Lights on Temple City to Take Place on Saturday

Many expected to attend this year’s “Lights on Temple City.”

Written by JANETTE TANG / Published December 10, 2010

Temple City residents on Saturday will kick off their holiday season at Temple City Park.

The city of Temple City will host the annual “Lights on Temple City” this weekend, on December 11. Festivities begin at 4 p.m.

There will be crafts for kids, 25 tons of fake snow, as well as complimentary refreshments. A Santa Clause will also be present for pictures. In addition, there will be a mini-train offering rides in the parking lot.

A small parade featuring the Temple City High School marching band and auxiliaries, the “Pride of Temple City,” as well as Temple City councilmembers, will take place around 6 p.m. The route begins at Ralphs market and ends at Temple City Park.

Following the parade, the 100-foot Redwood tree at Temple City Park will be lit by Santa Clause, an annual tradition in Temple City.

Performances by the Temple City High School marching band, Brighter Side Singers, and many others will take place after the parade.

“I attend Lights on Temple City every year,” said Briana Li, a Temple City High School sophomore, “and each year I have fun!”

Lights on Temple City was started in 1995 and continues to attract more people every year.

In 2009, about 2,000 people attended the festive event, which many consider a foreshadow of the better known Camellia Festival.

“It’s such a great event,” said Cathy Burroughs, parks and recreation director. “It’s a great way to see everyone getting ready for the holidays and just makes us all little kids again.”

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