Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Los Angeles 2020-2021!

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

2020-2021 Where to see holiday lights in and near Los Angeles?

(Updated for 2020-2021) We've picked out a handful of spots across the city where you can see the holiday lights from the safety of your own vehicle or by a short stroll. Get the kids involved and make a map of all the places with holiday lights, and let the kids choose choose where to go first!

Full list of places to see holiday lights in and near Los Angeles 2020-2021:

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

2 Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills, CA

Two Rodeo Drive created a custom holiday 3-D light show for 12 days of Christmas last year, and we are expecting that they do the same this year, but the word is not out yet. The shows were brought to life with theatrical music and PaintScaping’s signature 3-D projection mapping wizardry, which magically transformed Two Rodeo Drive into a winter wonderland. We will update you once more information emerges.

​Venice Canals

Dell Avenue, Venice

The bridges and many of the homes in the surrounding canal have gorgeous lights that make for a wonderful evening stroll. You really get into the spirit of the season at this place!

Third Street Promenade Downtown Santa Monica

3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA

Tens of thousands of lights will illuminate the Promenade's festive outdoor retail and dining, storefronts will shine as reimagined art installations, and a new interactive holiday-themed augmented reality mobile app will allow you to experience the open-air entertainment district in a whole new light beginning Friday, November 27,2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. Santa's helpers have also placed a special mailbox on the Promenade for children to drop off their letters and have them delivered to the North Pole. At the end of the Promenade at Santa Monica Place, you can also visit Santa at his winter home in Center Plaza from Friday, December 4 to Thursday, December 24 and enjoy a contactless visit with Santa, share a wish list, and take home a keepsake photo.

Nightly menorah lightings will celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hanukkah season from Thursday, December 10 to Friday, December 18. The lightings will begin at Sundown and take place on the 1300 block of Third Street Promenade (located between Santa Monica Blvd and Arizona Ave).

Boat Parade At NewPort Beach

Newport Harbor

This year’s boat parade will be held from December 16th through December 20th, 2020 hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The parade starts at Tip of Lido Isle at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night, and ends at the same location. This year, the parade will also be streamed to viewers, giving the world a front-row seat to the this Southern California spectacular. (cancelled)

Grand Park Lights of the Holidays

200 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Every year Grand Park magically comes alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills

Lubao & Oxnard Streets, Woodland Hills, CA

Candy Cane Lane is a group of homeowners at Lubao & Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills who collectively decide each year to put on an amazing holiday display of lights and decorations. For over 60 years, these eight blocks have been blanketed in lights. The displays light up stars the second Saturday in December and last through the end of the year.

Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena

Santa Rosa Ave., Woodbury Ave and Altadena Dr.

This grand, mile-long driveway of cedars in Altadena becomes blanketed in lights each holiday as it transforms into Christmas Tree Lane. Take a majestic cruise down the hill after it lights up the second Saturday in December.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Robert Rd, Pacific Coast Hwy and surrounding streets

If you just want to see as many lights as possible, Torrance’s Sleepy Hollow neighborhood is one place to check out. Follow the stream of brake lights overflowing from Robert Road for a trek through this visual overload. Every tree, house and lawn becomes blanketed in an electric bill-dizzying degree in December. The display runs every night from 6 to 10pm in December.

Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 92501

Riverside’s stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights. The 28th Annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights will commence on November 27, 2020 until January 6, 2021 and will feature a “Winter Wonderland” theme. 


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