Holiday Celebration


Old Pasadena invites you to visit our historic downtown this Holiday Season for fun pop-up activities, live entertainment, giveaways, and more than 200 stores that meet all of your shopping needs.

Our Ambassador Guides have signed on to be Santa’s Helpers this year and spread joy and a little cash assistance to a few lucky shoppers. Every Saturday and Sunday, these yellow-shirted “elfs” will select a few unsuspecting and harried shoppers at a random check-out counter to receive up to $100 to help cover their purchases.  

Our historic downtown is all decked out with snowflake lighting, and many of our 300 shops and restaurants have followed suit with their own jolly Holiday décor. You can tour the festive Holiday windows and let us know your favorites. Just snap and tag #OnlyinOldPas and you will be entered for a chance to win $100 each week through December 24. Scoll down for our Google map of Old Pasadena Holiday Windows.

Our judges have selected the following Holiday Window Decor winners:

Kicking off with Small Business Saturday on November 28, here is the schedule for all things merry and bright this holiday season in Old Pasadena:

Saturday, November 28

  • Small Business Saturday:  Support local and indie by shopping at 200 independent businesses in Old Pasadena!
  • LA Master Chorale Carol Bus: We are so excited to host two free performances in Old Pas - 7:00pm at Mercantile Place and 7:20pm at One Colorado Courtyard.   
  • Santa’s Helpers:  Our Ambassador Guides will be assisting Santa, and pitching in up to $100 to surprise shoppers while shopping independent – weekends through December 20!
  • Surprise & Delight Programming:  Our fun pop-up activities begin on Saturday and continue every weekend through Sunday, December 20 – throughout Old Pasadena. 
  • Tour Holiday Window Décor:  Stroll the downtown, snap and post your favorite window with #OnlyinOldPas for a chance to win $100 each week.  Displays on view through Sunday, December 27.
  • Photos with SantaOne Colorado hosts our favorite jolly red-suited gift giver for photos on select days through December 24 – Smith Alley at One Colorado.  

Saturday, December 5

  • One Colorado Happy Holidays Party:  Seasonal fun from 6:00-8:00pm with live music provided by Leftover Cuties - One Colorado Courtyard.
  • Santa’s Mailbox:  Write your letter to Santa, and drop it in his mailbox stationed in One Colorado’s Courtyard, to receive a personal reply. Be sure to include your return address – through December 20.

Thursday, December 10

Sunday, December 13

  • Pet Day Photos with Santa:  Bring your four-legged friend for a photo with Santa from 3:00-7:00pm – Smith Alley at One Colorado.

Tuesday, December 22

Visit the One Colorado website for more information on their events.  Most of the events listed are free (with the exception of the photos with Santa), but check the details to be sure.