It kicks off the shopping season, brings the community together, and brings smiles – lots of them – to those bundled up on a cold night.
“It kicks off the holiday season,” said Laurie Wheeler, president of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, talking about the city’s annual tree lighting last Thursday at the local farmers’ market.
The festive event featured an abundance of talent, including students from the South Pasadena Music Center, Green Brooms Music Academy, the Pointe by Pointe Dancers, Kidd’s Jewelry Heist made ornaments, and SmileHaus Orthodontics allowed the public to spin a wheel for prizes.
Inside the South Pasadena museum, members of the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation served hot cider and cookies.
A visit from Santa Claus, paying a visit from the North Pole, was a highlight for bright-eyed kids, all watching as Marina Khubesrian, M.D., who ended her one-year term as mayor the night prior, “flipped the switch” in lighting the tree.
“It a great way to get the community involved,” said Wheeler about the festive evening.
The Farmers’ Market will be closed on Thursday, December 26 for Christmas, but will reopen on Thursday, January 2.