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Let there be (Holiday) light(s)!

Let there be (Holiday) light(s)!

Having to play host to out-of-town relatives this Holiday season? In-laws descending on your door? Or just want something cool to do with the kids? Well, fear not! We have some nifty things-to-do for you and yours. We’ll shed light on some family-friendly festivities in and around Pasadena.

The Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest is a large-scale, lantern-art landscape, filled with illuminated animals, dragons, flowers and more. “The magnificent lanterns reflect three themes; Nature, Children’s Garden, and Chinese Culture, all of which embrace the mission and communities of the Arboretum.” Moonlight Forest is up through January 6, 2019 (Arcadia, CA).

Descanso Gardens offers a wonderful light show with its seasonal Enchanted: Forest of Light. The trees are illuminated with crisp colors that envelope you as you traverse the garden’s pathways. Both magical and moody light-based installations also line your path, with some activations involving interactivity. Enchanted is up through November 18 – January 6; but don’t dally, tickets go fast! (La Canada, CA)

If you are wondering what happened to the DWP Holiday Light Festival, AKA Griffith Park Lights, wonder no more. It morphed into Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo, where light shows, colorful installations and projections take over the 133-acre property. (We assume animals are given sleep shades and earplugs). In homage to its roots, Zoo Lights makes a nod to its yesteryear with such classic recreations as the Hollywood sign, DTLA skyline and Hollywood Bowl. The show’s designers Gregg Lacy and Bionic League are known for their way with light, and the show at the Zoo, which opens November 16, will not disappoint.

For a more quaint light show, head to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena on Santa Rosa Avenue (between Woodbury and Altadena Drive). You’ll be rewarded with the warm glow from the towering cedar trees festooned with colored lights. There’s something reassuring about its simplicity; Christmas Tree Lanes seems to maintain the spirit of the season without hype or hyperbole. Started in 1920, Christmas Tree Lane is claimed to be the oldest, large-scale Christmas light presentations. It’s listed on the US National Register of Historic Places and is designated a California Historical Landmark. The lights go on at 6p on December 9.