The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Drive Through Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

Grab a to-go egg nog, get those car snacks ready, and buckle up, because this year you can experience the twinkle of lights from the comfort of your own car with Drive Through Holiday Lights in Los Angeles! We’ve gathered up the best ways to see dazzling displays of jubilant lights so you can experience the magic from behind the steering wheel. Check out our list of ways you and your family can illuminate your holiday nights with lights all aglow and a carload of festive fun!

For more Holiday fun, check out our South Bay Holiday Event Guide.

If you are looking for the perfect Holiday gifts, please check out our local  South Bay Shopping Guide and South Bay Shopping Guide for Kids.  Both guides filled with lot of options to get your holiday shopping done while supporting our local businesses.

We’ve also created a list on Ways to Volunteer in the South Bay this Holiday Season and a list of local restaurants to get your South Bay Catered Holiday Meals.

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HIKARI – A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at Tanaka Farms – November 27 – January 10, 2021

Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Literally translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself!

Winter Fest OC Presents: Night of Lights OC, A Magical One Mile Holiday Lights and Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience – Dec. 10 through Jan. 10

Spectacular family fun and date night charm!Featuring ice tubing down a 150 foot, 8 lane slide, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, snow play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting show with snowfall and fireworks lighting up the sky, more than 30 carnival rides and games, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey – Now through Jan 3rd 

Prepare to be swept away in an immersive drive-thru experience like no other! The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey  is an original story brought to life by world-class artists from theater, TV, and film, including scenic design by Emmy Award® winner David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen,  The 2019 Oscars), original music composed by Emmy Award® nominee Curtis Moore (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and lighting design by Broadway lighting designer David Weiner (Romeo and Juliet, Outside Lands Festival).

You will be traveling through an enchanted elf-sized world with magic and elf-tacular surprises around every bend. Along the way kids can join in a scavenger hunt for hidden sleigh bells in their quest to find Christmas spirit and save Christmas! So bring your friends, because Santa needs YOU!

Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain – Nov 20-Jan 3

For the first time ever at Six Flags Magic Mountain, experience millions of lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites in a drive-thru nighttime spectacular, Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience. Make merry memories as the park transforms into a magical winter wonderland with millions of colorful lights. While the thrill of coasters will have to wait, you’ll be dazzled by all the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season from the comfort of your car.

Christmas in Color: Drive-Thru Animated Light Show at Raging Waters – DEC 4 – JAN 3

Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza – we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!

Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive Thru Spectacular at the Irwindale Speedway – Nov 25th – Jan 10th

Irwindale Speedway & Event Center, the premier motorsports facility of its kind in Southern California, in collaboration with Mobile Illumination, the company known for its spectacular Christmas tree lighting extravaganzas at The Grove, Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, today announced that it will open Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru, its
all new, holiday themed immersive experience for families on November 25, 2020.

This 30-45 minute safe yet riveting experience is designed to transport families of all ages into the magical world of Christmas as they witness first-hand a series of jaw dropping Christmas scenes and holiday themed vignettes. As families enter Santa’s Speedway between a pathway of California’s largest color changing display of palm trees, they will experience the exhilaration of driving on an actual NASCAR racetrack as they come across Santa’s Village with elves hard at work, a land filled with Christmas sweets including 20ft tall illuminated lollipops, Rudolph’s Enchanted garage filled with Racecar Reindeers, a 100 ft long lit Christmas bow and light display, plus a scene worthy of grabbing Santa’s attention – the world’s largest free standing light tree, measuring 110ft and made up of over 100,000 LED lights.

The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival – Nov. 27th-Dec. 24th


The 2020 World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a drive-thru Holiday Festival, complete with a light show, LED video displays, fake snow and interactive displays honoring the Dodgers World Championship and celebrating the holidays! Open Nightly* 5-11PM

SoCal Wonderland – NOV 30 – DEC 23 & DEC 26 – DEC 30!

A frosted, family-friendly adventure in Woodland Hills! Celebrate the holiday season with millions of lights and themed decór during a festive wonderLAnd drive-thru show.

Electric Noel –  Dec 3rd -Jan 3rd

Electric Noel, located 60 miles west of Los Angeles at SilverLakes Park in Norco, CA, is designed in compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be COVID-19 safe.  The community-first experience, produced by a collective of award winning designers who have worked with Netflix, NBC, Warner Bros, AMC, WME, and Live Nation, was created to enliven the holiday spirit and bring over a month of Christmas festivities to SoCal in a year where things have looked anything but normal.

Holiday Road: Drive-Thru Experience at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas – Dec 4th – Jan 10th

Welcome to Holiday Road, the newest and most exciting DRIVE-THRU holiday experience in the country located at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA!
You can expect to see larger than life holiday installations, thousands of Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all your favorite holiday cheer!

Happy Place- The Drive Thru Experience, Nov 20, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021

HAPPY PLACE returns to LA this winter with an all-new reimagined Drive Thru experience; HAPPY PLACE – THE DRIVE THRU. This one of a kind event has been designed to deliver HAPPY and pure entertainment from the safety of your car, guaranteed to brighten your 2020.

The DRIVE THRU journey begins on the 3rd floor of Westfield Century City’s parking structure, covering over 50,000 square feet and leading you up to the picturesque rooftop. HAPPY PLACE – THE DRIVE THRU will feature over 18 unique and vibrant exhibits, designed to embrace and accentuate experiencing the event being enjoyed from your own vehicle.

HAPPY PLACE was created because we BELIEVE that our world today can use a lot more happiness. HAPPY PLACE was launched in 2017 as an immersive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations and multi-sensory themed rooms curated to Capture Your Happy! After launching in Los Angeles, HAPPY PLACE went on tour spreading joy to more than half a million people with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Sydney, Australia and a Las Vegas Residency at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Ultimate Drive Thru Experience – DEC 3 – JAN 2

Journey into a one-of-a-kind, contactless experience where the world of Hot Wheels comes to life right outside your windows! Drive through this LARGER THAN LIFE showcase of everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, Garage of Legends vehicles, robots and more! EVERY ticket purchase includes a Hot Wheels 3-Car Pack and one FREE digital photo memory of your experience!

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