There’s something about driving through holiday lights displays that bring us back to our childhood. If spending hours on a ladder decking out your own roof is not your idea of fun, then take advantage of these options around the Bay where trains, cable cars, neighborhoods and parks are adorned with thousands of blinking lights. Tune your radio to some holiday favorites, set the kids up with the hot cocoa and enjoy the merriment.

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
415-922-2425
Online: classiccablecar.com

photo credit: Classic Cable Cars

  • Classic Cable Car Holiday Lights
  • Fantasy of Lights, Los Gatos
  • Holiday Circle of Lights, Oakland
  • Tom & Jerry’s Christmas Display
  • Widmer World, Pleasanton
  • Marinwood’s Mickey Mouse Christmas House
  • Christmas Tree Lane, Alameda
  • Zoolights, Oakland
  • Caltrain Holiday Train - San Francisco to the South Bay
  • Christmas Tree Lane, Palo Alto
  • Union Street Fantasy of Lights

Where do you go to get your holiday lights fix? Let us know below!

—Kate Loweth, Melissa Bouse, Mae Respicio & Erin Feher