The magic of the season can best be felt when people gather to do something special for their community; there’s just something about twinkling lights that really get you in the holiday spirit. And because this is Los Angeles, there are tons of super creative light displays to enjoy.
In the spirit of the season, we made a list of the best neighborhoods and attractions to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles. Happy Holidays!
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LA Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
LA Zoo Lights is a yearly holiday light extravaganza. Each night from November 15th through January 5, 2020, between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, families will marvel at the “world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color.” Santa Claus will be available for photos on select days. Check the website for details and ticket information. (Closed November 28, December 24, and December 25).
Candy Cane Lane Woodland Hills
Lubao & Oxnard Streets, Woodland Hills, CA
Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills is an eight square-block area that is annually transformed into a magical winter wonderland. This annual tradition began back in 1952, and since then, residents try to outdo each other each year with dazzling light displays. Periodically, Santa is available for photos with children. Traditionally, the festivities begin on the 2nd Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year.
Candy Cane Lane El Segundo
1200 Block of East Acacia Avenue, West of Sepulveda in El Segundo
Every holiday season since 1919, the residents of East Acacia Avenue in El Segundo create a magical wonderland of lights and decorations. The event usually begins the 2nd Saturday of December and continues through New Year’s weekend. Santa’s sleigh has even been known to stop by.
Christmas Tree Lane Altadena
Santa Rosa Avenue between Altadena Dr. and Mariposa St., Altadena, CA
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 14th is the Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony beginning at 6:00 pm.
Upper Hastings Ranch
bordered by Sierra Madre Blvd, Rivera Dr, Michillinda Ave, Pasadena, CA
This Pasadena neighborhood has been decorating for the holidays for more than 60 years. This year’s Holiday Light Up is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 pm. In addition to the lights, families will also enjoy carolers and Santa Claus on the weekend before Christmas. Lights will be up until January 2nd, 2020.
7300 block of Yolanda Ave, Reseda, CA
Yolanda Lights has been enchanting families for more than 10 years. Each year, families enjoy the “incandescent tunnels of warm light straddle the sidewalk on both sides of the street and extend almost the entire block.” 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.
Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills
300 block of Rodeo Drive
Lavish Rodeo Drive gets a festive makeover during the holidays with thousands of twinkly holiday lights. The festivities begin on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm when families will enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, interactive art, a visit from Santa, and a dazzling fireworks display! Then, throughout the holiday season families can take part in BOLD Holidays (Beverly Hills Open Later Days) happening every Friday and Saturday from November 5th through December 21st (from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm each evening). Do some window shopping, enjoy the displays, and the fun, festive atmosphere.
Holidays at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive, 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. Music performances will be held throughout the season. Check the website for a schedule of events.
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 The Broad Museum, Grand Park with its illuminated fountain, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others. Check the website for ticket information.
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza
Roberts Rd off of Pacific Coast Highway, 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). You’ll be oohing and aahing all night. Enjoy the lights throughout December from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Bainbridge Circle Holiday Extravaganza
Bainbridge Circle, Murrieta, CA 92563
Running from the end of November through Christmas 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, synchronized lights display complete with music and tons of festive cheer.
27th Annual Festival of Lights
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
3649 Mission Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa invites families to its annual Festival of Lights. This year the festivities begin on Friday, November 29th. The free, five-week long “holiday extravaganza” features “one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind.” The Hotel will be illuminated with 5 million holiday lights! In addition, the Festival of Lights features more than 200 animated figures, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriages, and more.
Enchanted: Forest of Light
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens beginning on Sunday, November 17th and continuing through January 5th, 2020 (5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each night). If you’re not familiar with it, Enchanted: Forest of Light is an “interactive, nighttime experience.” This one-mile walk is a rain or shine event. Stroll through and marvel at the “variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online.
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. Lights are generally on each evening throughout December from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Capistrano Lights returns to Mission San Capistrano this holiday season beginning Sunday, December 8th and continuing through Monday, January 6th, 2020. Opening night is on Saturday, December 7th and is a ticketed event. Families will enjoy “30 days of festive programming and a nightly tree lighting.” Additionally, get some great family photos under the 10’ wreath, take pictures with Santa on selected weekends, and more. Check the website for details and ticket information , and keep in mind there will be no Capistrano Lights Program on December 24, December 25, and December 31. And don’t forget to drop off canned food donations when you come!
Lights on Miracle Hill
City Blessing Church of Walnut, 18901 Amar Road Walnut, CA 91789
A FREE Christmas light show located at City Blessing Church of Walnut with over 1 Million Lights synchronized to a music and story. Watch the lights dance to the music every weekend in December, celebrating the joy of Christmas, happening every weekend from December 6th to the 22rd. You can get your FREE priority passes available online, but walk-ins are welcome, too.
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