The holiday season in Southern California is one of our favorite times of the year. With magical holiday displays to discover in every corner of this part of the state, it’s always an adventure to explore the Christmas lights.

One annual tradition that every local knows and loves is the spectacular Festival of Lights in Riverside CA. Twinkling with millions of holiday lights for the season, this is one Christmas outing that belongs at the top of your list.

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The Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA is such a pretty place to experience this holiday season. Have you ever seen the Christmas lights at this magical SoCal hotel? We think it’s one of the most delightful holiday settings to discover this time of year.

Looking for more Christmas magic to enjoy in SoCal? We think you’ll want to experience this Christmas train in Southern California, which is positively delightful. It’s a tradition the whole family will love.

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Christmas Lights In SoCal

Where are some SoCal Christmas festivals?
Even if your chestnuts are already plenty toasty in Southern California, it doesn't mean we don't know how to have a little fun for Christmas. Enjoy some of our favorite SoCal Christmas festivals to get in the mood for the holidays:

  • Knott's Merry Farm, Buena Park, CA: This 57-acre theme park goes all out for the holidays. You'll be dazzled and delighted with Santa's Christmas Cabin, the Snow and Glow light show at Camp Snoopy, nightly Christmas tree lighting, and more holiday lights than you can imagine. There are tasty holiday-themed treats for your tummy and whimsical Christmas shows to whisk you off into an imaginary world of wonder. Knott's Berry Farm puts the Merry in the Berry for a fun holiday festival to remember.
  • Santa's Speedway, Irwindale, CA: Rev your engines and get ready for a fun walk-thru event in SoCal at the Irwindale Speedway. Take a stroll through several tunnels of lights and go ooh and ahh over a 110-foot-tall Christmas tree decked out in thousands of lights. If that isn't enough, be sure to look for the 35-foot teddy bear and the three-story-high Christmas ornaments.
  • Julefest, Solvang, CA: This picture-perfect Danish Christmas village really explodes with Christmas cheer right after Thanksgiving. This charming town is a 45-minute day trip from Santa Barbara, but it is like stepping back in time to a magical world across the globe. Catch the official tree lighting ceremony at Solvang Park and then enjoy the Julefest parade. After that, shop to your heart's content and participate in fun events like the Nisse Adventure (a hunt for a mischievous gnome), meet the Big Guy at Santa’s Village, or take a candlelight tour. There is so much to do to help you top up your holiday spirit.

SoCal has some pretty fun and cheery Christmas towns. You'll be able to enjoy some of them with this holiday lights road trip. Hop in the RV (or rent one from RVShare) and enjoy some family time together this holiday season.