Ah yes, the Holidays are here! Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles is a great city for getting into the holiday spirit. Sure, the sun is pretty much always out and the temperature is 75 degrees, but that doesn’t deter us from Christmasing harder and better than all the other cities!
Yes, South Park luxury apartments are our bread and butter, but we do also consider ourselves aficionados of holiday cheer. When it comes to a great holiday season, it’s all about illuminating the night sky with little light bulbs of joy. Luckily, there are tons of dazzling displays of Christmas lights near DTLA. Here are the shows you must absolutely check out!
1. Enchanted: Forest of Light ($23 to $30)
*image from Descanso Gardens site
Leave it to Angelenos to turn Christmas lights into a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. Enchanted: Forest of Light is more like an art installation, but that doesn’t mean there’s stuffiness. Enchanted allows visitors to explore 10 unique and interactive light displays complemented by special soundscapes. And, it’s all against the backdrop of Descanso Gardens which is located about 30 minutes outside of downtown.
2. L.A. Zoo Lights ($10 to $19.95)
*image from LA Zoo Light’s Site
Chances are that you’ve been to Zoo Lights or at least heard about it. It will always be one of the quintessential ways to experience Christmas lights in DTLA. Every evening through January 8, Griffith Park Zoo will be showcasing interactive and static 3D projections, laser shows, and trees filled with LED animals. It’s quite impressive; you won’t be disappointed.
3. Beverly Hills (Free)
*image from Love Beverly Hills
It’s not new information that Beverly Hills is known as a high-end, tourist-filled shopping mecca; however, did you know that it’s also known as a Christmas wonderland? From now until the first week of January, the streets, shops, and palm trees will be lined with stunning lights, and there’ll even be some special sculptures to check out. It’s totally worth the 10-mile trip from Downtown LA.
4. Upper Hastings Ranch Holiday Light Up (Free)
*image from Upper Hastings Ranch’s Facebook Event
The Pasadena community of Upper Hastings Ranch might arguably be the coolest neighborhood for enjoying Christmas lights near DTLA (don’t get mad at us, other neighborhoods!) Every year, each street follows a specific theme of fun decorations and lights. The homeowners have been doing it for decades! Holiday Light Up will run up until New Year’s Day.
5. Venice Canals (Free)
*image from Venice Canal’s Yelp Page
When you think of Christmas lights in DTLA, your mind probably doesn’t go to the Venice Canals, but this year could change all that. Whether you decide to boat or walk it, you’ll get some nice views of the twinkling bridges that line the Canals from Venice Boardwalk to Abbot Kinney. The lights will be shimmering now until January 4, and you can even do an official tour if you like.
6. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (Free)
*image from Patch.com
Getting stuck in California traffic has never been so much fun! From now until January 1, you can join the line of brake lights on Robert Road in Torrance. Almost every home in the area is draped with a seemingly endless number of bright lights and ornaments. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza occurs every evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Yes, you can walk the neighborhood if you prefer.)
7. Holiday Time at Disneyland ($85 for Tour)
*image from Disneyland’s website
If you’re looking for real production value with your DTLA Christmas lights, then you’ll actually have to journey over to Anaheim. A little theme park named Disneyland is “the merriest place on Earth” until January 7. The whole park is embellished with amazing décor, and there’ll also be holiday food and shows. Even your favorite rides will be made up for the occasion. Sure, it’s pricey, but just think — when you tell the kids you’re going to Disneyland, they’ll probably lose their minds.
8. Candy Cane Lane (Free)
If you can, make the trip to Woodland Hills to witness a tradition that’s been around for 60 years. From now until New Year’s Day, several blocks around Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street will be cheery and bright with beautiful lights and decorations. It actually almost didn’t happen, so this year may be your last chance to see it. Also, with a name like “Candy Cane Lane”, how could you not want to go?
The holidays in DTLA are always special. We hope it’s filled with all the oohs and aahs you can handle!
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