Christmas Tree Lane is a 0.7 mile boulevard of deodar cedar trees in Altadena, California. These trees have been lighted annually for Christmas since 1920. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
In 1885, John P. Woodbury of the Woodbury Family, the
founders of Altadena, planted 134 deodar trees as a mile-long driveway entrance
to the mansion he was going to build. He never ended up building the mansion,
but the trees grew and the driveway became Santa Rosa Avenue.
In 1920 a man names Frederick Nash convinced people to light
the Santa Rosa deodars for the upcoming Christmas season. They ended up only
lighting one-fourth of the lane but it was spectacle. Over the next few years,
they kept lighting more and more trees and it brought in many visitors from
around the world. At the time, the lane had no official name so it was referred
as the Avenue of the Deodars.
Over the years postcards of pictures of the lane became
popular. The name “Christmas Tree Lane” began to appear on these postcards and
this is when the name officially changed. Now every Christmas season the
majestic deodars are strung with about 10,000 lights on Santa Rosa Avenue from Woodbury Avenue to Altadena Drive. The stringing begins on
the second Saturday in December with a festive lighting ceremony. it is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in Southern California.