Photo Gallery: Festival Lights in La Canada Flintridge

Lily Blair, 6, of Sunland, hands off her sister, Violet, 6 months, to Santa with their mom Samantha at the La Canñada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce's Festival in Lights at Memorial Park on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer / December 6, 2013)

Cold weather kept some families indoors on Friday night, but many La Cañada Flintridge residents ventured out to Memorial Park for an annual holiday tradition.

Around 300 people attended the Festival in Lights celebration, said Pat Anderson, president and chief executive of the city's chamber of commerce, which hosted the event.

PHOTOS: Festival of Lights in La Canada Flintridge

The festival included piles of snow for young children to play in and featured live reindeer. Students from Paradise Canyon, Palm Crest and La Cañada elementary schools sang Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

"It was nice," said Anderson. "It was family time and this is one way the chamber gives back to the community."

Members of the 2014 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court were also announced on Friday. Members of the court include Caroline Kenney, Sabine Puglia, Kaitlin Powers, Jenna Gray, and Camille Keh.

The five girls were selected from a pool of 11 finalists. All girls are students at La Cañada High School except Kaitlin, who is a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. One will be crowned Miss La Cañada Flintridge at a coronation ceremony on Jan. 16.

Lights on the park's gazebo were turned on shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by the arrival of Santa Mrs. Claus in a sheriff's car.

Erik and Hilary Dancsecs traveled from Pasadena to partake in the holiday activities. The couple said they plan to move to La Cañada soon and enjoyed experiencing one of the chamber's annual traditions.

Theresa and Sam Candler were in town from Chicago visiting a relative in La Cañada. They decided to stop by for the celebration and said they had fun.

Next year is the 20th anniversary of Festival in Lights. Anderson said the chamber is working on ideas to mark the occasion.

"We want to do something special," she said.


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