Holiday Light Destinations That Amp Up Holiday Cheer

Ready to dive head first into the holidays? If bright lights are your thing, but your family’s third-floor, two-bedroom apartment isn’t the ideal stage for an over-the-top bulb bonanza, take a trip to one of these spots instead. We round up all the local holiday-light legends for your viewing pleasure—no untangling required.

Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Display
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Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Display

You need to see it to believe it: an over 60-foot tree in front of a Noe Valley Victorian that's scaled to look like a five footer, covered in lights and ginormous ornaments.  This big, bold, and bright display has delighted passersby for over twenty years now, and Santa makes a nightly appearance for the kiddos December 10 through Christmas Eve, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

3650 21st St.
Noe Valley, San Francisco

Photo by Peretz Partensky

  1. Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Display
  2. Classic Cable Car Holiday Lights
  3. Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda
  4. Widmer World, Pleasanton
  5. The Glacier Lights, San Jose

Which homes and neighborhoods does your family stroll to check out holiday light displays?

—Mae Respicio and Erin Feher