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 - THE GROVE (Nov. 16, 2014)

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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. 16 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and features celebrity appearances and live performances by Earth, Wind and Fire, Aloe Blacc, Pentatonix,  Darlene Love and Fifth Harmony. 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.

RODEO DRIVE HOLIDAY LIGHTING - BEVERLY HILLS (NOV. 23, 2014)

A spectacular shimmering glow of nearly 150,000 lights will brighten up Rodeo Drive this holiday season during the annual Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Lining the median of Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards will be 16 full size Baccarat chandeliers, brilliantly lit birch trees, 42 iridescent palm trees, and hundreds of vibrant red poinsettias. Picturesque holiday banners of chandeliers will be displayed along the street. Two Rodeo and the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, will be radiant with more than 50,000 lights in celebration of the holiday season with another 100,000 red and white twinkle lights along the famed boulevard. The festivities will feature the seasonal spectacular lighting of the holiday lights, a fireworks show and a confetti “snow” shower, heralding the arrival of the 2014 holiday season. The ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on the 300 block of Rodeo Drive, near the intersection of Rodeo and Brighton Way. The holiday lighting is free and open to the public.

“Home for the Holidays” - Old Pasadena (Nov. 28, 2014)

On Friday, Nov. 28, Old Pasadena presents "Home for the Holidays," a free family-friendly holiday celebration from 4-8 p.m. The Holly Street Holiday Celebration takes place between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenue from 4-8 p.m. and features 20 tons of sparkling snow, Kids' Craft Village, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and live holiday music performances. One Colorado's Holiday Kick Off Party features the lighting of Old Town’s 35-foot Christmas tree and is taking place 6-8 p.m. at 41 Hugus Alley in One Colorado Courtyard. Toast the season with cookies and cocoa, enjoy live music from Leftover Cuties, photobombs from Santa in the photo booth, and Santa’s Mailbox opens for the season.

L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (NOV. 28, 2014 - JAN. 4, 2014)

L.A. Zoo Lights
L.A. Zoo Lights | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Zoo, Facebook

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) presents L.A. Zoo Lights, an all-new holiday light experience that combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the Los Angeles Zoo. Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals. View real reindeer, visit with Santa (on select dates), and enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. It’s a truly unique holiday experience that the whole family will cherish. Online tickets are available at www.lazoolights.org.

L.A. COUNTY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING - GRAND PARK (DEC. 1, 2014)

Help usher in this festive time of year with the official lighting of the L.A. County Christmas Tree at the Grand Park Fountain Overlook Terrace in Downtown L.A. The free event takes place on Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday favorites from chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Concert Choir, plus free hot beverages courtesy of Starbucks.

Tree Lighting Ceremony - The Abbey Food & Bar (Dec. 1, 2014)

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Each year, The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood commemorates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fifth edition of the event is taking place on Monday, Dec. 1 from 7-9 p.m. The event is hosted by Candice Cayne and features surprise performances. Special cocktails will be made with 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.

Venice Sign Holiday Lighting (Dec. 5, 2014)

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The 3rd Annual Venice Sign Holiday Lighting and Windward Crawl is taking place on Friday, Dec. 5. The festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. on Windward Ave. east of Pacific Ave, with bands and holiday music like the Venice Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Wesley Flowers’ distinctly Venice style of classical music and mashups ranging from Beck to Beethoven. City Councilperson Mike Bonin and a special celebrity guest will pull the switch that changes the Venice Sign colors to red and green. A ceremony is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and the sign lighting is at 8 p.m.

Holiday Lamplight Celebration - Heritage Square (Dec. 6-7, 2014)

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

Christmas Tree Lane (Dec. 13, 2014)

The 94th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts & Crafts Festival is taking place on Saturday, Dec. 13. 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. The Winter Arts & Crafts Festival starts at 2 p.m. and the lighting ceremony is at 6 p.m. 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. 13-31, 2014)

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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. 2014 - Jan. 2015)

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.