November 2010

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Fashion Island Tree Lighting

20

Fashion Island Tree Lighting

21

 

Nov. 22 23 24 25 26

Pasadena Old Town

27

 

28
Nov. 29, 2009

 

Nov. 30

Legoland Carlsbad 2009

 

December

1

 

December

2

 

December

3

 

December

4

Los Altos 2009

Sonoma 2009

Los Altos 2009

Oakland-Jack London Square 2009

 

 

December

5

 

holiday tree

Many of these postings were for 2008. We seek updates!

Carlsbad Legoland

Pacific Grove

San Pedro

Stockton

Westminster

Sacramento

Avila Beach

Foster City

 

Baldwin Park

Davis

Monrovia

Pacific Grove

 

Alhambra

Bellflower

Benicia

Bishop

Brentwood

Carmel

Grover Beach

Lake Elsinore

Los Gatos

Mammoth Lakes

Monterey

Murphys

Newport Beach - Dunes

Pismo Beach

Roseville

Santa Clara

Solvang

Watsonville

 

December

Anaheim

Apple Valley

Boulder Creek

California City

Escondido

Fair Oaks

Fort Bragg

Millbrae

Morgan Hill

San Francisco - San Juan Capistrano

Union St.

Sunnyvale

Vallejo

Yucca Valley

 

December

6

Campbell

Ferndale (tallest live tree)

 

December

7

Mountain View

December

8

San Carlos

December

9

Long Beach

Rio Dell

December

10

December

11

December

12

Patterson

Poway

 


 

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies in California

Tree lightings will be posted as they become available.

 

California Christmass  Tree Lighting Ceremonies are one of the universal symbols of the holidays. While for some the event offers meaning of a religious nature, we've discovered that many ethnic cultures that celebrate other religions actually go out and purchase holiday trees, decorating them in their homes as part of the festivities of the Christmas season.

 

Public tree lighting ceremonies begin around mid-December with the shopping malls scooping out the rest of the venues and cities for first rights to lighting the bigger, more decorated trees. For instance, while San Jose's Santana Row actually wins for being the first we found to light their holiday tree, Costa Mesa's huge South Coast Plaza and Newport Beach's Fashion Island come in close second and thirds for this time honored tradition of throwing the switch after a countdown.

 

The Friday after Thanksgiving and the first Friday in December appear to offer the greatest number of holiday tree lightings in 2008.  Of course the day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as the launch of the Christmas shopping season, while December is reserved for the many celebrations leading up to December 25th, when trees are lighted for one last time before most malls and cities pack them up (if they're artificial) or chop them up if they are cut trees.

 

Every theme park has gotten into the act of offering a holiday tree. Some of the most interesting trees include one made of Lego bricks at Legoland California. Disneyland declared that their tree is now artificial for the first time in over 50 years. And places such as Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm don't offer one single holiday tree, but many to enjoy.  At Six Flags Magic Kingdom in Vallejo, the theme park is only in its 2nd annual holiday celebration (they used to be closed for the winter), and now tout the park as offering the most spectacular lights displays in Northern California.

 

When visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and all the large cities of California, don't be alarmed to discover that like the multitude of Santas spread throughout the place, you'll also find many lighted trees to enjoy.

 

From November to December each year you'll learn more about the firs and pines than you may ever wished. While many trees in public places are real, some are fake, and some are a combination of real wood bases and branches with some padded artificial pine needles filling the bare spots. We were surprised when we first saw how Fashion Island in Newport Beach built the "tallest tree in the US" with lots of plastic needs padded into a real wood tree base. The overall effect is bright, shapely and definitely massive. While the tallest living tree in the US in Ferndale isn't quite so shapely, it's charm is every bit as appealing.

 

NOVEMBER 2008 TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES

 

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
November

15

Long Beach

holiday tree

November

16

November

17

San Jose - Santana Row

November

18

 

November

19

Costa Mesa -

South Coast Plaza

November

20

Newport Beach
(tallest) Fashion Island

 

November

21

Monterey - Del Monte

November

22

San Francisco Pier 39  

 

 

November

29

Arroyo Grande

Lemoore

November

23

November

24

November

25

 

November

26

Buena Park

Mt. Shasta

November

27

Bass Lake

Fremont

Huntington Bch

Pasadena

Oakland

Placerville

San Francisco - Ghirardelli Square

San Rafael

Seal Beach

Yountville

 

November

28

Copperopolis Fairfield - Jelly Belly

Hollister

Julian

Napa - COPIA