Lights

The Chandelier Tree

Our very last stop for the night was at The Chandelier Tree. I somehow knew about this place awhile ago through Pinterest or Snapchat. I kept forgetting to check this place out until Aaron mentioned it!

The Chandelier Tree is an iconic spot in Los Angeles, California. They’re perfectly located in one of the most trendy areas, Silver Lake. This is a one of a kind front yard that has 30 vintage chandeliers gracefully hanging on a sycamore tree.

According to LA Times, “Marriage proposals and wedding photo shoots are commonly held beneath the tree, and locals often show off the tree to visitors. The sycamore has appeared in music videos, and five film location scouts list the location in their books.” Now that all makes sense why it looks so familiar!

It was quite a magical night standing underneath the tree and looking above at all the chandeliers. I have to come back here and bring my DSLR to take nicer pictures. These pictures certainly do not do justice of how beautiful everything is in person. I was in awe of this house right when I saw it. It was like love at first sight.

If you want to learn more about The Chandelier Tree, check out their Facebook page and Yelp! To visit them, go to 2811 West Silver Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90039.

Thanks Aaron for showing us The Chandelier Tree! Thanks Aaron, Alex, Elaine, and Junie for joining me spontaneously to explore Los Angeles due to my travel bug.

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Spontaneous Night to LA

Finally Briana was free from school and work. So we had to have a mandatory hang out. We had dinner at In-N-Out. Then decided spontaneously to go to LA for dessert and to check out Rodeo Drive. We went to Bottega Louie for some fancy shmancy macarons. Since we got there a little after 9PM, all the good macarons were gone. We picked out the ones that they had the least of because we thought that if they have little left for a certain macaron that means a lot of customers got that one. For 5 macarons in a pretty lavendar box we paid a little under $11. A little expensive for me but I thought I’d get some for my family and just for the experience of trying Bottega Louie’s macarons. Bottega Louie is not only a maracon place but a restaurant also. Even though we got there late, the restaurant was pretty darn packed and busy! I’ll check it out one day.

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We took our macarons and off we went to Rodeo Drive. I really wanted to go to Rodeo Drive because on Instagram a blogger who I follow posted up a pretty scenery on Rodeo Drive. I took a screenshot and texted Briana, “Let’s go there!” She said she knew where it was. So then it was a perfect night to go check it out after macaron adventure.

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It was a magical moment when we found the Christmas tree and the lights. We tried to take the picture just like the the Instagrammer but we weren’t as successful as Angelaishere. Even though I don’t know who “Angelaishere” is, thanks to her, Briana and I had a fun time walking around Rodeo Drive at night and taking pretty Christmas light pictures.

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Oh how I love the power of social media. It’s crazy how it works.

Christmas Lights #3

I wanted to find more crazy Christmas lights so I had to do what I had to do. Google. I just did some Googling and found the house. I have to say that Christmas Lights #3 is definitely the winner out of the three.

The house plays mainstream music and of course some classic holiday ones too. The lights are just ridiculously ridiculous. You’re basically watching a concert in front of this house.

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The owners of the house has volunteers who give out hot apple cider and some mini donut looking but funnel cake tasting pastries. They have some chairs for people sit and a little bonfire pit to keep people warm.

Below is a picture of how crazy the lights go. They had holiday patterned lights (top left), phrases like Merry Christmas (top right), Carly Rae Jepsen singing Call Me Maybe (bottom left), and Snoopy (bottom right).
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Not only were people allowed to hang outside and watch the lights but also go inside the house! The house inside is almost like Christmas Lights #2 in Tustin with all the little figurine displays. The house was basically a winter wonderland. They had various themes going on throughout the whole house.

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After watching the light show and doing a tour of the house inside, Dasom and I walked back to the car. As we were walking, we saw this house! The house looked like it was in a movie! It was fun driving around the neighborhood because the houses were huge and beautiful!

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If you want to see this house, it’s in south Orange County. The address is: 25473 Nellie Gail Road in Laguna Hills. It’s really close to the Oso exit on the 5 freeway. Just a heads up, don’t drive into the street where the house is located. Park before or after the street the house is located. Driving on that street will not be fun since it’ll be crowded with people watching the lights.

Check out the YouTube video of this house’s Christmas lights:

Christmas Lights #2

There’s a cul de sac in Tustin that has some crazy lights and decorations. The first time I went to this neighborhood was actually my senior year in high school. My friends somehow found it and ever since then I checked out the neighborhood annually. Last year I went was with Dasom. We walked around and then had some hot tea in her car. We were being really cute.

This one house has the front lawn full of snow and all kinds of Christmas decorations (top left corner picture). But what’s crazy about this house is the garage. The garage is covered with holiday figurines. It’s a whole different world in there. You just have to go there to really know what I’m talking about. The top right corner in the collage is a picture of the garage.

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One house across the street had a nativity scene and other sorts of holiday characters in the front lawn. I have a feeling they made all the wooden cut outs of the characters.

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There’s another house in the cul de sac that has crazy Christmas lights that flashes to the beat of the music. The night my friends and I went, somehow the lights and music didn’t go off. I was a little upset that my friends weren’t able to experience the epic lights show.

If anyone is interested in finding this neighborhood, here are the directions. But let me warn you that these are not good directions. I just don’t know the address. I just know how to get there by memory. So here we go:

  • Drive down Walnut towards Tustin
  • After you pass the street Tustin Ranch, make an immediate left. There should be an opening for you to turn left into a neighborhood.
  • Go straight. Drive by the park that is on your right.
  • At some point the street will curve to the left.
  • I think after it curves to the left, you only have two options to go straight or turn right. In this case, turn right.
  • Then in your first or second left, you will see cul de sac with some crazy lights.

Worst case, just Google this neighborhood. I’m sure they’re  on the web! Enjoy!

Christmas Lights #1

On Instagram I follow some news reporters because I think they’re really cool. One reporter I follow is Fritz from NBC-LA 4 News. For the past 11 years, Fritz has been looking for houses with extreme Christmas light decorations. Just recently he posted up a picture of one in Balboa Island. Since that’s really close to where I live, I had to go check it out!

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After my first ugly sweater party, my friends and I had to put our ugly sweaters more into use. So we thought it would be perfect to check out some crazy Christmas lights with our ugly sweaters on! Being able to find the house that was exactly on Instagram was really exciting! I felt as if we were doing some kind of holiday Amazing Race.

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Finally seeing the house in person was so magical! The house was the brightest one on the street so we couldn’t miss it. The house was decked out to the max. Even the side walls of the house was decorated with lights!

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Santa was all over the house and it was good seeing him virtually! At one point, we sat on the curb in front of the house. We were in awe of the lights. Don’t worry, we weren’t sitting on the curb all night long. We decided to drive around and look for more Christmas lights. We were able to find the house below just by following the north star! Sounds cheesy, I know. But it’s true! All we did was follow the star that was stood out on top of the house. Then, wah-lah! The house was decked out also!

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We drove again some more and found a few more houses that had some festive lights.

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At the end of our Christmas light journey, we took a group picture by the bridge that leads you into Balboa Island. It was a cute little romantic spot especially with the Christmas lights.

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Thanks friends for my first Christmas light experience of 2012!