Los Angeles Christmas Light Tours

Los Angeles Christmas Light Tours

Although Christmas is already next week, you still have some time to go visit some of the most spectacular holiday lights in Los Angeles! In between all the hectic shopping and preparations take some time to enjoy the holiday season. We have an overview of the BEST of the best Los Angeles light tours you must check out this season. So take a break (be prepared to spend some time because unfortunately the holidays only makes traffic worse… who woulda thought that was possible in LA, right?) and go enjoy some beautiful holiday lights all throughout the city!

Christmas Tree Lane

In its 95th year of showcasing beautiful lights strung on Deodar trees in Altadena, Christmas Tree Lane is historic, and one of a kind. In 1920 Altadena resident and Pasadena businessman Frederick C. Nash came up with an idea of lighting the trees along the boulevard for the holidays. With assistance from his organization The Pasadena Kiwanis Club and from the City of Pasadena he would initially light a 1/4 mile section of the roadway. Over the next few years the lighting expanded until the entire row of trees, 150 in all, were beaming with Christmas lights. Though many pedestrians would walk along the lighted street, it was really a spectacle to behold from the seats of slowly passing automobiles. In 1927 the newer Altadena Kiwanis Club began the tradition of taking less fortunate children for rides along what they joyfully called Christmas Tree Street. It was then estimated that annually more than 50,000 automobiles travel the avenue during the weeks of the lighting, and modern statistics show that number has not changed much. In more modern times the lighting of the trees has become a full winter arts and crafts festival. The trees will be lit until January 2nd, 2017.

Beverly Hills Holiday Lights

Use the beautiful, and bougie, holiday lights in Beverly Hills as an excuse to go check out Rodeo Drive this holiday season! We suggest leaving your credit card at home to be safe though. Surrounded by designer boutiques, Rodeo Drive will be colored with red, silver and gold décor, a 30-foot Christmas tree, a nine-foot tall menorah, and live carolers and musicians. We hear a few days before Christmas snow might even make an appearance. The medians will also be blinged out with 16 full-size Baccarat chandeliers, valued at about 1 million along with glowing birch trees, iridescent palms and hundred of poinsettias.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights

Torrance offers one of the most family oriented light shows around. With 95% of the houses decorated in extravagant gear, this has been named “a magical place” during the holidays. You can check the lights out from December 1st-January 1st from 6-10 pm. Seeing as the neighborhood has become so popular it even has a Yelp page, your best bet is to park nearby and walk the neighborhood. Also, don’t forget your change because some residents sell hot dogs, coffee, and hot chocolate throughtout the tour (it’s the least you can do to contribute to their insane power bill).

LA Zoo Lights

LA Zoo is hosting 60 to 90-minute self-guided tour of the zoo grounds, covered in ligh tunnels, floating snowflakes and icicle lights. Although most of the animals will be asleep, you will find plenty of animals built from lights, and of course don’t forget to check out the REAL reindeer. You can also come out weekend afternoons for visits with Santa and other activities. To watch some incredible lights on the move, check out Marina del Rey’s annual boat parade competition. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. Culver City features a tree lighting at Town Plaza. You’ll enjoy: a 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine with over 7,500 LED lights, hot cider, hot cocoa and cookies, AND a free visit from Santa!

 

Boat Parades

Being a Californian we do have a not-so-traditional way to spread some Christmas tree and that is with our amazing boat parades. Both Marina del Rey AND Newport Beach have them. With over 70 boats in the Maria del Rey parade and over 100 in the Newport parade, you can enjoy both of these for FREE!

So take some family time this holiday season and enjoy some of the amazing holiday filled events that Los Angeles has to offer! If you’re wanting to make a whole day celebration out of it why not let Strack Transportation take you on your family-fun holiday extravaganza. With transportation of your choice, our professional chauffeurs can make this a magical day for the whole family.

Also don’t forget to think about your post-holiday events and book as early as possible for your San Francisco Super Bowl 50 or NYE events. You can book today at www.stracktransportation.com or by calling one of our reservation specialists at 888-781-5466.