While the Halloween season is Haunting’s bread and butter, we enjoy all holidays and the exuberance and passion of the Christmas season is one of our favorites. With the current Covid restrictions, most of the light displays that once delighted our eyes have transitioned to drive-through experiences that allow us to witness the same spectacle from the comfort of our own vehicle, safe and sound. Bundle up with loved ones and make a thermos of hot chocolate and join us for our Holiday Guide 2020 where we will bring you the best and brightest holiday events for this season.
Below you will find a list of everything we could find in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, conveniently categorized by Drive-Thru Holiday Experiences, Holiday Haunts, and In Person Holiday Experiences. Please keep in mind that, due to current state restrictions, most events will require advanced reservations or tickets.
We will be updating this guide regularly as new events are announced. If you know of any events that we should add, send us an email and let us know!
Drive-Thru Holiday Experiences
Celebrate the Winter Holidays the Bite LA Style!
From Meyer2Meyer Entertainment, the creators of The Bite LA: Halloween Food Crawl and Creature Safari, comes a unique twist on the drive-thru experience offering immersive Winter Holiday fun appropriate for kids and adults alike!
VEGAN, VEGETARIAN and GLUTEN FREE STOCKING STUFFER SWEETS WILL BE AVAILABLE
-Stock up on sweets in our Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl with your complimentary BITE LA stocking!
-Grab a bag of our safe, cotton plush ‘sno-balls’ and enter the Snowman *Sno-Ball* Fight, where you exchange fire from your car with some very Frosty Snowmen!
-Park at the Yule Log Stage for stories and songs with the Big Red Man himself, Santa Claus!
-Dress Up Your Ride in the Ugliest Holiday Sweater or Decor and be entered to win prizes throughout the season! The gaudier the merrier!
Dates: Dec 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 22-23, 26-27
Price: $98 – $272 per Vehicle
Location: Legg Lake (750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733)
COME EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza – we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!
Immerse yourself in holiday cheer and watch in awe as 1.5 million Christmas lights dance around you to some of your favorite holiday tunes. This drive-through, family-friendly experience at Raging Waters in San Dimas is the perfect socially-distanced Christmas event!
Dates: Dec 4-24, 26-30 & Jan 1-3
Price: $35 per Vehicle
Location: Raging Waters (111 Raging Waters Dr, San Dimas, CA 91773)
Christmas Lights in LA is a mile long experience with Lights, Christmas Spirit, Family Fun and more all in the comfort and safety of your car.
Christmas Lights in LA is the gateway to destinations included such as White Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Boombox, The Polar Express, Battle of the Houses, Santa’s Workshop, and more!
Stay in your car and enjoy over a million lights along a 1 mile long trail with professional entertainers, custom lighting, candy giveaways, sound effects, food and vendors, photo opportunities, and multiple themed areas all while following Covid-19 guidelines!
Dates: Nov 27 – Dec 27
Price: $40 – $60 per Vehicle
Location: Pico Rivera Sports Arena (11003 Sports Arena Dr. Pico Rivera, California 90601)
The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival, complete with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays!
Dates: Nov 27 – Jan 3
Price: $55-$115 per Vehicle
Location: Dodger Stadium (1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Get ready for an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience with The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, all from the safety of your own car!
This year Christmas Spirit is running low, so during test flights Santa’s sleigh had to make an emergency landing at Fairplex in Pomona. Now the Scout Elves have assembled there, and they need your help! Join them on a drive-thru quest to build more Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a fun expedition to help repair Santa’s sleigh. Enjoy a dazzling light spectacle with toy-repair workshops, gingerbread villages, and all the sights and sounds of the holidays, blended with a touch of high-spirited fun that only Santa’s favorite Scout Elves can deliver. Assemble your family and friends and help save Christmas at The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey!
Dates: Nov 6 – January 3
Price: $24.95-$49.95 per person
Location: Pomona Fairplex (1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768)
From the team that brought you Nights of the Jack, welcome to Holiday Road, the newest and most exciting DRIVE-THRU holiday experience in the country located at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA!
You can expect to see larger than life holiday installations, tons of Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all your favorite holiday cheer!
Join us this season at Holiday Road for the most wonderful time of the year!
Dates: Dec 4 – Jan 10
Times: 4:30pm – 10pm
Price: $75-$95 per Vehicle
Location: King Gillette Ranch (26800 West, Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302)
LIT is a blend of synchronized lighting displays and projection installations set to a curated soundtrack! It is Los Angeles’ first ever premium Hanukkah drive-thru event that you and your family will be raving about until next year!
Your experience features the World Premiere of The Broken Candle, an animated short featuring the voice talents of Vanessa Marshall, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Kenny, Eugenio Derbez, Mark Feuerstein, Dave Boat, and Keili Lefkovitz and an awe-inspiring projection mapping experience created by the award-winning Master Projection Mapper, Bart Kresa.
Dates: Dec 8-20
Times: 6pm – 9:20pm
Price: $55-$75 per Vehicle
Location: Stephen Wise Temple (15500 Stephen S Wise Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90077)
Make Christmas bright for your family. Bringing joy and happiness to Santa’s Speedway drive-thru light spectacle. An event that lets you celebrate while in the safety of your own vehicle. We’ve transformed the Irwindale Speedway into a magical display of lights and attractions including a record setting Christmas Tree of lights towering over 110 feet on a real NASCAR racetrack.
The 35-45 minute experience features WORLD’S TALLEST DIGITAL LIT CHRISTMAS TREE, Santa and his reindeer, ocean and camping themed lands, a giant candy forest and so much more.
There will also be fun, interactive scavenger hunt for the family to enjoy! You will be immersed into the holiday spirit.
Dates: Nov 25 – Jan 10
Times: 5pm – 11pm
Price: $54 per vehicle
Location: Irwindale Speedway (500 Speedway Dr, Irwindale, CA 91706)
Holiday fun looking as remote as a snowfall in LA? A snow-kissed SoCal holiday adventure for the entire family will soon emerge from the candy-filled set of Hauntoween LA. The first-ever WonderLAnd immersive drive-thru experience, replete with synchronized dancing lights and good cheer, will be open daily throughout the holiday season.
Honoring all cultural traditions, WonderLAnd will center on a stunningly elaborate holiday musical light show. Guests will drive through nearly a million lights, all time-coded to a festive array of seasonal songs. Among the many themed, immersive vignettes and installations will be a “Holidays Around the Globe” display and a magical wintery forest surrounding WonderLAnd’s version of the massive Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Vehicles will travel around North Pole mountains and through a 90-foot twinkling snowflake tunnel and a snow flurry vortex tunnel. Photo-and video-worthy moments will be around every corner. And, yes, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves will be on hand with candy canes galore!
This one-of-a-kind event comes to families from Experiential Supply, the people behind this year’s tremendously popular Hauntoween LA. Experiential Supply is an award-winning company to which the Hollywood film industry turns when it comes to creating large-scale, immersive experiences for such big budget movies as IT: Chapter 2, Ready Player One, The LEGO Movie, Smallfoot, and more. Visiting WonderLAnd will be like starring in a holiday blockbuster!”
Dates: Nov 30-Dec 30
Times: 5pm – 11pm
Price: $70 per Vehicle
Join Tanaka Farms for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season they have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights. As you drive through the 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even their sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they have a very special visit from Santa, himself!
Dates: Nov 27 – Jan 10
Times: 5:30pm – 9pm
Price: $49-$59 per Vehicle
Location: Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612)
A magical interactive drive through a winter wonderland of lights. This one mile drive will include over one million lights, including animated lights to music, Christmas tree lighting spectacular, plus a winter wonderland drive-thru.
Dates: Dec 3 – Jan 3
Times: 5pm – 10pm
Price: $49.99 – $89.99 per vehicle
Location: OC Fair & Event Center (88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
From the company that brought you the Tunnel of Terror OC Haunted Car Wash experience, comes a Holiday Car Wash. Enjoy Holiday Lights during your Car Wash Experience! Starting Nightly Starting Dec. 1st! Additional Dates will be posted weekly. Only ONE Ticket per Vehicle!
Dates: Select Nights Throughout December
Times: 5pm – 10pm
Price: $20 per vehicle
Location: Russell Fischer Xpress Car Wash (16061 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92647 )
Discover a symphony of sight and sound at one of southern California’s largest Drive-Thru Holiday Light Spectaculars! Experience Holidays in Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds featuring more than ONE MILLION LED lights, Holograms, Projection Mapping, and lasers animated to the tunes of Holiday Classics.
What better way to get out and experience a magical evening with your loved ones? Get in the car and get your cell phones ready. Buckle up & enjoy the dazzling lights from the safety of your own vehicle while respecting social distance rules.
This magical drive-thru journey showcases amazing holiday-themed light displays that are intricately and painstakingly assembled by Santa’s team of Elves celebrating the most magical time of the year.
With some displays standing at over 40 feet in height Holidays in Your Car also includes spectacular installations of projection mapping, a technique that involves high-end projectors casting computer-generated images onto sets, arches, and surfaces to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Dates: Nov 22 – Jan 2
Times: 5pm – 10pm
Price: $49-$64 per vehicle
Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001)
Six Flags Magic Mountain lights up the holidays for Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience.
For the first time ever at Six Flags Magic Mountain, experience millions of lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites in a drive-thru nighttime spectacular, Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience. Make merry memories as the park transforms into a magical winter wonderland with millions of colorful lights. While the thrill of coasters will have to wait, you’ll be dazzled by all the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season from the comfort of your car.
Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience will include eight distinctly different areas throughout the park with millions of twinkling lights choreographed to festive music, beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, iconic Holiday in the Park decorations, and a drive-by featuring Santa and his elves. New this year, go for a ride in The Underground featuring several of the famous West Coast Customs show cars on display.
Dates: Nov 20-Jan 31
Times: 5:30pm – 10pm
Price: $20-$30 per person
Location: Six Flags Magic Mountain (26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355)
Ho ho ho! Discover the neon glow this holiday season with Electric Noel, a high-tech Christmas drive-thru experience! Journey from Santa’s command center and the elf village, to Main Street and Mistletoe Lane – amongst many other magical, high-tech spectacles. The highly mechanized technology is truly a sight to behold, culminating with an automated surprise you won’t want to miss.
Dates: Dec 3 – Jan 3
Times: 5pm – 10pm
Price: $39-$49 per Vehicle
Location: SilverLakes Park (5555 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92860)
#1 light show within the Inland Empire. Completely synchronized to all the classic holiday songs. A drive that will guarantee to lighten up your night!
Since their founding in 2020, Light It Up MoVal has collaborated with Josh Barnett Productions to showcase Lightasmic a top Light Show Company in Southern California. They offer guests of all ages the chance to enjoy their drive through show in a safe and fun-filled environment. At Light It Up MoVal, your satisfaction is their ultimate priority, and their goal is to make sure that you have the best time on your visit. Drive in tonight and see what they have to offer.
Dates: Nov 20 – Jan 3
Times: 6pm – 10:30pm
Price: $25-$40 per Vehicle
Location: Moreno Valley Mall (22500 Town Cir, Moreno Valley, CA 92553)
Come experience the Spirit of Christmas. over a half mile of dazzling twinkling lights set to music for the whole family to enjoy. Kettle Corn and Hot Chocolate available right to your car. Get into the spirit of the holiday in a safe and exciting environment.
Dates: Dec 1 – 31
Times: 6pm – 10pm
Price: $10 per Vehicle
Location: Abundant Living Family Church (10900 Civic Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730)
Introducing, Dark Magic. Our new holiday show for this season. Where horror meets the holidays, this new show features hundreds of dazzling lights, special effects, projection effects, and more. Dark Magic will begin its showings late December.
Location: Corona Haunt (3161 Nutmeg Dr., Corona, CA 92882)
In Person Holiday Experiences
South Coast Botanic Garden is proud to present GLOW, a visually stunning art installation that will transform our lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience for our Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme using thousands of lights designed by California Outdoor Lighting. The walk is set to an artistically curated soundtrack featuring a little something for everyone, including original music created for GLOW by Jerzy, as well as Baja surf music, Train and Vivaldi. Let the colors wash over you like a wave and the music be your current, guiding you through this unique and unforgettable after-dark walk through the Garden.
Dates: Nov 21 – Jan 10
Times: 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: South Coast Botanic Gardens (26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274)
THE BOB BAKER MARIONETTES ARE BACK — AND THEY’VE DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
BBMT INVITES YOU TO LOOK — BUT DON’T TOUCH! — DURING A CONTACTLESS, IMMERSIVE WALK THROUGH THE MAGICAL WORLDS OF BOB BAKER’S PEEK-A-BOO STROLL THRU: WINTER WONDERLAND!
The people of BBMT first stumbled upon the dazzling worlds of the puppets’ creation in October 2020 and, dedicated to sharing this joy with the world this joy, re-opened the doors safely and carefully to allow the eager public a chance to experience this enchanted world for themselves.
After a busy month of entertaining, the lights once again went dark and the Bob Baker Marionettes took a break from their spotlights. Never ones to take it easy, before long every stringed creature was stirring with the spirit of holiday cheer. And now… the halls are decked, tinsel has been strung, and we’re delighted to share the puppet’s wintery wonderlands with you all during this merriest of seasons!
Dates: Nov 21-22, 27-29, Dec 4-6, 10-13, 16-20, 22-23, 26-27, 29-31, Jan 2-3
Times: 12pm – 8pm
Price: $60 per timeslot (1- 6 people)
Location: Bob Baker Marionette Theater (4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042)
The Southern California Railway Museum (SCRM) is pleased to present a safe and socially distanced holiday experience: Trolleys, Twinkles and Treats. On Friday, December 11th through Sunday, December 13th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors can experience the festive lights and décor, ride a trolley, write a letter to Santa, and enjoy Mrs. Claus reading a holiday classic. Trolley, Twinkles and Treats is an extended, nighttime edition of Second Saturdays.
“The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy the season, and normally we would be offering Polar Express to our members and guests.” said Hank Winn, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Museum General Manager. “Given current COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host Polar Express this year. Our Second Saturdays have provided families and guests an opportunity to get out of the house, ride our trains and trollies, and explore the campus safely. Being outside is important and this provides a safe and fun way to enjoy the holiday spirit.”
Ticket is good for entirety of event AND for 1 Twinkling Trolley Ride, at time indicated on ticket (early/late arrivals cannot be accommodated). Trolley, Twinkles, and Treats Event Tickets will be sold at the Box Office on the day of the Event, first come, first served.* All Aboard the Southern California Railway Museum Railway!
Dates: Dec 11-13
Times: 5pm – 9pm
Price: $10-$15 Tickets Sold On Site Only
Location: 13736 5th Street, Yucaipa, CA 92399
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