We may not have any snow on the ground in SoCal right now, but we definitely have some festive destinations where you can take in the sights of some pretty epic holiday displays. Load up the car and pack your favorite holiday snacks, as we’re heading out on a Christmas lights road trip to see some of the best holiday lights near Southern California.

What do you think of this Christmas lights road trip in SoCal? It sure looks like a fun way to spend a weekend this December. Are there any holiday lights near you you’d like to share with the rest of us? Leave a comment and share the best light show you’ve found.

For more holiday fun in SoCal, check out these 7 spots in Southern California where you may find some snow later in the season. Happy Holidays!

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Where can I see lights in Southern California?

Since we’ve featured a few of the best holiday lights in SoCal what other Christmas light shows are worth checking out in the area? While there are countless displays to choose from, here are a couple more that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

The Mission Inn in Riverside is decked out with over 3 million lights during their Mission Inn Festival of Lights, making it one of the largest displays in Southern California. There is also a nightly light show set to holiday music that makes for an enchanting evening. Another great option is the annual Pageant of Lights at Newport Beach. For over 50 years the Christmas Boat Parade has featured boats decorated with over a million lights cruising through Newport Harbor.

What is the most Christmassy town in California?

Christmas in SoCal is not one you usually think of when picturing the typical "white Christmas" but that doesn’t mean there aren’t cities in California that get their fair share of snow for the holidays. One such town is Big Bear Lake, a small town in Southern California that actually does celebrate a white Christmas with an average yearly snowfall of 52.7 inches of snow. While it is hard to say if this is the most "Christmassy" town in California they do have a wonderful city-wide Christmas tree lighting ceremony each year. This magnificent tree in all its festive glory is truly a sight to see.

Where are the best drive-thru holiday lights in SoCal?

One of the best things about living in Southern California is that there are Christmas light displays to enjoy all around the region. While many people head to Los Angeles to see the famous lights on display at the Grove, there are also a number of other great places to get into the holiday spirit.

In Anaheim, Disneyland puts on an incredible holiday show each year, complete with fireworks and holiday music. For those looking for something a little more low-key, there are lots of drive-thru holiday lights in SoCal in neighborhoods big and small. Check out this holiday drive in Fontana, California for an amazing light display.

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