If it feels like the year is coming to an end all too quickly and you haven’t had the chance to check out the festivities around town, don’t worry, there is still time. If you are in town this holiday season, here are some local festive events happening in the area that you definitely don’t want to miss.
For the Christmas spirit, check out festive lights on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. Recognized as the largest oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas lights display in the world, the “Mile of Christmas Trees” are strung with over 10,000 lights. Christmas Tree Lane is located on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive. Take a drive with the family or park nearby and take a stroll along the trees to view the colorful lights.
If you’re looking for more festive viewings of bright and colorful lights in the evening, there is also the Moonlight Forest at the Los Angeles Arboretum and the Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, both of which are still going on until January 6th. The Moonlight Forest offers lantern art in shapes of lively animals, shimmering flowering, and fantasy creatures such as dragons. Check out their website for more information.
The Enchanted: Forest of Light at the Descanso Gardens is another spectacular display of lights and visual art to experience. Each year during the holidays, the Descanso Garden is transformed into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting installations. A one-mile path, intended for nighttime viewing, is also filled with interactive exhibitions for everyone in the family to enjoy. Check out their website for more information.
If you’re looking for festive activities during the day, consider visiting the Kidspace Museum. They will have Snow Days from Wednesday, December 26th to Sunday, December 30th. But what is a snow day you ask? Kidspace offers you a chance to play in snow, to make a snowman, snowballs, snow angels and more. Tons of snow are trucked in for this annual event, so bring your scarf, hat and gloves for a real winter experience.
Additionally, for those of your who have little ones, the museum will have a special Noon Year’s Eve event on Monday, December 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Join in on the “almost” new year celebration with live music, dancing, party hats and a massive ballon drop at noon. Here is a link to their website for more information.
As for New Year’s Day festivities, don’t miss Pasadena’s 130th Annual Tournament of Roses on January 1, 2019. While the Tournament of Roses encompasses several events, the two most popular events are the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.
The Rose Parade is set to start on January 1st at 8:00am. The parade route is 5.5 miles (9 km) and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The parade travels north on Orange Grove Boulevard and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street. The event lasts about two hours, and there are grandstand seating and free curbside seating throughout the parade route.
Prior to the parade, be mindful that road closures take effect by 10:00pm the night prior on Monday, December 31st, and will remain closed until 2:00pm on Tuesday January 1st of 2019. Click here for more information on road closures. Post parade, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards for you to get an up close look. There, the intricately decorated floats span over two miles for viewing from Tuesday, January 1st starting at 1:00pm to Wednesday, January 2nd.
The Rose Bowl Game starts shortly after the Rose Parade at 1:00pm. This year marks the 105th year of the game, and will feature a traditional matchup of teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12, Ohio State Buckeyes vs Washington Huskies. Will you be going to the game? Which team will you root for?