa Claus’s will be there with a chance to take photos with him.
      • Santa will be available every Thursday before Christmas at the Farmers’ Market.

      4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Farmers’ Market

      – Monrovia

      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 5

      – Pasadena

      Pasadena (Photo - cityofpasadena.net).Mayor Bill Bogaard 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.!

      City Officials have it on good authority that after the tree is lit, Santa Claus promises to make a special appearance with a little help from his friends at the Pasadena Fire Department. Parents and guardians should bring their own cameras to snap a special holiday picture of Santa with your children in “Santa’s Village.” This will be Mayor Bogaard’s final Holiday Tree Lighting event.

      • Great live entertainment both before and after the tree lighting includes performances by local school groups and bands.
      • Free art projects by Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts will feature special “Holiday Crafts from the Around World” for young people to do. The crafts will highlight the holiday celebrations of cultures from around the globe.
      • A special “Santa’s Village” display will also be available for viewing enjoyment and photos.

      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” Toy Drive sponsored by the Fire Department with the local ABC television network station.

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

       – San Marino

      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.

      • A variety of refreshments
      • Strolling Carolers
      • A Puppeteer
      • Petting Zoo
      • Balloon Artists
      • Face Painting, and much more.

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

      – Alhambra

      Alhambra (Photo - alhambrachamber.org).

      Free Santa photos, entertainment and refreshments with the 2014 Holiday LED Light Exchange.

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

      – La Cañada Flintridge

      The Festival in Lights will include:

      • A meeting with Santa
      • Play in Real Snow
      • See Live Reindeer
      • Enjoy Great Food

      4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
      Memorial Park (1301 Foothill Blvd)

      Saturday, December 6

      – Pasadena, Allendale Branch Library

      Christmas lights (Photo - juliabush.com)Allendale Holiday Library Festival and Tree Lighting:

      • Jazz singer Julia Keefe
      • Poets and authors Tomas Benitez, Jessica Ceballos, Amanda Yates Garcia, Douglas Kearney, Gerald Locklin, Mike Mollett, Amy Uyematsu, and Pam Ward.
      • Refreshments.
      • Tree lighting at5:30 p.m.

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

      – Pasadena, Paseo Colorado

      Paseo Colorado Tree (Photo - cafepasadena.wordpress.com).Come celebrate the holidays at the Paseo and help Santa light the holiday tree:

      • Apple cider.
      • Carolers.
      • Live music.
      • Tree lighting.

      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
      Paseo Colorado

      Sunday, December 7

      – Pasadena, Upper Hastings Ranch

      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.

      6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (until January 1st)
      Upper Hastings Ranch (North Michillinda Avenue to the east, Eaton Canyon Golf Course & Riviera Dr. to the west, Sierra Madre Blvd to the south).

      Thursday, December 11

      – Pasadena, Lamanda Park Holiday Tree Decorating Party

      Join Lamanda Park for its annual holiday party.

      3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Lamanda Park Branch Library (140 S. Altadena Drive)

      Friday, December 12

      – Pasadena, La Pintoresco Branch Library

      Tree LightingCelebrate the holidays by joining the La Pintoresca community in singing carols, making crafts, enjoying hot chocolate, coffee and cookies and lighting the community holiday tree.

      Santa is expected to make a special appearance.

      5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      La Pintoresco Branch Library (on 1355 N. Raymond Ave.)

      Saturday, December 13

      – Altadena

      xmastreelaneThe 94th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony & Winter Arts & Crafts Festival will include:

      • 2PM: Winter Arts & Craft Festival.
      • 6PM: Lighting ceremony.
      • Musical talents.
      • Free hot chocolate and much more.

      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Altadena Public Library (corner of Mariposa and Santa Rosa).

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


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      1. Barbara Cheatham says:

        I grew up in the Hastings Ranch in the early 1950’s. We lived on Coronet. I remember every Christmas we would walk up around the corner from our house to what was then Upper Hastings Ranch (the street on the north side of Don Benito) and several of the families had people from Cal Tech and schools like that and they went all out with their decorating, even having parts that moved. It was really exciting! I was pleased to find this site and seeing that they still have a light competition. I have great memories of Pasadena and Don Benito school.

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