Los Angeles Holiday Lights

With winter months averaging in the balmy 70-degree range, the holiday months in Los Angeles offer an alternative to the typical image of pine trees and snow-covered hills. But don’t underestimate the power of holiday cheer in cohesion with the power of the sun’s rays – Californians know how to celebrate the holidays in style! Imagine strings of lights hugging warmly around exotic palm trees, the sun setting as you stroll down the jovially-adorned Santa Monica Pier, and the delightfully illuminated houses rivaling the gleam of the Hollywood sign above – a Los Angeles holiday is one you will never forget! So where can you see the most vibrant L.A. holiday light displays?

Rodeo Drive: 

While you may have passed this famous shopping street on the Hollywood Movie Star Homes Tour, Rodeo Drive is worth revisiting once the sun goes down. Stroll past lavish shops with decadent holiday displays under the many gleaming palm trees encased in glittering holiday lights. Teeming with activity and vibrancy, it offers all the Hollywood exclusivity with the warmth of an inviting display of holiday cheer.

ICE at Santa Monica:

Santa Monica ice skating rink

Santa Monica ice skating rink.

Now open until January 20th, ICE is the perfect pit stop for those who are feeling nostalgic for a white winter. Every holiday season, downtown Santa Monica opens ICE on the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. Strap on a pair of ice skates and go for a spin around the rink beneath ornamented strands of romantic holiday lights. Surrounded by festive holiday décor, you’ll be hard-pressed to forget this little taste of winter within the California weather! And don’t forget to bring your Go Los Angeles Card to the Santa Monica Pier to enjoy All-Day Unlimited Rides!

knott's berry farm

Knott’s Merry Farm!

The holidays transform this beloved amusement park into Knott’s Merry Farm – featuring a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree lighting, a colorful Peanuts holiday parade, an ice skating show starring Snoopy, Santa’s Toy Barn, and so much more! Tickets are included in your Go Los Angeles Card, so be sure to pay a visit to this wintery wonderland on your quest to find the best Los Angeles holiday lights. For a schedule of events at Knott’s Merry Farm, click here.

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