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Friday, November 23, 2007

Holiday Lights Displays in Los Angeles

OK....here we go. The holiday lights are up and ready to twinkle for the 2007 holiday season. This is a great way to have a wonderful night out with your loved ones. We are working on a Current list of holiday light displays for your convenience in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.

This posting with be updated as new information arrives.

  • Candy Cane Lane (Lubao Ave. & Oxnard Street) in Woodland Hills.
  • Wakefield Court off Copper Hill Drive in Saugus.
  • St. Albans Rd. (go north past Huntington Dr. in San Marino. From Upper Hastings Ranch, take Michillinda South to Huntington drive and continue to St. Albans Road, turn right.
  • Upper Hastings Ranch off Michillinda Blvd. in Pasadena. Each block of the area competes, creating displays with a common theme. Upper Hastings Ranch is bordered by Michillinda Avenue to the East, Sierra Madre Blvd. to the South and Riveria Drive to the West. From the 210 Freeway, take Michillinda Blvd. North to the lights.
  • DWP Light Festival Walking Only Nights: Nov 21 through Nov 25 from 5 to 10 pm. No cars allowed on these nights. Parking is available at the LA Zoo or the south side of the festival route near the Merry-Go-Round and Los Feliz. Shuttles will help transport guests to the walking festival entrance. Nov 26 through Dec 30, the festival will be open to vehicular traffice one-way on Crystal Spring Drive and walkers will be able to experience the festival on the walking path. Vehicles enter from Los Feliz. Shuttles will be available on Nov 30, Dec 1,2,7,8,9, and then Dec 14-30. Shuttle riders can park at the LA Zoo. (213-485-8743).
  • Santa Rosa Ave. trees from Woodbury Ave. to Altadena Dr. in Altadena. (Begins Dec 1, 2007). An 80 year tradition displays a grove of nearly 150 imported Italian Deodar cedars. Planted by John Woodbury in the 19th century, the trees were donated to the town in 1920. Since the '50s, the Christmas Tree Association has arranged the festive display every December. Exit Fair Oaks off the 124 Freeway and head north to Woodbury. Turn right on Woodbury and then left on Santa Rosa Avenue. Weeknights are recommended due to traffic along the route.
  • Balian House on Mendocino in Altadena. This display includes 10,000 colored lights and numerous holiday depictions all over the front and side lawns of the 3 1/2 acre property. To reach the Balian house from Christmas Tree Lane, turn right on Altadena Drive and travel to Allen Avenue. Make a right turn on Allen and a left on Mendocino.
  • Sleepy Hollow neighborhood off Pacific Coast Hwy (Anza & Calle Mayor area) in Torrance.
  • Town Center Park (near South Coast Plaza) in Costa Mesa.
  • The Crystal Cathedral has always been a popular spot during the holidays. It is made entirely of glass. From Nov 23 through Jan 5, 2008, they will be performing The Glory of Christmas. Today it draws visitors from around the world to witness its unique pageantry. Through the creative blend of Christmas carols, pageantry of live animals, flying angels and special effects, the nativity unfolds with colorful wonder.
  • Marina Del Rey Boat Parade will be held Dec 8, 2007. There are nine public lots all within a few blocks of each other in the Marina loop. The fees are $.75 for every half hour; $6 maximum. Dress warm and bring binoculars.

More to come....

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