Feel the Glow: The Best Spots for Holiday Lights

Everybody loves a festive holiday light display. But not everybody knows where to go to see the best holiday light displays. Here is a list of places to view some of the best and brightest in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and Seattle.

*Operations will discontinue in the Sacramento HomeZone on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Bay Area

Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo

December 1-23, 26-31, 2022 | January 1-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, 2023
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
See the illumination of new displays like a trip to the land down under with kangaroos and koalas, icons of the California coastline including whales and otters, exotic tropical rainforest animals, and a blast from the past with a towering t-rex!

Christmas Tree Lane
December 4-31, 2022
Approximately 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For the last 84 years, the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue in Alameda has been a must-see holiday lights extravaganza. Fifty homes join forces to create an event that includes special performances. Each house has a unique theme.

Union Square Tree
San Francisco
November 10, 2022 - January 1, 2023
See the sparking from over 33,000 twinkling lights and 1,100 ornaments on the tree lit up at Union Square. While visiting, also lace up some skates at the ice rink and view all the decorations in store windows throughout the area.

Widmer World 

December 1-31, 2022 (weather permitting)
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Widmer World shows how much holiday cheer two people can create when they set their minds to it. Bob and Susan Widmer’s tribute to the holidays is a gift to anybody who happens across their home at 3671 Chelsea Court in Pleasanton. The couple has been decorating their property since `1980 and each year brings new additions to their epic holiday light display.


Imaginarium: Light up the Night at Cal Expo
November 18, 2022 - January 2, 2023
5:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m.
A one-of-a-kind adventure, the Imaginarium is bigger than ever at 15 acres packed with millions of lights, mazes, rides, nightly shows, a fantasy zone, and more! Meet and greet your favorite characters, and take a few laps around the ice rink as well.

Enchant at Sutter Health Park
West Sacramento
November 25, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Times vary
Let Enchant light up your holiday season. Bring your friends and/or family for a magical evening at Sutter Health Park with over 4 million sparkling lights, a walk-thru light maze, awe-inspiring light sculptures, live entertainment, ice skating, dining and more!

Theatre of Lights
November 23 - December 24, 2022 (Thursdays through Sundays)
6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
This free holiday lighting extravaganza features a live-action retelling of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," also known as " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." The highlight of the 20-minute production is a live dramatization on the balconies above K Street, complete with a special appearance by Jack Frost, and the lighting of the 60-foot tree by St. Nick himself.

Wild Nights & Holiday Lights
December 2-3, 9-11, 16-22, 2022 (weather permitting)
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the magic of the season and help support the amazing animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Thousands of colorful lights decorate the ground, buildings, and animal exhibits, while carolers fill the air with seasonal cheer, and the zoo mascot greets guests.


WildLanterns Lights Festival
November 11, 2022 - January 22, 2023
4:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Explore the Woodland Park Zoo like never before with a lantern festival unlike any in the Northwest! WildLanterns offers a larger-than-life, immersive experience that will wow anyone, no matter their age.

November 25, 2022 - January 2, 2022
4:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.
Get your camera ready, as this winter wonderland at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium features 800,000 LED lights and two Tunnels of Lights. Look for a Seahawks tree, a giant Pacific octopus, and even a Sasquatch!

Holiday Lights & Delights
November 26, 2022 - January 7, 2023
Make new memories from the season at Holiday Lights & Delights. Gather for photos under larger-than-life light sculptures in Westlake Park, and enjoy family activities at Westlake and Occidental Square every weekend.

Holiday Magic by the Washington State Fair

December 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 20-23, 2022
4:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.
See the Washington State Fair transformed for the holidays. Take a spectacular stroll through breathtaking lights and festive displays. There is also a holiday market, dining, and ice skating available.

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