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News Release
Thursday, December 02, 2010

Tree lighting will feature traditional favorites and new additions

It may not be Christmas Eve yet, but for Pasadena residents, this Friday, Santa Claus is coming to town. He and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance that evening at the City of Pasadena’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, which will be held from 6-9 p.m. at City Hall.

In addition to visiting and taking pictures with Santa, guests can also enjoy some traditional favorites of the event, like hayrides, a wax hands station and live entertainment from nine Pasadena school groups. There will be a variety of complimentary refreshments, including coffee from Starbucks, hot cider from Macy’s and hot chocolate and cookies provided by Wal-Mart. The annual Circle of Trees, which features lavishly decorated trees by more than 20 community groups, will also be open for people to tour and then cast a vote for their favorites.

Event chairperson Barbara Sitzman said there will also be some exciting new additions at this year’s event.

“The Christmas Tree Lighting has always been a wonderful family event and is a great experience for everyone involved,” Sitzman said. “This year, we’ve added some exciting new elements and are expecting gorgeous weather, so we’re hoping to make it even better than in the past.”

One of those new elements will be the star of the evening: the new 20-foot Christmas tree, which will be officially unveiled and lit to kick-off the festivities. Also new this year is the Winter Wonderland, a collection of 12 hand-painted holiday scenes. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera and take holiday pictures in front of the scenery.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend and, thanks in part to sponsors like Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Waste Management and Lowe's, there is no cost of admission.

“We hope everyone will join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at City Hall this Friday,” Sitzman said. “Come out and make some beautiful memories to share with your family. It’s a way to bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season.”

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