Snow, Song and Santa at City Hall as Mayor Lights Holiday Tree

The line wrapped around the large circular block in front of City Hall with kids and parents anxious to greet Santa Claus.The tree in all its splendorSanta\'s elves and snow!No matter how well prepared, everybody was coldSinging filled the airRobin and Nathan Tan with their daughter Alexandria loved the Christmas festivitiesThe Pasadena Fire Department hosted a toy drive.Blair IB Singers performedPasadena Fire fighters allowed kids like Jason to climb inside a fire truck and wear a shiny fireman\'s hat.The Pasadena Christian Church ChoirChildren posed with Santa

RACHEL YOUNG, Story and Photography

4:39 am | December 6, 2013

On the second attempted countdown, Mayor Bill Bogaard successfully lit the city’s radiant holiday tree and the holiday spirit in Pasadena along with it in the City Hall rotunda Thursday night as children began to dance and cheer and burst into song led by 2013 Pasadena Idol Winner Tori Harvey.

Santa came riding down Holly Street with jolly belly laughter, greeting smiling faces and taking time to hear each one’s request. Santa’s elves even had the magical touch of bringing snow to sunny Pasadena near Santa’s sleigh and village.

Serenaded by the Blair IB Singers from Blair High School; the After School Adventures Program Singers; the Robinson Park Tiny Tot Singers and the Old Fashion Carolers as well as the Wilson Middle School Drum Corps; the Pasadena City College Brass Ensemble; and the Pasadena Christian Church Choir, Pasadenans lingered and shared in the holiday spirit.

The chilly night helped the festive evening to “truly feel like Christmas,” one spectator said.

Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts hosted a special “Holiday Crafts from the Around World.” The Pasadena Fire Department also collected new, unwrapped toys to donate a gift for needy children as part of the annual “Spark of Love” Toy Drive sponsored by the Fire Department with the local ABC television station.

The event was organized by the City’s Human Services and Recreation Department, with help from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Works, Pasadena Water & Power, the Fire Department, Police Department, Pasadena Public Library and the City Manager’s Office.