Flip the Switch! Electrifying Christmas Tree Lightings

Nothing says Christmas time like the Christmas tree!  The smell of the pine, the twinkling of the lights – it’s magical.  We may not have snow here in sunny Los Angeles, but we do love our Christmas trees, and the bigger and brighter the better.  Some tree lighting celebrations have snow (real or faux), some have Santa, some have real reindeer or horse drawn carriages, but one thing they all have is big, beautiful trees! Kick off the holidays with a bright start by taking the kids to one (or many) of these favorite tree lighting ceremonies.

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Santa Monica Tree Lighting Ceremony
Santa Claus is coming to town, and when he does, let it snow let it snow, let it snow!  It’s the most wonderful time… ok, enough with the carols. Santa is arriving for the Holiday Tree Lighting on Third Street Promenade, where he will light the tree and local students from Green Brooms Music Academy will provide festive musical entertainment.
Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, December 12th  

The Americana Tree Lighting
It’s an evening of Christmas magic with Cirque du Santa, a winter wonderland of magical elves, flying reindeer, dancing snowmen, plus Santa Claus and a fireworks finale! Then watch as the 100 ft. Christmas tree is lit and the fountains dance, holiday melodies play and the snow falls…
The Americana, November 21st at 7:30 pm

americana tree

Old Town Pasadena
The festivities kick off at Old Pasadena’s own winter wonderland, located on Holly Street between Raymond and Fair Oaks, where kiddos can play in 20 tons of real snow, see live reindeer fresh from the North Pole, create art in a kid’s craft area and enjoy live music. Then head over to One Colorado where Santa is taking a break from his busy schedule to light Old Town’s 35-foot Christmas tree.  He’ll stick around for Santa Sleigh photos and a few autographs.  So should you!
Old Town Pasadena, November 29th, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

old town tree

Salvation Army Tree Lighting and Kettle Kickoff
The signature red kettles will be out to remind us of the true meaning of the holidays along with fun, free activities and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. There will be a Christmas tree lighting, live holiday music and singalongs, and more.
Original Farmers Market, November 25th at 5:00 pm

Hermosa Beach Tree Lighting
Surfs up and Christmas is here! The lighting of the Hermosa Beach Holiday Tree features holiday carolers, bands from Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley Schools, hot cocoa sales from the Hermosa Beach Woman’s Club and an appearance from Santa.   It’s Christmas by the beach.
Hermosa Beach Pier, December 5th at 6:00 pm

hermosa beach tree

Christmas Tree Lane
Every Christmas season for more than 90 years, the majestic deodars (that’s fancy evergreen trees, to us) on the “Mile of Christmas Trees” are strung with over 10,000 lights. It is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the United States. Drive or stroll along the street and drink in the sights – just don’t forget the winter coats and thermos of hot chocolate – it gets cold!  The tree lighting ceremony is on December 14th, but the lights go on nightly through the new year.
Christmas Tree Lane, December 14th at 6:00 pm

christmas tree lane

Burbank’s Downtown Wonderland & Tree Lighting
A whole month of festivities start tonight with the Mayor’s Tree lighting and Santa’s Downtown Wonderland.  After Santa arrives and lights the tree, merrymakers will parade to San Fernando Boulevard for Santa’s Downtown Wonderland under magical snowfall lights. From Magnolia Boulevard to Olive Avenue, there will be scores of children’s characters, giant Macys-style balloons, vintage cars, strolling carolers, a community stage, face painting, fun holiday crafts, free treats and more.
City Hall, December 7th at 6:00 pm

Hollywood & Highland Tree Lighting
Celebrate the holidays Hollywood style with Santa, celebrities, music and lights. The fun starts with the Radio Disney Road Crew, then there will be holiday crafts and yummy treats.  There will be performances by American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez, The Voice Season 5 contestant Timyra-Joi, the R.C. Rockettes, and more.
Hollywood & Highland, November 14th at 4:00 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills will kick off the holiday season with their annual Tree Lighting celebration on Via Rodeo in a fancy schmancy lighting festival.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, November 24th

Legoland Tree Lighting
It’s time for Holiday Snow Days at Legoland, with real snow, the chance to build Lego snowmen, snowball targets, a new snowy musical, the biggest Lego Christmas Tree in the world – complete with a nightly tree lighting ceremony. (You’ll also want to catch the festive entertainment from the Brickettes and say “hello” to the new life-sized LEGO Minifigure Santa as he walks around Fun Town with his helpers.)
Legoland, November 30th – December 31st at 4:30 pm

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Disneyland‘s Lighting of the Tree
Celebrate the most festive time of the year at The Merriest Place On Earth!  What’s extra special at Disney for the holidays? Sleeping Beauty’s Castle has snow-capped towers that shimmers with icicles and lights. “It’s a Small World” Holiday is decked to help you embrace holiday festivities around the globe. And end the day with a different holiday light display when the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” fireworks show builds to a crescendo of bursting colors and falling snow.
Disneyland, November 15th – January 6th at dusk

What tree lighting ceremony do you plan to attend this year? Let us know in the comment section below. 

-Meghan Rose

Photo Credits: josuab via Creative Commons, LEGOLAND, orphanjones via flickr, oldpasadena.org, skinnylawyer via flickr, tkksummers via Creative Commons