There are holiday lights aplenty, in all areas of southern California.  Enjoy!

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L.A. Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Los Angeles Zoo invites families to explore a special section of the Zoo, adorned with glowing light animals and real reindeer. Additionally, there will be a special display that combines light, water, and music. While most of the Zoo’s animals will be asleep for the night, visitors can expect to see glowing monkeys, a giant origami rhino, singing elephants, and a glowing snake. L.A. Zoo Lights continues through January 3rd. Tickets are available online and are separate from general Zoo admission.

Festival of Lights
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Sometime before January 6th, plan a trip to the Mission Inn in Riverside. There you will find a true winter wonderland with more than 4 million lights, visits from Santa, snow, and horse-drawn carriage rides. For many families, a ride to the Mission Inn is an annual holiday tradition.

The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Grove is home to a 100-foot tall fir tree, decorated with more than 15,000 lights and 10, 000 ornaments. Additionally, you can experience a “snowfall” each evening at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. (Santa is also in town and ready to visit and hear this year’s wish lists).

Balian House Altadena
1960 Mendocino Lane, Altadena, CA 91001

The Balian House is a mansion that attracts thousands of spectators each year. It is adorned with tens of thousands of lights, as well as scenes such as Santa Claus with his reindeer. The family has been decorating their home as well as their surrounding grounds since 1955.

Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena
(Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Ave and Altadena Dr.)

Christmas Tree Lane is considered the “oldest large-scale Christmas lighting-spectacle in the United States.” For more than 90 years, the deodar trees along Santa Rosa Avenue are decorated with thousands of lights. Saturday, December 12th is the Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts and Crafts Festival. (The festival begins at 2:00 pm, the lighting ceremony begins at 6:00 pm).

Upper Hastings Ranch
bordered by Sierra Madre Blvd, Rivera Dr, Michillinda Ave in Pasadena

This Pasadena neighborhood has been decorating for the holidays for more than 50 years. This year’s Holiday Light Up is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th at 6:00 pm. In addition to the lights, families will also enjoy carolers (on select days).

Candy Cane Lane
Lubao & Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills

Each year, the homeowners on “Candy Cane Lane” transform their homes into  festive displays of holiday lights and decorations. This annual tradition began in 1952. This year, it begins on Saturday, December 12th and continues through the end of the year.

Yolanda Lights
7300 block of Yolanda Ave, Reseda, CA

It’s the 10 year anniversary of Yolanda Lights. Each year, the homes on this block create tunnels of lights. Families are invited to walk or ride (skates, strollers, wagons, bikes) through the tunnels. This holiday light display is a neighborhood effort stressing cooperation rather than competition.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza
Pacific Coast Highway and Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA

This is a neighborhood event that has been taking place for over 40 years. You’ll find homes decorated with thousands of lights as well as families selling hot chocolate to spectators (be sure to bring small bills).

Holiday Lights Walking Tour
Downtown Los Angeles , (meeting place is Union Station – 800 N. Alameda St.)

For a guided way to see the lights and decorations of downtown Los Angeles, you can purchase tickets for a guided walking tour. Tours meet at 6:30 pm at Union Station. For two hours, you’ll have the chance to wander downtown and take in the sights including Grand Park, the Pershing Square ice rink, and Nutcracker Village at California Plaza. Tickets are available online; adults are $15, children 13 and under are free).

Wakefield Winter Wonderland
21865 Copper Hill Dr., Santa Clarita, CA 91350

This annual tradition involves cul-de-sacs featuring homes that go all-out for the holiday season. You’ll feel like you’re on a movie set as you look from one home to the next. Your family will enjoy the sight of thousands of lights and festive displays.



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