Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Season Has Officially Begun

Don't listen to the department stores that put out their Christmas trees and other holiday decorations before Halloween every year.

The season really, truly begins with the tree-lighting ceremony at Pasadena City Hall!

The festivities took place tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the grand entrance, where more than 100 people had gathered.

The event kicked off with the McKinley After-school Chorus under the direction of Robin Turrentine. They were just great!

Mayor Bill Bogaard is out of town, so Vice Mayor Steve Haderlein did the honors. He flipped the switch that turned the tree from plain... brightly lit.
Hundreds and hundreds of LED lights were donated by Pasadena Water and Power. They use only 10% of the energy that incandescent tree lights use, and they don't put out any heat whatsoever.

A lot of people brought unwrapped gifts to put in the Pasadena Fire Department's Spark of Love boxes for needy children and teens.

Drive by some night when you're in the neighborhood. The tree, in all its glory, is spectacular!


Cafe Observer said...

OMG! I was gonna say you stole your top/1st Christmas tree pic from me, except 4 one problem: i'm in that shot!

Afterwards, when most had left, there was a PSN photographer who was just in love with someone's small child & was snappin pics of her next to the tree. You may see it in Fryday's paper.

In that shivering cold I needed 2 have a tripod. I wish I was dressed as warmly as you were.

Miss Havisham said...

So beautiful a tree and spirits of the dome.

altadenahiker said...

AH says ahhhhhh. Lovely.

Angel Bec said...

That's what Christmas is all about!

Anonymous said...

Very nice. Huge tree in the central library too. Have you seen the lights on Green street? They have this beautiful icy shade of blue. Stunning...makes me want to run out to STATs

Petrea said...

Wow, gorgeous. I didn't think City Hall could get any prettier.

JCK said...

Is it my imagination or is it even more beautiful this year?! We drove by it last night. Delightful!