We've picked out a handful of spots across the city where you can watch the holiday lights with the entire family. Get the kids involved and let them choose which ones they want to see, and pick different nights and just go explore the lights in the City this winter.
2 Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
Two Rodeo Drive worked with PaintScaping, Inc. to create a custom holiday 3-D light show for 12 days of Christmas. 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. PaintScaping is an industry pioneer in 3-D mapping, using walls instead of screens for a canvas. It precisely aligns dazzling light and animation with a building’s architectural features to blend real and virtual worlds.
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! Leave your car a few blocks away to avoid the narrow, one-way Dell Avenue.
5333 Zoo Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Zoo will glow with LED lights by the thousands, creating a festive atmosphere this holiday season with Santa and a herd of real reindeer. This year, LA Zoo Lights features the world's largest illuminated pop-up storybook, more light animals than ever before, beautiful hand-crafted Chinese silk lanterns, and a high-tech interactive display where dancing lights respond to guests' voices.
13650 Mindanao Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Enjoy a festive day in the Marina throughout the day on December 14, 2019, and Boat Parade at night. The Annual Snow Wonder event at Burton Chace Park leading up to firework and Boat Parade at night. Children can enjoy real snow, sledding, arts & crafts, face painting, live DJ, food trucks, and much more. Fireworks site is on the jetty near the entrance of the main channel.
200 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park will magically come 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.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens.
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.
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.
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.
1313 Disneyland Drive
Disney theme park turns into the merriest place on earth for a full two months (Nov 8–Jan 6, 2019), with Christmas makeovers of popular rides and holiday-themed nighttime shows. You’ll spot festive decor all over the parks, from the auto-themed Americana decorations in Cars Land to icicle lights draped atop Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Watch 100 decorated vessels parade around a 14-mile circuit in the Newport Harbor. You can see the parade for free during each of the five nights, but there are also reserved seats and dining packages available for purchase. The parade will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night from December 18 - 22. On opening night, the parade will commence with a spectacular fireworks display at approximately 6:15 p.m. from Newport Pier.
You will have optimal viewing of the beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail in the parade from the Dine & Watch waterfront and Dine & Walk dining options within walking distance of the many public viewing spots.
3649 Mission Inn Ave
Riverside’s stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights. The free five-week-long holiday tradition begins on November 29, 2019 with a “switch-on” ceremony.
Highlights of Festival of Lights include 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes, among other festive offerings.