The Best Christmas Lights in LA
Tis’ the season for cocoa, snuggles, caroling, shopping, family, maybe some snow and of course holiday lights! Get your Kira Kira app ready because we’re shedding light on some family-friendly light-filled activities in and around Pasadena in 2019.
Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills on Lubao and Oxnard Street will definitely fill you with holiday cheer with its houses aglow with traditional to the more outrageous light installations. For over 60 years, these streets have been covered in every type Christmas light imaginable. Lights go up December 14 and remain lit through the end of the 2019.
If you attended last year’s installation of The Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest, you’ll definitely see some of your old favorites, like the dragon floating on water and see-saw Pandas, along with some new exhibits – Ocean Visions where you’ll “dive under the seas” and Polar Dreams, a wondrous winter wonderland. Make sure to head there soon as it gets super busy closer to Christmas.
Descanso Gardens offers an annual holiday light show Enchanted: Forest of Light. Both magical and moody light-based installations line your garden journey, with interactive offshoots and trees glowing with crisp colors that envelope you as you walk the garden’s pathways. Enchanted is up through January 5, but don’t dally as tickets go fast!
Head to Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo for disco balls, snowflakes, tunnels filled with colorful lights and glowing animals that take over the 133-acre property. Included in this year’s light extravaganza are new and past favorites, plus the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook. Zoo Lights is up through January 5.
The Venice Canals are getting lit up for the holidays. Although a beautiful sight to see year round, the canals are especially twinkly for the holidays. Head there on December 7th for the Annual Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade. The parade begins at 3:30p at the intersection of Eastern and Carroll Canals.
Field of Light at Sensorio by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro features a 15 acre walk-through artwork with over 58,000 solar lit stemmed spheres that “gently illuminate the beautiful landscape in an array of colors”. A mesmerizing experience worth making a trip to a little north in Paso Robles, the installation is open Thursday – Sunday and runs until January 15.
For a more quaint, local show, head to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena on Santa Rosa Avenue (between Woodbury and Altadena Drive). You’ll bask in the colorful, warm glow from the towering cedar trees festooned with colored lights that line each side of the lane. Started in 1920, Christmas Tree Lane is claimed to be the oldest, large-scale Christmas light presentations. It’s listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and is designated a California Historical Landmark. The lights go on at 6p on December 14.