When do the holidays end?
It's not a riddle but an actual question. Do they end when stores take down the last of the half-off wrapping paper around mid-January? Do they end when we pack away the turkey pan and ornaments? Is there an official cut-off for merry and cheer?
The answers likely vary, but we have a thought as to when the season officially wraps up 'round these parts: When the very last float of the Tournament of Roses parade gently pumps the brakes on New Year's Day. Meaning that Pasadena is a city that's integral to our merriest season in SoCal.
So when the Crown City wants to kick off the sparkle, we take note, seeing the major holiday role they play in our lives.
And Old Pasadena will be doing just that on Friday, Nov. 23. Twenty tons of snow, sparkly crafts, caroling, kid to-dos and other festive doings will take over the historic clutch of buildings off Colorado Boulevard. A tree lighting and a cameo by Santa are on the sked, too. (Of course.)
Pasadena, you rock. We know you've got some bigger plans a month or so from now, but we do love that you step up and put on an early show, too. That's being all in on the holiday front, a plan we support.