2015 Best Holiday Christmas Light Displays
& Tree Lighting Ceremonies
in Los Angeles & Southern California
Best Christmas Lights in Los Angeles!
Southern California is full of beautiful holiday light displays celebrating the Christmas season. From Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills to Wakefield
Court in Santa Clarita. We know you want to find the best lights in Los Angeles--the ones that transport you to a virtual wonderland! And we've listed
the best of the best right here!
Thomas Guide coordinates may follow the listing, referring to the Los Angeles County Guide, unless otherwise noted.
Updated December 1, 2015
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAYS & CELEBRATIONS,
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
The Getty Center comes alive with festive holiday lights on Saturday nights beginning the day after Thanksgiving.
Visitors can sip complimentary mulled cider as they take in the twinkling lights of the city between viewing the exhibits.
Griffith Park, Los Feliz
The Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival has been replaced with the LA County Zoo Lights. See below for info.
The Grove, Los Angeles
100' Tall Christmas tree, a magical snowfall, Santa's Cottage, and holiday entertainment.
LA Zoo Lights, Los Angeles
With awe-inspiring features providing a brand-new spin on holiday lights in Griffith Park, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS sets the Zoo's enchanting environment
aglow with breathtaking displays, among them thousands upon thousands of LED lights, flurries of illuminated snowflakes, stunning 3-D animated project
ions and glittering light tunnels. A fanciful menagerie of animal characters include mischievous animated monkeys scampering through the grounds, a
glowing 130-foot snake coiled on a roof, a hillside with snowboarding "lizards," 3-D animated elephants wearing colorful holiday sweaters, an
origami-type rhino lit from within and so much more. L.A. ZOO LIGHTS is open every night, except Christmas Eve (December 24) and Christmas Day
(December 25), from 6 to 10 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 6 to 11 pm Fridays through Sundays and December 21 through 23. (594/C2)
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Twinkle lights and red ribbons adorn the trees, lavish holiday displays decorate the shop windows, poinsettias are planted in the center divider, and the infamous Pretty Woman hotel, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, is bejeweled with lights and interior decorations. Make a day of it and stop in for Afternoon Tea at the Regent. The hotel has a Holiday Desk available to answer questions concerning their festivities. Plan ahead for next year's Nutcracker Tea, as reservations are sold out one year in advance, or the Christmas Carol Luncheon, when the hotel brings snow to the property for the kids. (632/F2)
Westlake Village Inn, Westlake Village
Thousands of twinkle lights bring holiday cheer to this charming European-style inn, set on seventeen acres in Westlake Village. Christmas trees and poinsettias are scattered throughout the property, creating a winter wonderland. Take advantage of one of their winter overnight specials and catch live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening in Bogie's Night Club & Bar. Or, just stop in for dinner at Mediterraneo. (557/D5)
Winterlit Celebration, Santa Monica
Elaborate light displays of Christmas trees, jutting icebergs, and icicles serve as the background for strolling carolers, a visit from Santa Claus and even a snowfall on opening day.
NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHT DISPLAYS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena
From the 210, take the Arroyo Blvd. Exit toward Windsor Avenue. Turn left onto N. Arroyo Blvd. N. Arroyo Blvd. becomes Windsor Ave. Turn right onto W. Woodbury Rd. Turn left onto Santa Rosa Ave, which is Christmas Tree Lane. (535/J6)
Turn off your headlights and drive through three very long blocks of large trees sweeping over the street, highly decorated with colored lights. I've been told this is very worth the drive.
Christmas Tree Lane ends at Altadena Dr. Take a right on Altadena Dr. and turn right on Allen Avenue. Proceed to Mendocino Lane, turn left.
Balian House, Altadena
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.
Take N. Allen Ave SOUTH until it stops at E. California Blvd. Turn left on E. California Blvd. to S. San Gabriel Blvd. Turn right on S. San Gabriel Blvd. to W. Huntington Dr. Turn right on W. Huntington Drive. and continue to St. Albans Road. Turn right on Saint Albans Road, which is Christmas Tree Lane. (536/C6)
Christmas Tree Lane, San Marino
This is the sister street to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. Said to be even more spectacular than the Altadena display of lights, this street is backlit with estate homes, whose homeowners have gone all out for the holidays. Meander the streets of San Marino and enjoy the sites, then continue on to Old Pasadena for a respite. There you will find a cup of hot cocoa or a full meal nestled amidst the season's decorations. (596/B1)
Return to W. Huntington Dr. and turn left. Turn left again on S. San Gabriel Blvd. Turn left on E. California Blvd. Turn right on S. Fair Oaks Ave. and continue into Old Pasadena.
Christmas Tree Lane, Long Beach
Daisy Avenue between Willow Street & Pacific Coast Highway
From Mid-December. Celebrating Daisy Avenues 23 lighted and decorated Christmas trees. Musical entertainment is featured on weekends. This event began
in 1953 and is a collaborative event between residents, government, and sponsors.
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Canals of Naples, Long Beach
Cruise the enchanting canals of Naples in an authentic gondola while viewing the intricately decorated homes along the waterfront. This attraction
begins to book in July for the holidays. Book a night at the romantic Seal Beach Inn or aboard the Queen Mary
for a quiet retreat. Don't forget to visit The Queen Mary Chill! (826/B3)
Venice Canals, Marina del Rey
Homes and boats are festively decorated for the annual Holiday Boat Parade.
Hastings Ranch, Pasadena
The neighbors really get into the spirit here from mid-December to January 1. Carolers and musicians entertain guests! Lights are on from 6-10pm, but best time to visit is between 7-9:30pm.
Block-long Light Tunnel, Reseda
The tunnels straddle the sidewalk on both sides of the street and extend almost the entire block. Please Park on Valerio near the school and enjoy the walk through the tunnels.
Santa Clarita Neighborhoods
Follow the link to a list and Google map of the numerous (10+) neighborhoods in Santa Clarita that have gone all out for the Christmas holiday. Lights
are strewn across the road from house to house, white cotton batting covers lawn to appear as snow, lights cover each nook and cranny on the houses,
porches, garages, and front yards of the homes. Several neighborhoods even have themes such as "find Rudolph!" Additionally, Christmas performances
(both theatrical and musical) are offered, churches open their doors with free Christmas concerts, and Six Flags Magic Mountain is holding Holiday in the Park.
It is so amazing that both Parenting Magazine and The Travel Channel have covered this little valley for the best place to see Christmas lights in the country!
Sleepy Hollow, Torrance
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza runs the month of December and has been bringing Christmas joy to visitors for decades!
Candy Cane Lane, Woodland Hills
Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street
An eight-square-block area becomes a celebration of lights and figures. The 5 south to the 405 south to the 101 west, exit Winetka, make a right and then an immediate right onto Martha Street. Come during the week, as weekends are very busy. Most amazing, elaborate displays you've ever seen. (560/E1-2)
COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAYS & CELEBRATIONS
Newport Beach Holiday Cruises and Christmas Boat Parade
Also featured on The Travel Channel, homes and businesses along the harbor go "all out" for Christmas! Surprise your sweetheart with a memory for just
the two of you as a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday, or bring the whole family.
Old Towne Orange
Considered the antique capitol of Southern California, this little town is an absolute delight to the eye at Christmas. Adorned with holiday ribbons, wreaths and twinkling lights, the shopkeepers have directed their attention to exquisite displays in their shop windows. Christmas carolers can be found strolling the streets until a few days before Christmas. For a great holiday light display of private homes, follow Cambridge St. from the Plaza.
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The Disneyland Resort is traditionally sprinkled with extra pixie dust during the holidays to become a winter wonderland, "The Merriest Place on Earth." The diverse offerings at the parks include the "Believe-in Holiday Magic" fireworks show with falling snow, a Christmas fantasy parade, the ever-popular Electrical Parade (a procession of nearly a half million twinkling lights), thousands of dazzling decorations and lights throughout the Resort. "It's a Small World" has been transformed into an enchanting Christmas atmosphere. With over 300,000 glittery lights decorating the exterior, 300 animated "Children of the World" sing favorite Christmas songs.
Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park
Magically transformed for the holidays into "Knott's Merry Farm," brimming with the season's brightest shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
With over 35,000 red lights on a 50-foot Noble Fir, you can't miss this Christmas tree as you approach the property. There are more than 300,000 lights spread around the estate and two nutcrackers stand in the lobby to greet visitors as they enter. At the bottom of the grand staircase, you'll find a seven foot tall Gingerbread House, complete with cuckoo clock. (971/F5 Orange County)
Cruise of Lights, Huntington Beach
Forty-five minute narrated boat cruises glide past the homes along Huntington Harbor. Boats, docks and homes twinkle in stunning light displays as they vie to win trophies.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Costa Mesa
Santa arrives during the lighting of a live 90-foot Christmas tree at one of Orange County's oldest holiday traditions. Town Center Park, next to The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
Sand Sculpture Dedication & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Holiday carolers, freshly baked holiday cookies, warm cider and hot cocoa. St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
Tree Lighting Ceremony, Anaheim
Anaheim White House will light a huge Christmas tree in their front yard and a special four-course dinner will follow.
Fashion Island's Holiday Entertainment & Tree Lighting
Fashion Island's majestic Christmas tree is lit with over 17,000 lights and ornaments. This renowned event will be accompanied by special guests Mickey Mouse and his friends. Fashion Island, Newport Beach in Bloomingdale's Courtyard
COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAYS & CELEBRATIONS
The Mission Inn, Riverside
This historic hotel holds an annual Festival of Lights with over 4 million lights and hundreds of full-size animated characters on display. Dickens carolers stroll through the lobby and carriage rides are available encircling the inn. Walk off an incredible dining experience by exploring the many passageways and courtyards of this amazing landmark. Coordinate your visit with the spectacular
Festival of Trees. A little too far for you to drive? As part of the festivities, they offer a variety of room packages. (685/H4 Riverside County)
WildLights, Palm Desert
Over 750,000 twinkling lights illuminate the night at the Living Desert. International food and beverage offerings, camel and carousel rides, wildlife wonder shows and more.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
Christmas in the Village - Tree Lighting Ceremony, Big Bear
Santa and Mrs. Claus are present for an evening of caroling, the tree lighting ceremony and entertainment.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAYS & CELEBRATIONS
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Visit this little European village decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and holiday ribbons, tucked between the mountains. Spend the afternoon browsing through specialty and antique shops, enjoy world-class wine tasting and sample spectacular Danish pastries. From December 1-14 and January 10th, the town celebrates Julefest with pageantry and special events.
For an unusual twist to holiday sightseeing, take the Old Town Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights Tour. You'll ride down State Street and pass private homes, aglow with Christmas lights. This 90-minute tour is offered until a few days prior to Christmas. Call for reservations.
NEIGHBORHOOD LIGHT DISPLAYS
Oxnard's Christmas Tree Lane
Located in the Oxnard Historical District, which runs on "F" and "G" Streets, from 5th to First Streets.
Channel Islands Harbor
Ride aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi to view the bright lights and holiday decorations of the residents in Channel Islands Harbor.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES
Tree Lighting, Oxnard
Ring in the holiday season as Downtown illuminates Ventura County's tallest Christmas tree and Santa arrives on his sleigh. Enjoy free entertainment and hot cocoa.