Ho-ho-go!!! to Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 7 at City Hall–join the Free Family Fun!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 16, 2018

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:

Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, lderderian@cityofpasadena.net

PASADENA, Calif.—“Ho-Ho-Go!” and deck City Hall with Holiday Good Cheer by joining Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek for a City Holiday Tradition: the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Bring family and friends, one and all, to Pasadena’s free celebration featuring local singers and dancers, crafts for kids provided by the Armory Center for the Arts, free light refreshments and a special appearance by Ol’ Santa Claus.  The Mayor lights the City’s Official Tree at 6 p.m., so come early for parking and a stroll over to historic City Hall.

Santa Claus—yes, we know him!—promises to make a special appearance and will be available for a photo op with your children and the young at heart. Festive photo stops will also be available during the event to capture the spirit of the season. Bring your own cameras to snap a special holiday picture.

This year more than ever, please find it in your hearts to help fill one of the Pasadena Fire Department’s paramedic ambulances—and make our firefighters smile—by bringing a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment for gifts to less fortunate boys or girls as part of the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.  We need your help and your donations, please.

Great live entertainment throughout the night includes, by popular demand, a triumphant return performance from the thundering Wilson Middle School Drum Corps!  Plus, those adorable kids from the City’s Tiny Tots Troupe; the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, and from Pasadena’s Afterschool Adventures Program will be there too. Pasadena High School LEARNs Orchesis Dance Troop and Elements Dance Space will perform exciting dance routines.  And, of course, the evening just wouldn’t be complete without our favorite emcees, our own Dynamic Duo of retired police Lt. Rodney “Rodney D” Wallace and Sgt. Glen Thompson of the Pasadena Police Department!

Pasadena Media will be there to record the event for later broadcast on KPAS, the City’s government access TV station, throughout the holiday season to help keep us all in a festive mood!  KPAS is available on Channel 3 for Charter subscribers, Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse and is available online at the City’s website, www.cityofpasadena.net/Media and www.pasadenamedia.org.

We’re social, how about you?  Tweet your best Tree Lighting and Santa photos to us @PasadenaGov with the hashtag #TreeLighting2018 and we’ll share as many as possible.

This great family fun event is organized by the City’s Human Services and Recreation Department, with help from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Works, Pasadena Water & Power, the Fire Department, Police Department and the City Manager’s Office.

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