Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies in Los Angeles

Citywalk Christmas Tree Ceremony
Citywalk Christmas Tree Ceremony

Where to watch the trees light up!

The Americana at Brand (Glendale)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7:30pm: More merry. More magical. More memorable. The Americana at Brand Tree Lighting is November 19 at 7:30pm. Enjoy an evening of Cirque du Santa, a winter wonderland of magical elves, flying reindeer, dancing snowmen, plus Santa Claus and a fireworks finale!

See the 100-foot Christmas tree, dancing fountains, holiday melodies and snowfall nightly this holiday season.

Santa Monica Place

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Downtown Santa Monica Community Tree Lighting & Santa Parade

Third Street Promenade @ Wilshire
6:00pm: Promenade Santa Arrival
6:30pm: Santa Monica Place Tree Lighting

Beverly Hills: Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

6:00pm: Lining the median of Rodeo Drive between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards will be 16 full size Baccarat chandeliers, brilliantly lit birch trees, 42 iridescent palm trees, and hundreds of vibrant red poinsettias.  Picturesque holiday banners of chandeliers will be displayed along the street. Two Rodeo and the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, will be radiant with more than 50,000 lights in celebration of the holiday season with another 100,000 red and white twinkle lights along the famed boulevard.

A shimmering glow of nearly 150,000 lights will brighten Rodeo Drive this holiday season, during the annual Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Ceremony.  The festivities will feature the seasonal spectacular lighting of the holiday lights, a fireworks show and a confetti “snow” shower, heralding the arrival of the 2014 Holidays.

The ceremony is open to the public. 300 block of Rodeo Drive near the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way.

The Farmer’s Market: The Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off Event

Monday, November 24, 2014

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Farmers Market welcomes The Salvation Army to ring in the most wonderful time of the year with a fun and festive event featuring live music and sing-a-longs, tributes to civic and community service leaders and the lighting of the Farmers Market Christmas Tree! All activities are free and take place on the Market Plaza. Download a flyer for more information. – See more at:

Universal City Walk tree lighting ceremony and concert

Monday, November 24, 2014

7:30pm – 10:00pm: Universal CityWalk celebrates the start of the festive holiday season with a spirited tree lighting ceremony by bringing to life a towering 40-foot Christmas tree, entwined with more than 200,000 brilliantly colored LED lights that will radiate throughout the destination.

To help Universal CityWalk ring in the holiday season, Carson Daly and the top 10 Finalists from the Emmy Award-winning television series, “The Voice,” will join Santa center stage to light the soaring Christmas tree, amid a flurry of sparkling confetti.

Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, “The Voice” artists will host a free concert performance at “5 Towers.”

Throughout CityWalk’s holiday festivities, “5 Towers” will feature free concerts, and glimmer with hourly snowfall at Santa’s Snow Zone, where guests may take photos with Kris Kringle himself aboard his giant sleigh. Event dates are Friday, November 28 to Thursday, December 25, 2014. More info is available at  Regular updates also may be found on CityWalk’s Twitter@CityWalkLA, Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Long Beach: The Queen Mary

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

8:00pm: Now in its 21st year, join us for a very special evening of celebration, entertainment and delicious treats at this family-friendly Long Beach tradition – The Queen Mary’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Guests will enjoy seasonal songs from carolers, free holiday cookies, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live holiday band and a choir performance.

Downtown Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 4, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Town Plaza, Downtown Culver City

Celebrate the season of goodwill at the annual Downtown Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by the Downtown Business Association and the City of Culver City. See Santa Claus as he makes a very special visit all the way from the North Pole. There will be hot cider, hot cocoa and festive treats to make everyone feel merry, plus performances by local choirs and appearances by City Council Members. Culver City makes this holiday celebration “green” and energy efficient, lighting a beautiful 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine tree with over 7,500 warm-white LED lights. Stay afterwards for dinner at one of Downtown Culver City’s many restaurants or take a leisurely stroll down the beautiful boulevards. Culver City’s downtown area features a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries, and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. Parking is free in all three municipal structures for up to two hours, and valet parking is available at four convenient Downtown locations.

Burbank: The Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 5, 2014

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Front steps of City Hall (275 East Olive Avenue) Join us in celebrating the holiday season at the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. After the ceremony, visit with Santa, write a letter to our US Troops, and be sure to check out “The Rink” in Downtown Burbank behind City Hall for a special performance by the Los Angeles Ice Theater.


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