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Christmas Tree Lane

Christmas Tree Lane

Dec. 24, 1938: Altadena’s annual Christmas Tree Lane opens on Christmas Eve for motorists to slowly drive through with their headlights off. The deodar trees were decorated with some 10,000 lights.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Christmas Day that “More than 4,000,000 persons have admired the magnificent spectacle during the last 17 years.”

The trees were planted in 1885 on the Frederick J. Woodbury ranch that is now Altadena. The 0.7-mile lane is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places and is designed as a California Historical Landmark.

According to this Christmas Tree Lane website, the lights are on nightly through Jan. 2, 2017, and again on  Jan. 6, 2017.

Christmas Tree Lane is on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive.

This photo, cropped to a two-column vertical, ran in the Dec. 25, 1938, Los Angeles Times, accompanying the previously quoted story.


  1. December 22, 2010, 11:03 pm


    By: Kellie
  2. December 25, 2013, 10:36 pm

    That is the most beautiful picture I have seen…

    By: Marshalla Cowan
  3. December 26, 2013, 12:55 pm

    My favorite place to see this beautiful christmas Light….would Love to Live in Altadena some-day

    from whittier,ca.

    By: sarai Bustos

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