Music Filled Holiday Tree Lighting

Huge crowd turns out at Farmers Market to welcome in the holiday season

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce' Laurie Wheeler introduces the children’s choir from Green Brooms Music Academy during the 2017 tree lighting ceremony at the Farmer's Market

Music filled the air last Thursday as the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Farmers’ Market in the city.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | The South Pasadena High Marching Band is a traditional favorite at the annual tree lighting ceremony

Festivities began with a performance by the South Pasadena High School Tiger Marching Band performing a blend of holiday sounds and traditional school favorites.  A children’s choir from Green Brooms Music Academy provided additional musical entertainment.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Kids had an opportunity to give Santa their holiday wishes

 The night’s highlight came when South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti “flipped the switch” to light up the tree.

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PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti, joined by Santa, welcomed the crowd to the big event

Ho, Ho, Ho…Santa Claus was also on hand to add to the festivities. Arts and craft activities planned by Kidd’s Jewelry Heist, Partini and SmileHaus Orthodontics added to the fun and festive evening.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Some of those joining the fun included, from left, Evette Kim, representing State Senator Anthony Portantino; Dr. Richard Schneider, Mayor Pro Tem; Michael Cacciotti, mayor; Dr. Marina Khubesrian, City Councilmember; Stephanie DeWolfe, City Manager ; Robert Joe; City Councilmember; Paul Toor, Public Works Director

The South Pasadena Historic Museum is decorated for the holidays, and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will provide seasonal treats for visitors.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | The children’s choir from Green Brooms Music Academy performed during the city’s tree lighting ceremony

If you missed him, elves report that Santa plans to be at this Thursday’s Farmers Market (Dec. 7) to take photos with family members. The market is open from 4 to 7 p.m.