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Photo Gallery: Pasadena Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

A visit from Santa, the lighting of the tree, and a proposal round out Patch's coverage of the second-annual event.

The lot was packed with Pasadena residents Thursday, in spite of the second-annual Pasadena Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony being postponned due to Wednesday's rain.

Families gathered beneath the 22-foot-high tree, waiting for the countdown that would light the more than 1,000 lights that adorned this year's tree.

Santa arrived prior to the tree lighting, his sleigh being pulled by a fire department pick-up truck. Children were offered free photos with Santa from , and face painting from Katie Thompson of Welcome to Neverland.

As attendees sipped hot chocolate and perused a collection of antique fire trucks, event organizer was busy planning to share an important event with Pasadena residents. Rosage proposed to his girlfriend, Jessica LeCronier, by presenting her with an ornament on stage, asking her to read aloud the inscription—"Will you marry me?"

Organizers led the crowd through a countdown, followed by the official lighting of this year's tree. Unwrapped gifts were left beneath the tree by attendees, to be distributed to .

sue bossom December 09, 2011 at 05:19 PM
We never made it to the Tree Lighting last year and I was determined to go this year. I'm glad we did! I love having the memorable ornament on my tree, the hot cocoa was delicious, And the tree lighting itself just really made me smile and reminded me to slow down, relax, and dont stress so much about the holiday or I will completely miss the beauty of it! All of this made waiting in line an hour in the cold to see Santa, not so bad! Congratulations Dave and Jessica!
Terri Peters December 09, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Sue - I agree! Such a great event, and the organizers did a phenomenal job throwing it all together! Dave's proposal definitely made the night even more memorable...I know my husband and I enjoyed the reminder of our proposal and of how blessed we are to have each other and our kids!

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