City of South Pasadena Events | Hometown Holidays

FILE PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | South Pasadenan News | The official holiday tree lit for the first time this season on December 2, 2021.

The South Pasadena Community Services Department will host four events for the holidays! Events will kick off with the Chamber of Commerce annual menorah and tree lighting on December 1, 2022 at the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market, located at 920 Meridian Avenue.

FILE PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | South Pasadenan News | The first official menorah in South Pasadena.

On Thursday, December 8, 2022 the Community Services Department will host a Gingerbread House Contest and Cookie Decorating event at the South Pasadena Senior Center, located at 1102 Oxley Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to create or decorate their very own gingerbread house at home and bring them to the event to be judged by the South Pasadena City Council.

While votes are being cast, participants can decorate and eat holiday cookies. Gingerbread houses will be judged in six categories: Most Creative, Best Constructed, Looks Most Delicious, Most Festive, Most Traditional, and Best Theme. Gingerbread house must be dropped off the Senior Center on Thursday, December 8 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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The Community Services Department will also be hosting the annual Breakfast with Santa event on December 10, 2022 at the War Memorial Building, located at 435 Fair Oaks Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts, and an opportunity to take their own photo with Santa.

FILE PHOTO: Melissa Snyder | South News | The Senior Christmas and Holiday Luncheon returned to the War Memorial Building Thursday with more than 85 people in attendance. The South Pasadena Police Officers’ Association sponsored the event.

Advanced registration is required and all sales are final. Tickets are $23.00 per person, children ages 2 and under are free. Registration is available online on the City’s website using the following link:

The Community Services Department and South Pasadena Public Library will host a Holiday Crafting and Story Time on Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the South Pasadena Senior Center. Join us for the opportunity to create four crafts and listen to story times to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and wintertime!

FILE PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | News | Breakfast with Santa at The War Memorial Building

Santa is coming to town on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. He and his friends will be escorted by South Pasadena Fire and Police Departments. The holiday caravan will begin at 6:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to watch Santa drive by on his route or wait for him at one of the locations listed below. Don’t miss your opportunity to see Santa before he goes back to the North Pole!


  1. South Pasadena City Hall, located at 1414 Mission Street
  2. Arroyo Vista Elementary, located at 335 El Centro Street
  3. Monterey Hills Elementary, located at 1624 Via Del Rey
  4. Library Park, located at 1115 El Centro Street
  5. Marengo Elementary, located at 1400 Marengo Avenue
  6. Garfield Park, located at 1000 Park Avenue

For more information, please visit or contact the Recreation Division at (626) 403-7380 or by email at