The night went off completely without a hitch- we were afraid of rush hour traffic, but had COMPLETELY smooth sailing up the 101 to the city- something that has NEVER happened before. We also found free parking on the street, just 2 blocks from the hall. Thus, we were early. But, I was so glad because we had time to look at all of the beautiful Christmas trees lining the hallways. Different elementary schools and businesses decorated over 20 trees. Here's just one side of the two floors of trees.
It was cute because the "green" recycled items was the theme for the kids so it was fun to see their creativity with pie tins and old cans. The funniest tree was one by See's Candy. We only saw red ribbons on the tree- which is really beautiful, but kind of bland. Then, we look up at the top section of the tree and see their lollipops hanging as ornaments. However, there was none on the bottom 2/3 of the tree. Upon closer inspection, we found that the lollipop holders were still on the tree and that people had just taken the lollipops that they could reach! We just thought that was so funny that people would take a "free" sample from off the tree. I thought that this was such a beautiful tree done by the Salvation Army, especially with the City Hall in the background.
I think that it is such a neat building- it kind of reminds me of Napoleon's tomb in Paris. Here are some close up pictures from the daytime.
The mass exodus after the concert to leave the building.