Everyone knows the best thing about Christmas is Christmas trees. What not everyone knows is that Southern California, despite its distinctly un-wintry climate (except perhaps for this week), is home to some of the most picturesque Christmas trees in the universe. Chief among these SoCal trees, of course, are the ones lining Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane, a mile of august deodars strung with 10,000 lights. The 89th — yes, eighty-ninth — lighting ceremony is next Saturday and will be presided over by none other than Santa Claus. This year’s ceremony will include the first ever Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, which, in addition to arts & crafts, will feature a petting zoo (with reindeer, perhaps?), choral performances and photo opportunities with the aforementioned Mr. Claus and his sleigh. After the switch is flipped at 6 p.m., the crowd will follow the John Muir Alumni Drum Corps in a march down the lane.
Winter Arts & Crafts Festival and Lighting Ceremony
Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena
Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m.
Lights go on at 6 p.m.
More info at christmastreelane.net
Christmas Tree Lane
Saturday, December 12 – Wednesday, January 6
Lights are on from dusk to midnight
Santa Rose Ave., between Woodbury Ave. & Altadena Ave.