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Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off Month Of Holiday Cheer

The City of Burbank and Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy invite people to attend the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony today, Saturday December 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the front steps of City Hall. Santa Claus will make a special entrance on Fire Engine 11 and entertainment will be provided by the RC Dance Center Rockettes, Reach Dance Academy and Burbank High School’s Gentlemen’s Octet. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy or gift for the Burbank Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Workers prep City Hall for Saturday’s event. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Jeff Hopkins will emcee the ceremony and Mickey and Minnie Mouse and special guests from Disney studios will help celebrate. After the lighting of the tree, visitors can take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. People can write letters of support to American troops overseas, enjoy music and an evening ice skating session.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony ushers in a month of fun-filled and family friendly events in Burbank, including Breakfast with Santa, Skate with Santa and more. Burbank’s outdoor ice skating park, The Rink, will remain open until 11:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 275 E. Olive Ave. and plentiful free parking is available in nearby structures and lots.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Photo By Ross A. Benson

A Little Rain is Not Going to Stop Santa From Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hundreds braved the light rain and came out to help Burbank Mayor David Golonski, Mickey & Minnie Mouse and Santa and Mrs. Claus in this years tree lighting ceremonies.

Following the tree lighting the crown moved down San Fernando Blvd, to other activities such as The Radio Disney DJ’s, Ice Carver, Jugglers, and pictures with Mr & Mrs Claus.

Here are some great shots from the night by photographer Ross A. Benson

Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski is assisted by his son John in presenting Santa & Mrs Claus some goodies on his stopping by to help in lighting Burbank City Hall’s Christmas tree. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs Singer preform during the Tree Lighting at Burbank City Hall. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mickey & Minnie Mouse arrive at Burbank City Hall’s Tree Light via Rich Raad’s 57 custom Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mickey & Minnie Mouse help with the count down as Burbank City Hall’s Christmas Tree was lighten. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Santa & Mrs Claus take a moment for a quick smile and wave while greeting hundreds of little kids, during Burbank’s Tree Lighting Ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Along the AMC walkway this Brass Playing group preformed Christmas songs to sing to.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Radio Disney DJ preforms to the screams and yells of hundreds of kids during the activities on San Fernando Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Time to Deck the (City) Hall, It’s Christmas Time

Burbank City Hall’s Christmas tree was put into place Wednesday morning and decorated by Park, Recreation and Community Services employees from the Forestry Division.

Vickie Cusumano from Parks Rec. and Community Services checks outs some of the new ornaments that will go on this years Christmas tree located in front of City Hall. The tree arrived early Wednesday morning just in time for Saturday nights lighting.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hundreds of lights and ornaments adorne the tree. This year some new ornaments have been put into place.

The event gets underway starting at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, when Santa will make his big arrival.  He will help Burbank citizens light up this year’s tree, and kick off his 25 days of Christmas Cheer in Downtown Burbank.

Here are events planned by the City of Burbank for December:


Thursday, December 6


Corner of AMC Walkway and San Fernando Boulevard

See the best of Burbank’s holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus. Tours leave at 5:45 and 7:15 pm. Reservations required! Please call (818) 238-5180 (repeats December 13 and 20).


Friday, December 7

City employees from Parks Rec. and Community Services Forestry Division gets ready for Santa’s arrival Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Barnes & Noble Booksellers

731 N San Fernando Boulevard

Celebrate the season with a beloved holiday tale, ideal for children ages 4 to 8. Kids are invited to wear their pjs while listening to a reading of The Polar Express at 7:00 pm, followed by cookies, cocoa and a fun holiday craft. 818-558-1383.


Saturday, December 8


Flappers Comedy Club

102 E Magnolia Boulevard

Take in the Two Milk Minimum Family Comedy Show featuring a rotation of outlandish, zany and outright amazing comedy magicians, jugglers, improv artists, puppeteers and novelty acts. Doors open at 4:00 for a 4:30 pm show. Free admission (a $10 value).


City employees from Parks Rec. and Community Services Forestry Division gets ready for Santa’s arrival Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Saturday, December 8 (through December 15)


Burbank Town Center — level 3, Burlington Wing

201 E Magnolia Boulevard

Temple Beth Emet will celebrate Hanukkah nightly on the 3rd floor!


Sunday, December 9


Downtown Burbank Station

201 N Front Street

Join thousands of cheering families as they welcome the 450-ton Holiday Toy Express and enjoy free entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the ABC 7 Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department. Toys go to Burbank kids in need.


Vickie Cusumano from Parks Rec. and Community Services checks outs some of the new ornaments that will go on this years Christmas tree located in front of City Hall. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Thursday, December 13


Holiday Inn Downtown Burbank

150 E Angeleno Avenue

Revel in an evening of old fashion fun with caroling by the Van Bloem Singers and introducing Harmony, directed by Sharon Mathu.  Includes visits with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.


Saturday, December 15


On the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard

Marvel at the 10 foot menorah and enjoy fresh hot latkes, music and a children’s choir.  Festivities begin at 8:00 pm.


(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wednesday, December 19


Johnny Rockets

112 E Palm Avenue

Drop in for retro fun, paper hats and candy canes on your way to see the new Monsters Inc. 3D!


Santa Makes Early Stop at Boys & Girls Club

Santa helps the kids from The Burbank Boy's & Girls Club with one extra gift with the help of Burbank Branches of Bank of America. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Santa made a detour the other day and stopped into The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank to spread some extra cheer. Santa was helped out with extra gifts made possible with the help of Burbank branches of Bank of America, and the managers of the branches also gathered together some special gifts for complete families and presented them, while Santa was giving each boy & girl something extra to put under their Christmas tree.

Bank of America Branch Managers from the Burbank community gather with gifts for the families of kids that go to Burbank's Boy's & Girls Club. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)