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Culver City Tree Lighting Ceremony
A festive family fete: Culver City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Each December, our beloved Culver City community gathers in the Town Plaza right outside our doors to witness the lighting of a towering 22-foot Rocky Mountain pine tree. Elegantly strung with more than 7,500 warm-white LED lights, the illumination of this energy-efficient “green” tree signifies the start of the most wonderful time of year in Downtown Culver City.
Presented by the City of Culver City and the Downtown Business Association, the annual community celebration provides holiday merriment for all ages. New and classic holiday carols are performed by local children’s choirs while snowflakes fall gently from the sky above. Festive treats, like hot apple cider and Christmas cookies, are sponsored by local businesses to satiate peckish appetites. Special appearances made by the mayor and other city council members are highlighted with the arrival of the evening’s VIP, jolly Mr. Claus himself escorted by our finest first responders in uniform, sleigh in tow.
With the holidays being one of our favorite times of the year, we love taking part in this event, offering guests a warm and cozy home to bask in the celebration, hot cocoa on the house, and an arts and crafts holiday card-making table, marking the joyful occasion. It also gives us the perfect excuse to decorate the hotel with fresh evergreen wreaths and garland, vintage decorations, red bows and accents, and twinkling white lights.
With a hint of wintery magic in the cool crisp air, the December 6, 2019 ceremony was particularly special as it coincided with the opening of the new Culver Steps, a much-anticipated extension of the original Town Plaza. Situated between The Culver Hotel and The Culver Studios, Culver City’s two most iconic buildings, the ultra-modern The Culver Steps sits in sharp contrast to the classic architecture, signifying the beginning of a new era for the city while celebrating the old and the new. It serves as part of the new headquarters for Amazon Studios, along with popular retailers, including Sephora, Mendocino Farms and Portland’s famous ice cream brand, Salt & Straw. Entertainment powerhouses Apple and HBO have also moved into the neighborhood, further reinforcing Culver City as not only the Heart of Screenland but as a leader in digital innovation.
For the very first time, the tree stood in the new plaza as a beacon of exciting things to come, allowing curious guests the chance to explore the new public space while mingling with friends, families and neighbors, both new and old. As the crowd cheered and the twinkling lights lit up the tree, we celebrated how much our little community has grown and the bright future ahead.