The holiday season in South Pasadena unofficially begins with the Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. This year, Mayor Diana Mahmud will light the tree on Thursday, December 1, at Heritage Park (at the Iron Works Museum) at 5:30 p.m. The tree is adorned with ornaments hand made by the students at art|work|place.
Entertainment will begin at 4:45 pm with the award-winning South Pasadena High School Marching Band, followed by the Los Angeles Community Youth Choir. Sounds of the season continue after the tree lighting with the South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory A Capella Ensemble, and finishing off the evening is “Minorities”, a self-named group playing adventurous modern rock.
Each year, the Chamber of Commerce donates a living tree to the City that serves as the holiday tree and is then planted in town. This year, the City of South Pasadena has planted a tree permanently in the park. The tree is a 14’ tall Cedrus Deodora, which is a drought-tolerant tree suitable for the environment here and should grow about 3 – 4” each year. It will provide some shade to the Heritage Plaza Park throughout the year, and then take “center stage” in December as the City’s Holiday Tree.
Kids can write a letter to Santa and enjoy some hot cocoa – visit the SmileHaus Orthodontics booth! You can deliver the letter to Santa in person, because he is taking some time away from the North Pole to visit South Pasadena. DayOne has created a beautiful Winter Wonderland setting so you can take the perfect picture! Santa will be at the Market for two Thursdays – December 1 and December 8, 4 – 7 pm.
Take a look at the newly repainted Iron Works Museum, then wander inside to get a glimpse of the history of our town. The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will be serving their famous hot apple cider and cookies.
For more information or contact the Chamber at (626) 441-2339.