No matter which holiday you celebrate, or how you do it, everyone loves looking at beautiful Christmas light displays. Here are my picks for the top 5 places to see Christmas lights in the Los Angeles area.
#1 Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena
The cedar trees on Santa Rosa Avenue, have been lighted annually as a Christmas Holiday display since 1920. This lovely, mile-long driveway of trees transforms into Christmas Tree Lane. The trees light up the second Saturday in December. This year that’s December 12, with a festival starting at at 2:00, with the tree lighting at 6:00.
#2 Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills
Candy Cane Lane is a group of homeowners centered around Lubao and 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 neighborhood homes have been blanketed in lights and delighting passersby. The displays light up starting the second Saturday in December and last through the end of the year and are available for viewing until 10:00 on weeknights and 11:00 on the weekends.
#3 The Sleepy Hollow neighborhood in Torrance.
Starting in early December, seemingly every tree, house and lawn becomes blanketed in an electric bill-dizzying degree. The display runs every night from 6 to 10pm, starting in early December up until New Year’s Day, and you can walk the few blocks if you’d prefer (park on the PCH, Calle Mayor or Prospect Avenue).
#4 Beverly Hills.
Nobody does holiday decor with quite as much flair as Beverly Hills. Beautiful lights wind around the palm trees that line Rodeo Drive, up the steps of Via Rodeo, over the span of Wilshire Boulevard and onto the sumptuous Beverly Wilshire.
#5 The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade.
Don’t want to walk? Let the Christmas lights come to you. The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade is celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year. Bring a blanket and gather around Fisherman’s Village or the Burton Chace Park to watch as the 70 boats glide through the marina with holiday lights and decorations in competition. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. The festivities begin at 5:55pm with fireworks, and the boat parade starts at 6pm, rain or shine.