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The Best Places to See Holiday Lights and Decorated Malls in LA

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Walking around and looking at beautiful Christmas and holiday lights is some of the best quality time you’ll get around this festive time of year. You might want a night out with the kiddos or maybe your beau, but if you’re going to go see lights in Los Angeles, you’ll want to see the best of the best. Here are the best places to see holiday lights and decorated malls in LA!

Venice Canals – Venice

Get there early because parking can be tough but these beautiful houses along the Venice Canals are not to be missed. Don’t imagine Venice Beach, when you think of the Venice Canals because it is a whole different world. The houses are covered in gorgeous lights that reflect off the canals, which makes the view even more gorgeous. You’ll want to start at Dell Avenue and work your way around the canals from there.

Christmas Tree Lane – Altadena

Yes, Los Angeles has tall iconic palm trees, but Angelenos are spoiled because we have giant cedars as well. Complete with lights on them and houses filled with bright holiday cheer, you get Christmas Tree Lane. You’ll find these giant decorated trees on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive. The official lighting is the second Saturday of December, so you’ll at the very least want to take a drive by for a peek. 

Thoroughbred Lane – Rancho Cucamonga

Don’t forget a little bit of cash! That probably seems odd considering your plan is to ultimately go wander a neighborhood and stare at people’s houses and their enthusiastically decorated lawns, but Thoroughbred Lane in Rancho Cucamonga is unique. Some of the friendly neighbors sell hot chocolate and popcorn, and for reasonable prices. A couple bucks and you’ll be enjoying a sweet, warm treat to match the sweetly decorated houses. Once you arrive to the intersection of Thoroughbred and Sapphire Street, just follow the people and you’ll find your way to the houses.

Candy Cane Lane – Woodland Hills

For more than six decades, Candy Cane Lane has been the thing to do out in Woodland Hills. It consists of eight cheerful blocks around Lubao Street and Oxnard Street. There are blanketed lights and even things as unique as a train made to look like the Polar Express in someone’s front lawn. It’s definitely one of the best places to see holiday lights and decorated malls in LA!

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza – PCH

Sleepy Hollow is so filled with beautiful lights, that it gets crowded quite quickly. Best advice, is to park a few blocks away and walk up Robert Rd, from Pacific Coast Highway. Then you can really start to wonder how much all the electricity bills must be with lights covering almost every inch as far as your eyes can see! 

Want to get some shopping done while you experience a great holiday atmosphere?

Here are some of the best holiday spirited malls in LA.

Westfield Village of Topanga

Not only is the Village of Topanga gigantic, with an indoor and outdoor section to it, but the mall is filled with holiday cheer! The outdoor portion also has nice places to sit and relax to get away from the stress of shopping, especially during the holiday rush.

Americana At Brand

Bring your kids to the Americana at Brand to visit Santa’s house! The house is extra merry and the perfect place to take the young ones for a Santa Claus photo!

The Grove

Saving the best for last, The Grove is an outdoor mall with a farmers market! The beauty isn’t only in the fact that the whole area is filled with lights, but there’s also an enormous Christmas tree, and Santa’s workshop! 

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