Hastings Ranch is a neighborhood of Pasadena, California which lies in northeast Pasadena. It is principally accessed by Sierra Madre Boulevard, Michillinda Avenue, Hastings Ranch Blvd., and Riviera Drive. Hastings Ranch is also identified by large shopping areas at its southern-most end and by a shopping center at the corner of Sierra Madre and Michillinda.
Upper Hastings Ranch has become one of the most popular areas for neighborhood outdoor Christmas displays. The practice began in 1957. Each block in the neighborhood decorates their homes with some type of theme icon placed in the parkway, e.g., snowmen, Christmas trees, Santas and reindeer, Peanuts cartoon characters, etc. The tour which was taken by automobile would consist of miles of lighting and other entertaining Christmas scenarios displayed about the labyrinth of homes.
The Hastings Ranch Christmas display took its place among the popular local venues of Christmas Tree Lane and the Balian Mansion, both in Altadena.
The Lariat is the quarterly newsletter published for the residents of Upper Hastings Ranch. The newsletter contains information about the neighborhood.