Merry Christmas! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around and look at Christmas lights. I always hear so much about all of the fabulous places to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles. I have never heard too much about where to see Christmas lights in Orange County, so I thought I would do some research. I have lived in Orange County for almost 8 years but the only neighborhood I knew of that went all-out was one in Brea. I am so thankful to have found more places to share with you & will continue updating this post as I discover more!
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I made an LA Dreaming Podcast Episode on Where to See Christmas Lights in Los Angeles that you might enjoy. At the moment you can listen to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or Podbean. You might also enjoy our episode about the best things to do for Christmas in Los Angeles.
The Disneyland Resort
Of course, the Disneyland Resort is a great place to see Christmas lights. If you cannot get into the parks you can try getting a reservation at Rise at the Westin in Anaheim to see the fireworks from the rooftop. You can try to get free tickets to the KOST 1035 Holiday Party which is so much fun!
Eagle Hills in Brea
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My Grandparents introduced me to this neighborhood years ago and it has been my favorite local spot to take family and friends to. This year I came on Thanksgiving night and was disappointed that not many houses were decorated. However, I came back on 12/4 and the neighborhood was back to it’s normal Christmas spirit. You can enter the neighborhood from several locations but I always start at Birch and Starflower. I prefer to drive through the neighborhood but you can walk around if you would like.
OC Holiday Lights Tustin
This is house is located at 151 Windsor Lane in Tustin. You can see this from December 1 – December 31. “The lights’ run time is 5:00 pm -10:00 pm. Snow, bubble effects, and a live Santa will be ￼periodic from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on the dates of 12/11, 12/12, 12/18, and 12/19. LIVE Santa is in the treetop waving hello to everyone below and will also deliver candy canes in 30’ the Mega ￼Extreme candy cane shoot!”
Elliott and I stopped by to see this house in person last night while we were on that side of town. This is worth visiting if you are nearby. There is plenty of parking in the neighborhood. You should get out of your car to get the full experience. A truly magical experience!
Light of the World Christmas Lights Saddleback Church
I only found out about this free event yesterday and was able to snag a ticket. Today it looks like all time slots are gone but I am hopeful that more tickets will appear. The event runs from December 1 – 31. We really enjoyed this experience and thought that it was even better than some of the experiences that you have to pay for.
Irvine Park Railroad
Take an enchanting night ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park. The train will depart from the train station and stop at the North Pole. This year, passengers will remain seated on the train at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Clause will greet passengers from a safe distance as passengers remain seated. There is free parking after 6:00 pm. If you just want to go and see the village it is free but you will need tickets to ride the train. You can find more information here.
Dana Point Harbor
I love stopping in this area for dinner and then taking a stroll to see the lights. Parking is free so even if you don’t come here to eat, the lights are nice to see.
I previously blogged about the Halloween experience at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. They are now offering a drive-through holiday event called Hikari – A Festival of Lights. The event is said to take 30 to 40 minutes. You can find more information on their website here.
Knotts Berry Farm
In 2019 I went to Knotts Merry Farm for the 104.3 My FM holiday party. This is such a fun experience as the park is closed just for those with the special event tickets. Plus, for the holidays you will get to see the park decorated.
El Corzo Street in Rancho Santa Margarita
This street gets an honorable mention. It is not a must-see by any means because it is very far for most people and it doesn’t even take 10 minutes to see all the houses. But, if it is not too far for you to drive I would recommend it. The only way you’ll truly get to enjoy this one is to walk as there are way too many cars parked on the street blocking the houses. I was a bit disappointed as I thought it would be several streets filled with decorations but it is really just one area.
After visiting more neighborhoods I stand firm in my belief that the Brea neighborhood is the best spot for Christmas lights in Orange County. They have the most amount of houses decorated that which really makes it a worthwhile experience.
Winter Wonder Wash
Want to see Christmas lights while getting a car wash? Russell Fischer Xpress Huntington Beach is providing a holiday light & cheer car wash experience. You can find tickets on Eventbrite.
I have other Christmas related blog posts that you can check out as well: