This 1,100 home, post-war development used to be called Rabbit Hill because there were so many children running around. While the neighborhood is now referred to by its official name, Upper Hastings Ranch, it’s still a family-oriented community down to its Holiday Light Up’s Snoopy Award (the award given to children 15 & under for best Christmas light decorating skills).
If we must compare levels of Christmas glow, this neighborhood isn’t as exciting as some. But, the Holiday Light Up has been a tradition since 1952. Each street gets its own theme, and according to the Upper Hastings Ranch newsletter, “Putting up a display of peace represents the holidays as well.”
If you walk into a grocery store and march straight toward the ice cream aisle, you’re not going to find a carton of Balian ice cream. But, if you grew up in Los Angeles, you’ve probably had some before. The East Los Angeles company, founded by Habib Alexander Balian in 1928, supplies LAUSD cafeterias.
According to Manta, the family business makes about $3 million a year. The amount seems to be enough to maintain ownership of their 3.5-acre Altadena mansion and deck it out for their annual Christmas display- a family tradition since 1955.
Check here for directions: Mendocino Lane and Glenview Terrace, Altadena