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California Has Nation’s Christmas Tree

Published on: December 05, 2018


A week or so ago the National Christmas Tree at the White House in D.C. was lit. But closer to home in California there’s an annual tradition bestowed upon one of the state’s gems & icons — the Nation’s Christmas Tree — General Grant Tree. It’s not the oldest tree nor the biggest in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Forest, but it is truly a sight to behold. A ceremony and “Trek to see the Tree” sponsored by Sanger Chamber of Commerce on the 2nd Saturday in December, often is greeted with a snowy, white scene.

In addition to this beloved annual tradition, the California Capitol Christmas Tree is lit this week with Gov. Brown and his wife officiating.

Finally, Lighting of Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena is a special treat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also a California Landmark, approx. 135 Deodar Cedar trees create the oldest, large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

December 7, 2018

 Anaheim Tree Lighting

Arcata Tree Lighting Downtown

Bellflower  Tree Lighting & Santa

Benicia Christmas Tree Lighting California

Buena Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Burlingame Tree Lighting Celebration

Carmel Tree Lighting Ceremony

Coronado Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Cotati Tree Lighting Ceremony

Culver City Tower Lighting Ceremony

Duarte Tree Lighting and Dinner

Emeryville Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

Garden Grove Tree Lighting Ceremony

Grover Beach Tree Lighting Ceremony

Irwindale  Tree Lighting Ceremony

La Puente Tree Lighting

La Quinta Christmas Tree Lighting

Lomita Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall

Lompoc Tree Lighting

Pasadena Tree Lighting Festival

Petaluma Hospice Tree Lighting

Pismo Beach Pier Christmas Tree Lighting

Rosemead Tree Lighting Ceremony

San Francisco’s Union Square Tree Lighting

San Pablo Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa Clara Tree Lighting

Lights on Temple City

Twain Harte Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 8, 2018

Alameda Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting

Alpine’s  25 Themed Christmas Trees Home Tour

Altadena Lighting of Christmas Tree Lane

Anaheim Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting

Cathedral City Snow Fest Tree Lighting

Colton Tree Lighting Ceremony

Lancaster Magical BLVD Christmas

Poway Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

Rialto Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony


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