Trees, faces light up for holidays

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Two holiday lighting events that have become family rituals in La Cañada took place the first week of December, drawing celebratory crowds to both.

Nothing gets the attention of people like the promise of a celebrity appearance, and locals who turned out for the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Festival in Lights Thursday weren’t disappointed when the star of the evening finally arrived, by motorcade, at the Memorial Park event.

Santa and Mrs. Claus took a break from Christmas preparations to visit with hundreds of local families, who lined up outside the park’s light-strung gazebo to share their wish lists.

“I like Santa Claus,” said 5-year-old La Cañada resident Ethan Kim, sucking on a candy cane treat. Kim’s wish this year: A remote controlled-helicopter.

The celebrity visit was a main event for attendees 10 and under, but it wasn’t the only reason for the fete. The festival showcased the singing talents of students who took turns belting out carols. Their tunes mixed with the laughter of children playing at the nearby snow pits — created just for the occasion — and petting reindeer on display.

The winners in the annual Miss La Cañada Flintridge contest were also named at the festival. They were chosen from 21 finalists, who had all turned out to learn their fates.

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Written by Megan O'Neil

December 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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