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Bulbs are bright across Southern California as holiday tree lighting ceremonies set ablaze the next phase of seasonal consumption. If you're underwhelmed by moonlight and wish instead to see nature electrified and covered in glitter, this is a great week to be alive.

At the Grove and Americana, Caruso Christmas has already climbed to a combined 200 feet of festive white fir that's been fashioned with more than 50,000 lights and ornaments. Elsewhere, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich led the county's official tree-lighting ceremony Monday at the Music Center while City Councilman Bernard Parks presided over the 10th annual event in South Los Angeles.

Below is a list of local lighting ceremonies still to come. Is there an event in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.


L.A. LIVE & NBC4 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • A tree glows in DTLA. Specifically, an artificial 66-foot sequoia — strapped with 120,000 tiny LEDs — rooted in the center of the LA Kings outdoor holiday ice rink. Barry Manilow, Ozomatli and others are set to perform at the ceremony.

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
7:00 p.m.


Tree Lighting at the South Pasadena Farmers' Market

  • The mayor will light the city's official city Christmas tree. Santa will be there.

Farmers' Market 
Meridian Ave. and El Centro Street (next to the Gold Line Station)
South Pasadena, CA 91030
5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, Nov. 30

Paseo Colorado‘s Tree Lighting Celebration

  • Santa, sips, snacks, sparklies.

280 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
6:00 p.m. 

Olvera Street 2012 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony

  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will lead the special event at the city’s birthplace. Choirs, children's mariachi, photo ops with the Tournament of Roses Queen, and an Ice Age-inspired arts & crafts workshop will continue into the evening.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo De La Plz #400 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 
6:00 p.m.


Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • A ceremony at City Hall will be followed by Santa's Downtown Wonderland with a parade on San Fernando Boulevard and free photos with the jolly one.

275 East Olive Avenue 
Burbank, CA 91502
6:00 p.m.


Heritage Square’s 18th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration

  • Costumed ghosts guide revelers and Scrooges through a Victorian retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol via a home tour and holiday treats.

3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
4:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m  ($20)


Millennium Biltmore Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90071
5:30 p.m.

36th Annual City of San Gabriel Tree Lighting
Plaza Park
428 S. Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
6:00 p.m. 


Old Town Monrovia Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade
Library Park
321 South Myrtle Avenue 
Monrovia, CA 91016
6:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, Dec. 7

La Cañada Flintridge Festival in Lights

  • Santa and the Mrs. will arrive in antique style to light the gazebo and the trees along Foothill Blvd. There will be caroling.

Memorial Park 
1206 Foothill Blvd 
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
4:00-6:30 p.m.


Altadena's Christmas Tree Lane Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa Rosa Avenue 
btw. Woodbury Avenue & Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001
6:00 p.m.