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Drive into Holiday Cheer on L.A.’s Christmas Tree Lane

December 05, 2017

‘Tis the season for New Englanders to sing that the weather outside is frightful, but here in L.A., even the cool December nights are pretty mild, meaning you can enjoy a romantic twilight stroll without breaking out the parkas. That’s not to say our city lacks the holiday spirit, though. Chamberlain Hotel guests who are feeling wistful for a white Christmas should consider a drive down to Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane on Santa Rosa Avenue. The lush deodar cedar trees that line the avenue were planted with seeds brought to the United States from Italy in 1883 by Altadena founder John P. Woodbury (the mansion of his brother, Frederick, still stands as one of the oldest homes in Altadena and a sterling example of Colonial Revival and Italianate architecture). In an annual tradition that extends back almost a century, the now 0.7-mile stretch of cedars on Christmas Tree Lane are illuminated each December in a gorgeous display of twinkling holiday iridescence. You probably won’t see any snow this month, but you can certainly get your fair share of authentic holiday cheer here in the City of Angels.

 Location: Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Road and Altadena Drive