Los Angeles Light Festival in Griffith Park Annual Drive-Thru Event 2009

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)


Los Angeles --  Annual Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival is a  display of lights spanning a mile of Crystal Springs Drive. It  is a holiday tradition that attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually.


Dec. 7 -17 Vehicle Free Light Festival. Time: 5-10 p.m.


Dec. 18 -30 Car Drive Thru. Time: 5-10 p.m.


The 14th Annual Holiday Lights Festival in Griffith Park, once primarily a drive-thru event seen by car, has switched gears. In 2009 the event will feature walk-through only nights from December 4-17. Park in the LA Zoo lot and walk about one mile during this event.  In addition to the walk-only nights, also new this year, the event is lit by energy-saving LED light bulbs. The LED lights utilize only 1/3 the energy of traditional light bulbs. In addition, the Holiday Light Festival is being powered by a clean, energy fuel cell. The lights are turned on Thursday, December 3, during Bike Night in which bicycle riders are invited to cruise through, while traditional driving of cars occurs through from Dec. 18-30.Pedestrians may still walk on a path during this time. Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA. dwplightfestival.com

Committed to providing a green LA holiday, the Holiday Light Festival began offering  a pedestrian only and vehicle free event. You will be expected to walk through the light displays during these particular days. How cool is that?


Visitors may park at the L.A. Zoo parking lot or the parking lots on the south side of the festival near the Merry-Go-Round, or the lots near the pony rides. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to dress warmly to walk the full one-mile route each way.

To celebrate vehicle free nights, there will be an educational mini fair area December 5, 6 & 7 for all to enjoy, featuring information on family activities, healthy nutrition, as well as some tasty treats.

The driving route, walking and shuttles all run December dates. Shuttle buses will be available weekends. Walkers on these days will enjoy the walking path. Both options are accessible from the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot. Call: 213 367-1255. dwplightfestival.com Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA.

To drive through the Light Festival:
Exit the Golden State Fwy. (5) at Los Feliz. Go west on Los Feliz and turn right onto Crystal Springs Drive and proceed to the entrance of the Light Festival. To view the Light Festival by foot on the walking path, park at the L.A. Zoo.
To Walk:
Park on the south side of the L.A. Zoo parking lot and proceed down the walking path along Crystal Springs Drive. Pedestrian visitors should dress warmly.

Shuttle (Zoo Parking Lot )

Thanks to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, a shuttle bus will depart continuously

Festival visitors will enjoy significantly less wait times and traffic congestion during weekday visits, Monday through Thursday.

Partners of the LADWP event include: Autry National Center, Automobile Club of Southern California,  CalTrans, Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau (LA Inc.,  Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Zoo, and Los Angeles World Airports.