Where to Go Gazing at Christmas Lights in L.A.

The neighborhoods and destinations that go all out for the holidays
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Going for a drive to look at Christmas lights around town is one seasonal tradition that’s still totally OK to to do in 2020 (as long as you observe all appropriate guidelines and protocols, of course)–and, as is it happens, lots of people have decorated to the hilt this time around. Here is our list of where to find the best Christmas lights displays in residential neighborhoods around Los Angeles. For commercial drive-through light installations and other holiday events, click here.


Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena

Called the “Mile of Christmas Trees,” this Altadena attraction draws thousands of visitors each year to see homes decorated with elaborate displays. The neighborhood tradition dates back nearly a century, making it one of the area’s oldest holiday traditions. If you’re staying home these days (good for you!) you can virtually view the neighborhood using a new mobile app. Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena. 


Upper Hastings Ranch, Pasadena

 

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Upper Hastings Ranch is not too far from Christmas Tree Lane–both can be accomplished in a good night of light-peeping–but it is an enclave unto itself, with its own holiday lights tradition. Each block of the neighborhood is given its own theme, and participating houses go all out with lights, decor, and installations. Sierra Madre Boulevard and Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena.


Venice Canals

 

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The Venice Canals are always a lovely area to tool around, and the holidays typically bring extra twinkle. This year there will be no official decorating contests, but individual residences are likely to still light up. Be sure to avoid gathering or congregating on narrow walkways. Between Venice Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, Venice.


El Segundo Candy Cane Lane

 

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Candy Cane Lane typically brings one of the flashiest neighborhood displays in SoCal. So flashy, in fact, that in other years the El Segundo police block off streets during prime times to create a safe, pedestrian-only viewing experience. All of that is a no-go in this pandemic season (and some visitors report that the scene is more toned-down this year) but you can still drive through. East Acacia Avenue and California Street, El Segundo.


Sleepy Hollow, Torrance

This Torrance neighborhood display has been a South Bay holiday staple since 1985, with around two miles of homes that participate in setting up elaborate displays. “Such a perfect way to spread holiday cheer during these dull COVID times! The lights are absolutely beautiful, this neighborhood truly puts in a lot of effort,” one Yelp reviewer reports. Pacific Coast Highway and Calle Mayor in Torrance.


Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane

Going strong since 1952, the homeowners of this Woodland Hills neighborhood are known for doing it up on Christmas decor. Visitors are encouraged to drive slowly and safely through the area, but asked to stay no later than 10 p.m. on weekdays or 11 p.m. on weekend nights. Lubao Street and Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills.


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