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Last night we attended the oldest large-scale Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the United States.  Santa Rosa Avenue, also known as Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena is decked out each Christmas with 10,000 lights through deodars that are more than a century old.  Last night was the 91st annual lighting ceremony.

Christmas Tree Lane by Lady by Choice

Christmas Tree Lane by Lady by Choice

While you can drive down Santa Rosa Avenue any time after Christmas Tree Lane is lit in December, it is only during the lighting ceremony that you can walk under the deodars, as Altadena isn’t known for its sidewalks.  The lights will be up through January 1, 2012.

A little long exposure photo to brighten things up.
Deodars have been a staple in Altadena since 1883 when John P. Woodbury introduced them from Italy to the little town on the hillside above Pasadena.  Woodbury planted then up what was then to be the driveway to his future estate.  While he never built his mansion, the deodars remained and became Santa Rosa Avenue.  It wasn’t until 1920, however, that the idea of lighting the deodars came to fruition.
Christmas Tree Lane by Lady by Choice

I decked out for the occasion in a ‘40s wool dress and my new galoshes.  Yes, galoshes.  While it wasn’t quite cold enough, they looked adorable and I had to try them out.  Luckily for me, I have a pair of shoes that fit inside.

30s snow boots by Lady by Choice

Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane
Dusk to 10pm – Weekdays
Dusk to midnight – Holidays and Weekends


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2 responses to “CHRISTMAS TREE LANE”

  1. Digigirl says:

    Looks like a beautiful event. And those galoshes ARE adorable!! 🙂

  2. Ahhh, now I'm in a festive mood. That colour of green looks gorgeous on you and I'm swooning over your galoshes (I've been hunting for similar for ages)! Awesome!

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