2016 Best Holiday Christmas Light Displays in Los Angeles
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Twinkle lights and red ribbons adorn the trees, lavish holiday displays decorate the shop windows, poinsettias are planted in the center divider, and the infamous Pretty Woman hotel, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, is bejeweled with lights and interior decorations. Make a day of it and stop in for Afternoon Tea at the Regent. The hotel has a Holiday Desk available to answer questions concerning their festivities. Plan ahead for next year’s Nutcracker Tea, as reservations are sold out one year in advance, or the Christmas Carol Luncheon, when the hotel brings snow to the property for the kids. (632/F2)
248 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills
The Getty Center comes alive with festive holiday lights on Saturday nights beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Visitors can sip complimentary mulled cider as they take in the twinkling lights of the city between viewing the exhibits.
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles
LA Zoo Lights, Los Angeles
With awe-inspiring features providing a brand-new spin on holiday lights in Griffith Park, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS sets the Zoo’s enchanting environment aglow with breathtaking displays, among them thousands upon thousands of LED lights, flurries of illuminated snowflakes, stunning 3-D animated project ions and glittering light tunnels. A fanciful menagerie of animal characters include mischievous animated monkeys scampering through the grounds, a glowing 130-foot snake coiled on a roof, a hillside with snowboarding “lizards,” 3-D animated elephants wearing colorful holiday sweaters, an origami-type rhino lit from within and so much more. L.A. ZOO LIGHTS is open every night, except Christmas Eve (December 24) and Christmas Day (December 25), from 6 to 10 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 6 to 11 pm Fridays through Sundays and December 21 through 23. (594/C2)
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles
Winterlit Celebration, Santa Monica
Elaborate light displays of Christmas trees, jutting icebergs, and icicles serve as the background for strolling carolers, a visit from Santa Claus and even a snowfall on opening day.
Wilshire Blvd & 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica
Lights on Miracle Hill – A Christmas Promise
It takes volunteers 10,000 man hours to install these 500,000 lights, drawing over 10,000 people each year to this light show. “Our hope is to be a light in our city and that many would experience the joy of the season.” Free admission to this light show which runs weekend evenings December 2-25.
18901 Amar Road, Walnut
Westlake Village Inn, Westlake Village
Thousands of twinkle lights bring holiday cheer to this charming European-style inn, set on seventeen acres in Westlake Village. Christmas trees and poinsettias are scattered throughout the property, creating a winter wonderland. Take advantage of one of their winter overnight specials and catch live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening in Bogie’s Night Club & Bar. Or, just stop in for dinner at Mediterraneo. (557/D5)
31943 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village