Where to see holiday lights in and near Los Angeles?
This time of year, glittering lights and twinkling trees appear in almost every neighborhood. But if you’re looking for something beyond your standard holiday lighting display, you’ve come to the right place. The best places to see holiday lights in Los Angeles will have you WOWing at their brilliance.
These are some of our favorite spots for marveling at marvelous light displays, caroling around famous landmarks, or simply the best places to see holiday lights in Los Angeles!
BIG list of places to see holiday lights in and near Los Angeles 2022-2023:
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
Rodeo Drive is transformed along its center median from Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard by shining Holiday Helpers and two luxury vehicles with beautifully wrapped packages overflowing from the back on sparkling red platforms. Wrapped in magical white miniature lights, the palm trees along the legendary thoroughfare are aglow with oversized silver, gold and blue holiday ornaments and dripping raindrop warm, white lights on their fronds. Embellished ornament ball garlands with complimentary-colored wreaths complete the look.
N Santa Monica Blvd & N Canon Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Nov 17, 2022 – Jan 01, 2023
6 pm - 9 pm
The holiday festivities will be across the City of Beverly Hills through the New Year with the installations available for viewing nightly. The “Lights on the Lily Pond” on Santa Monica Boulevard will be on display throughout the holidays.
241 North Cañon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Nov 17, 2022 – Jan 01, 2023
5 pm - 11 pm
Gather family and friends for photos at the “Glittering Gardens” at Beverly Cañon Gardens. Visitors are enchanted by colors and animation moving along the cursive forms reminiscent of artful brushstrokes, droplets of water, shooting stars, or golden embers rising from a fireplace. Nearby, a familiar form extends the light ribbon motif to create a giant glowing heart.
Downtown Santa Monica
Nov 10, 2022 – Jan 16, 2023
12 pm - 10 pm
Downtown Santa Monica brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd, and 4th Streets.
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!
455 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Nov 17, 2022 – Jan 01, 2023
6 pm - 9:30 pm
Stop by the historic Beverly Hills City Hall at the corner of North Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Drive to watch a magical projection show unravel before your eyes, beginning November 17, 2022. There are interactive elements on display in-between show times.
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Nov 18, 2022 – Jan 22, 2023
6 pm - 10 pm
L.A.'s brightest holiday tradition returns for the 2022-2023 season with a wild wonderland of light featuring hand-crafted and new high-tech attractions. Glowing light animals including tigers, lions, macaws, monkeys, meerkats, and flamingos "decorating" the Zoo just for you. Musical elements including a soundtracked LED lightshow, and much more.
309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661
Dec 14, 2022 – Dec 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
As the 114th Newport Beach, Christmas Boat Parade moves its way through the Newport Harbor this December, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Committee, with the leadership of The Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. each night.
Residents and visitors 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. This event is free and open to the public.
700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Nov 17, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023
5 pm - 9 pm
Experience a magical holiday show as 18 million hues of lights illuminate the night and synchronize to festive tunes. SPARKLE DTLA at The Bloc will take you through an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes one of LA’s largest multi-colored interactive holiday displays. Capture your perfect photo-op moments at this ultimate holiday experience. This experience is FREE to attend and is open to ALL ages; furry friends are also welcome!
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 Nov 25, 2022 – Jan 01, 2023
9 am - 6 pm
Holidays at Universal CityWalk spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season as the magic of the holidays comes to life in the “5 Towers” outdoor plaza. CityWalk’s iconic, dancing water fountain with over 230 individual power jets will continue to mesmerize guests when it projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Dec 10, 2022
5 pm - 8 pm
Watch the 60th annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. Catch a brief fireworks display at 5:55 p.m. before the parade begins. Enjoy musical entertainment from carolers, food truck fare and photo opportunities from 4-8 p.m. Fireworks site is on the jetty near the entrance of the main channel. All boats will begin circling the main channel of the Marina at 6:00 PM.
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 on the second Saturday in December and last through the end of the year.
Santa Rosa Ave., Woodbury Ave and Altadena Dr.
December 10, 2022
3 pm - 9 pm
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 on the second Saturday in December.
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 10 pm in December.
309 Palm St #A
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Experience Newport Harbor in full holiday décor aboard one of the decorated vessels on a holiday lights cruise. View multi-million-dollar estates and vessels all decked out with thousands of lights. $20 cruises are available.
309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661 Dec 14, 2022 - Dec 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor in the 114th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. This year’s parade will be held between December 14, 2022 through December 18, 2022. his event is free and open to the public.
34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
November 16, 2022 - December 31, 2022
6 pm - 10 pm
Each night throughout the holiday season, the Harbor’s light display will illuminate the evening sky for everyone to enjoy. Dana Point Harbor’s Annual Boat Parade of Lights will take place on Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14, 2022. Dana Point boaters will be decorating their vessels to the theme of Fiesta Holiday. Dana Point boaters will be decorating their vessels to the theme of Fiesta Holiday.
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Nov 11, 2022 – Jan 02, 2023
5:30 pm - 10 pm
The internationally acclaimed Lightscape returns with stunning new installations along a new expanded trail. Wander through dazzling displays of color, light and sound that include the spectacular Winter Cathedral and a re-imagined Fire Garden.
500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706
Dec 01, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022
5 pm - 9 pm
This riveting experience is designed to transport you into the magical world of Christmas as you witness first-hand a series of jaw-dropping Christmas scenes and holiday-themed vignettes from Mobile Illuminations. You come across Santa’s Village with elves hard at work, a land filled with Christmas sweets including 20ft tall illuminated lollipops, the world’s first 30ft tall drive-thru ornaments (so you can experience what it is like to be elf-sized), Rudolph’s Enchanted Stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200 ft long illuminated red Christmas bow and light display, plus a scene worthy of grabbing Santa’s attention – a record-setting free-standing light tree, measuring 110ft and made up of over 100,000 programmable LED lights.
3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside 92501
November 25, 2022 - January 6, 2023
Riverside’s stunningly beautiful Mission Inn is bathed in 4.5 million twinkly lights during the annual Festival of Lights. The Annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights will commence on November 25, 2022 until January 6, 2023. This annual holiday event will include dazzling holiday lights on the front of the hotel, animated characters and much more. Lights will be on the exterior of the front of the hotel!
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Nov 25, 2022 – Jan 01, 2023
12 pm - 12:30 am
Winter Fest Orange County transforms the OC Fair and Event Center into a winter wonderland with oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making. This event is taking place between Nov 25, 2022, through January 1, 2023.
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Dec 3 - Dec 30, 2022
9 am - 6 pm
Celebrate the holidays at Orange County’s only Mission. Join on select days for daytime admission to the Mission and an evening of holiday programming and fun. Create lasting memories with family photos under our 10’ wreath, experience a Christmas tree lighting and music program with a 30’ tree.
1015 N Michillinda Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107
December 10, 2022 - December 31, 2022
6 pm - 10 pm
Drive through the neighborhood of the upper Hasting Ranch and enjoy a festival of lights and parkway displays. This tradition began in 1951 when a few Ranch families decorated their driveways with luminaria to guide Santa Claus. It continued when a homeowner created the first wooden parkway display, and the competition was on! Join to see the themed streets and creative decorations.
Shields Avenue and Shaw
Dec 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Catch Fresno’s seasonal tribute to the holidays known as Christmas Tree Lane starting December 1st. Drive through a 2-mile path to witness the dazzling light display of 140 residential homes located between Shields Avenue and Shaw Avenue. This event is free but donations are encouraged. This year, in honor of celebrating a century of colorful Christmas lights and holiday decorations down Van Ness Blvd, Christmas Tree Lane is releasing commemorative hoodies and t-shirts. Christmas Tree Lane will open Sunday through Thursday 6-10 p.m. and 6 p.m. through 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Enter Shields Avenue and exit on Shaw right next to Fig Garden Village
5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Nov 25, – Dec 30
4:30 pm - 10 pm
Join Hikari for a celebration filled with joy and light! Loosely translated, Hikari means "shine" in Japanese, and this holiday season Tanaka Farms is shining with over a million twinkling lights! You can enjoy a cozy Wagon Ride around the festively lit farm that will take you to the “Land of a Thousand Lanterns” and once off the wagon, you will have the opportunity to wander through the light displays, with photo opportunities throughout. After the wagon ride, make your way down to the “Gingerbread Forest!”