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Big Changes for the LA DWP Festival of Lights

Don’t expect to drive through the LA DWP Festival of Lights for a few more weeks. The DWP is stressing greenity this year, with a bike night preview and two weeks where NO vehicles will be allowed. You’ll have to walk, which is a good thing after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, right?

Here’s the DWP’s news release:

LOS ANGELES — It just wouldn’t be the holidays in Los Angeles without the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) annual Holiday Light Festival in Griffith Park. A beloved tradition that is free of charge and open to all, Angelenos from across the city are invited to come view more than one million energy-efficient LED lights in festive displays showcasing the uniqueness of the City of Los Angeles.

The schedule for the 14th annual Holiday Light Festival is as follows:

December 3: “Bike Night” Preview -- Bicyclists will have the festival all to themselves from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. No motor traffic will be permitted.

December 4-17: Vehicle-Free Nights -- These nights will be for pedestrians only, as no cars will be on the route. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, dress warmly for the two-mile stroll and arrive no later than 8:30 p.m. in order to have enough time to walk the entire route before 10:00 p.m. closing.

December 11-13: Family Fun Mini-Fair -- Representatives of our sponsoring partners and other City departments will share information on family acitivities and various City services. Participants include Radio Disney, First 5 LA, the Music Center, Travel Town and more. The Family Fun Mini-Fair will run from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during these nights and will be located near the L.A. Zoo parking lot.

December 18-30: Traditional Festival -- The festival will be open to motor vehicles. Paths will remain open for pedestrians from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Drivers may enter the festival on Crystal Springs Drive and Riverside Drive.

Free parking will be available in the L.A. Zoo parking lot, off of Zoo Drive, on a first come, first served basis. Shuttle pick-up service will be available in the Zoo parking lot during the traditional festival, December 18-30.