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East Bay Light Displays

Diablo crunches the numbers on the region’s most luminous displays.


The Bay Lights by artist Leo Villareal. Photo by Leo Villareal.


Miles covered by The Bay Lights, a light-art installation that spans the Bay Bridge, making it the world’s largest LED sculpture. (View more light art in San Francisco at Illuminate SF’s Festival of Light, which runs through January 1.) illuminatesf.com.



Height, in feet, of the East Bay’s tallest menorah, located at Lake Merritt Amphitheater, which hosts a Hanukkah lighting event December 2. (Chabad of Danville’s 9-foot menorah wins second place. It will be lit December 2 in Blackhawk Plaza, and December 9 at City Center Bishop Ranch.) jewishoakland.org, jewishdanville.com.



Contra Costa County Hospice Tree of Lights locations, where friends and family members dedicate individual lights on illuminated trees to loved ones aided by the Hospice East Bay. hospiceeastbay.org.


A twinkling gondola at the Oakland Zoo. Photo courtesy of Oakland Zoo.


Aerial gondolas festooned with glittering lights at the Oakland Zoo’s ZooLights exhibition, which runs most nights between December 7 and January 6 and includes a Winter Wonderland area for kids, as well as a musical laser show. oaklandzoo.org.



Consecutive December 7s the Eye of Diablo beacon on Mount Diablo has shone to commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. (This year will mark the 55th.) savemountdiablo.org.



Years the Centennial Bulb—the world’s longest-burning light bulb, located inside Livermore’s Fire Station No. 6—has been blazing. centennialbulb.org.



Passengers served, on average, during one trip on the Niles Canyon Railway’s Train of Lights, a chain of vintage railcars decked with holiday lights and decorations. The train departs Niles and Sunol four evenings a week all month long. ncry.org.



Approximate electrical bill for the month of December at one home on Oakland’s Picardy Drive, whose storybook-style houses are connected with sparkling lights throughout the holiday season. (It’s roughly triple November’s bill.)


Deacon Dave Rezendes’ dazzling Casa del Pomba. Photo by James Trebes.


Lights adorning Livermore’s Casa del Pomba in December 2016. The spectacular, walk-through holiday display is open this year November 30 through New Year’s Day.


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