Nothing brings out the kid in everyone like Christmas lights. Those twinkling, blinking, and colorful beams of joy can put a smile on the grumpiest Grinch’s face. Whether you’re an Orange County local or you’re planning a holiday trip to the Anaheim area, there are several fabulous places to see Christmas lights in Anaheim, CA close to Tropicana Inn and Suites.

Enchanted Forest of Light in Descanso Gardens

One of the most popular events of the season, Enchanted Forest of Light, is an interactive experience featuring a one-mile walk and large-scale light displays that allow visitors to manipulate sounds and lights. Enchanted runs from mid-November into the New Year, but due to this event’s popularity tickets must be purchased in advance. Learn more about purchasing tickets here.

Snoopy House Holiday Display in Costa Mesa

Nostalgic fun for the whole family! The Snoopy House display is an Orange County tradition going back to 1966. With visits from Santa and holiday scenes starring the whole Peanuts gang, this free family event can be viewed nightly starting December 14 through December 23, 2019. It is located on the Costa Mesa City Hall front lawn at 77 Fair Drive.

Irvine Park Christmas Train

Another long-running event that should not be missed is the annual Christmas Train at Irvine Park. Kids and their parents can take a ride to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to take photos and give kids a chance to share their Christmas wish lists. The ride back to Santa’s Village takes passengers through a trail of colorful lights including the Tunnel of Lights—a magical sight to behold. The fun starts November 29 and runs through December 23, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.

Queen Mary Christmas

Holidays set sail during this unique Christmas event. Fun for families or a romantic getaway, the festivities on the legendary Queen Mary include a Holiday Dinner Show, Breakfast with Santa, a gingerbread house decorating station, a special viewing of The Polar Express, stories with Mrs. Claus and a dazzling display of lights from bow to stern. Holiday events begin late November and run through the New Year. Check the Queen Mary website for ticket information.


Perhaps the best Christmas lights in Anaheim can be found at the Magic Kingdom itself, Disneyland® Park. With admission, you’ll find holiday wonder throughout the park starting the moment you walk in the gates. From November 8 to January 6, 2020, Main Street, U.S.A. is trimmed with thousands of beautiful ornaments, including a giant Christmas tree. Dazzling displays of holiday lights transform attractions such as It’s a Small World, the Haunted Mansion, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and more. Plus a stocking full of holiday parades, special fireworks shows and festive foods are yours to enjoy throughout Disneyland®, Disney California Adventure®, and DOWNTOWN DISNEY®.

Planning your holiday adventure to Orange County is easy when you start by booking a room at the Tropicana Inn and Suites. Ask our friendly team members where their favorite Christmas lights in Anaheim are and you may even get a few more ideas!