💡Light it up on these big drive-thru and walk-thru events 🚗 – Press Enterprise

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It’s time to get turned on.

This week we are focusing on all the beautiful lights around Southern California in the great walk-thru and drive-thru events that have opened up around the region.

We’ve got details on specific attractions below, but if you want a one-stop-shop that includes the biggest ongoing holiday happenings, this list is the one you want to bookmark.


Holiday cheer is happening now

Note: We are still in a pandemic. We strive to keep you updated as things change, but please check with the event organizers to confirm details and COVID-19 guidelines.

Princess Crystal welcomes guests driving through Winter Wonderland at the Night of Lights OC drive-thru experience at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The mile-long drive-thru attraction, produced by Winter Fest OC, has over a million lights and includes costumed live actors, snowflake dancers and landers which include the North Pole Village, Santa’s House, a Forest of Lights and Winter Wonderland to name a few. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Winterland welcome

The Night of Lights at the OC Fair & Event Center was one of the most popular drive-thru holiday events last year during the restrictive COVID-19 shutdowns. Guests drive through one Winter Wonderland of costumed live actors, snowflake dancers, cheerful elves, animated light displays in the form of Christmas trees, elves, gifts and more. This year’s event runs January 2

People walk through Winter Cathedral during Lightscape, A Magical, Illuminated Journey of Wonder and Light at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia on Thursday, November 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star News / SCNG)

Landscape of light

The holidays are not the only thing getting focus this season. The captivating Lightscape attraction at the LA Arboretum until Jan. 16. includes screens of fire, music and special effects. Oh and light … lots of light!

An elf performs an acrobatic stunt under the Elf on the Shelf Magic Journey, a walk-thru experience at the Fairplex in Pomona on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Elves from the shelf

The Elf on the Shelf is back at the Fairplex in Pomona until Sunday, Jan. 2. The event is a little more casual than last year, which was strictly a drive-thru. This year, guests will be able to go through (while wearing masks) and experience Christmas lights and exhibitions, festive music and the sweet aromas of sponge cakes, roasted cinnamon pecans and kettle fill the air.

A chid plays with one of the swirling installations at HYBYCOZO on the main lawn of the Enchanted Forest of Light attraction at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California on Monday, November 22, 2021. The Enchanted Lights display will be open to the public until January 9. More information can be found at descansogardens.org (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

Simply enchanting

Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge has brought back its Enchanted Forest of Light display after going dark in 2020. Check out the amazing photos from photographer David Crane, who also has some tips on what to know before you go. However, the installation runs January 9th

Cars drive into a toy workshop under Reindeer Road, a drive-through animated light show with millions of LED lights and hundreds of animated displays put on at the World of Lighting in the Santa Anita Park parking lot in Arcadia on Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Photo by Libby Cline-Birmingham, co-photographer)

The road to Santa Claus

The new Reindeer Road attraction is landed at Santa Anita Park and this drive-thru event finds you on a path to Santa’s workshop through ice, water, forest and more. Keep an eye out for the heinous snowmen at this event, which runs through January 2nd

Visitors take in the Candlelight Festival at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside on Friday, November 26, 2021. This year’s festival had no fireworks or concert due to the pandemic. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

Twinkle twinkle little inn

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside did not have the big engagement ceremony for the Festival of Lights this year, but you can still walk around and see the 5 million lights throughout the hotel and dozens of potentially disturbing animatronic figures along the way.

GLOW (Garden Lights Ocean Waters) opens in the South Coast Botanic Garden on November 20 for its second year. The interactive lights exhibit at the Garden, which includes food, beverages, music running through January 17, 2022. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, contributing Photographer)

Ready to “glow”

The South Coast Botanic Gardens’ “Glow” (garden light, ocean waters) installation has returned for another year on the Palos Verde Peninsula. Reporter Richard Guzman takes you through the new bayou and everything else you can expect to see.

A Vehicle Into the Magic of Lights Drive-Thru Experiences at Angel Stadium Friday, November 19, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Acting Photographer)

The magic of the parking lot

Magic of Lights is a drive-thru event in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim. This installation has a greeting to the angels, but also lights up displays of Fisher-Price toys, a Big Foot monster truck and Santa Claus riding a dinosaur. It runs through December 26th

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru rides at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale through January 2. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star News / SCNG)

Straighten up in the sled

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru returned to Irwindale Speedway on November 26 and continues through January 2. You come to drive on a real racetrack like your tour Santa’s village on this installation.

10 tips to hang your holiday candles. (Getty Images)

There are lots of bulbs

If all of these light fixtures make you hang up to hang your own candles and decorations, you will want to read this story with Tips from a lighting expert first.


Even more cheers

Students fill stockings with snacks and other goodies as part of the annual YMCA of Orange County annual “Socks for the Troops” stuffing celebration at the Canyon Vista Elementary YMCA in Aliso Viejo Monday, November 22, 2021. More than 800 stockings will be sent to the military personal stationed abroad. Each sock will contain a handwritten note from the students. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Members of the YMCA of Orange County’s after-school program in Aliso Viejo built care packages for U.S. military personnel deployed abroad as part of “Socks for the troops.”

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