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Mayor’s Tree Lighting Jump Starts Burbank Holiday Spirit

Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, along with some very special guests, welcomed City residents to kick off the holiday season with the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7, on the steps of City Hall.

Gabel-Luddy was joined onstage by fellow City Councilmembers Jess Talamantes, Bob Frutos, Sharon Springer and Tim Murphy, along with State Senator Anthony Portantino’s rep Arda Tchakian, and special guest Congressman Adam Schiff.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

The night featured musical performances by a capella group Muses from John Burroughs High School and dance performances in the spirit of the season by RC Dance Studio and Garri Dance Studio.

Gabel-Luddy said, “Burbank is one of my favorite places to be, and I am so happy to be at such a great event again this year.”

One of Burbank’s official sponsors, Disney Studios, sent out Minnie and Mickey Mouse, who arrived in an authentic 1960’s Mustang to make the whole holiday experience even more cheerful. A few minutes later, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrived on a fire truck and then walked down the red carpet to the stage to greet everyone.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

Finally, it was time to light the tree. Suspense was building up, and then all of a sudden, everyone in attendance cheered when the light of the tree glistened in the night sky.

Santa and Mrs. Claus stayed on site until 8:00 p.m. to hear young children’s Christmas wishes.

Woody Martin, a local resident, said “In my opinion this was an amazing Christmas time event, the entertainment was very good. There is only one thing I would like to see next year and that is a bigger tree.”

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Draws Hundreds To City Hall

This past Saturday, December 1, Burbank held the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting at Burbank City Hall. Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy introduced her fellow City Councilmembers and special guest, Congressman Adam Schiff.

They were joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Performances were given by RC Dance Studio, Exceleration Dance Studio, and Providence High School Choir.

Guests were able to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and Burbank Veterans Committee was on hand so people could write letters to currently deployed American military service members.

Here is a photo gallery from the event:






Mayor’s Tree Lighting Greets Hundreds Plus Several Special Guests

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The City of Burbank held the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 2.

It was warm enough to leave the sweaters at home, the sky was clear and the crowd was excited to see Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Mayor Will Rogers brought candy canes for the crowd which numbered in the hundreds. Special guests included Mickey Mouse and Pluto, the Red Chair Dancers, and the Muses from John Burroughs High School.

Santa Claus arrived on the scene atop a Burbank fire truck. Mickey Mouse and Pluto also helped turn on the City Christmas tree lights.

Here is a photo gallery of the evening. ( Click on any pictures to see it larger)

Burbank Gets into the Holiday Spirit

During the holiday season in Burbank, nothing can be certain, except for traffic around the Empire Center, the Town Center, and holiday attractions the whole family can enjoy.

As many residents know, an assortment of holiday decorations has gone up in the city, including wreaths above some of Burbank’s busiest streets. The city is just coming off of Holiday in the Park, which your go-to news source happily attended. Next up in the holiday festivities is the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is a special event every year. The lighting ceremony takes place on the steps of City Hall and everyone is invited. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM, and will run until 6:30 PM on Saturday, December 2nd. You can read the official description of the event below:

“Join Santa and special guests on Saturday, December 2nd, for a magical night in front of Burbank City Hall.  The festivities will begin at 6:00 PM as we usher in the Sounds of the Season with performances from the RC Kickettes and The Muses from John Burroughs High School. After the ceremony guests are invited to visit with Santa, write a letter to our U.S. troops, and enjoy holiday music.”

If you’re interested in attending the event, make sure to arrive early as parking around Orange Grove and Third Street is limited.

Speaking of the limited parking spaces along Orange Grove and Third Street, the parking lot is scheduled to close in order to make way for The Rink in Downtown. Along with the annual tree lighting ceremony, a more popular attraction remains to be the Ice Rink that goes up every holiday season. This year, the Rink is scheduled to open December 14 and will run until January 7, 2018.

During the entirety of the event, residents of Burbank can expect fundraising events, special performances, and holiday music. You can read the official description below:

Located in the heart of Downtown Burbank and just steps from San Fernando Boulevard, The Rink will provide a festive getaway for customers, employees and families out for seasonal fun Thursday, December 14, 2017, through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Themed entertainment, twinkling lights, and joyful music will add to the holiday spirit. Before or after a 90 minute session, skaters are invited to explore hundreds of shops and eateries. The Rink in Downtown Burbank is located next to Burbank City Hall at the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue.”

As an added bonus, Burbank residents are eligible to receive a free skate rental and $10 admission for the day, 10:00AM-10:00PM. The rink’s hours are as follows:

Open Daily from Dec. 14, 2017- Jan. 7, 2018

Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Helps Start The Holidays

Mayor Bob Frutos was joined by guests from Disneyland including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Santa Claus and a slew of special performers. They included dancers from RC Kickettes, a special presentation from GeneRation DCD & Burbank First Academy’s Mini Muffins, and the JBHS Muses.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The several hundred in the crowd enjoyed the perfect weather, the music and presentations along with being able to write cards to our military overseas. With help from Mickey & Minnie the master switch was turned on and the City Hall Christmas Tree came to life.

Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson took some fantastic shots from the event: