Holiday Celebration

Holiday Season

Old Pasadena invites you to visit our historic downtown this holiday season for fun pop-up entertainment, surprise giveaways, family activities, and more than 200 stores that offer “gifts from the heart” for everyone on your list.

On November 26, Small Business Saturday kicks off the season by showcasing the uniquely local merchants in the district.  That’s also the day our Ambassador Guides begin their task of being Santa’s Helpers, spreading joy and a little cash assistance to a few lucky shoppers all month long.  Every Saturday and Sunday, these yellow-shirted “elves” will select a few unsuspecting and harried shoppers at a random check-out counter to receive up to $100 to help cover their purchases.  

Santa is here too, visiting One Colorado weekend evenings.  Our historic downtown is all decked out with snowflake lighting, and the community can help create a flurry of snowflakes during Snowflake Saturday.

Old Pasadena is home to more than 300 unique shops and restaurants.  Meander off bustling Colorado Boulevard and discover the district’s quaint side streets, which feature more than 200 independent businesses.  From exclusive national retailers to indie boutiques, find all your “gifts from the heart” in one charming downtown… and 90 minutes FREE parking at the Park&Walk Garages.  Only in Old Pas!

Visit Old Pasadena and take part in our festive calendar of events:  

Small Business SaturdaySaturday, November 26
All day – visit participating small businesses; details at
Support locally owned businesses by shopping at 200 independent merchants in Old Pasadena! Start your day by visiting one of four Shop Small Welcome Stations, which offer goodies, freebies, discounts, and raffles, and then head out to find more offerings throughout the district!

Snowflake Saturday: Saturday, December 10
2:00-4:00pm in the Metro Right of Way at Union Street
Come “make it snow” in Old Pasadena! The Armory Center for the Arts helps kids craft beautiful snowflakes – one to take home and one to hang on our temporary “art installation” of handmade snowflakes! Plus, enjoy a visit and photo opportunities with the Snowflake Fairy and a wintery Cinderella, and get your face-painted with shimmering holiday colors and designs.  FREE

Santa Weekends: November 26-December 18

  • Santa’s Helpers:  Our Ambassador Guides assist Santa by handing out gift cards ($25-$100) to surprised shoppers at locally owned, “Only in Old Pas” stores every weekend.
  • Photos with Santa:  One Colorado hosts our favorite jolly red-suited gift giver for photos on select days through December 18 – Smith Alley at One Colorado.
  • 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 18. Thanks to the Pasadena Senior Center for providing some assistance to Santa!

Pop-Up Weekend Entertainment: November 26 - December 18
Each weekend afternoon Old Pasadena hosts delightful pop-up activities, music, and fun – all FREE! These pop-ups will be moving around Old Pasadena and so keep your eyes and ears open!

  • SAT NOV 26 - 2-5p Buster Balloons delights all ages with his magnificent, take-home balloon creations
  • SUN NOV 27 - 2-5p Lacy Rostyak performs spirited tunes and holiday standards with her fiddle and violin
  • SAT DEC 03 - 2-5p Face painters create beautiful holiday facial designs for kids and adults alike and Lacy Rostyak returns to perform more holiday fare
  • SUN DEC 04 - 2-5p Pop-folk singer songwriter Lola Rhodes spreads holiday cheer with festive performance
  • SAT DEC 10 - 2-5p Indie singer songwriter Lola Rhodes returns with musical performances
  • SUN DEC 11 - 2-5p Buster Balloons is back with more amazing, balloon-twisting fun
  • SAT DEC 17 - 2-5p The Snowflake Fairy and Winter Cinderella stroll the District for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities, and artistic face painters return to create playful holiday designs
  • SUN DEC 18 - 2-5p Lacy Rostyak takes one more turn with her fiddle and violin, and Buster Balloons entertains with his balloon creations