What to Know
Through Oct. 6
Westfield Santa Anita
Free to see
No one needs to tell you that, come September, Christmas stuff is already stuffing our store aisles.
Or, at the very least, we're seeing a few reindeer figurines near all of those ceramic jack o'lanterns and ghosts. For once back-to-school ends, the yuletide begins, or at least the shopping aspect of the season.
But a different expression of the glowingest moment of the year is now shining at Westfield Santa Anita, and it doesn't have a price tag attached to it. It's a pop-up up devoted to "Moonlight Forest," the annual walk-by lantern extravaganza at LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden.
The whimsical and over-sized lanterns will return to the Arcadia spread on Nov. 8, but fans of the lanterns can see a few of them, now, at the shopping center.
Don't wait, though, if you love these lanterns and would like to eye them without paying admission: They're on display at Westfield Santa Anita's center court through Oct. 6.
The display, which is presented by LA Arboretum in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, is in honor of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Goddess is part of the Westfield Santa Anita lantern line-up, and she's accompanied by a clutch "of playful pandas."
There is a mooncakes giveaway going on during the presentation, for those guests who spend a particular amount, do note, so swing by the shopping center's concierge desk for more information.
Again, though, the lanterns at the pop-up are free to see.
There will be some returning classics this year, like the panda bears, as well as two fresh themes: "Ocean Visions" and "Polar Dreams." Look for several lantern groupings to joyfully pay homage to these concepts.