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10+ Unmissable Christmas Light Displays in SoCal – 2023 🎄

We’re unveiling the 11 coolest spots in SoCal that are all decked out with the sparkliest Christmas lights.

From cozy neighborhoods shining with holiday vibes to mind-blowing displays, this guide is your ticket to a festive adventure that screams ‘let’s celebrate!’

Ready to light up your holidays?

Let’s roll through the most awesome Christmas spots in Southern California!

(Our favorites are number 2 and number 10)

Experience luxury and glamour with the dazzling holiday lights and decorations along the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Take a walk down this iconic shopping street, adorned with festive lights that add a touch of magic to the upscale boutiques and designer stores.

Whether you’re window shopping or looking for the perfect holiday gifts, Rodeo Drive offers a unique and glamorous holiday experience.

Enjoy a taste of holiday extravagance on Rodeo Drive!

Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena

Christmas Tree Lane Santa Rosa Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

December 9th 2023 to End of December

Free

https://christmastreelane.net/

Celebrate the holiday season at Christmas Tree Lane, a festive tradition in Altadena that’s been going on for over 100 years!

This enchanting lane, adorned with beautiful deodar cedar trees wrapped in twinkling lights, creates a magical atmosphere.

Take a slow drive or walk along the street to enjoy the dazzling display of lights.

For the latest information on specific locations, opening times, and any special events, check local announcements or the official Christmas Tree Lane website.

Riverside Festival of Lights,

3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, USA

November 18th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Free

https://www.missioninn.com/experiences/events/festival-of-lights

Downtown Riverside comes alive with the annual Festival of Lights, a spectacular celebration of the holiday season.

4.5 million twinkly lights illuminate this place so it definitely ticks the box when it comes to ‘wow factor’.

There are also around 400 animated figures too!

Enjoy the illuminated streets, enjoy animated displays, and experience the festive atmosphere.

The Riverside Festival of Lights often features live entertainment, holiday activities, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Grinchmas
  • Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608,

November 24th 2023 to January 1st 2024

Admission ticket is needed.

The Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, featuring festive decorations, lights, and special entertainment throughout the park.

The main festive attractions are Grinchmas and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Grinchmas:

Experience the whimsical world of Grinchmas, inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The celebration includes character meet-and-greets, a tree lighting ceremony, and playful decorations.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

This part of the park takes on a wintery theme at this time of year with festive garlands and lights and snowy roofs.

There’s also the ‘Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle’ show that happens in the evenings.

Here’s what it looks like…

You’ll also find christmas themed decorations around other parts of Universal Studios too.

Disney Land Resort, Anaheim California

Disney Land Park, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States

November 10th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Admission ticket is needed.

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

Disneyland Park transforms with enchanting holiday lights, including the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle covered in festive decorations.

Enjoy holiday-themed attractions, seasonal parades, and the magical “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks show.

Disney California Adventure features the “Festival of Holidays” celebration with diverse cultural performances and delicious seasonal food offerings.

And don’t forget one of the best attractions, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, where Disney characters join Santa for a musical christmas parade.

Dana Point Harbor Holiday Lights and Boat Parade

34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

Boat parade 8th,9th,10th December. Festive lights Start from November 15th 2023.

Free

https://danapointharbor.com/holidays-at-the-harbor/

Dana Point Harbor is covered with festive holiday lights, creating a magical atmosphere for visitors.

The harbor area, including shops and restaurants, often features decorative lighting during the holiday season.

Dana Point Harbor hosts an annual boat parade, where decorated boats cruise through the harbor in a stunning display of lights.

This year is the 48th annual Boat Parade of Lights and it will take place December 8 – 10 every day at 6:30pm.

The holiday lights are typically on in the evenings during the holiday season and this year they started on November 15th 2023.

Brea Eagle Hills

2970 Primrose Ave, Brea, CA 92821

December 1st 2023 to December 26th 2023, 6pm-10pm

Free

https://www.brealights.com/

https://www.instagram.com/brealights/

If your neighborhood is lacking christmas lights come to this one instead!

Eagle Hills in Brea, California, is known for its community-driven holiday lights display during the Christmas season.

Residents of Eagle Hills traditionally decorate their homes with festive lights, decorations, and holiday-themed displays, creating a delightful experience for visitors.

This place can get pretty busy so be prepared for traffic.

Here’s a video of what you could expect…

Candy Cane Lane , El Segundo

1200 E Acacia Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

December 9th 2023 to December 23rd 2023

Free

El Segundo Events: Candy Cane Lane

Celebrated every year since 1949, except for 2020, this neighborhood really comes alive at Christmas time!

To get a feel for the place, have a look at the video below.

Winter Fest OC

88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

November 24th 2023 to January 7th 2024

General Admission $25.99 – $55. Children 2 and under are free.

https://www.winterfestoc.com/

Discover Southern California’s largest winter festival at Winter Fest OC.

At this place you won’t just get festive lights though, there are tonnes of activities as well as food and drinks to keep you busy.

You can even play with snow and have a go at ice tubing on selected dates.

Here’s a video to give you an idea…

Holiday Road at King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas

26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302, United States

November 24th 2023 to December 27th 2023

Tickets start from $24.99

https://holidayroadusa.com/

You can expect to see larger-than-life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all your favorite holiday cheer!

If you love twinkling Christmas trees then this place will definitely fit the bill.

Remember to go after dark to make the most of it!

Just look how cool it looks in the video below.

Christmas In The Park, San Jose

Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113

November 24th 2023 to January 1st 2024

Free

https://www.christmasinthepark.com/

Ok so this one might not be SoCal, but why not show some love to Norcal too?

Get ready for some festive fun at Christmas in the Park in Downtown San Jose!

The Plaza de Cesar Chavez lights up with tons of twinkling lights, cool decorations, and a lively holiday vibe.

Take a leisurely walk through the park to check out all the awesome Christmas trees and cool displays.

There’s usually live music, Santa making an appearance, and fun activities for the kiddos.

It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit with your friends and family.

For the latest info on dates, opening times, entrance fees, and what’s happening, be sure to check the event’s official website.

Don’t miss out on making some awesome holiday memories!

And that’s it!

You should definitely get your fix of festive lights from one of these places in California.

Megan Jones is a travel expert and founder of Traveller's Elixir who has been travelling the world full time since 2021. Megan's travel tips been featured in numerous media outlets including Metro, Timeout, Thrillist and more.

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