The Eastsider LA writes that the Atwater Village Christmas Tree -- an actual live, 50-foot redwood found in the Glendale Blvd. median, and decorated/lit up throughout the month of December -- isn't happening this year. UPDATE: The Christmas tree will be back after all! The Eastsider LA confirms that the city's Bureau of Street Services has agreed to lower the price to $6,000 to light the tree -- so it's happening. Whew!
The Eastsider notes that it all began when the city's Bureau of Street Services estimated it would cost about $11,000 to light the tree -- a big jump from last year. Atwater Village found a vendor that would do it for $5,000 -- but there wasn't enough time to pull the necessary permits. As a result, no tree this year:
Next Friday night will still find Atwater Village holding a Winter Wonderland celebration, compete with snow bubble making machines, carolers, live music, dancers and, of course, Santa. But, come around 6 pm, there will be no ceremonial flicking of the switch to turn on the Atwater tree.
In happier holiday news, Los Feliz's annual holiday festival -- which had been one of our favorites -- is back on this year, after taking a break in 2008.
The event's Hillhurst businesses in particular get into the festival in a big way -- some serve wine and cheese, others feature games for the kids and even Yuca's passes out free goodies. Free pics with Santa too. Event begins on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting outside the Los Feliz Library, at Franklin and Hillhurst.