From beautifully decorated trees in the lobbies of top LA hotels to outdoor trees in public places, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to Christmas Tree viewing. Many trees are also combined with light festivals making it a doubly pleasing outing to view LA’s finest and most famous Christmas trees.
About: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa was saved from destruction by the present owners in 1992 who transformed the hotel into a year-round oasis of luxury, but their must-see event is their festival of lights when 5 million lights create a dazzling wonderland. The beautifully decorated tree is outside the hotel on the North Pole walkway. After admiring the tree kids and adults will be enchanted by the 200 animated characters in the Winter-Wonderland theme. See Santa’s elves playing the snow, visit the life-sized gingerbread house, stop under the world’s largest mistletoe at the snow-covered Campanario and then follow the path towards Main Street where brightly coloured canopy lights illuminate Santa’s workshop. The display starts November 23 and lasts six weeks and is free!
You may want to book a Breakfast with Santa, that features a performance by the Inland Pacific Ballet, or stay over at the hotel – perhaps book the Sugar Plum fairy suite. We do know that there will be elf tuck-ins for kids no matter which suite you choose over the festive season. The place can get crowded on weekends so instead of worrying about parking take the special Metrolink train service to the hotel – see the details for dates and times.
When: Friday, November 23 until early January.
Cost: Free to see the tree and lights festival. You may want to stay for the Las Campanas Dinner Buffet Every Thursday – Sunday, November 22nd* – January 6th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm Adults: $34.95, Children: $16.95 (5-11 yrs. old) *Special Hours Nov 22ndfrom 6:00pm – 9:00pm
About: A lane of around 135 deodars was planted by a millionaire 100 years ago as a grand entrance to his mansion – today those trees are decorated with lights providing multiple Christmas trees for people to admire – plus the houses that now occupy the land along the way are all done up for Christmas. It is the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas tree display in the world! With kids, it’s best to view by car as there are no sidewalks and it gets busy over the season. Try to go on the day of the tree lighting when the road is blocked and it’s safe to walk around – Santa Rosa Avenue, at the library, will be closed to vehicles after 4:00 pm on December 8; Mariposa Street to Woodbury Road will be open to pedestrians to walk under the umbrella of twinkling lights and closed to vehicle traffic after 7:00 pm and reopen at 8:00 pm. The Arts and Crafts Festival will be at Altadena Library parking lot with plenty of handmade items from vendors, plus food trucks and vendors with yummy gourmet at good prices. Christmas Tree Lane will continue to provide complimentary spiced hot cider, coffee, and cocoa. The John Muir Alumni Drum Corp will be providing the music. Parking is limited on the streets surrounding the Altadena Library, so plan to get there early.
When: December 8 from 2:00 pm – craft fair starts, to 6:00 pm when tree lighting takes place – on view until early January.