Things to Do in Pasadena – November/December 2019

Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena

A historical showcase of images, documents, artwork, furnishings, clothing, and ephemera selected from the museum’s collection. $9, Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, 626-577-1660,

Stitches SoCal

Stiches unites crafters, offering classes, shopping, and exhibits for knitters, crocheters, weavers, sewers, quilters, and others interested in all things yarn and fabric. $12, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena,

Centennial Family Day

Celebrate the Huntington’s centennial with family-friendly art-making, performances, and concerts. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626-405-2100,

Enchanted Forest of Light

Discover Descanso Gardens’ natural beauty at night via this spectacular large-scale, interactive light display. Tickets start at $28, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge 818-949-4200, 

LA County Women’s Leadership Conference

Participants are encouraged to network and take part in interactive workshops and breakout sessions for personal and professional growth. $15-$21, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626-793-2122, 

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

The Rose Parade’s funky sister boasts steampunks, mutant art cars, and more. Free, 2627 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-590-7596,

11.30-12.1, 12.7-12.8 & 12.14-12.24
Teddy Bear Tea

This Langham event features enchanting holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling, and pictures with Santa. $58-$73, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585-6218 or 

Annual Holiday Tour of Castle Green

Guests will be guided through the 120-year-old grounds, touring the private condominiums, the penthouse, and the iconic bridge. $30 presale, $35 at the door, Castle Green, 99 S. Raymond Ave., 626-793-0359, 

R.G. Canning Flea Market

Hunters of vintage treasures and bargain seekers alike can peruse antiques, clothing, local art, and specialty products from more than 2,500 vendors. $9, Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 323-560-7469, 

Mixology 101

Attendees learn the art of  muddling, shaking, and mixing. $100, Institute of Culinary Education, 521 E. Green St., Pasadena, 888-718-2433,

Lythgoe Family Panto: A Snow White Christmas

The classic fairytale gets a pop culture update through this interactive performance. $28-98, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., 626-795-9311,

Arden Road Neighborhood Walking Tour

Architectural beauties from the 1920s through 1930s are the highlights of this tour. $20, Pasadena Heritage, 651 S. Saint John Ave., 626-441-6333,

The Great Leap

When an American basketball team travels to Beijing, a young player’s actions abroad become the accidental focus of attention. Building tension right up to the buzzer, this sharp-witted new drama directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong is about much more than making the shot, as two men with a past and one teen with a future struggle for their own personal victories. Tickets start at $25, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena 626-356-7529,

Jackalope Craft Fair

This indie artisan fair is the place to shop for original fashions, jewelry, pottery, paper goods, innovative home décor, and art from more than 200 artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. This year, come early to take part in the grab bag scavenger hunt: The first 25 people to check in at the information booth on Saturday and Sunday will get a ticket with instructions on where to snag one from participating artisans. Free, Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena,

Winter Festival

To kick off the holiday season in festive fashion, The Langham is hosting a family-friendly celebration that is chock-full of activities and treats: a tree lighting ceremony, cookie decorating, caroling, a kids’ holiday train, a performance from Lythgoe Family Panto’s A Snow White Christmas, and—of course—a visit from Santa Claus. A portion of proceeds benefit Pasadena Heritage. $20-$45, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585-6218 or

Holiday Candlelight

Pasadena Symphony’s annual concert of holiday favorites—performed in a candlelit European-style cathedral—is one of the most sought-after events of the season. Soloist Sarah Uriarte Berry headlines, with David Lockington conducting. Featured performers include the L.A. Bronze Handbell Ensemble, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, and Donald Brinegar Singers. All Saints Church is architecturally impressive and acoustically exquisite, making it the perfect locale for this event. $20-$150, All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, 626-531-1401,

Through 1.26
Following the Box

This contemporary art exhibit showcases pieces that incorporate and are inspired by photographs taken in India during World War II. $10, USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., 626-449-273,


Through 3.2
By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

Experience the range of artistic responses to life in the French capital through a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. $15, Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840,

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