This year’s Tree Lighting at The Grove takes place Sunday, November 13th at 7:30p. It looks like the weather is cooperating (60 degrees and clear forecast), the stage is up, Santa’s Cottage has been freshly painted and guests will be gathering early. And if you are going – getting there early is key advice!
Workers installed an 80-year old, 106-foot tall White Fir from a town called McCloud near Mt. Shasta in Northern California (a 610 mile drive). The tree is taller than the 74-foot tall Norway Spruce at NYC’s Rockefeller Center and is among the tallest public Christmas tree displays in the US. Trees of this age are susceptible to disease, lightning strikes or wind toppling them…so a gig at Christmas time is a noble finish. Plus, 14 new white firs will be planted in the McCloud forest in its place.
The closest we Angelenos get to experiencing the electricity of the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting event in our own neighborhood is the Tree Lighting at The Grove. This year’s artists include Colbie Caillat, Robin Thicke, Il Divo, Gavin DeGraw, Jackie Evancho (little girl/big voice) and more. Of course, Santa will be there to put his seal of approval on everything.
With the Tree Lighting comes the holiday tradition of snow at The Grove…my favorite thing. Snow miraculously appears every night at 7P and 8P during this season. Plan a dinner on the patio at Morels or La Piazza and surprise your guests with an LA snow flurry!
TRAFFIC ALERT – after 4:30P Sunday, traffic will be heavy heading west from the Hancock Park area. Expect delays heading west on 3rd Street and Beverly Boulevard (which will cause back-up of adjacent N-S streets). Use Wilshire or Melrose/Santa Monica to travel West.