🎶Christmastime is here!🎶 It’s time to get into the holiday spirit. Buddy the Elf is right that the ‘best way to spread Christmas events cheer is singing loud for all to hear’, but another one of our favorite things to do is go see beautiful Christmas light displays. There’s nothing like a sparkling wonderland of lights around the holidays. Los Angeles has a ton of options so we’ve narrowed it down to three
This is your sign to stop your online shopping or wrapping presents in the comfort of your Los Angeles apartment, and head out to go see some magic!
Dates: Nov. 21 – Jan. 9 (Closed Nov. 25, Dec. 24 & 25), open 5:30–10pm
Entry times: 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm & 8:30pm
Tickets: $25–$28 for Descanso Gardens members, $32–$35 for non-members
Phone: (818) 949-4200
Grab your walking shoes because you’ll be getting your steps in at the Enchanted Forest. It’s about a mile to walk through the forest’s immersive experience. This year they’ve added beautiful stained glass structures by contemporary sculpture Tom Fruin alongside sparkling and swirling light displays that truly enchant the forest.
Dates: Dec. 1- Jan. 1, open 6-10 pm
This is a community-driven holiday event as the residents of the South Torrence neighborhood put together a magnificent light display by extravagantly decorating their homes. You can walk or drive through the neighborhood – also known as Candy Cane Lane – but walking seems to be the way to go as some houses will be selling hot chocolate and it’s easier to get pictures! Every house chooses its own theme, whether Santa Clause, the Chicago Cubs, Spongebob, or Hanukkah so there is something for everyone to enjoy! Expect crowds because no one wants to miss this light display.
Dates: Open daily from 4:30pm – 10pm. Gates open at 4:30 pm. The first Holiday Wagon Ride departs at 5:30 pm, once it gets dark, and runs every 10 minutes with the last departure at 9 pm. Entry gates close at 8:30 pm, and Hikari closes promptly at 10 pm.
Tickets: Wagon ride $20–$25, gingerbread forest only $10–$15; parking $10
Phone: (949) 653-2100
Farmer Kenny: Ext. 200
Loosely translated, Hikari means to shine in Japanese & this festival really does shine with over 1 million twinkling lights. You can take a cozy wagon ride around the festively lit farm and explore the Gingerbread Forest which offers live music, food & drinks, arts & crafts, and photo ops with Santa and the lights.
There’s plenty of Christmas spirit to go around in Los Angeles. What’s your favorite activity to do in or around the city during the holidays? Let us know!