Even though the holiday season is still weeks away, the City of Pasadena has been busily planning and preparing for its Christmastime community celebrations for several months already. And now, the City is hoping residents will join in and also get into the holiday spirit early.
We want Pasadena residents to partner with us and get the Christmas feeling early," said Barbara Sitzman, one of the co-chairs of this year’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. "We would love for anyone interested to become involved and join us for this festive, special time of the year."
She said there are a number of ways people can help with the event, which will be held at City Hall on Friday, Dec. 4 from 6-9 p.m. this year. Businesses or community groups can make a monetary contribution or donate almost anything, including food for giveaways, toys for Santa to distribute, lumber for the craft houses or lights for decorating. Volunteers for the event, who can do anything from hand out programs, seat guests or help with craft booths and games, are also still needed.
Sitzman described the event as a true community celebration, saying that everyone really comes together to make the event what it is. She gave the examples of the many City departments work together in the planning, the numerous volunteers who help work in all the different areas of the event and the many school groups who sign on to provide live entertainment that evening.
"Absolutely anyone or any business or group can be a part of this event," Sitzman said. "Families and friends are so special, and working together and enjoying this wonderful opportunity with each other will make very great memories for everyone who attends."
The day after the Christmas tree lighting event, the City will partner with the Strawberry Festival to host another event to celebrate the community and the holiday season. On Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., the second annual Holiday Lighted Parade will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
"Everyone is invited – businesses, church groups, civic groups, community organizations," said Steve Andreno, one of the parade’s organizers. "There are so many ways to come out and be a part of this; entries can be almost anything, whether it’s a pickup truck, trailer, motorcycle or float, just as long as it is lighted and decorated. And there are no entry fees. This parade was planned as a way for the entire city to come out and show their community spirit."
Mayor Johnny Isbell said that no matter how someone wants to be involved, whether it is by making a donation, volunteering or simply attending the events, he hopes all Pasadenans will be a part of the City’s upcoming celebrations of the holiday season.
"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.
For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting, residents can contact the parks and recreation department at (713) 740-7062. To find out more about the Holiday Lighted Parade, visit www.strawberryfest.org. Anyone interested in volunteering at these or other holiday events can contact Volunteer Pasadena at (713) 475-7259.