All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
The Winter Wonderland celebration for kids Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at Vroman's Bookstore in the Playhouse District will include treats, holiday crafts and a free photo with Santa.
Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. will feature Santa's Village, holiday crafts for kids, cookie decorating, strolling carolers, roaming holiday characters, a scavenger hunt, live music, giveaways and more.
A Swinging Christmas Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library will feature a selection of jazz tunes and holiday favorites performed by the Larry Muradian Trio and the Blair Studio Singers, plus the lighting of the Allendale Park Christmas tree (5:30 p.m.). Refreshments will be provided.
The holiday season at One Colorado will kick off with a concert by Nutty performing their signature mixup of jazz, swing and lounge in the courtyard Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. join in a drop-in collaborative artmaking workshop inspired by the current exhibition "Following the Box," take a docent-led tour of the museum, enjoy a performance by students from artworxLA and bring the kids to a special storytime.
Celebrate the season at a holiday open house at the Pasadena Museum of History Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. with festive live music by Galen Wilkes, refreshments and free entry to the Finnish Folk Art Museum, the Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday décor, plus free admission to the current exhibition "Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930" in the main building.
The Pasadena Master Chorale will present "A Dickens Christmas" with music of the season and readings from Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Philip the Apostle Church. RSVP here.
Berman Board is an ongoing exhibition at Armory Center for the Arts through Jan. 12 that considers the future of 11 objects that originated from regions and cultures across Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. Sunday, Dec. 8, to Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. join the Berman Objects Reading Group in reading a selection of extracts from texts on the subjects of collecting and restitution, including theoretical texts, poems, fiction and the 2018 Restitution Report. Ten of the 11 objects will be on hand as a case study for discussion.
Pam Kay and her famous Tap Chicks will perform a selection of favorite routines themed for the holidays Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
The Bob Baker Marionettes heartwarming holiday show will be performed Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.
"I'll Be Seeing You" (1944, NR) starring Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison, and they attempt to have a happy Christmas together.
The Great American Songwriters series continues with "Popular Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them" Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder will perform holiday and seasonal favorites including "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Let It Snow," "White Christmas," "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride" and "The Chipmunk Song." You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
Get into the spirit of the season at the Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library featuring musical performances, crafts and other activities.
"Call Me Mrs. Miracle" (2010, NR) starring Doris Roberts and Jewel Staite will be shown Friday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Posing as an unassuming toy clerk, Mrs. Miracle gets to work at making Christmas meaningful for the owners and customers of a financially troubled New York City department store. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
The Christmas tree-lighting celebration Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library and La Pintoresca Park will including community carol-singing, craft-making and more.
Help decorate the Christmas tree at Lamanda Park Branch Library Friday, Dec. 13, through Tuesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Make an ornament and then find a special place on the tree to hang it. All materials will be provided.
Photo credits: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, South Lake Avenue Business Association, Feature Pics, Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, Nutty, Pasadena Master Chorale, Armory Center for the Arts, Pam Kay, Selznick International Pictures, Books and Umbrellas, PX Here, Newman University, MRM Productions (II), Grateful.