Ye Olde Sierra Madre Christmas Festival

The Sierra Madre Dickens Village crunches through the snow (really -- read on) on Saturday, November 29, in the heart of the business district in Sierra Madre. This city -- or, more accurately, this village (though corner or nook kind of work, too) -- feels kind of Dickensesque -- if Dickensesque means quaint and charming -- all year long, and a festival brings an added element of "Honey, honey, get the camera, that is too cute" to it.

So about that snow. The village is carting in the cold stuff for the kids (or, we suppose, brave adults who've been dared) to sled down. Other glimmery touches throughout the evening include carols, Santa, carriage rides and the opportunity to win a pretty fir for the front window. Plus the stores, most mom-and-pop-ish to the max, are staying open later for get-ahead shoppers.

Truly, we tell everyone feeling weary and city-tired to drive straight to Sierra Madre for the day. Friend "Where can I get a break without driving for several hours?" Us: "Sierra Madre. Totally wonderful. There's a jam farm. Artists. And a famous wistaria bush. Or vine, rather. And it is close. Go." Friend: "Sold." Now add to that list a charming Christmas welcome.

Saturday, November 29, 4-9PM
Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre

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