If you’re anything like we are, you love a good road trip. Even more so during the holidays — holiday sing-a-longs in the car, holiday lights everywhere and everyone seems to be just a tad bit nicer, even the kids since they know Santa is watching! Pack up the family for a magical holiday adventure at the Redding Garden of Lights.
Holiday Lights and So Much More
About a seven hour drive from Los Angeles, the City of Redding, CA lies along the Sacramento River and is home to the Sundial Bridge, a glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge and is one of the world’s largest working sundials. Located near downtown Redding, the pedestrian bridge can be seen out your window while staying at Northern California’s newest hidden gem, Sheraton Redding Hotel.
Each year the hotel hosts the Redding Garden of Lights Holiday Festival by Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge. The festival returns November 17, 2023 through January 7, 2024 at Turtle Bay’s McConnell Botanical Gardens. The light festival Designed by renowned light artist Tres Fromme, the light festival features over one million twinkling lights.
Redding Garden of Lights 2023
New this year, the Redding Garden of Lights experience has added several attractions. These newest additions include a Model Train Town, Glowing Swings, and VIP Igloos, as well as new music and animations in existing exhibits.
This family-friendly holiday experience features over one million lights across ten acres and includes a 30′ wide illuminated igloo and snowy pathway, The Candy Cane Causeway, 200 feet of lighted tunnels, and reindeer encounters (December 4-24).
Come For the Lights, Stay For the Eats
Delicious eats are offered up on a menu by Mosaic. The choices include a variety of holiday delights and tasty treats including wood fired pizza, holiday tots, garlic cheese curds, churros, holiday cocktails. Of course, no evening stroll through the holiday lights would be complete with s’mores!
Check out our travel guides for more ideas on places to getaway without traveling far this holiday season: