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Old Pasadena Tree Light Ceremony includes Santa's Arrival


Pasadena--  Old Pasadena Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Arrival, Live Music and Snow herald the holidays in Pasadena's beautiful historic district with its ornate buildings and ambience that makes even the building tops look like lit candles at night during the holiday season running from the day after Thanksgiving to the New Year.  Bring your Christmas cheer to enjoy free holiday festivities throughout the district starting the day after Thanksgiving. Spectacular performances, Santa’s arrival, live reindeer, real snow and a magical tree-lighting ceremony are guaranteed to start your holidays with joy! All activities take place the weekend after Thanksgiving each year.

Old Pasadena’s own winter wonderland located on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks will open for kids, who can play in 30 tons of real snow, see live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, ride a holiday choo-choo train, draw in a kids’ art area sponsored by The Armory Center for the Arts, and enjoy live music at this spectacular children’s winter playground.

Santa normally arrives to light the dazzling 35-foot Christmas tree as the 90th Rose Queen® makes an  appearance. The One Colorado Courtyard will also host a heart-warming holiday performance by the Pasadena Tabernacle Children’s chorus, which is made up of 80 children from the Pasadena area. The audience is invited to sing-along to the concert, which will be filled with everyone’s seasonal favorites.

Guests bring unwrapped toys or books to the Tree-Lighting.  Toys collected at this Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys event will benefit children throughout San Gabriel Valley. Children and adults who donate an unwrapped toy or book  receive a FREE photo with Santa at One Colorado on the day of tree lighting only. Gifts are also being collected throughout the season in Smith Alley near Il Fornaio at One Colorado, Pasadena Senior Center, as well as at numerous locations throughout Pasadena .

Pasadena’s largest holiday celebration is a free community event presented by One Colorado, Old Pasadena Management District, Pasadena Star-News and the Pasadena Jaycees .

GENERAL PUBLIC: Please call 626.356-9725 or go to or


Note: This is an annual event that will remain posted throughout the year. The links above will offer updated information annually for the event date in upcoming seasons.