It’s been a pretty un-jolly holiday month thanks to the pandemic, but one of the season’s coolest past times is thankfully safe to do, even in Covid times. Going to see Christmas lights can take place in your car and if you do it on foot, it’s safer than most things since it’s outdoors (don’t forget your masks though). Here’s a list of the brightest spots in L.A. in which to get lit up again.
Kat Von D’s Merry Mansion
The tattoo artist/former beauty mogul and her husband Prayers’ Rafael Reyes have turned their gorgeous L.A. home into a Christmas nirvana that kids will especially love. And it’s free. This week they added a snow machine. Nightly. 4701 w. 4th St., Windsor Square, Hancock Park.
Christmas Tree Lane
Have yourself a cedar-y Christmas driving thru this mile-long road of decked out trees in Altadena. Covered in lights every holiday season, it’s a sight to behold. Open now through January 7. Santa Rosa Ave, between Woodbury Ave. and Altadena Dr., Altadena. christmastreelane.glideapp.io/
Woodland Hills is a place of wonder thanks to the Haunt ‘o’ween creators’ drive-thru, tunnel-packed event. Light-drenched homes, fake snow, trees and other festive decor make for a fabulous yuletide ride. Open ’til Dec 30. 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Woodland Hills. socalwonderland.com/
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Holiday in the Park
If you miss the rollercoasters and thrill rides this wont satisfy you, but you will get to drive past them, at least. Yes you get to roll inside the actual park at this holiday affair filled with dancers, musicians and lots of people waving and saying, “happy holidays,” plus light displays galore. Open thru Jan. 31st. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. sixflags.com/magicmountain/events/holiday-in-the-park
Upper Hastings Ranch
The homeowners holiday displays in this Pasadena neighborhood are always worth a drive by with theme decorations like candy canes, santas, snowflakes and the like. Open through January 2, nightly from 6 to 10pm). North of Sierra Madre Blvd and east of Michilinda Ave.
Held at the King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, Holiday Road offers a Christmas village, oversized displays and archways to marvel at, courtesy of the creators behind Nights of the Jack. Open thru Jan 10. 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas. holidayroadusa.com/
LA Dodgers’ Holiday
Have a blue Christmas with 2020’s baseball champs at this drive-thru light show and fake snow cruise. Bring a toy, socks or gently used baseball equipment to donate. Open nightly thru Jan. 3, 5–10 p.m. $55 and up. At Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave. mlb.com/dodgers/fans/holiday-festival
Beverly Hills’ “Visions of Holiday Glamour” is the city’s first fashion-inspired installation. Famed shopping mecca Rodeo Drive is set up like a runway with winter foliage, ornaments, lights and opulent manniquins in festive garb. Open thru Jan. 3 at Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards. Free 2-hour parking at 9510 Brighton Way, 345 N. Beverly Drive and 439 N. Canon Drive.
This all-ages drive-thru touts a “completely contactless” journey with narration via FM radio transmission, beginning in an elf village, and onto Mistletoe Lane. High-tech lights and a surprise ending make for magical mobile moments. Open thru Jan. 3 at SilverLakes Park, 5555 Hamner Ave, Norco. $39-$49 per car. $39-$49 per car. electricnoel.com/
Holidays in Your Car
Another all ages experience offered from the safety of your car, this one promises a Christmas wonderland on the famed NASCAR track. Expect to see “the World’s Largest Free Standing Light Tree” (from the company responsible for the Grove, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers’ holiday fanfare) plus immersive visuals and music during this 45 minute experience. Open thru January 10, 2021 at 5 p.m., and runs every 15 min. Irwindale Speedway & Event Center. 500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale. $75 Per car. santasspeedway.com
Candy Cane Lane
Clark Griswald eat your heart out. Candy Cane Lane features neighbors out-doing each other with garish and amazing Xmas decor in Woodland Hills (Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street) which has been the norm for years. Always a seasonal must see! 6-10 p.m. Open thru Dec. 25. woodlandhillscc.net/candy_cane_lane.html