A lot of people are wonder where to see Christmas Trees and lights in Los Angeles in 2020.
2020 has been a tough year. Businesses have been shut down repeatedly. We’ve been told to stay in our homes repeatedly. And most of the typical Christmas events have been cancelled due to the pandemic.
A lot of the places we might expect to see Christmas Trees based on past years are dark for 2020. There is no tree at Pershing Square. Grand Park which usually has a large Christmas tree in each of the three blocks of the park has none this year. There is no tree at the Civic Center.
However, you can find a beautiful giant tree on the upper deck of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center with the fountain at its base. It’s located at 135 N Grand Street in Los Angeles (photos at bottom of post).
The most beautiful Christmas tree and overall Christmas display is at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. Usually Brand Street has Christmas lights and decorations lining the length of the street. This year they are absent, but the displays at the Americana more than make up for it.
The entire outdoor shopping mall is decorated to the max. What makes it intensely beautiful is the signature dancing fountain at the base of the tree (watch the video above to see this!). For whatever reason, outdoor dining was open in the mall despite it being closed in the rest of the city! And there is enough open space for people to hang out on the green, safely, and enjoy the Christmas Spirit. 889 Americana Way in Glendale.
The Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica has lights strung above the promenade and wrapped around the trees. There is a large Christmas tree in the mall on the south end of the promenade. As for the Santa Monica pier, we did see lights strung to resemble a tree by the amusement park, but not much else.
Over at the Original Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax there are decorations and a large tree. It was rather sad however to see how deserted the area where all the food vendors was! Due to the California Governor’s latest order shutting down outdoor dining, they were open but had no customers. Stop by and get some delicious food to go if you are in the area and help them out!
Further back you come to The Grove. It’s owned by the same company that owns the Americana, so you’ll see the same outdoor mall experience, dancing fountain and another large Christmas tree. I must say though it seemed odd to see the Christmas shoppers in face masks waiting in social distanced lines to get in the stores.
Rodeo Drive is another must see this Christmas. When we filmed it there was a strange beauty to it because it was also deserted due to Governor Newsom’s new lockdown order. The Christmas tree is on the south end of Rodeo at the entrance to the Two Rodeo Drive shopping plaza.
Among the decorations on Rodeo are palm trees wrapped with sparkling white lights, dripping icicle lights, massive Christmas tree ornaments in the media strip, along with “fashion model” statues. Be sure to check out the other streets in the Beverly Hills shopping district. They are all decked out to the max.
It’s been a hard year. Take some time to go out and drink in the beauty of some of these displays. It will recharge your soul!
We’re wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year where everything comes right in your life!
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Background music in video:
Jingle Bells Calm by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Video produced by Mark Stout Photography