Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration Brings Santa Claus to City Hall Friday

Santa Claus welcomes guests during Pasadena Mayor\'s Annual Tree Lighting celebration at Pasadena City HallDahlia, 3, of Pasadena, writes a letter to Santa Claus.Kids from Pasadena LEARNS, the after school program are ready to perform.Pasadena Chief of Police Philip L. Sanchez and his wife Deborah pose with Santa Claus. Santa Claus and Terry Tornek the Mayor of Pasadena, flip the Christmas tree light switch.Kids from Long Fellow Elementary School are ready to perform.Kids from Pasadena LEARNS after school program sing Christmas songs.Rodney D. Wallace, left, and Glenn C. Thompson from the Pasadena Police Department.Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek welcomes guests.Kids sing Christmas songs.Pasadena Mayor\'s Annual Tree Lighting event at Pasadena City Hall.Mayor of Pasadena Terry Torneka and the Pasadena City Council welcome guests.Pasadena Mayor\'s Annual Tree Lighting event at Pasadena City Hall.Santa Claus waves to the children.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

1:17 am | December 1, 2017

A very special family-oriented event Friday night brought great live entertainment to the steps of City Hall, including, by popular demand, a triumphant return performance from the thundering Wilson Middle School Drum Corps, those adorable kids from the Robinson Park Tiny Tots Troupe; the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, and from Pasadena’s Afterschool Adventures Program.

Two dance troupes from the after-school program at Pasadena Unified School District performed with Pasadena singer Monet Bagneris, whose lyrical voice shared favorite Christmas tunes.

And, of course, the evening just wouldn’t have been complete without favorite local emcees, that Dynamic Duo of retired police Lt. Rodney “Rodney D” Wallace and Sgt. Glen Thompson of the Pasadena Police Department.

Of course, the two men of the hour were in attendance: Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and, straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus himself.