While Los Angeles may not have the winter weather charm of those cities that actually see a white Christmas, our palm trees sure can prop up Christmas lights just as magically as their evergreen cousins can. Check out our favorites below.Less
Walk beneath a canopy of lights as you make your way through an illuminated Third Street Promenade to admire the 24-foot Christmas tree. Santa Monica's annual "Winterlit" celebration lights up the street of downtown Santa Monica with tens of thousands of colorful lights and holiday decor. Add to that a pop-up ice rink (located at Fifth & Arizona Ave.) that is open now through Jan. 16.
The whole family will love this interactive one-mile walk through Descanso's sprawling annual glowing garden. Popular returning favorites include an entire town of magical “stained glass” built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin, sparkling geometric installations from HYBYCOZO on the Main Lawn, Flower Power on the Promenade, and exquisite lighting effects in the "Ancient Forest."
Tanaka Farms has become the holiday family destination in Southern California and during the month of November and December it does not disappoint with the ultimate festival of lights. The festival is named “Hikari” which loosely translates in Japanese to mean “shine,” and Tanaka Farms has made a literal manifestation of this world with over a million twinkling lights on display.
Your munchkins will be dazzled by the glow around every part of the L.A. Zoo. The annual light show transforms the daytime zoo into a parade of colorful light displays, which will enchant your littles all night long. Guests will experience spectacular lantern sculptures of animals as well as flowers and trees adorned with lights. Go on a weekend for additional entertainment and activities for the whole family.
What’s even more fun than a train ride? How about a train ride dressed up with thousands of lights and festive details! The Holiday Light Festival Ride takes passengers on a one-mile loop for approximately ten minutes at Griffith Park and Southern Railroad. Your kids will enjoy making choo-choo and ho-ho-ho noises as they embark on this night train ride.
Featured as one of the top 50 places to visit and there is a glowing reason why. This garden made of bright bulbs is home to two installations by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. With a 15-acre immersive walk-through experience, this Field of Light contains more than 58,000 stemmed spheres (lit by fiber optics) shining colorful lights on the expansive landscape that one has to see in person to believe.
A light extravaganza like no other, Lightscape brings sound, color, and art to the lush 127-acre Arboretum—and this year it's promising a show that's "bigger, bolder, brighter." Look for the U.S. premiere of three installations: Will-o’-the-wisp, Whole Hole, and the biggest and best Laser Garden. The Lightscape experience includes 15 other new displays as well as the fan-favorite Winter Cathedral. This is a fully-walkable event that gets you and your little elves close to the lights.
For a different take on the traditional light display, check out these shimmering boats at the Marina del Rey boat parade. Get nice and cozy, bring a picnic blanket and some hot chocolate in thermoses so you can kick off the night by watching the spectacular fireworks show. Proceeding the pyrotechnics is the boat parade featuring 70 boats adorned with holiday lights. They are all vying for the top categories which include Best Power, Best Lights, Best Spirit and Best Yacht Club.
This epic walk-through begins with Speedway’s Christmas Village and continues in a series of jaw-dropping, Instagrammable sites. Here, you'll encounter displays with 30-foot tall ornaments, a lighted statue of Santa on a rocking horse, and a tunnel of lights that delivers you into a land, filled with Christmas sweets and illuminated lollipops.
This expansive Pasadena neighborhood gets transformed into a Winter Wonderland every year, with block after block having its own holiday theme. Established in 1951, this neighborhood's annual extravaganza dazzles with its extensive light displays. We’d recommend driving through as there is a lot to see.