Where to See Holiday Lights in the Los Angeles Area
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The magic of the season can best be felt when people gather to do something together; when a neighborhood collectively decorates their homes, you can feel the holiday spirit spread far and wide. One of my favorite childhood traditions was our annual trip through Los Angeles neighborhoods to see homes decorated to the fullest and now I carry on that tradition with my own children. In the spirit of the season, we made a list of the best neighborhoods and attractions to see holiday lights in Los Angeles. Happy Holidays!
LA Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Shining nightly from 6 PM to 10 PM November 17th, 2017 through January 7th 2018, the LA Zoo glows with thousands of twinkly holiday lights. Tickets are sold in day and time increments for the best possible experience. Other special activities include Santa Claus visits, real live reindeer, treats and goodies. (The Zoo is closed Nov. 23rd, Dec. 24th, Dec. 25th.
Magic of Lights Fontana
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA 92335
A new holiday drive-thru experience is coming to Auto Club Speedway from November 17 through Sunday, December 31, 2017! Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path in the O’Reilly Auto Part’s Fan Zone – the Inland Empire’s newest favorite holiday tradition. Magic of Lights features festive scenes of sparkling displays depicting the favorite characters of the season. The 20-30 minute experience is an affordable, easy outing for families, couples and groups for holiday light sightseeing.
Candy Cane Lane Woodland Hills
Lubao & Oxnard Streets
Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills is an eight square-block area that is annually transformed into Candy Cane Lane, with a celebration of lights, figures and artificial snow by a group of homeowners. Candy Cane Lane has been a tradition in Woodland Hills since 1952 and the residents have tried to outdo each other with their light displays each year. Santa has been seen posing for photos with children and some of Santa’s elves have been seen roaming.
Christmas Tree Lane Altadena
Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena
This is the 97th year of Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena This neighborhood is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the US and has earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places that boasts a lights spectacle over 1 mile long consisting of over 10,000 lights. It runs from dusk to 10:00pm weekdays and until midnight weekends/holidays through January 2nd. The Open Ceremony will be on December 9th at 6:00 pm
Balian House Altadena
1960 Mendocino Lane
Altadena, CA 91001
Home to the famous ice cream manufacturer, this estate sits on 3.5 acres and is decorated with 10,000 colored lights and numerous holiday depictions. This gorgeous estate can be combined with Christmas tree lane in Altadena (see above listing) by turning right on Altadena to Allen. Turn right on Allen and then left on Mendocino. (Check online to see if it’s lit before you go.)
Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills
300 block of Rodeo Drive
From November 16th through the first week of January, 2018, the infamously lavish Rodeo Drive gets a festive makeover during the holidays with thousands of twinkly, yet glam holiday lights. Twinkle lights and red ribbons adorn the trees, lavish holiday displays decorate the shop windows, poinsettias are planted in the center divider and so much upscale more.
Bainbridge Circle Holiday Extravaganza
Murrieta, CA 92563
Running from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve is the Inland Empire’s best neighborhood holiday lights display which features anything but your run-of-the-mill holiday lights display. The Bainbridge Circle Holiday Extravaganza is a multi-home organized synchronized lights display complete with music and tons of festive cheer.
The Mission Inn
3649 Mission Avenue
Riverside CA 92501
The 25th Annual Festival of lights switch on-ceremony will be held on Friday, November 24th, 4:30 PM. The ceremony is a spectacular event in which the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display. The Festival of Lights is an annual gift to the community and has been named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today. The magical display, in the heart of Riverside, attracts more than 500,000 visitors from all over the world each year.
Enchanted: Forest of Light
1418 Descanso Drive,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.
A California Christmas at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Celebrate the holidays at The Grove which is home to a 100-foot Christmas Tree, holiday lights and Santa’s House. Snow falls every evening at 7 & 8 pm, through December 25. Music performances will be held throughout the season. Check The Grove event calendar for schedule.