The Best Free Places to See Christmas Lights in Los Angeles

No snow in Los Angeles for Christmas. But festive Christmas lights shine as bright as ever even in the favorite beach destination in Southern California. What’s more? There is not one but multiple places to enjoy holiday festiveness and spectacular Christmas lights in Los Angeles.

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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The best places to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles

The Best Places to Enjoy Christmas Lights in Los Angeles Year after Year

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Los Angeles. Sparking lights and splendid Christmas trees with the most adorable ornaments glamorize every corner of the city. Adorable festive banister garlands and colorful gift stocking faithfully predict the upcoming holiday season. There are music and songs, laughter and glee, gifts shopping and gingerbread cookie baking…  Oh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Los Angeles looks absolutely stunning during the Christmas season. With joyful mood in the air and Christmas preparation in the full swing, the city is a true definition of joy, happiness, and celebration. Without exaggeration, this is one of those destinations that you want to add your holiday travel bucket list.

From the glittering lights to gorgeous Christmas trees and outdoor concerts and shows, Los Angeles impresses with its scale of festiveness and celebration. You wouldn’t expect anything less than that from an entertainment capital of the world. Now let me guide you through the city and impress you with the best Christmas lights in the entire Los Angeles area.

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Christmas lights in Downtown Los Angeles


Candy Cane Lane in Woodland Hills

Located between Winnetka and Corbin Avenues, Candy Cane Lane is one of the highlights of the Christmas season in Los Angeles. An eight-block neighborhood with the dazzling light displays can put even the grouchy Grinch in the holiday spirit.

So take a spin around the area and check out the best decorations in town. To make your evening feels even more festive, grab a cup of homemade gingerbread latte and set off on exciting Christmas lights adventure in Los Angeles. This trip includes a visit to Santa Clause and his helpful elves at the North Pole and following the brightest star that leads to newborn Jesus peacefully lying in a manger.

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Festive lights on Candy Cane Lane, Los Angeles

Universal CityWalk

Dancing all night long? Not a bad idea especially when you meet a huge crowd of strangers dancing together at Universal CityWalk. The holiday music, gleaming lights, and a towering Christmas tree with more than 10,000 lights will bring you one step closer to the holiday cheer in Los Angeles.

The music is not limited to a pre-selected set of DJ’s favorite Christmas songs. To ignite that holiday spirit, live concerts are available for free. Check out Universal Studios website to see daily updates and scheduled performances.

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

In December, the world’s famous luxury shopping destination, Rodeo Drive, astounds locals and visitors of Los Angeles with resplendent Christmas decorations. This two-mile-long street turns into a real festive winter wonderland you must see.

With hundreds of thousands of lights, dazzling storefront and street displays, fabulous Christmas trees and Santa’s sleigh flying above Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard intersection, Rodeo Drive rightfully deserves the title of the most glamorous destination on your Los Angeles Christmas itinerary.

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Christmas lights in Beverly Hills

Los Angeles California Temple of Mormon Church

Imagine getting out of your car and stepping into a magical world of Christmas lights. Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, a dazzling display of more than 340,000 colorful lights reminds you to stay merry and cheery during this wonderful time of the year.

With stunning Christmas palm trees, charming pathways abundantly brightened up by the gleaming displays, and dozens of gorgeous Christmas trees in the Visitor Center, this is one of the most wonderful destinations with the best Christmas lights in the capital of Hollywood.

Final Words on the Festive Lights in Los Angeles

Christmas lights and shopping, live concerts and entertainment shows… All of these mesmerize locals and guests of Los Angeles and make their Christmas extra special. If you visit the city during this time of the year, make sure to add one or all of the above-mentioned destinations to your Christmas itinerary and enjoy the best the city has to offer during the most wonderful time of the year.


  1. Valerie
    December 8, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Wow, Los Angeles is looking so festive! I really love all these holiday decorations!

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Yes, me too. 🙂

  2. caroline flowers
    December 8, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    What a fun and festive place! Happy holidays!
    Xx Caroline

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Happy holidays, Caroline! 🙂

  3. Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    December 8, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    I LOVE all those lights on Candy Cane Lane! Christmas lights are just so magical and I am so thankful to the people who are willing to put the effort into putting on displays like that haha. These all look like such fun places to check out!

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Yes, Susie, those people deserve a big round of applause. Generously, they bring Christmas closer to us while taking on burdens of paying high electricity bills after the season is over.

  4. Ytzi
    December 9, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    It looks so beautiful!! thanks for sharing. I absolutely love this season!

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you! Christmas season is one of my favorite times as well 🙂

  5. Yara Mel
    December 10, 2017 / 5:18 am

    I cannot wait to visit LA! This itinerary seems perfect 🙂 Lovely pictures too!

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you! I hope you will be able to visit the city in the near future and see all these things with your own eyes 🙂

  6. the adventurer
    December 10, 2017 / 11:59 am

    So many fun things to do in LA for christmas! I was just in Marina del Raye to watch the christmas boat show and we had a blast =o)

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Christmas boat show is indeed an incredible entertainment that you don’t want to miss. Luckily, you can see it multiple times throughout December in different parts of LA. 🙂

  7. Agness of eTramping
    December 11, 2017 / 2:26 am

    I wasn’t aware that LA is so wonderful at Christmas time, Zhanna. This is an exceptional itinerary! 😉

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you very much, Agness! The city is so festive and charming right now that you want to see as much as possible of it before the holidays are over.

  8. Mercy
    December 14, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I miss LA, I was not wrong when I described this city in my latest blog post as colourful. Nice to see these current festivities going around in Los Angeles.

    • Zhanna
      December 14, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Yes, Mercy, LA is very beautiful and festive at this time despite lack of snow and white Christmas 🙂

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