Gather With Family and Friends at the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 2

PASADENA, Calif.—Join Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo for the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

Bring family and friends to this free celebration featuring local singers and dancers, crafts for kids provided by Armory Center for the Arts, light refreshments, and a special appearance by jolly ol’ Santa Claus. Have your camera handy to capture some festive holiday moments at several photo stops available throughout the event.

Mayor Gordo will light the City’s official tree at 6 p.m., so come early for parking and a prime viewing spot at City Hall.

If you have the means, please help Pasadena Fire Department give local underserved children and teens a holiday to remember. Pasadena firefighters will be at the tree lighting ceremony collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys, sports equipment and gift cards for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Live entertainment throughout the night will feature performances by local groups, including Pasadena’s Afterschool Adventures Program, Rosebud Academy choir, Willard Elementary’s Rising Stars, Pasadena LEARNs, and Elements Dance Space. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without our favorite emcees and own dynamic duo: retired police lieutenant Rodney “Rodney D” Wallace and retired sergeant Glen Thompson.

Update [Dec. 1, 2022]: Due to inclement weather, the only group that will be performing at the tree lighting ceremony is the Rosebud Academy choir.

For those unable to attend the event in person, video of the ceremony will be available at a later date on:

Tweet your best tree lighting and Santa photos to us @PasadenaGov using hashtag #TreeLighting2022, and we’ll share as many as possible.

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Image featuring evergreen trees and clear holiday ball ornaments. Text reads: MAYOR’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Friday, December 2 | 5-7 p.m. Pasadena City Hall 100 N. Garfield Ave. Join Mayor Victor M. Gordo in kicking off the holiday season at Pasadena's free family holiday celebration. Enjoy festive musical performances by local youth and a holiday craft contest. Pasadena Fire Department will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. For more information, please call (626) 744-7500. For accessibility information or to request an accommodation, please contact (626) 744-7311 or Providing at least 72 hours advance notice will help ensure availability.