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