The minute the Halloween decorations come down, the tinsel in Tinseltown goes up! From downtown to Disneyland, little eyes widen as the switch is flipped to light up fully decked trees alongside festivities that bring out the kid in all of us, including fake snow, fireworks and the tallest LEGO Christmas tree in the world.

photo: Americana at Brand

The Americana’s Christmas Tree Lighting
More than just visions of Sugarplums will be dancing in Glendale this Christmas. The outdoor mall goes all out and this year will bring to life the classic Christmas tale, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The story will be narated by Derek Hough and brought to life with a modern mash-up of ballet, tap, hip-hop and more. The evening ends with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the 100-foot tall Christmas tree, falling snow and fireworks. And that’s how you kick off the holidays!
The Americana at Brand, November 16 from 7:30 p.m. Event details.

photo: Vince Bucci/Invision for Rodeo Drive Committee/AP Images

Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony
There’s no business like snow business, and the red carpet is always rolled out on Rodeo Drive. THis year the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration features a special performance by Billboard Music Award Winner, Robin Thicke. DJ Balthazar Getty will be performing during the lighting celebration while Vanessa Lachey will host the event that ends with a fireworks display over Rodeo Drive.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, November 16 at 5 p.m. Event details.

Downtown L.A.'s Music Center all lit up for the holidaysphoto: The Music Center

The Music Center Plaza Tree Lighting
Ho-ho-help usher in the most merry time of year with the official lighting of Los Angeles County’s Christmas tree at Grand Park’s Fountain Overlook. Enjoy holiday favorites from local music artists and community groups and wander through Grand Park to see it come alive with park-inspired holiday décor.
The Music Center, November 27 at 5 p.m. Event details.


Celebrate the Joy – The Promenade at Westlake Christmas presented by Cost Plus World Market. Join us for our annual tree lighting celebration on Friday, November 17 at 7:30pm as we kick off the holiday season. To ensure the safety of our guests, security screenings may be conducted at all entry points. Thank you for your The Promenade at Westlake

Promenade at Westlake
Celebrate the joy of the season at this annual tree lighting celebration that kicks off the holidays. Santa’s comin’ to town and the mall is decked.  With one flip of the switch, this will suddenly be the brightest place in the Valley!
The Promenade at Westlake, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Event details.

Manhattan Beach Tree Lighting Celebration
Surfs up for Santa at Christmas by the sea. The lighting of the Manhattan Beach Pier, with it’s holiday tree made of lights at the end features holiday music, food, shopping and the festive atmosphere of a community celebration.
Pier Ave. in Manhattan Beach, November 15 from 6-9 p.m. Event details.

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Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
See Santa Claus as he makes a very special visit, all the way from the North Pole! Downtown Culver City businesses provide the hot cider, hot cocoa, cookies and other festive treats that are sure to make everyone feel merry.  
Town Plaza, December 7 at 6 p.m. Event details.

photo: City of San Gabriel

San Gabriel Holiday Tree Lighting
Festivities kick off with local schools performing favorite holiday tunes while kids warm up with a cup of cocoa.  Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped gift for the “Spark of Love” toy drive. The holiday tree lights illuminate the plaza at 7 p.m. and then Santa will arrive on his vintage fire truck to greet all the kids.
San Gabriel’s Park Plaza, December 5 at 6-8 p.m. Event details.

photo: LEGOLAND California Resort

LEGOLAND Christmas Tree Lighting
A mind-boggling 245,000 forest green DUPLO bricks go into the creation of the world’s tallest LEGO Christmas tree, towering at 30 feet above folks filled with the holiday spirit. No need to plan around one specific day for this outing; on select dates through the end of the year the tree sparkles to life with a holly jolly soundtrack featuring favorite holiday tunes. It’s totally worth the drive for LEGO obsessed kids.
LEGOLAND, Select dates from November 18-December 30 at 5 p.m. Event details.

Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting at Disneylandphoto: Disneyland

Disneyland‘s Lighting of the Tree
The splendid 50 ft. Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street in the plaza outside Elias & Co. at California Adventure is lit nightly, as is the 60 ft. tree on Main Street in Disneyland Park. The Merriest Place On Earth itself becomes even merrier and brighter for the holiday season with alomst 1 million lights twinkling throughout the park.  Kids won’t want to miss the Christmas Fantasy Parade, “It’s a Small World” and other rides decked into glittering spectacles, the Jungle Cruise becomes the Jingle Cruise, “Believe in the Holiday Magic” Fireworks show and a chance to meet Santa Claus at the Redwood Creek Challenge Train in California Adventures.
Disney California Adventure Park, Buena Vista Street, November 10-December 30 at 5 p.m. Event details.

—Sylvie Greil

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