Some people don’t put up holiday decorations until after Thanksgiving. Other people–and, specifically, other people who own shopping malls–would rather put up the tree as soon as the Halloween stuff goes into storage. Regardless of which camp you’re in, there’s something fun and festive about witnessing the moment that all the lights switch on. It may not quite feel wintery outside in L.A. but these tree lighting events will make the season feel bright.
This time of year Disneyland gets decked out, and the Christmas Fantasy Parade, where characters perform with Santa, returns for the season. And, because it’s Disneyland, while the date below is just the first lighting ceremony of the season–they actually stage a lighting of the 50-footer on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure every evening until January 6. November 12, 2019 at 4:55 p.m.
The Glendale shopping center promises a program of Christmas magic hosted by actress and Dance Moms-alum Ava Michelle. The celebration will include music, fireworks, the first “snow” of the season, and the grand arrival of Santa. (Be sure to check the website for a list of prohibited items like backpacks, thermoses, and selfie sticks.) November 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Morrison (of Glee fame) will perform at this Beverly Hills fête, playing holiday favorites and songs off his new collection of Disney soundtrack covers. Be sure to stop by the interactive pop-up photo experience for a perfect holiday snapshot. November 14, 2017 at 5 p.m.
This straight-forward festivity in Thousand Oaks offers all the standard trappings. Get excited for the big switch flipping, a fireworks display, Santa Claus rolling through, and some live performances. November 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
The Shops at Montebello hosts its first ever holiday tree lighting, with special celebrity host, Danny Trejo. The family-friendly affair includes a silent disco party, hot cocoa stations, and special gifts for the first 100 kids to arrive. November 16, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Welcome the season with performances from Leslie Odom, Jr (aka the original Aaron Burr from Hamilton), Aloe Blacc, Issac Slade of The Fray, Tori Kelly, Malea Emma, and others. Fireworks, snow, and more are all in store. November 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Santa lights up the tree at this kid-centric celebration—along with some help from audience members who text a special code from their phones. For entertainment, take in the sounds of classic carolers and a performance by the Lythgoe Family Panto. November 23, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Five million lights go into the “Festival of Lights” at the historic Mission Inn, which USA Today named “America’s best public lights display.” Watch them blink on, eat some seasonal treats, enjoy a fireworks show, and explore the property. November 29, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel reveals a new holiday experience, “Waterfront Wonderland.” Explore special holiday decor and details around the property, and explore a “whimsical forest” installation of 52 upside down Christmas trees. It all kicks off with a lighting ceremony, featuring pics with Santa, gingerbread decorating, seasonal drinks, a live toy soldier band, and more. November 30, 2019 at 4 p.m.
This holiday tradition in Altadena claims to be the oldest Christmas lighting spectacle in the United States. The afternoon starts at 2 p.m. with a winter crafts fair, and then continues until the sun sets and the lights can switch on. December 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
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