It’s that time of year. Los Angeles is decked out with holiday lights galore.

There are tons of Christmas displays all over SoCal, but Carson and Producer Angie have narrowed it down to the best of the very best.

The Grove

If you want that Kodak moment with a big tree and snowflakes, Disneyland is a bit of a trek and very expensive. Instead, you can hop on over to The Grove for a photo op.

The shopping center is home to a 100-foot tall tree and hosts a fountain show with a holiday tunes soundtrack.

Snow falls nightly at 7pm and 8pm to make things even more magical.

Naples Island, Long Beach

For all you beach bums, this is the spot for you.

Homes along the canals really go all out for the season and waterfront walkways make it a safe spot for children.

Naples’ Annual Holiday Boat Parade is just around the corner, taking place Dec. 21. This year’s theme is “Vintage Christmas” and the festivities begin at 7pm.

Woodland Hills’ Candy Cane Lane

If you’ve got little ones to tote around, this makes for an easy trip. This display is more of a drive-through adventure, so grab your hot cocoa and crank up those holiday tunes.

For the record, neighbors begin to turn off their lights at 10pm to discourage night owls, so don’t get there too late!

Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive

What could be better than Christmas in Beverly Hills? Get a taste of the posh life on Rodeo Drive, where nearly 150,000 lights adorn the famed street.

On Rodeo Two, a pedestrian street between Dayton Way and Wilshire Boulevard, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and carolers will be holding court to spread the holiday cheer.

Sierra Madre’s Hasting Ranch

The whole neighborhood takes part in this annual holiday extravaganza.

Each block has its own theme and blog RedTri suggests driving, rather than walking, to take in the full effect.

Torrance’s Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

We haven’t forgotten about you, South Bay!

Located on Robert Road off Pacific Coast Highway North of Calle Mayor, this neighborhood welcomes the holiday season with lights, statues, Christmas trees, you name it!

It’s a 40-year-old tradition, which makes it one of the most popular spots in the area. You can walk or drive through the streets, and it continues nightly from 6pm-10pm through January 1.

Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane

This is reportedly the oldest, large-scale Christmas light display in the country, so they’ve had 93 years of experience to perfect this art.

More than 10,000 lights adorn the trees along Santa Rosa Avenue, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive.

San Marino’s St. Albans Road

How about a romantic stroll with your main squeeze?

The majestic pines and historic mansions on St. Albans Road provide a perfect backdrop for date night.

Reseda’s Tunnel Of Lights

This spot screams Instagram photo session! Surround yourself in a tunnel of twinkle lights for a perfect profile pic.

Spectators are allowed to walk, bike, blade, or take a stroller through the display, which runs on both sides of the street.

Located on the 7300 block of Yolanda Avenue, organizers recommend parking on Valerio near the school.

Riverside’s Mission Inn

For a truly spectacular show, the Mission Inn in Riverside is worth the tank of gas.

Its Festival of Lights, which continues through January 5, features nearly 4 million lights and more than 400 animated figures, including angels, elves and carolers. 250,000+ spectators visited the Inn in 2012 alone, so it’s clearly an impressive event.

Besides enjoying all of the lights, you can also visit Santa Claus himself or hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage.

  • Where’s your favorite local spot to see holiday lights? Share with us in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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