Best Places To See Holiday Lights in the Bay Area, Seattle, & Sacramento – 2021

Everybody loves a festive holiday light display. But not everybody knows where to go to see the best holiday light displays. The Gig team has assembled a list of the best places to view the best and brightest in the Greater Bay Area, Seattle, and Sacramento.


WildLanterns Lights Festival
Giant mammoths and cheetahs await you at Woodland Park Zoo. These animals were constructed entirely from lanterns and strings of lights. Prepare yourself for an immersive experience representing places from around the globe. (Watch out for the shark!) Runs November 12 - January 30, 2022. Purchase tickets here.

Get your camera ready, as this winter wonderland at the Point Defiance Zoo features 800,000 LED lights and two Tunnels of Lights. Look for a Seahawks tree, a giant Pacific octopus, and even a Sasquatch! Runs November 26 - January 2, 2022. Purchase tickets here. 

Redmond Lights
Head to Downtown Park to experience this free art and light installation. You can even download an app to take a self-guided tour. Runs December 1 - January 5, 2022

Lights of Christmas
Stanwood, WA
This drive-thru event offers dazzling light displays, holiday music, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus - all from the comfort of your own car (or Gig!) Dates/times vary. Purchase tickets here.

Bay Area

Glowfari at the Oakland Zoo
Featuring illuminated animal lanterns, what would Rudolph say? Presented by the Oakland Zoo Glowfari has it all: Festive gondola rides, safari adventures, an 8-foot crocodile head, and more. Runs November 12 - January 30, 2022. Purchase tickets here.

Christmas Tree Lane 
The 3200 block of Thompson Avenue in Alameda is a must-see holiday lights extravaganza. Fifty homes join forces to create an event that includes special performances. Each house has a unique theme. Runs Dec. 4 through New Year’s Eve, free admission.

Widmer World  
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 1981 and each year brings new additions to their epic holiday light display. Runs Dec. 1-31, donations are accepted.

Union Square Christmas Tree 
San Francisco
The bustling ice skating rink. Macy’s famous holiday windows. It’s all part of Union Square’s holiday appeal. But it’s all about the tree. The tree will remain lit each night through the end of the year. Free.

Fantasy of Lights 
Los Gatos
Each December, Vasona Lake County Park is transformed into an electric winter wonderland with what may be the best holiday light show in all of Silicon Valley. This sparkling 1.5-mile “drive-thru” display includes ice-skating penguins, flying reindeer, the famous poinsettia arch, and much more. The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your car! The Fantasy of Lights is always brilliant, always original, and always a crowd-pleaser. Runs December 7 - 30, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Described as “more than a spectacular and immersive lighting display,” watch the video on their website and you’ll see they are right! Three million LED lights, carnival rides, games, costumed characters, a Beer Garden, and food! Takes place at Cal Expo California.
Runs November 19 - January 16, 2022. Purchase tickets here

Theatre of Lights
This free holiday lighting extravaganza happens on K Street between Front and 2nd Streets. Don’t miss the live dramatization of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the balconies above K Street. Runs November 24 - December 24

Private houses - various locations has put together a list of private, lighted homes in the Sacramento area that you may want to check out! Just Grab a Gig, your hot chocolate, and make it a night!

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