Despite the holiday promotions that seem to appear earlier and earlier in the year, for many southern Californians, the first signs of Christmas often appear as twinkling lights adorning a neighbor’s front yard.
Of course, every year, families are faced with the same dilemma of locating the most dazzling displays of holiday lights. It has even become a tradition for many to drive through various neighborhoods in order to take in the most brilliantly lit and decorated houses in town.
In order to help in this journey, we would like to highlight the best of the best when it comes to Christmas lights in southern California.
Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn – If there is one must-see display of holiday lights in southern California, it is the Mission Inn of Riverside. The historic hotel features nearly 4 million lights throughout the already beautiful Spanish landmark. The Festival of Lights begins November 29 and continues until January 4. http://www.missioninn.com/festival-of-lights/
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – This annual parade of brightly decorated boats, yachts, and even kayaks is a quintessentially Californian holiday event. Beginning December 18 and ending December 22, the harbor is lit up with sparkling lights and Christmas décor as the parade floats by each night from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. http://www.christmasboatparade.com/
The Grove – Located in Los Angeles, this popular outdoor mall is decked out each year with more than 15,000 lights, 10,000 holiday ornaments and an impressive 100-foot-tall Christmas tree. Between November 18 and December 24, The Grove experiences nightly snowfall to compliment Santa’s Cottage and live holiday music. http://www.thegrovela.com/event_promo.php?id_promo=1163
The Merriest Place on Earth – When all else fails, the most spectacular holiday displays can be found in Orange County at the Disneyland Resort. From November 12 through January 6, the park is filled with festive decorations, winter-themed attractions, and more than 80,000 LED lights illuminating Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the evening. If that is still not bright enough, the park hosts a Christmas themed firework display every night, as well. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/holidays-at-the-disneyland-resort/
From all of us at SLS Consulting, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday!