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Day 200: Holiday Tour at The Castle Green

Day 200 of 365 Things To Do in Pasadena invites you to celebrate the season with The Castle Green Holiday Tour.

The majesty of Pasadena’s golden era awaits you! Take a journey back in time and explore the historic Castle Green in all its holiday splendor.

Built in 1898 as part of the resort Hotel Green, it is a marvel of Moroccan and Victorian blends of architecture.  Since its conversion in the 1920’s to private residences the Castle Green has attracted many designers, artists, musicians and those who find an interest in history and creative interior design.

Today the Castle Green consists of privately owned apartments and is generally closes to the public. It is a unique city landmark and the last surviving structure of the hotel period in Early Pasadena.


Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Castle Green Opens its doors to the public for their Annual Holiday Tour!

As you enter the Grand Salon you will be greeted by a 12- foot Scotch pine tree and holiday music. There will be signage and exhibits displayed describing a little history on each of the rooms. There will also be some movie stills on display dating back as far as 1918.

Trained docents will be on site to answer any questions and provide additional history on the rooms. You are also welcome to walk at your own leisure through the public rooms and over 20 individual apartments.

Among the rooms on display are the Grand Salon, the Turkish Room, The Palm Room, the Sunroom and the Veranda. Take in the exquisite sites of the hand carved word work detailing, marble staircases, charming fireplaces and the open-cage elevator.

You are also invited to enjoy sweets made by the fabulous Castle Green Caterers and enjoy the sounds of the holiday carolers as they roam the grounds.

Interesting Facts About Castle Green:

Some of the famous individuals associated with the Castle are Tim Burton, film director, animator (Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas) and former resident; Charles White, noted African-American artist who had his studio in the coupola in the bridge; and Marcel Duchamp, French artist closely associated with the Da Da and Surrealism movements.

Among the many films shot at the Castle are The Sting, The Last Samurai, The Little Rascals, Wild At Heart, We Were Soldiers, and The Prestige, and television shows including CSI Miami, Cold Case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, the X-Files, Brothers and Sisters (season finale), Heroes and Numbers.

Semi-annual tours of the Castle Green are organized by volunteers of the Friends of Castle Green . Their mission is to implement restoration of the to the building.

All proceeds from tours and merchandise sales are dedicated to the preservation of the building.

Have you ever taken the Castle Green Holiday Tour? If so we would love to hear about your experience!


99 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, 91105
More Info: 626-577-6765 or 626-385-7774 (Information Line)
Ticket Prices: $20 for Adults, children 12 and under free
All tickets are purchased at the gate on the day of the tour

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