California Christmas Tree Lighting, Tree Displays, and Holiday Lights


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Knotts Berry Farm
Buena Park
Sea World

San Diego

Six Flags



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Santana Row

San Jose


Town Square


Winter Wonderland

Apple Valley

Bella Terra Lighting

Huntington Beach

Christmas Tree Lane



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Fashion Island Tree
Newport Beach


Pier 39

San Francisco

Fillmore Street Trees
San Francisco
1 Colorado Tree


Pechanga Resort Tree



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Avila La Fonda Tree

Avila Beach

Naples Bay Trees

Long Beach


Jack London Square


Albino Tree Christmas

Humboldt County

Newland House

Huntington Beach

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Trees in the Bay Belmont Shore California Tree Lighting Ceremonies, California Holiday Tree Displays and Light Displays brighten the world, one shining bulb at a time. If you're looking for a special tree lighting celebration, we've discovered over 100 places to visit where you can watch the switch being thrown on a fabulous tree that decorates a town, city or California region.


Cities, shopping districts, theme parks and even private citizens delight in California tree light ceremonies and often a parade that's part of the holiday event. In 2008 we've discovered there's going to be a whole lot of celebrating, even though the spending may be down. What happens during tough economic times is that people tend to focus on community more, and they tend to delight in the simple things such as free community festivals that mark the seasons. So check out the tree lightings we've found in the California Calendar of Events postings, and get out to enjoy California's great weather, and many reasons to love the holidays.


From the largest living decorated Christmas tree in the U.S. in Ferndale, to the largest cut Christmas tree in the nation in Newport Beach, California lives superlatives during the holiday season. We Californians celebrate the holidays in a big way, in fact. The trend in trees is a theory called "lessening your footprint." What it means is that particular practices are being used in finding trees for public places (trees cut come from cultivated forests areas), and the lights are now politically more correct if they are LED, requiring less energy to use. The California State Capitol goes one further by using an energy cell to power the tree's lights throughout the season. 


Vacaville Festival of Trees allows you to bid on one of 100 decorator delights (50 large & 50 minis), then take home a themed holiday tree that won't leave you frosted and fuming, for whatever reason. Central Coast trees
Santa Maria


Not every tree is real in the California Christmas tree repertoire, however...we went around the state and observed many trees are fake.  That's great! While the smell of pine is refreshing in the Southern California sun, it often doesn't last because of the annual Santa Ana Winds that occur usually once during a winter holiday season. And we observed that even the tallest cut tree (Fashion Island in Newport Beach), uses a real tree base but shaves off the real limbs for transport, then assembles the standing tree trunk and live top, building a tree with wire, artificial limbs, etc. The result is that most can't even tell the difference.


One tree that's as real as they come stands at the end of the Main Street in Ferndale. Declared by locals to be the tallest living tree for a holiday lighting in the U.S., it sits at the base of a stand of tall trees, and is surrounded by redwood forests of Humboldt County. These forests do contain some of the largest, living trees on earth. Seeing Ferndale's tree lighting and lit tractor parade is something crazy and unique. It does rain quite a bit, so you can just count on rain and if it doesn't well that's great, too.


If trees are your thing and you don't have time to drive through the oldest living redwood forests in the world in Northern California, then partake of the urban life with decorated trees, carols, Santas, and the sounds of Christmas.


The oldest Christmas tree lane is in Altadena, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A bay of trees can be seen in Naples Bay in Long Beach. Universal Studios lights up the nights of Hollywood with its lit palms. And Fillmore Street in San Francisco uses cool, energy-efficient blue bulbs to decorate its trees and palms that bring the shopping district to life. 


If for no other reason than to enjoy the season, go check out the perfect selection of California Christmas trees located at a mall or town square near you.


About picking a California Christmas tree. Here are some tips from our annual search for a Douglas fir tree.