Local Christmas Light Spectacles 2010

Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Noah Albert on December 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

What would Christmas be without lights, and lots and lots of lights at that. Below I have collected links and info for various X-Mas lighting spectacles in the Southland. The bonus here in Southern California is that you can enjoy these holiday extravaganzas in shorts and flip-flops. I hope all you folks enjoying a white Christmas are staying warm in your down jackets and snowboots!

To get the bad news out of the way, the DWP’s Annual Light Festival in Griffith Park is CANCELLED this year due to work on water lines in the area. Here are some of the events that are happening:


Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane — This event claims to be the oldest big Christmas lighting event in the United States.

It is located on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive, 91104.

Runs Dec. 11 2010 thru Jan. 2 2011 and Jan 6 and 7 2011.

Lights are on — Weekdays: Dusk to 10pm, Holidays and Weekends: Dusk to midnight.

Balian Mansion — This mansion has been lite up since 1955 and is a Christmas light destination that is known far and wide. The Balian family (owners of the mansion) are known for their brand of ice cream.

The location is at N. Allen Ave and Mendocino Lane, 91001.

Runs Dec. 13 2010 to Jan. 1 2011.

Upper Hastings Ranch — To make the Pasadena/Altadena events a trio, you can also visit this upscale development which has been organizing a neighborhood-wide lighting extravaganza since 1952.

To get to Upper Hastings Ranch take the 210 freeway to the Michilinda Avenue exit. Take that exit and head north on Michilinda; once you cross E. Sierra Madre Drive you are in Upper Hastings Ranch. The lights are between Riviera Drive (western border) and Michilinda Avenue (eastern border).

Runs Dec. 13 2010 to Jan. 1 2011.


Newport Beach Boat Parade — With its 102 year history and its 14 mile route, this is the boat parade that rules them all.

Free public viewing is available on the beaches of Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula, as well as the Fun Zone. Many waterfront businesses will charge a viewing fee for this very popular event.

Runs 6:30pm to 9:30pm Dec 15-19th; Fireworks at 9pm on Dec. 19th.

Naples Canals — This Naples Canals section of Long Beach is traditionally well-decorated for the season.

You can walk around the vicinity of the Rivo Alto Canal, 90803.

The boat parade was on Dec. 11th, after that many of the lights remain up until Christmas/New Year

Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane — A dedicated X-Mas Street in Long Beach, complete with 23 Christmas trees.

The lights start at N. Daisy Avenue and W. Willow St, 90806 and run to the PCH.

The parade was on Dec. 12th, after that many of the lights remain up until Christmas/New Year.

More boat parades and coastal lighting spectacles are listed in this very useful Los Angeles Times article.

This City7100 blog entry also gives a nice overview of Holiday events in the Southland (including a helpful map). There are two ice skating locations downtown this year!

[Photo courtesy of donielle/flickr]

Tags: 2010, Christmas, Christmas Lights, Holiday Events, Santa, X-Mas, XMas


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