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News Release
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tree lighting promises to be bigger and brighter this year

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 on Dec. 2 at the City of Pasadena’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, 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 11 Pasadena school groups that range from bands and orchestras to choirs and drill teams.

Last year, a new tree was unveiled and a group of hand-painted holiday scenes were added to the event; this year, both of those will be expanded. A new section has been added to the tree, making it a couple of feet taller.

More than a dozen painted scenes will be displayed, of which at least 10 will be new and many of which include face cut-outs. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera to take fun holiday photos and possibly even get that perfect picture to display on their Christmas cards. And to make the atmosphere even more festive, the scenes from last year’s event will be placed along the hayride route for guests to admire as they enjoy the ride.

At the event, people can also tour the annual Circle of Trees, which features lavishly decorated trees displayed by more than 25 non-profit organizations and community groups. The display is set up inside of City Hall, and Circle of Trees chairperson Jackie Welch said it is one that people won’t want to miss.

“These are museum-worthy trees with some of the most elaborate and creative decorations you’ve ever seen,” Welch said. “Each one is beautiful on its own and, together, they make a stunning display.”

The Christmas Tree Lighting is free, and everyone is invited to attend. A variety of complimentary refreshments, including coffee, hot chocolate and cookies, will be provided at the event.

“We hope everyone will join us for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting event at City Hall this Friday,” Barbara Sitzman, the event’s chairperson, said. “It has always been a wonderful family event, and it’s a fun way to bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season -- it’s just a great experience for everyone involved. We would love for everyone to come out and make some beautiful memories to share with their families.”

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