City of Pasadena plans a holiday season full of events
With Christmas just about a month away, the City of Pasadena has a full schedule of events for the entire family planned, or even already underway, for this holiday season. The annual Circle of Trees, for example, is already set-up at City Hall, and voting in the competition has begun. This year, trees decorated by more than 25 various community organizations and City departments are on display, and everyone is invited to come by City Hall between now and Dec. 6 to enjoy the beautiful décor and cast a vote for their favorite tree.
In two weeks, it will be time for another one of the City’s most popular traditions: the Christmas Tree Lighting. The family-friendly event is free, thanks in part to its sponsors, like Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Waste Management and Lowe's.
The Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. at City Hall. Traditional favorites, like visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, hayrides, entertainment and refreshments, will all be returning, and there will also be some new additions to the event. Guests who bring a camera will be able to take some special Christmas photos as they pose in front of any of the 12 new hand-painted holiday scenes that will be on display. A new Christmas tree will also be unveiled at the event.
The following weekend, the holiday fun continues. On Friday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Madison Jobe Senior Center will host a Christmas Open House, an event described as being full of “fun, food and frolicking.” And then on Saturday, Dec. 11, members of the Pasadena Police Department will face-off against members of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department in their annual Battle of the Heroes flag football game, which helps them collect toys and donations for local children in need. The game will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium (2906 Dabney).
Later that same evening, Dec. 11, the City of Pasadena, together with the Pasadena Strawberry Festival, will host the third annual Holiday Lighted Parade. The event will kick-off with musical performances by local school groups at 5:30, and then the parade itself, which will follow a mile-long route at the Pasadena Municipal Fairgrounds, begins at 7 p.m. The Holiday Lighted Parade is completely free; there is no cost of admission or participation. This event was created as a community event, open to everyone, and organizers are hoping for a record turn-out this year.
“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,” Steve Andreno, who is on the parade’s planning committee, said. “We want the entire city to come out and show their community spirit.”
For a Christmas celebration that also feels like taking a step back in time, residents are invited to come to Heritage Park & Museum on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Pasadena Historical Society and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for a Christmas Open House that will feature the property’s historical homes all adorned with lights and decorations.
More details about all of the upcoming holiday events can be found at the City’s website at www.pasadenatexas.net. Information about how to volunteer at these and other upcoming special events is also available.