Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

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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.


A Hollywood Christmas | Photo courtesy of The Grove, Facebook

A Hollywood Christmas at The Grove has become an annual tradition since it was first held in 2002, the year The Grove opened. The ceremony takes place on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and features celebrity appearances and live performances by top recording artists, including Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, Jewel and more. The highlight of the celebration is the lighting of The Grove’s 100-foot Christmas tree, with more than 15,000 lights and 10,000 festive ornaments.


A spectacular, shimmering glow of nearly 150,000 lights will brighten up Rodeo Drive for the first time this holiday season during the annual Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The festivities feature artists creating life-size ice sculptures with chainsaws, New York-based DJs spinning holiday favorites with a twist, and Mr. Kringle and the Beverly Hills High School Marching Band heralding the arrival of the 2013 holiday season. The event culminates with the lighting of the holiday lights throughout the city. The ceremony takes place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Rodeo Drive, between Wilshire Boulevard and Dayton Way, in front of Two Rodeo and the Beverly Wilshire. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Tree Lighting - The Abbey Food & Bar (Dec. 1, 2013)

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To commemorate World AIDS Day, The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood presents the 4th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Momma and features performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Cocktails feature (BELVEDERE) RED Vodka, a limited edition release with 50% of profits from global sales going to the Global Fund, a leading supporter of programs to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. For VIP table reservations, email [email protected].


Help usher in this festive time of year at the Music Center in Downtown LA with the official lighting of L.A. County's Holiday Tree on Monday, Dec. 2. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., enjoy holiday favorites from chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica, local school choirs, and special guests to be announced.


On Thursday, Dec. 5, bring the entire family to Chinatown for an evening of music, lights and magic. The neon backdrop of Chinatown’s Central Plaza adds its own glow to the Tree Lighting Ceremony, a free event that takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The festivities begin with classic and modern Christmas carols, followed by the spectacular lighting of the Noble Fir, decorated in a uniquely Chinatown theme.

Holiday Lamplight Celebration - Heritage Square (Dec. 7-8, 2013)

At Heritage Square Museumthe past becomes the present at the 19th Annual Holiday Lamplight Celebration, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8. Experience the wonder of the holiday season in the beautiful glow of Heritage Square’s historic Victorian homes. Tours begin at 4:00 p.m., reservations are required. Admission price: $30 for Adults, $15 for Children over 6 years. Members get 20% off tickets - limited and incremental to their member level. NOTE: This program is not suitable for children under 6 years old. During the evening tours, guests need to be aware of dimly-lit conditions, walking on uneven surfaces, up-and-down steps, and long periods of standing.

Venice Sign Holiday Lighting (Dec. 6, 2013)

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The 2nd Annual Venice Sign Holiday Lighting and Windward Holiday Crawl is taking place on Friday, December 6th. For just the second time in its 100-year history, the historic Venice sign will welcome the holiday season by switching to red-and-green colored lights. Holiday attire is encouraged, and attendees are asked to bring new, unwrapped children’s toys to benefit The Muscle Beach Toy Drive. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Windward Ave. east of Pacific Ave, featuring live holiday music. A pre-lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7:45 p.m., followed by the ceremonial flip of the switch by councilperson Mike Bonin and a celebrity guest at 8 p.m. 

Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 14-31, 2013)

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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. 2013 - Jan. 2014)

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.

Holiday Lights at the Getty Center (Saturdays through Jan. 4, 2014)

It only makes sense that a cultural institution known for it's incredible displays of art should feature a dazzling display of lights during the holidays. Saturday nights at the Getty Center are a perfect opportunity to stroll their Central Garden, snap a photo of an unparalleled sunset and hunt around the campus in the evening for holidays lights and snowflake projections sprinkled throughout. The Museum Entrance Hall will also offer free hot cider starting at 5:30pm. If the evening chill gets to be a bit much, head inside to see even more lights, including the stained glass in Canterbury and St. Albans (through Feb. 2) and Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door (through Jan. 5)