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Holiday Happenings
City of Pasadena
News Release
Monday, November 17, 2008

NEW HOLIDAY EVENT JOINS TRADITIONAL FAVORITES 

Christmas may still be about forty days away, but the City of Pasadena’s celebration of the holiday season is already starting. On Monday, community organizations and city departments will begin setting up for the annual Circle of Trees at City Hall. The event, which features decorated Christmas trees from these groups displayed throughout City Hall, is a well-loved tradition that draws people from around the community.
 
And in a few weeks, despite the fact that Hurricane Ike claimed City Hall’s traditional outdoor Christmas tree, the annual tree lighting will still take place. This year, the event will take place on Friday, December 5 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The city has constructed a new tree of lights at City Hall, but traditional favorites, like the petting zoo, hay rides and Mr. and Mrs. Claus, will all be returning.
 
The following day, Saturday, December 6, another city-hosted community Christmas celebration will take place, this time at Heritage Park Museum. From 5-7 p.m., the community is invited to come out and celebrate Christmas and experience Pasadena history at the same time.
 
One week later, another new element in this year’s holiday festivities will take place; the city partnered with the Strawberry Festival, and together the groups have planned a new Holiday Lighted Parade for the community to enjoy. The parade’s mile-long route will begin in the Red Bluff Parking lot on the Pasadena Fairgrounds, proceed down Jimmy Harris, then go in front of the Convention Center, down the Midway and finally end in the Red Bluff Parking lot.
 
Steve Andreno, chairman of the committee planning the parade, said he is hoping everyone in the city will take part in this new event.   
 
“Everyone is invited – businesses, church groups, civic groups, community organizations, and entries can be pickup trucks, trailers, motorcycles, etc. There are so many ways to come out and be a part of this,” Andreno said. “We want the entire city to come out and show their community spirit.”

To be a part of the parade, which will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m., entries must be lighted and cannot be an 18-wheeler, due to size restrictions of the route. They should not be political in nature. Also, for safety reasons, candy is not allowed to be thrown, though it can be passed out by walkers in the parade.
 
“There are no entry fees or anything. This is just a community event. It’s something new and fun that we’re hoping to get started and make into an annual event for people to enjoy,” Andreno said. “Anyone who is interested in participating can visit the Strawberry Festival’s website at
www.strawberryfest.org  to get more information. We want to see everyone out at the Fairgrounds on Dec. 13.”
 
Also on that day, the city will host its annual Santa Photos event at the Fairmont branch of the Pasadena Public Library. From 2-4 p.m., kids are invited to stop by and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. There is no charge, but parents are encouraged to bring their own camera.
 
“All of these events were created with our residents in mind. The holiday season is a great opportunity for us all to get together and celebrate the wonderful community that we are a part of,” Mayor Johnny Isbell said.
 
More information about how to be a part of any of these events can be found at the city’s website at
www.pasadenatexas.net . Information about how to volunteer at these upcoming special events is also available.






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