If you’re spending Christmas in Los Angeles this year, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the holiday spirit despite the lack of snow. All of the resorts, theme parks, and zoo host special holiday-themed events, as well as major shopping centers and neighborhoods offering some additional fun for the entire family. From spectacular light displays to winter wonderlands that you can walk through, these are fifteen of the best places in Los Angeles to see Christmas lights.

Visit The Best Places To See Christmas Lights in L.A.

1. Enchanted: Forest of Light

From November 25 through January 8, the Descanso Gardens will showcase stunning holiday lights, magical colors, and sparkling displays throughout the grounds. The gardens will be open for a one-mile walk between 5 to 10pm, and will feature 10 different dazzling sections.

Address: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

2. Heritage Square Holiday Lamplight celebration

Explore eight restored Victorian homes that are lit up with beautiful lights for a historical holiday experience. This annual celebration is in its 22nd year, and will offer guided tours begin at 4pm on December 3 and 4. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children over the age of 6. Advance reservations are required.

Address: 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles

3. L.A. Zoo Lights

See the L.A. Zoo as you’ve never seen it before, transformed into a winter wonderland complete with glowing light animals, real reindeer, a visit with Santa, seasonal treats and goodies, a disco-ball forest, and a dramatic display that combines light, water, and music. This event runs from November 18 to January 8 from 6 to 10pm. Tickets cost $13 for adults on weeknights and $18 for adults on weekends.

Address: 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

4. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights

This community has become famous for its over-the-top Christmas decorations that all of the neighbors participate in. It runs for the entire month of December and lights stay on until 10pm. Enjoy a walk through the vast neighborhood and say hello to some of the residents, who often offer hot cocoa and other treats to visitors .

Address: 23220 Robert Rd., Torrance

5. The Getty

Watch as the Getty Center comes alive on Saturday nights with a festive variety of holiday light decorations. Stroll the grounds and take in the city views while sipping on complimentary mulled cider. This event begins the day after Thanksgiving.

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

6. The Grove

A great place to see holiday lights with the entire family, this shopping center is home to Los Angeles’ largest Christmas tree. The fountain’s water show is set to holiday tunes, and you can also catch a sneak peek at Santa in his gingerbread-themed workshop.

Address: 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles

7. Christmas Tree Lane in San Marino

The sister street to Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane, this stunning street is backlit with festively decorated estate homes. After exploring the streets of San Marino, head to Old Town for a cup of hot cocoa.

Address: E. California Blvd. at S. Fair Oaks Ave., San Marino

8. Canals of Naples

Ride in an authentic gondola while enjoying the beautifully decorated homes along the waterfront. Smaller gondolas seat two people while larger gondolas seat up to 14. There is also an annual Naples Boat Parade on December 17 that begins at 6pm.

Address: E. 2nd St. & E Naples Plaza, Long Beach

9. Candy Cane Lane

This eight-square block area turns into a celebration of lights and some of the most elaborate displays. The showcase is put on by a group of homeowners and has been a tradition in Woodland Hills since 1952. Santa and some of his elves have been seen posing for photos with children. The display begins on the second Saturday of December and last through the end of the year.

Address: Lubao Avenue & Oxnard St., Woodland Hills

10. Hastings Ranch

Starting the first week of December, each block of this Pasadena neighborhood has its own theme, ranging from Santa’s Toy Shop to a Winter Wonderland with fake snow. Due to the size of this neighborhood, driving in a car is recommended.

Address: N Sierra Madre Blvd. & Riviera Dr., Pasadena

11. Storytime Walk

Located in northern Los Angeles, this fun display features various themes and décor, from a gingerbread house to Star Wars. This is best explored on foot, and the best times for viewing this neighborhood are on weeknights when it is less crowded. One of the highlights is a Night Before Christmas display that is a self-guided story.

Address: 21865 Copper Hill Dr., Santa Clarita

12. Rodeo Drive

For a more glamorous version of the holidays, head to ritzy Rodeo Drive, where all of the storefronts and street displays are brightly lit and decorated for Christmas. Stroll south down Rodeo Drive, starting on Santa Monica Boulevard. If you go down to Rodeo Two, located between Dayton Way and Wilshire Boulevard, you can see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some carolers.

Address: 248 N Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills

13. Disneyland Resort

As if Disneyland weren’t magical enough, during the holiday season it really lives up to its name. The park offers a “Believe-in Holiday Magic” fireworks show with falling snow, a Christmas fantasy parade, thousands of decorations and lights, and “It’s a Small World” where 300 animated “Children of the World” sing Christmas favorites.

Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim

14. Knott’s Merry Farm

The theme park transforms over the holidays, adding more festivity and décor to its multiple shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Address: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

15. Winterlit Celebration

The theme park transforms over the holidays, adding more festivity and décor to its multiple shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Address: Wilshire Blvd. and 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

This article was written by Kamala Kirk.

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