Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of avilon_music, Flickr

During the holidays, dazzling light displays throughout Los Angeles bring the city to vibrant life at night. In addition to traditional lighting ceremonies and festive decorations throughout the city, Heritage Square presents its annual Lamplight Celebration.

The Grove Christmas with Seth MacFarlane (Nov. 14, 2015)

Christmas at The Grove
Photo courtesy of The Grove, Facebook

The 2015 holiday season kicked off on Saturday, Nov. 14 at The Grove Christmas with Seth MacFarlane. The Family Guy creator sang some of the holiday’s most cherished songs backed by a vibrant 70-piece orchestra. McFarlane was joined by special guests Meghan Trainor and Katharine McPhee. The event also featured the annual lighting of The Grove’s 100-foot Christmas tree, a performance by The Top Hat dancers, magical snowfall, the arrival of Santa Claus himself and a fantastic fireworks finale.


The annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony took place on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 and attracted thousands of families from near and far to Beverly Hills. The ceremony included festive holiday décor, the lighting of Rodeo Drive’s palm trees, the Beverly Hills High School marching band, an appearance by Santa Claus, snow on world-famous Rodeo Drive, live musical performances and a light show choreographed to a live DJ. The Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony took place at 6 p.m. on the 200 block of Rodeo Drive, between Wilshire Boulevard and Brighton Way. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (NOV. 27, 2015 - JAN. 3, 2016)

When it debuted in 2014, L.A. Zoo Lights became an instant hit that captivated more than 175,000 visitors and earned a place as a new Los Angeles holiday tradition. For 2015, L.A. Zoo Lights returns bigger, better and even more spectacular than before as it sets a new standard for night time magic at the Los Angeles Zoo. With the flick of a switch, a dazzling wonderland is aglow with breathtaking light displays with thousands of LED lights, flurries of illuminated snowflakes, stunning 3-D animated projections, glittering light tunnels, and a fanciful menagerie of animal characters. While most L.A. Zoo animal residents are asleep, the self-guided 60- to 90-minute walking tour through select areas of the Zoo offers a unique visitor experience that features the only opportunity in L.A. to see real reindeer and enjoy weekend visits with Santa Claus, who resides amid an all-new snowy alpine village with glowing arctic animal friends, steaming hot chocolate, crunchy churros and other holiday treats and goodies for sale. For more info and to purchase online tickets to L.A. Zoo Lights, visit

GETTY CENTER (Nov. 28, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2016)

Spend a Saturday evening at the Getty Center, open until 9 p.m. for visitors to enjoy strolling the Central Garden at magic hour, photographing the sunset, Instagramming the lights in the trees, and sharing videos of their friends masquerading as snowflakes. Now through Jan. 2, 2016, guests can hunt for special holiday lights throughout the Getty campus (starting at 5:30 p.m.), stop by the Museum Entrance Hall for free mulled cider, and enjoy reduced-cost parking from 4 p.m. to close.


On Monday, Nov. 30 the City of Los Angeles ushered in this festive time of year with the official lighting of the L.A. County Christmas tree at The Music Center Plaza. Guests enjoyed holiday favorites performed by chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica, a choral performance by local L.A. high school students and free hot chocolate.

Tree Lighting Ceremony - The Abbey Food & Bar (Dec. 1, 2015)

Photo courtesy of The Abbey Food & Bar, Facebook

Each year, The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood commemorates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 with its Tree Lighting Ceremony. The sixth annual ceremony took place on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in collaboration with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The event featured special guest Heather Dubrow (The Real Wives of Orange County) and a performance by Daniel Franzese. Guests enjoyed holiday cocktails made with Effen Vodka and Jim Beam.

Venice Sign Holiday Lighting (Dec. 4, 2015)

Photo courtesy of kay’s kamera, Flickr

Now in its fourth year, the Venice Sign Holiday Lighting has become a beloved tradition of changing the lights of the famous Venice Sign from white to red and green for the holidays. Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue was closed for the event, which took place on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 and included live music, a poster contest and activities for the whole family. There was also be a collection of new, unwrapped toys for the 9th Annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive (in conjunction with the LAPD Pacific Division & Pacific Area Boosters) and the Great Venice Toy Drive. 

Holiday Lamplight Celebration - Heritage Square (Dec. 5-6, 2015)

At Heritage Square Museum, the past becomes the present at the annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 2015. Guests experienced the wonder of the holiday season in the beautiful glow of Victorian homes at Heritage Square’s annual holiday event. 

Christmas Tree Lane (Dec. 12, 2015)

The 95th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts & Crafts Festival took place on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Located just north of Pasadena, on Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena, Christmas Tree Lane is recognized as the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world. Every Christmas season since 1920, the majestic deodars on the "Mile of Christmas Trees" are strung with 10,000 lights. The festive lighting ceremony attracts thousands of revelers from around the area, as well as local choirs, marching bands, solo performers, and of course - Santa Claus.  Christmas Tree Lane was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 1990 and is designated a California Historical Landmark.

Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 12-31, 2015)

Photo courtesy of Lydia Marcus, Flickr

Every year, an eight square-block area of the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Woodland Hills is transformed into Candy Cane Lane, a dazzling celebration of lights, figures and artificial snow. Candy Cane Lane is an informal group of Woodland Hills homeowners who collectively decide each year to put on an amazing holiday display of lights and decorations. Candy Cane Lane has been a Woodland Hills tradition since 1952, and participants try to outdo each other with their light displays. Santa is often seen posing for photos with children and some of Santa's elves have been glimpsed roaming the neighborhood. The annual event begins on the second Saturday of December and lasts through the end of the year. Candy Cane Lane is located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard Streets in Woodland Hills. Visitors drive slowly down the street with their headlights dimmed so that everyone can enjoy the lights. The closest exit is Winnetka, off the 101 freeway. Residents ask that visitors drive by no later than 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (Dec. 2015 - Jan. 2016)

Its name sounds more like a place you’d visit on Halloween, but the Torrance neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow has been embracing the Christmas spirit for decades with spectacular holiday light displays. Begin your visit to the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza from Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, then slowly drive or stroll along Robert Road, where every house is decorated and the tree-lined street is glittering with lights. Local kids will often sell hot cocoa to visitors as they pass by their houses. The Sleepy Hollow christmas lights start brightening the holidays the first full weekend of December and last until the first week of January.