Need a little Christmas? Drive over to Christmas Tree Lane - usually known Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena the other 11 months of the year. More than 10,000 twinkling lights ignite a mile-long corridor of trees from dusk to midnight, from December 14, 2013 through New Year's Day. Then, they'll be lit once again on January 6, 2014. Bring the family. It's free!
Altadena's Christmas Tree Lane is one of the oldest, large scale holiday light displays in the United States. Real estate magnate John P. Woodbury, whose family founded Altadena, planted 134 Cedrus deodara trees along the one-mile driveway to his soon to be built mansion in 1885. While the mansion was never constructed, the driveway became Santa Rosa Avenue. Nash's department store owner, Frederick C. Nash, inadvertently started the lane's Christmas light tradition in 1920 by decorating the trees to attract shoppers. Now, Christmas Tree Lane is a California State Landmark. Click here if you want to see a 2011 YouTube video of Christmas Tree Lane.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly!
Christmas Tree Lane - free
December 14, 2013 through January 1, 2014
and once again on January 6, 2014
Dusk until midnight
Between Woodbury and Altadena
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