Los Angeles has some spectacular light displays during the holidays. And, of course, every inch is decorated Hollywood style, from homes, to boats (yes boats!), to piers and streets, LA is lit up like the brightest star in the sky. Here is a breakdown of some of the best places to see the LA lit up like a, well, Christmas Tree!
The South Bay
The Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights display is a favorite among locals. You can drive or walk down Robert Road in Torrance where every house is decorated with incredible lights. While strolling along, you might even encounter local children selling hot chocolate in front of their houses to help warm you up. After, take a drive along Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy all that the South Bay has to offer from restaurants on the pier to décor along Pacific Coast Highway.
The San Fernando Valley
A long standing tradition in Woodland Hills, “Candy Cane Lane” has been an extremely popular place to view magnificent light displays since 1952. Each year, residents in intersection of Lubao and Oxnard have worked to outdo each other with their Christmas décor and it is truly a sight to behold. While driving down the street you may even have the chance to hop out and take a picture with Santa. Or you might see his elves running around (probably to see who is being naughty or nice so they can report back to the big guy). No need for bright headlights as this street is so bright you may even need your sunglasses!
The San Gabriel Valley
Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena is known as the oldest large scale Christmas display in the world. Since 1920, the majestic deador trees are strung with thousands of lights. Registered as a National Landmark, this street has a lighting ceremony that attracts thousands of revelers along with choirs, marching bands and even a visit from Santa Claus. After cruising down the lane, you can make a stop in Old Town Pasadena for some yummy food and drink and take in the festive lights display they have there.
Can’t leave out one of the most famous cities in Los Angeles. Nearly 150,000 lights are lit along Rodeo drive. Along the median you will find full size Baccarat chandeliers, lighted birch trees and palm trees, plus vibrant poinsettias. You will also find wonderful displays at The Beverly Wilshire (AKA, The Pretty Woman hotel) and The Four Seasons. While you are there viewing the lights, you can stop for something to eat or shop for that special someone in your life.
There is a lot to see in Orange County for the holidays. From Disneyland’s dramatic displays throughout the park to a decked out Knotts Berry Farm. A favorite, however, is the annual Boat Parade held in Newport Harbor. Yep, boats. Not just boats, though, decorated boats. Think Clark Griswold on water. Hundreds of boats are a part of this grand tradition and they all compete for top prizes. You will see everything from multi-million dollar yachts to canoes. Everyone gets in the spirit. You can view this display from many different locations OR if you are feeling like opening up your wallet, you can charter a boat with your friends and family and view it from the water.
The list of amazing displays throughout Los Angeles goes on and on. Check out The Grove and Downtown LA’s Grand Park and maybe even stop to ice skate at Pershing Square or at Ice in Santa Monica.
There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles during the holiday season! Take a tour with us and let us show you around during the most wonderful time of the year!
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