Volunteer on Christmas Tree Lane

Nov 4, 2013
Intersection at Woodbury Road, 1959

Intersection at Woodbury Road, 1959

The street is wide and straight uphill. The 128-year-old Deodars loom overhead five-stories high, closing ranks and blocking out the stars. It’s Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena and it’s time to string the lights.

Every Saturday and Sunday until December 15th, join neighbors and friends to put up lights. Arriving for a 9 a.m. start time, volunteers are greeted with coffee, hot chocolate, and the requisite doughnuts. Work continues for three hours at which time lunch is served.

There are a few things that the Christmas Tree Lane Association would like potential volunteers to know:

  1. If you are organizing a group of 5 or more people on any upcoming weekend and plan to stay for lunch, you must call 626.403.1123 or email
  2. Progress is determined by the pace of the tree climbers, so if you are willing to climb about one story up on a ladder, please inform someone in charge and they will show you what the job entails.
  3. If you have any questions about “the specifics of screwing in bulbs and hanging lines in the trees,” feel free to call at 626.403.1123.


Since mid-September, the Association has been hanging lights, starting from the top where Santa Rosa Avenue meets East Altadena Drive and working their way down towards Woodbury Road, so to find their current location, make your way to Santa Rosa Avenue and take a look around for groups of folks holding strings of lights, chewing on doughnuts, sipping hot drinks looking up at what looks like two legs on a ladder.

Christmas Tree Lane Lights Up
Every Saturday & Sunday before Dec. 14th
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Santa Rosa Avenue, between Woodbury and Altadena Dr., Altadena

Editor’s Note: To read about the history of Christmas Tree Lane, read Matt Hormann’s “Come One, Come All, to Christmas Tree Lane!

Thursday, December 24, 2009; photo by Petrea Burchard at Living Vicurously

Thursday, December 24, 2009; photo by Petrea Burchard at Living Vicurously




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