Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

In the city where palm trees swap their fronds for festive lights, Los Angeles transforms into a twinkling winter wonderland during the holiday season. We’ve scoured the City of Angels for the most dazzling displays, because let’s face it, if LA can make traffic jams entertaining, imagine what they can do with holiday lights. From iconic landmarks to neighborhood extravaganzas, these spots are not just shining examples of holiday cheer—they’re the glittering beacons that prove even palm trees can rock a string of holiday lights in Los Angeles like nobody’s business.

Astra Lumina at South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274

Capistrano Lights at San Juan Capistrano Mission

26801 Old Mission Road, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675

Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted Forest of Light

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, California 91011

Hikari: Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms

5380 ¾ University Drive, Irvine, California 92612

Holiday Road at King Gillette Ranch

26800 W. Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, California 91302

Imaginarium at Pomona Fairplex

1101 W. McKinley Ave. (Gate 17), Pomona, California 91768

L.A. Zoo Lights

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027

Lightscape at Los Angeles County Arboretum

301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, California 91007

Lightscape San Diego at San Diego Botanic Garden

300 Quail Gardens Drive (at Ecke Ranch Road), Encinitas, California 92024

Luminaria Nights at the California Botanic Garden

1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, California 91711

Magic of Lights in Coachella Valley’s Empire Polo Club

81800 51st Ave., Indio, California 92201

Santa Barbara Zoo Lights

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93103

Sherman Library & Gardens’ Nights of 1000 Lights

2647 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, California 92625

WildLights at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, California 92260

Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration

As the lights dim on our festive tour of Los Angeles, it’s evident that the City of Angels knows how to shine during the holiday season. From iconic landmarks to neighborhood streets, the magic of twinkling lights has woven a tapestry of joy across the cityscape. As you bid farewell to this luminous journey, remember that even the palm trees don their festive best in LA. So, whether it’s the glittering skyline or the quaint neighborhoods, let the radiant memories of these holiday lights illuminate your spirit throughout the season.