Baby, it’s cold outside!—by L.A. standards. So time to bring on the holiday cheer. While it is the busiest of times, in between Christmas events and festive movie nights, and crazy last-minute shopping takes a minute to enjoy these beautiful twinkling Southern California neighborhoods. And best of all these come for free and to be enjoyed by all, old and young alike!  Bring your coziest of jackets and be prepared to get in the Holiday spirit. 

 The first being our earliest Christmas memories with our parents in Altadena. (sidenote, have the most patient parent driver drive, no further personal stories needed… self-explanatory! haha) And the latest has always been our favorite memory spending a night at The Grove every Christmas with Nicole’s grandmother for a Christmas dinner girls’ night. Always so many laughs and beautiful shared moments. 


Altadena Christmas Tree Lane
Santa Rosa Ave. between Altadena Dr. and Mariposa St. Altadena

This Christmas Tree Lane is one of the oldest in the USA for over 90 years!  This lane features 3 full blocks of sweeping, beautifully decorated trees that you drive through, but be sure to turn off your lights to get the full effect! The holiday spirit is truly alive in this beautiful neighborhood!

Upper Hastings Ranch
Bordered by Sierra Madre Blvd., Rivera Dr., Michillinda Ave. Pasadena

This Pasadena neighborhood of ranch-style homes in Upper Hastings Ranch is a scenic spot in its own right. But its legacy rests in the 60-plus years of old holiday displays coordinated among homeowners. Each block of the Pasadena neighborhood decorates according to a different theme; one street might be lined with light-up candy canes while another is flanked by an army of inflatable Santas. 

6pm. to 10pm Dec. 10-31


Sparkle/DTLA at the Bloc
700 S. Flower St. LA

For the incredible photo ops, a 32 ft. Christmas tree, 16 ft. holiday ornament, and a light show that happens on the hour at 5-9 pm this special magical holiday event is for you!


The Grove
189 The Grove Dr. LA

Our family tradition since the Grove opened was to take Nicole’s sister and grandmother at Christmas to have dinner outside while the snow was coming down and the backdrop was the spectacular 100 ft. tree and millions of lights throughout the property. This was always such a beautiful night and set the tone for an incredible holiday season full of love and happiness. 

“The holidays have officially arrived at Caruso and we are thrilled to welcome guests to join us in celebrating the season’s festivities,” Julie Jauregui, senior vice president of Operations and Events, said. “We pride ourselves in bringing unique, enchanting experiences to our local communities including our famed nightly snowfalls, magnificent Christmas trees, and spirited live entertainment that are sure to spark joy and spread holiday cheer.”