Tree Lighting Celebrations To Kick off the Holidays around LA & OC

Carols, cocoa, and the Claus family deck the Southland halls in the coming weeks from the Westside to the Valleys and back down to Orange County. As the holidays get rolling, there are plenty of opportunities to snap photos with Santa, take in a boat parade, and marvel at some Angelenos' lawn decorations, but the best way to kick it all off is with a good old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony. Communities all over Los Angeles and Orange County have their own traditions—not to mention unspoken competitions for whose tree is the largest and whose lights up the earliest. It's all in good cheer, so pick whichever of the locations below is nearest to you, and go rock around a Christmas tree, SoCal style!

We'll keep adding more below as communities make their plans. Check our events calendar and sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep up with the latest info.

November 5, 2016:
The Citadel

November 13, 2016:
The Grove
Baldwin Hills

November 16, 2016:
Manhattan Beach

November 17, 2016:

November 18-19, 2016:
Newport Beach
Long Beach
El Segundo
Westlake Village

November 20, 2016
Beverly Hills
Huntington Beach

November 27, 2016:
La Habra

November 28, 2016
LA County - Downtown

November 30, 2016:
Downtown LA

December 1, 2016:
Santa Monica
Culver City
San Pedro

December 3, 2016:
Dana Point

December 4, 2016:
Hermosa Beach

December 8, 2016:
Sherman Oaks

December 10, 2016

The following annual community events are still awaiting 2016 confirmation; we'll update as soon as info is available:
Farmers Market


Photo by Michael Dorausch via flickr

Originally published November 12, 2013

Downtown Culver City
Town Plaza
Culver City, CA 90232

Santa Monica Christmas Tree
1250 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Manhattan Beach Pier
2 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Rodeo Drive
1 Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

One Colorado
24 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

Burbank City Hall
275 E Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91502

The Promenade at Westlake
100 Promenade Way
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Plaza El Segundo
760 S Sepulveda Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245

Chinatown Central Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hermosa Beach Pier
Hermosa Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way
Calabasas, CA 91302

The Citadel
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Promenade
201 W Center St Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805

Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301-15303 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Museum Of African American Art
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los ANgeles, CA 90008

Old TOwn Monrovia
321 S. Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
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