This holiday season looks a little different, but it’s still lit!
Nothing quite says the holidays like cruising around in your PJ’s to check out all the neighborhood lights. Luckily it’s also one of the more Covid-friendly activities, making it the perfect way to jump start those holiday vibes and celebrate with loved ones. The Bay Area is known to bring its ‘A’ game when it comes to holiday lights, so we’ve compiled a list of five particularly spectacular spots that are definite must-sees.
The Tom and Jerry Christmas Tree
The Bay Area’s own Tom and Jerry! This is a larger-than-life display located on Castro Hill. It’s a lovely little gingerbread Victorian house with a massive 65-foot Norfolk Island Pine tree decked out in dazzling lights and giant ornaments. The display features a fireplace mantel complete with stockings and lots of gifts that will make you feel just like a kid on Christmas morning.
Where: 3650 21st Street, San Francisco
When: until December 31
The Magical Light Show House
This neighborhood light show is absolutely stellar and was even featured on Good Morning America. The display features over 70,000 lights, 14,000 channels, and special effects that will blow your mind. Probably the best part is how expertly the show is sequenced to music, highlighting even the most subtle parts of each song. Be sure to stop by on Christmas Day to catch their last show of the season!
Where: 15 Phillips Court, Tracy
When: 6pm – 8:30pm on Friday, December 25
The Magical Holiday Moments House
If you’re a fan of Disney, this is a holiday light display you don’t want to miss. This local Fairfield house goes all out every year, and was even filmed for the Great Christmas Lights Fight! The display is an out-of-this-world tribute to Disneyland and is choreographed to 88.3 FM radio so that you can listen and watch from the comfort of your own car.
Where: 2132 Calder Place, Fairfield
When: 6pm – 10pm every night through December 31
Christmas Tree Lane
No less than 50 households participate in this extravagant neighborhood tradition. Each December, the houses on Thompson Avenue each bring their own version of holiday cheer to the table with lots of lights set to seasonal tunes, painted wood cutouts, and other festive decorations. This year, the residents have scaled back their usual extra activities, but kids can still send in their letters to Santa!
Where: 3200-3299 Thompson Avenue, Alameda
When: 5:30pm – 10pm through December 31
Rombeiro’s Christmas House
This Novato neighborhood home was last year’s winner of the Great Christmas Light Fight! And it comes as no surprise when you see just how much holiday cheer this display jam packs into one house. The holiday display has been a neighborhood staple for 28 years, offering visitors loads of festive fun and decorations all over the property, both inside and out. This year, however, the display is strictly an outdoor experience.
Where: 34 Devonshire Drive, Novato
When: 6pm – 10pm every night
[Featured image: Magical Light Shows]