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La Cañada area events: Festival in Lights, Montrose Christmas Parade, Gingerbread House Contest beckon locals

Photo Gallery: Annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park
Children play in snow during the 2017 LCF Chamber of Commerce Festival in Lights, at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. The 25th annual festival returns to the park Friday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there! Food, music and live reindeer, too.
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25th annual Festival in Lights — Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 7 p.m. Here comes Santa Claus! Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. Children and parents are invited to this event that will also be attended by Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer and the 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge hopefuls. Live music by the band Misplaced Priorities, the Paradise Canyon Elementary Choral Club and La Cañada Elementary School’s Lion’s Pride Chorus. Bring canned food and/or a new, unwrapped toy to support the CV Sheriff’s Station annual toy and food drive. Foods will be available for purchase.

Montrose Christmas Parade
The Montrose Christmas Parade will coast through the heart of the quaint downtown area on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:10 p.m.
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43rd annual Montrose Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6:10 to 9 p.m. Rain or shine, the Montrose Christmas Parade Assn.’s annual extravaganza will take place along Honolulu Avenue. Spectators are invited to arrive early and shop the local stores or enjoy an early dinner in one of the restaurants in the Montrose Shopping Park.

La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce 107th annual Holiday Meeting and Party Monday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. This holiday gathering will be held at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 440 St. Katherine Drive, La Cañada. Admission is $40. Reservations are due by Dec. 5 and can be made by sending an email to

Chrsitmas Gingerbread House Building
Lanterman House is holding a Gingerbread House Contest and Open House on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m.
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Holiday Open House and Gingerbread House Contest Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada. In addition to docent-led tours of the 1915 Lanterman House museum, activities will include a free craft, a Gingerbread House Contest and caroling with the La Cañada High School Choral Singers. Light refreshments will be served. The Christmas tree on display in the Lanterman House ballroom has been decorated with custom gingerbread-inspired ornaments created by members of the community. The Ginger Bread House Contest is free to enter, and the gingerbread creations will be on display in the Lanterman House Visitor Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be bestowed by team of judges, including Mayor Len Pieroni, Valley Sun editor Carol Cormaci and Tom Samaha, owner of Jane’s Cakes and sponsor of the event. Visitors may purchase five voting tickets for $1 to help decide which gingerbread house will receive the People’s Choice Special Award. For more information about the rules of the contest and how to participate, visit

Annual Holiday Book Sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Library host this book sale in the library’s lobby, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada. There will also be a music program and reception beginning at 2 p.m.

La Cañada Library to host La Cañada High School Art Show and ReceptionWednesday, Dec. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. La Cañada Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave.

Second annual Holiday Art Exhibit, FairWednesday, Dec. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. In Council Rooms A and B at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale. For more information call (818) 952-2226.


Holiday at the Old Stone Barn Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road, Glendale, featuring a holiday craft table and a performance by the Towne Singers. RSVPs are required; call (818) 548-3795.


Flintridge Prep Dance Department’s “Introspection” winter dance concert Sat., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. This performance will be staged in Norris Auditorium on the Flintridge Prep campus, 4543 Crown Ave., La Cañada, and will feature more than 60 students from all grade levels. For tickets visit

La Cañada High School Music Department’s 2019 Winter Spectacular Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Enjoy festive sounds of the season produced by the LCHS 9-12 Band, the 9-12 Orchestra and the Jazz Band. LCHS Auditorium, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada. A reception afterward is sponsored by the Music Parents Assn.

Crown City Ringers annual holiday concert, “Carol of the Bells”Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Gamble Lounge at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is free. Pasadena Symphony’s ‘Holiday Candlelight’Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 and 7 p.m. All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Special guests include David Lockington, conductor; Sarah Uriarte Berry, vocalist; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; the Donald Brinegar Singers and the L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172.


Meditation Class Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. This weekly meditation class, led by the Kadampa Meditation Center, is held in Room 4 at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. No meditation experience is necessary, and all are welcome. The hour begins with guided meditation, followed by a teaching and then another meditation. Cost: free for YMCA of the Foothills members; $5 for nonmembers.

International Folk DancingThursdays, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn and do fun and beautiful dances from around the world every Thursday evening at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. Teaching level is adjusted to each evening’s participants. The large dance room has a new floor and the ample parking is free. Each dancer’s $5 pays for the class use of the facility. For more details, visit Foothill.Dance or contact or (818) 790-8523.



Pioneer Club/New Beginnings ClubMondays at 11 a.m. Seniors who would like to lunch with others and perhaps enjoy a game of bingo or go on outings are invited to check out the Pioneer Club that meets the first and third Monday each month at Holy Redeemer Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, or the New Beginnings Club that convenes at St. James the Less, 4625 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta each second and fourth Monday. For more information about the Pioneer Club, call Mary Mancuso at (818) 249-8454. To learn more about the New Beginnings Club call Gloria Pauly at (818) 248-2944.

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