California Travel Tips

See Holiday Lights

Published on: December 02, 2018


Many of the holiday lights events in California last just a night. But much to our delight, there are attractions allowing the public to go multiple times. What’s especially meaningful about these events is the fact that many are sponsored and produced by people who believe that it is better to give than receive. Through the decades millions have seen and experienced the special holiday light shows and had their spirits lifted at a time when they need it most.

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RIVERSIDE: Mission Inn Festival of Lights is a gift to the public presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The foot the bill for decorating their property with millions of dazzling lights (4 or 5 million,) and launch the event each year with a fireworks display. It’s free to see.

OXNARD: Christmas Tree Lane takes place in the historic homes district of the city. It is a volunteer effort produced by residents who own the charming properties. Visitors can walk, or drive around and look during this free event.

ALTADENA: Christmas Tree Lane is an historic lights drive (or walk) featuring Deodar Cedar trees listed in National Register of Historic Places and also California State Landmark No. 990. It’s free to see.

LOS GATOS: Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Lake Park. This drive-thru display of entertaining lights includes animal shapes, choo-choo trains that seem to move and all sorts of holiday themes. This is a popular, ticketed event.

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