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

Christmas Tree Lightings and Public Holiday Decorations

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:
Glendale

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
Legoland

November 30, 2016:
Downtown LA

December 1, 2016:
Santa Monica
Culver City
Monrovia
San Pedro

December 3, 2016:
Anaheim
Burbank
Dana Point

December 4, 2016:
Hermosa Beach
Pasadena

December 8, 2016:
Sherman Oaks

December 10, 2016
Altadena

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
90232 Culver City , CA 34° 1' 13.9548" N, 118° 23' 52.008" W
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Santa Monica Christmas Tree
1250 Third Street Promenade
90401 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 2.1216" N, 118° 29' 53.1852" W
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Manhattan Beach Pier
2 Manhattan Beach Blvd
90266 Manhattan Beach , CA 33° 53' 3.7968" N, 118° 24' 42.1488" W
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Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Ave
90071 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 59.244" N, 118° 15' 14.4792" W
California
Rodeo Drive
1 Rodeo Drive
90210 Beverly Hills , CA 34° 4' 10.0164" N, 118° 24' 13.8312" W
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One Colorado
24 E Union St
91103 Pasadena , CA 34° 8' 47.2668" N, 118° 9' 0.9396" W
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Burbank City Hall
275 E Olive Ave.
91502 Burbank , CA 34° 10' 54.2892" N, 118° 18' 28.0944" W
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The Promenade at Westlake
100 Promenade Way
91362 Westlake Village , CA 34° 8' 47.9292" N, 118° 48' 26.5428" W
California
Plaza El Segundo
760 S Sepulveda Blvd
90245 El Segundo , CA 33° 54' 33.3864" N, 118° 23' 45.6792" W
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Chinatown Central Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
90012 Los Angeles , CA 34° 3' 56.0052" N, 118° 14' 13.1856" W
California
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
90802 Long Beach , CA 33° 45' 10.2348" N, 118° 11' 22.92" W
California
Hermosa Beach Pier
Hermosa Avenue
90254 Hermosa Beach , CA 33° 51' 54.576" N, 118° 24' 3.1212" W
California
The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way
91302 Calabasas , CA 34° 9' 5.0256" N, 118° 39' 19.908" W
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The Citadel
100 Citadel Drive
90040 Los Angeles , CA 34° 0' 25.9416" N, 118° 9' 0.81" W
California
Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
92660 Newport Beach , CA 33° 36' 35.442" N, 117° 52' 51.7692" W
California
Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
91210 Glendale , CA 34° 8' 40.5132" N, 118° 15' 27.6264" W
California
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
90036 Los Angeles , CA 34° 4' 16.8312" N, 118° 21' 24.7284" W
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The Promenade
201 W Center St Promenade
92805 Anaheim , CA 33° 49' 59.4984" N, 117° 55' 6.2616" W
California
Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301-15303 Ventura Blvd.
91403 Sherman Oaks , CA 34° 9' 19.2816" N, 118° 28' 2.046" W
California
Museum Of African American Art
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
90008 Los ANgeles , CA 34° 0' 38.6892" N, 118° 20' 11.1408" W
California
Old TOwn Monrovia
321 S. Myrtle Avenue
91016 Monrovia , CA 34° 8' 55.0284" N, 118° 0' 8.0856" W
California