Here is a list of all the best Holiday lights in Your Foothill Community! This is the perfect time to jump in the car and see some old fashioned holiday lights. Click on each link for more details.
Santa’s Speedway at the speedway in Irwindale | This drive-thru experience is one of a kind- you get to drive on the track itself! But you’re only traveling 5mph and the kids have their heads poking out of the sunroof! The centerpiece of the display is the world’s largest lit Christmas tree and it’s impressive, but what we loved most was the themes throughout- the RV campers are especially charming! And the snowfall at the end just before greeting Santa & Mrs. Claus was a wonderful surprise. They have bathrooms and a snack bar available, and be sure to use it because you’ll be in your car for about an hour.
Elf on the Shelf Journey at the Fairplex in Pomona | If you’re looking to get out of your car and explore on two feet, this is the event for you! In addition to light shows, they also have ice skating, walking paths, and all kinds of things to explore. Trolley rides and a chance to shop at the Christmas Village are also included in the experience! There are delights to be had around every corner.
Christmas in Color in San Dimas at Raging Waters | This drive-thru only experience is extra exciting for kids who love to drive with their head hanging out of the window! The millions of lights dance in time with the music and there’s excitement around every turn. Pro tip: get the Groupon first, then book your tickets to save 20%!
Lightscape at the Arboretum in Arcadia | This event has all of the lights and excitement of a drive-thru experience packed into a walking tour. You get more time to experience the light shows (and to get the perfect selfies of course). Plus enjoy the nature trails and botanic gardens that are lit up at night- unlike anything you’ve seen before. At the end of the tour snacks and refreshments are available. We highly recommend this tour!
LA Zoo Lights at Griffith Park | LA Zoo Lights has really outdone itself this year! Plan to stay for a 90 minute walking tour and you won’t regret it. There are light-up animal displays, interactive light tunnels, perfect selfie spots, sound reactive lights, and a 200 foot tunnel of dancing lights. Plus all the great refreshments and restrooms you’re used to at the zoo!
Luminaria Nights at the California Botanic Garden in Claremont | A low key, old-fashioned light show, this classic holiday event sells out each year. Enter the botanic garden and feel welcomed by the warm glow of the luminaria lighting the path: real candles inside of white paper bags! It’s ethereal, romantic, and is reminiscent of days gone by. Meander down the path and enjoy live music along the way, as well as hot cider, wine, beer, sodas and cookies. Plan to spend about 60-90 minutes and walk around 1 mile with some slight hills. If your kids are overwhelmed by the big light shows this would be a refreshing change. Don’t forget to dress warmly!
Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge | The name really says it all- this event is just enchanting. The garden itself is breathtaking, and they hire professional artists to create displays of light that both highlight and enrich the surroundings themselves. Plan to walk about 1 mile on the garden paths, and spend even more time exploring some of the kid- friendly installations. Sold out before Christmas but tickets are available until January 9th.
Biscuit the Gingerbread Man’s Holiday Adventure in Chino Hills | A quick and easy one to visit, this light show has more than just lights! It’s a gingerbread maze complete with experiences- even smells! Once you find your way out of the maze, you enter a winter wonderland and have a chance to meet Santa too. In just 15 minutes you can see it all, but you’re welcome to stay longer if you want.
Dodgers Holiday Festival | “Blue Heaven on Earth” has so much to offer- bounce houses, food, drinks, ice skating, pictures with Santa or any number of backdrops, light shows, and even an immersive Northern Lights experience! And to do it all at the iconic Dodger stadium is really special. You could even buy some new Dodger gear before you leave.
If your holiday budget is already busted, we rounded up the best neighborhood spots to see fantastic light shows for free! Comment below if you know of some that we haven’t found yet!
Free Neighborhood Holiday Light Spots:
- Flamingo St in Glendora just off E Palm Dr & Kregmont Dr
- Thoroughbred in Rancho Cucamonga; Sapphire St & Thoroughbred St
- Downtown Upland Gazebo; E 9th St & N 2nd Ave
- Pirate Ship House in Rancho Cucamonga; Hellman Ave just north of Wilson Ave
- Hastings ranch; Sierra Madre Blvd & Michillinda Ave
- Christmas tree lane Altadena; Santa Rosa Ave & Calaveras St
- Maryknoll in Monrovia; Maryknoll Circle & N Mountain Ave
- Valmont drive in Monrovia; Valmont Dr & Norumbega Dr
- Alta Vista in Monrovia; N Alta Vista Dr & W Hillcrest Blvd
- Oakcliff Rd in Monrovia; Oakcliff Rd & E Greystone Ave