Now that Thanksgiving’s over, holiday enthusiasts can finally enjoy all of the seasonal festive fun they’ve been waiting for judgment-free. And there might be no better way to celebrate the season of mirth than by spending some time gazing at beautiful Christmas light displays.
Of course, when it comes to killer Christmas lights, not all neighborhoods are created equal. If you’re in the market to see the best of the best, then be sure to check out one of the following neighborhoods—the residents in these ‘hoods do not mess around when it comes to twinkly festive flair.
Los Angeles: Candy Cane Lane - Woodland Hills
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The group of homeowners on Lubao and Oxnard in Woodland Hills come together each year in a friendly competition to create the best Christmas light displays. The result is true holiday magic. It officially begins on the second Saturday of December and runs until the end of the year, so be sure to check it out before the year’s end.
San Diego: Carmel Mountain Ranch
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If you find yourself in San Diego during the month of December, then set aside an evening to check out Fairway Village in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Each year, more than 80 residences deck out their homes for the holidays, offering anyone who drives by a twinkling treat for the eyes.
San Francisco Bay Area: Widmer World - Pleasanton
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The annual tradition of setting up gorgeous light displays in Pleasanton began in 1980 with a plastic Santa and has evolved into a truly spectacular, acre-long stretch of holiday goodness. Featuring a Christmas village, computer-animated shows, and all kinds of other magical displays, you definitely don’t want to miss this annual neighborhood show.
Palm Springs: Robolights
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For a Christmas light display unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, be sure to check out Robolights in Palm Springs. Located on 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Robolights is part sustainable art, part robot and alien, and part Christmas magic. Artist, Kenny Irwin, has been creating the display of largely found and recycled objects for 32 years, and it’s evolved into the largest private residential Christmas light display in the United States.
Miami: North Miami - 137th Terrace
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For decades, neighbors on 137th Terrace, just east of Northeast 16th Ave., have come together to create a gorgeous stretch of residential holiday lights not to be missed. And if you check it out close to Christmas, be sure to bring the little ones—Santa has been known to make appearances during the week before Christmas.
Palm Beach: Hoffman’s Chocolates’ Winter Wonderland
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Every year for almost 30 years, Hoffman’s Chocolates creates a gorgeous display of over 125,000 lights for its Winter Wonderland event. Not only does it feature huge twinkly trees, spectacular fountains, and more Christmas decorations than you can possibly imagine, but it’s also completely free with live entertainment each night.
Orange County: South Orange County - Lake Forest
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For a fully immersive Christmas light experience, look no further than Lake Forest in South Orange County. In addition to a stretch of houses with unforgettable Christmas displays, a couple of the houses collaborate with lighting displays that blink to the music played on FM 89.7. Needless to say, you definitely want to check ‘em out if you’re in Orange County this season.
Long Beach: Naples Canal
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What’s better than gorgeous waterfront houses? Gorgeous waterfront houses showcasing some of the best Christmas decorations you’ve ever seen. Each year, Long Beach’s Naples neighbors deck their houses out with stunning Christmas light displays for the public to enjoy. And one of them even mirrors the house from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, so you definitely want to add this ‘hood to your list of holiday must-sees.
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