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2019 Best Christmas Lights in Los Angeles & Southern California

This is your 2019 guide to the best Christmas lights in all of Los Angeles County and within an hour's drive. We've not limited this to the ten best Christmas light displays, but we've found over 50 Clark Griswold locations worth the drive.

$20 Christmas Boat Parade Offer coupon for 2018 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Best Christmas Lights Displays in Los Angeles County (Commercial)

Beverly Hills

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)
248 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills

La Cañada Flintridge

Enchanted: Forest of Light
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.
1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge

Los Feliz

Griffith Park, Los Feliz
The large Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival has been replaced with the LA County Zoo Lights. (See below for info.) But if you still want to enjoy something special in Griffith Park, hop aboard the mile-long track of the Griffith Park Train Rides for the Holiday Light Festival Train Ride. Magical scenes and tens of thousands of lights will captivate you and your family and set the mood for a wonderful Holiday season. (594/C2)
4400 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Getty Center, Los Angeles
Getty Center, Los Angeles
The Getty
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.
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles

The Grove, Los Angeles
Snow falls every night at 7 pm and 8 pm through December 25th.
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles

LA Zoo Lights, Los Angeles
LA Zoo Lights, Los Angeles
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. (594/C2)
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach

Pier Lighting
You've seen lighted Christmas trees, boats, and neighborhoods, so why not a pier festively lit for the holidays?
117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach

Santa Monica

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.
Wilshire Blvd & 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica


Lights on Miracle Hill - A Christmas Promise
It takes volunteers 10,000 man hours to install these 500,000 lights, drawing over 10,000 people each year to this light show. "Our hope is to be a light in our city and that many would experience the joy of the season." Free admission to this light show which runs weekend evenings December 6-22.
18901 Amar Road, Walnut

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)
31943 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village

Best Christmas Lights Displays in Los Angeles County (Neighborhoods)


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.
E Woodbury Rd & Santa Rosa Ave, Pasadena

Balian House, Altadena
With the passing of George Balian in February 2019, the Christmas lights and decorations were dismantled and sold.

El Segundo

El Segundo Candy Cane Lane
The tradition began in 1949 and includes twenty-six homes decked out for the holidays!
1200 E. Acacia Ave, El Segundo

Long Beach

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.
Daisy Ave & W Willow St, Long Beach

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)
E 2nd St & E Naples Plz, Long Beach

Marina del Rey

Canals of Naples, Long Beach

Venice Canals, Marina del Rey
Homes and boats are festively decorated for the annual Holiday Boat Parade.
115 S. Casey Key Road, Venice


Upper Hastings Ranch
Upper Hastings Ranch
Hastings Ranch, Pasadena
The neighbors really get into the spirit here from December 7-January 2. Carolers and musicians entertain guests! Lights are on from 6-10pm, but best time to visit is between 7-9:30pm.
N Sierra Madre Blvd & Riviera Dr, Pasadena


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. S'mores and bonfires on the weekend. Thanks to Anthony, who does this each year for his community!
7300 Yolanda Avenue, Reseda

San Marino

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.
E. California Blvd at S. Fair Oaks Ave, San Mario

San Pedro

Los Angeles Harbor Boat Parade
Elaborately decorated boats may be viewed from several locations along the harbor.
1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

Santa Clarita

Wakefield Court aka Candy Cane Lane Santa Clarita CA
View Santa Clarita's Most Award-Winning Christmas Lights in 360°.

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!
Santa Clarita, CA


Sleepy Hollow, Torrance
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza runs the month of December and has been bringing Christmas joy to visitors for decades! The lights are typically all up as of December 10. Lights are on from dark until 10pm.
23220 Robert Rd, Torrance

Woodland Hills

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)
Lubao Ave & Oxnard St, Woodland Hills

Best Christmas Lights Displays in Orange County (Commercial)


Disneyland Resort
714-781-4565 (Recorded Information) or 714-781-7290
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.
1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim

Buena Park

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.
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park

Dana Point

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point
With over 35,000 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. (971/F5 Orange County)
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point

Huntington Beach

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.
16889 Algonquin St, Huntington Beach

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Beach

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.
309 Palm St, Newport Beach


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.
127 N. Atchison St, Orange (Plaza in Old Town Orange)

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations in Orange County


Christmas 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.
887 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim

Costa Mesa

Annual Christmas 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
Bristol St & Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa

Dana Point

Sand Sculpture Dedication & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Holiday carolers, freshly baked holiday cookies, warm cider and hot cocoa. St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point

Newport Beach

Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
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
401 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach

Best Christmas Lights in Riverside County (Commercial)

Palm Desert

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.
38101 Portola Ave, Palm Desert,


Mission Inn, Riverside
Mission Inn, Riverside
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)
3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations in San Bernardino County

Big Bear Lake

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.
Pine Knot and Village, Big Bear Lake

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara

City of Santa Barbara
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.
1 Garden St, Santa Barbara


Village of Solvang
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. The town celebrates Julefest with pageantry and special events.
1639 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang

Best Christmas Light Displays in Ventura County (Neighborhood)


Oxnard's Christmas Tree Lane
Located in the Oxnard Historical District, which runs on "F" and "G" Streets, from 5th to First Streets.
N F St & W 1st St, Oxnard

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.
2840 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations in Ventura County


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.
Plaza Park
W 5th St & S C St, Oxnard

Updated December 10, 2019

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