Tripping the Light Pandemic - Page 2

NorCal's spectacular holiday celebrations, driving tours and socially distanced strolls
Fridays on the Homefront
'Holiday in the Park Lights' at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo is hosting Holiday in the Park Lights with myriad light displays, holiday characters, holiday-themed animal performances, photo opportunities with live penguins, and more. Tickets are $20-$24, and reservations are required for the celebration running through January 3.

Over in Walnut Creek near the foot of Mt. Diablo, the three-acre Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery has souped up its annual Garden of D'Lights celebration with even more lights and lasers than past years, but it is closed for most of the month, reopening for visits December 31 and January 1.

Tickets to Garden of D'Lights range from $6 to $20. Capacity is limited to 120 visitors at a time, and, as the garden's website assures, "There is no 'show' component in the sense where attendees would congregate together in a group beyond themselves for any length of time."

Fridays on the Homefront
'Garden of D'Lights' at Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery, Walnut Creek

If Advent calendars are one of your beloved holiday traditions, then Palo Alto has the drive-through light show for you, as five churches there are hosting a series of Advent-themed stations celebrating the origins and meaning of Christmas along with a scavenger hunt. The free tour along Middlefield Road is open nightly from 5-10 p.m. through December 25.

At Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside, the house is closed due to the pandemic, but the garden is gaily lit for holiday walking tours replete with holiday music, a fire pit, and warm beverages. Tickets range from $12-38 and, again, reservations are required.

Fridays on the Homefront
Filoli Historic House & Garden, Woodside

Finally, if you're up for a drive, toddle down the road to Paso Robles, where internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro has created Field of Light at Sensorio, a stunning array of more than 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics that illuminate the undulating landscape. General admission for the socially distanced walking tour costs between $19 and $40 for all visitors age 3 and older.

So don your mask and join in to light up the holidays this season. And remember, this too will pass.