If You Are Thinking About Going to LA

to see the DWP light display, I have one word for you.

Don’t.

We happened to be in the area this past Sunday, as we spent the day at the newly-remodeld-to-us Griffith Observatory. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and of the countless times I have been to Griffith Observatory, I don’t ever remember the views being so spectacular. If you haven’t checked out the Observatory, I highly recommend it, even though parking is (as always) a bitch.

Anyhoo, since the light display was down at the zoo entrance, we decided to go. Big mistake. Once you turn onto Crystal Springs Drive, you are stuck. There is no way you can go, oh crap, this is going to take too long and change your mind. You are in it for the long haul. And while the display was sort of interesting, there was no way it was worth the 40 minutes we spent idling in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to see it.

But if you do decide to ignore my advie, make sure you position yourself in the left lane. Because if you are in the right lane, you will be playing a futile game of attempting look around all of the hulking SUV’s to see the displays, which are all positioned on the left side!

Way to go, DWP! Let’s get thousands of cars idling for 90+ minutes just to see your self-congratulating light display! I love your eco-conciousness! Not to mention the traffic created on the 5 from the people waiting to get off at Los Feliz, which backs up quickly.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jon (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 7:09 am

    Can you park somewhoere and walk through to see this? Just curious… never been before.


  2. Gina (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 7:23 am

    Jon, you can walk through. But, you will have to try to see the displays through two lanes of cars, as well as sucking in all of the exhaust fumes that go with them. Not to mention ear-bleedingly loud Christmas music.

    I believe in the first week or so of the display, they had a walking-only tour, which would be my first choice if I ever had to do it again,


  3. Dave Share (unregistered) on December 16th, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    I’ve done the walking. Its great if you go with a group. You enter opposite the traffic so its really easy to get in, then you walk from the end to the beginning and back again in FAR less time than if you drove.

    Personally I think the show is LAME. The displays are VERY mediocre(sp?). I’d much rather drive a little farther to Woodland Hills and see Christmas Tree Lane, Candy Cane Lane and all the other beautifully decorated streets.

    BTW, are there any neighborhoods in OC that do the huge christmas displays???


  4. Jon (unregistered) on December 18th, 2007 @ 7:35 am

    Dave I have wondered the same… where are the OC Holiday displays?

    If anyone says "Disneyland", I will beat them within an inch of their life. =)



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