Join Loved Ones and Friends at the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec. 1

 MayorsAnnualHolidayTreeLightingCeremony2023PASADENA, Calif.—Join Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo for the Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, 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 by Starbucks, 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 courtesy of Pasadena Management Association and Oh! Snaptastic! Photo Booth by Girl Squad Media.

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. Free parking will be available at the Central Library Parking Lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have the means, please help the 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 Afterschool Adventures Cheer & Dance, Rosebud Academy Choir, W.O.W.! On the Move, Outspoken Dance Company and Elements Dance Space!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to go live tonight.

Post your best tree lighting and Santa photos and tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll share as many as possible.

View last year’s picture album.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; or call the City Service Center Monday through Friday during business hours at (626) 744-7311.

News Release updated on 12/1/2023.