Best Places to View the Christmas Lights in California
The holiday season is here, and the holiday spirit is already kindled, even if the presents have not been bought yet. One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday season is taking a break from the usual and heading somewhere new where you can appreciate new cultures, celebrations, and sceneries.
Here in California, the Christmas spirit comes alive even under warm weather in December, especially if you know the right spots to look for. To make it easier for you, our Modesto Car Service has compiled a small list of the best places you can visit in California this holiday season. Take a quick look and if you find any that you like, our Modesto Limo Service is available to get you there promptly and safely.
Christmas Tree Lane Altadena
The Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena is a large scale Christmas light display whose tradition dates back to the 1920s. The lane includes a mile of huge cedar trees all adorned with spectacular lights and every year it is open to the public during the Christmas season.
Wild for Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo
For once, you can hang out with the nocturnal creatures when the Los Angeles zoo comes alive during the Wild for Lights Christmas festival. After sunset, the zoo transforms into an enchanted winter forest full of lights, 3D projections, lasers, and other interactive light displays.
This is the only place in California where you get to see a real reindeer, visit Santa and enjoy holiday-themed treats as you are led through the ‘only-in-LA’ display course with animated LED monkeys. Being its 50th anniversary, this year will feature a new light waterfall and a shadow puppet at the zoo. Take the whole family for the most memorable night out.
Enchanted at Descanso Gardens
Enjoy an incredible display of lights at the one-mile long path called Enchanted in the Descanso public gardens. The path curves its way alongside eight stunning and interactive light displays around the botanical gardens that range from illuminated forests to lights on art pieces. Tickets are available for sale at $24-28.
Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel
This massive and stunning hotel in downtown Riverside stands as a historic site that gets even more elegant during the holiday season after being illuminated by millions of lights. The Mission Inn also offers live entertainment, a Ferris wheel and horse-drawn carriages all for free, making it one of the best places in California you can take your family for a special night out.
If possible, visit during the weekdays since on weekends, the traffic at the inn can get pretty crazy. Regardless of the day of the week you choose to go, make sure you are there right when the sun sets and the lights are on, it is a magical experience.
The Grove in Los Angeles
Here at the Grove shopping center, you will find California’s biggest Christmas tree adorned with thousands of lights and Santa and his reindeers high above the ground. It makes for a beautiful spot to gaze on the brilliant lights, watch the water shows set to the tunes of Christmas carols, and experience a ‘snowfall’ that happens every 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.