” Catch the Holiday Spirit in Old Town”
Kids playing in 20 tons of snow! See live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, ride a holiday choo-choo train and enjoy live music in this spectacular children’s winter playground. [Photo: Old Pasadena Org.]
From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | 10:24 AM www.PasadenaNow.com
Old Pasadena celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with free, family-friendly, holiday activities throughout the district starting the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a magical tree-lighting ceremony, 20 tons of snow, festive live music, Santa’s arrival and much more!
The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. with Old Pasadena’s own winter wonderland located on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks. Kids can play in 20 tons of snow, see live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, ride a holiday choo-choo train and enjoy live music in this spectacular children’s winter playground. Children are also invited to create their own holiday crafts at a free craft area hosted by The Armory Center for the Arts.
Event attendees are invited to then head over to One Colorado at 6:00 p.m. to see Santa arrive to light the gorgeous 35-foot Christmas tree with the regal assistance of the 2012 Rose Queen and her Royal Court. Throughout the evening, One Colorado will host a special holiday choral performance and sing-a-long. Everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped toy or book for the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys toy drive, which benefits children throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Children and adults who donate an unwrapped toy or book will receive a free photo with Santa at One Colorado from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., on November 25 only. The joyous evening also includes the arrival of Santa’s own personal mailbox straight from the North Pole. All season long, children can write their holiday wishes to Santa and he will respond on his personal stationary.
Pasadena’s largest holiday celebration is a free community event presented by Old Pasadena Management and One Colorado. The Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys is presented by the Pasadena Star News and the Pasadena Jaycees.
For more information call 626-356-9725 or visit www.oldpasadena.org.
Mr. Pasadena says “Well I guess you can’t say it never snows in Pasadena. Catching this holiday treat is a must! In a city that really doesn’t see snow and now to be blessed with 20 tons of snow is almost a Christmas miracle. Plus I truly love the appropriateness of the event. The snow and the tree lighting all takes place the day AFTER Thanksgiving. All too often retailers can drive Chrisitmas décor to be up and on display the day after Halloween. One Colorado and Old Pasadena got it right. Let Thanksgiving be a time for thanks instead of a speed bump on the way to black Friday. So enjoy your turkey and give thanks this Thursday. I’ll see you all Friday in the snow!”
All the best to you on this holiday season,