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Day 212: Holiday Light Displays

Ready to see some holiday light displays in and around Pasadena?

Are you in the mood to take in some amazing holiday lights?

In keeping with our theme of holiday tree lighting ceremonies and Christmas light displays Day 212 of 365 Things to do in Pasadena® offers you a variety a places to seek out as many of these brilliant bulbs as your heart desires!

Of course, you already know about  Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane, San Marino’s Majestic Pines and The Balian House.

We thought we might suggest to you a few other places where you can take in the glistening glow of the season.

Upper Hastings Ranch, Pasadena

From the 210 Freeway, head North on Michillinda Avenue and take a drive along the residential streets, there you’ll find a variety of homes all decorated with holiday splendor.

San Gabriel

Be sure to visit the Mission District in Downtown San Gabriel for a festive display of lights and decorations.


“Christmas Castle,” 4113 Muscatel Ave, Rosemead. Current and former residents, hopefully, will come together this year again to deck out the house, which was famous around town in the 1970s and ’80s for its holiday displays.  Not confirmed for 2012 yet.

City of Rosemead’s 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6, at 6:00 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 8838 E. Valley Boulevard. Bring your singing voices and join the fun! Local school children will lead the crowd in traditional Christmas Carols. Refreshments will be provided. People are encouraged to bring items for the City’s annual Canned Food and Toy Drive.

El Monte

Every year, residents on an entire street block go all out to decorate their homes for the holidays. The community can check it out at 3160 Gage Ave., El Monte

Diamond Bar

In 2009 and 2010, the Gudvangen family won the Best Holiday Spirit award in Diamond Bar’s Holiday decoration contest at 450 N. Prospectors Road in Diamond Bar.  It seems to be an annual XMas card opp tradition for many families.  Best times to take a photo are 5 to 7 pm Friday and Saturday.

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.

This year, Beverly Regent Wilshire will be presenting a Tiffany Tree. Yes… Tiffany & Co., celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, will be decorating a tree gracing the lobby.. Come and see the sparkle!

Candy Cane Lane, Woodland Hills

For those who may be doing some traveling over the holidays and find yourself near the Canoga Park and Woodland Hills neighborhoods, we hear Candy Cane Lane is the place to be! Located at Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, people make the drive from all over Los Angeles to take in these sights. Last year there was a Funnel Cake Truck that would make appearances 😉 It is advised that you park your car and walk the street for the best view.

Candy Cane Lane will open the 2nd Saturday of December and will last through the end of the year.

The Mission Inn, Riverside

Last year, I was treated to a surprise evening in the form of The Historic Mission Inn Holiday Light Festival.  In the middle of the Mission Inn District  is an outdoor Ice Skating Rink.  There is a variety of unique shops and boutiques to pop into, and vendors selling delicious holiday snacks. Last year we bought some of the yummiest little doughnuts from a booth right before we walked through the light display.  I hope that doughnut vendor will be there again this year! I can taste those heavenly treats now.

Do you know of a great place to take in holiday light displays? If so we would love to hear about it.

We’re not sure if the Christmas Light Hero  display is up this year, but this a fun video to check out!

What are your favorite holiday decoration destinations?  Let us know!

Originally posted on December 11, 2010, updated on December 15, 2011 and updated December 3rd, 2012.

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