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The Holidays are a time to collect images with your friends and family. Bowls of gold-wrapped chocolates, toffees, and caramels nested around Poinsettia centerpieces. The smell of wood-smoke and Christmas Tree pine. Storybooks read around the fireplace. Family walks along Main Street, under the red and green lampposts, past the shop windows decorated with stockings and snowmen.
Yes, the Holidays are here again all over Los Angeles. Yes, you could stay home, shop online, and experience the virtual, pixel-built wonders of Christmas. But we all know that pixels cannot compete with reality. And besides, Christmas is about community and communities are built and sustained by your local businesses.
Every year, these hard-working businesses work even harder, decorating shop-windows with holiday murals, making the malls aglitter with thousands of lights, and lining the arcades and walk-ways of the local shopping center with fir trees, snowflakes and candy canes. Why do they go to all the trouble? Because businesses know it is about creating memorable experiences with the customers of their community, and memorable experiences are made by light.
Yes, made by light.
Made by the photographer’s flash snapping another family Christmas photo.
Made by the way a child’s eyes light up the first time he or she sits on Santa’s lap.
Made by the remembrance of your hometown’s annual tree lighting ceremony, the recollection of who stood by you the moment all the lights came on.
Yes, the holiday lighting ceremony makes these shared experiences and memories happen. It is a unifying community ritual, the closest thing we have to the ceremonial fires where our ancient ancestors gathered.This year, all over the greater Los Angeles area, towns and cities will gather together to create memorable lighting destinations.
We at Mobile Illumination, recognized experts in Holiday lighting and decor, know all about these destinations, because we have helped create them since 1998. We know that the Holidays are about creating shared experiences, which is why we want to share our experience and expertise with the community in the 2014 Los Angeles Holiday Lighting Ceremonies Guide. Consider this guide a roadmap to those rare annual events that bind together neighbors, friends, families and businesses under the dazzling lights, transforming the Great City of Los Angeles, at least for one shining Christmas moment, into an intimate Holiday village.
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