Updated December 2, 2012 — We went out a bit early to see what lights we could see this year. As before, many of the top Christmas decoration viewing destinations from the pre-inflatable days are still prospering. Below is a list of some of the must-see Christmas destinations:
ST. ALBANS ROAD, SAN MARINO (pictured above)
Where: Huntington Drive & St. Albans
What you will find: The towering trees on the street all decked out with Christmas lights to resemble giant Christmas trees.
2012 UPDATE- St. Albans Road did not disappoint. The trees were all decorated when we went. The street is great for a quick stroll down a beautiful San Marino Street.
Where: Foothills of Upper Hastings Ranch (CLICK FOR MAP)
What you will find: Miles of elaborately decorated streets and houses with different themes. One of the best Christmas displays in Southern California. Expect crowds on the weekends near Christmas.
2012 UPDATE- We went at the beginning of December to enjoy the lights. As we were driving up Rivera Drive from Sierra Madre Blvd. We saw the sign above that let us know we were a bit early. We drove up the streets, but not many houses were decorated.
We found a few of the candy canes on view (other streets have angels, snowmen, Santas and other Christmas related icons).
CHRISTMAS TREE LANE, ALTADENA
Where: Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury and Altadena Drive
What you will find: A tunnel of lights that stretches for three blocks. Take the convertible and a heavy jacket. More info.
THE BALIAN HOUSE, ALTADENA
Where: Allen Avenue and Mendocino
What you will find: A beautiful mansion decorated with over 10,000 colored lights with holiday decorations.
2012 UPDATE- We arrived at the Balian House about 7:30. The decorations were up a sign was posted, but the lights were not on. Maybe someone forgot to flip the switch or maybe it had to do with the light rain.
Here are recommendations from others:
SLEEPY HOLLOW, TORRANCE
Where: Pacific Coast Hwy & Robert Road
What you will find: Many homes with elaborate decorations.