While some of us are still getting some final mileage out of our pumpkins and cornstalks, others around the Bay are already stringing lights and dusting off the tinsel. It’s no wonder, their eye-popping holiday displays take weeks, even months to plan and they do it all to share their love of the season. Click through the gallery to discover some of the best places to view Christmas lights in the Bay Area.

Classic Cable Car Holiday Lights

What’s more San Francisco than a classic cable car ride?  For a unique holiday spin, take it up a notch by riding a bedecked, motorized cable car through the Northern part of the city. You'll view landmarks that are beautifully lit up for the holidays. Each tour comes with a (free) Santa hat.  This jolly tour lasts 70 minutes and departs from Fisherman’s Wharf.  What not to forget: blankets and a camera.

190 Napoleon St.
San Francisco, Ca
Online: classiccablecar.com

photo credit: Classic Cable Cars

  • Classic Cable Car Holiday Lights
  • Holiday Circle of Lights, Oakland
  • Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Display
  • Widmer World, Pleasanton
  • Marinwood’s Mickey Mouse Christmas House
  • The Glacier Lights, San Jose
  • Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda


Do you have any favorite spots for checking out holiday lights?

—Melissa Bouse, Mae Respicio & Erin Feher