Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will lead the city's official Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and holiday celebration Thursday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the grand entrance of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.
The Pasadena City College Brass Quintet will perform music of the season; refreshments will be served.
Bogaard will flip the switch that turns on the lights of the 20-foot Washington Noble Fir. The colorful lights, donated by Pasadena Water and Power, are energy-saving, light-emitting diodes (LED) that use about 90 percent less energy than incandescent tree lights and do not produce any heat. The tree will also be decorated with large, colorful ornaments.
Everyone is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys, sporting equipment or gift cards to place in Spark of Love Toy Drive boxes provided by the Pasadena Fire Department. The gifts will be distributed to needy children and teens.
For more information call (626) 744-4755.
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