It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! If you’re like me, the holiday season is something you look forward to all year long. There’s just something about Christmas carols and twinkly lights that makes the holiday season all the more special. Spending the holidays in sunny, southern California is a little different though - we don’t get to build igloos or snowmen, but we do have some pretty spectacular holiday events and activities! So grab your friends and family and take them to these holiday events in (or near) Los Angeles:
Starting December 15th, the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles will be hosting different holiday events until Christmas Eve. Take this time to sing your heart out to Christmas karaoke, or simply listen as the carolers stroll by you. Don’t forget to take part in the crafting activities or watch the comedic acts of Santa’s Elf! This is a holiday event you surely don’t want to miss. For more information, click here!
For more of a traditional Christmas experience, be sure to watch the Nutcracker as presented by the Los Angeles Ballet. Travel back in time as you watch performers dance and twirl their way across the stage to the tunes of classical music. This holiday event would be perfect for the whole family! Be sure to check the location and showtimes by clicking here.
The Grove is one of the premiere shopping hubs in Los Angeles. Every year during the holiday season, the Grove hosts a spectacular Christmas tree lighting ceremony filled with fireworks and live performances. Although the Christmas tree lighting event was back in November, guests can still enjoy the festivities by taking a photo with Old Nick himself at Santa’s Village, or marvel at the strings of twinkling, bright lights that decorate the entire mall or even listen to carolers sing their jolly tunes. Guests can even enjoy the nightly snowfall by the Christmas tree at the Grove until December 25th! The Grove is definitely not a holiday event you want to miss if you live in or near Los Angeles. Click here for more details!
If you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity to make all your non-southern Californian friends jealous, then take a trip to the Descanso Gardens and walk through the Enchanted Forest of Light. Trust me, everyone will be jealous of your photos! This holiday event in Los Angeles features various interactive lighting displays. The Enchanted Forest of Light is a fun holiday event for the entire family! It is also very popular, so make sure to reserve your tickets by checking out their website here.
If you’re looking for more of a “wild” holiday event, visit the LA Zoo! Every year during the Christmas season, the LA Zoo transforms into a Christmas wonderland, as guests are greeted by swirling displays of colors and dazzling displays of light! The LA Zoo’s Wild Wonderland of Light is an unforgettable experience filled with whimsical decorations of illuminated snowflakes and glowing animals! But the magic doesn’t stop there - Glow dancers and stilt walkers roam the LA Zoo, surprising un-expecting guests, and the sound of DJ’s and live bands can be heard booming from the Treetops Terrace. The LA Zoo’s Wild Wonderland of Light is a holiday event in Los Angeles unlike any other. For those interested in attending this holiday event, see the ticket information and other special offers here.
Pershing Square is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Every year during the holiday season, Pershing Square becomes an outdoor ice rink for skating enthusiasts. If you’re a beginner ice skater like me, don’t worry, you don’t actually have to skate, but you should stay for all their holiday events! These events range from live DJ’s, performances from professional ice skaters, and silent dance parties! To see the holiday event calendar, click here.
Looking for something a little bit different? Consider celebrating Christmas time aboard the Queen Mary! Just a short drive from Los Angeles, the Queen Mary’s Christmas extravaganza runs from November 23rd through January 6th. During this time, guests of the Queen Mary will encounter Mr. and Mrs. Clause on the main deck with an ice rink located on the ship's highest deck - 181 feet above sea level! The Queen Mary even offers a Gingerbread Village, where kids can meet the Singing Baker and build their own gingerbread houses. Don’t forget to end the day with a delicious three course dinner and show! Christmas on the Queen Mary is a unique holiday event, but make sure to visit their website here to purchase any necessary tickets.
Okay, so it may not snow here in Los Angeles, but we do have some creative alternatives - like the 150 foot mountain at Winter Fest OC, perfect for adventurous kids who love tubing! There’s even a snow play area for younger kiddos, with fresh snow blown in daily. Winter Fest OC is a perfect holiday event to bring your significant other to as you skate together under the stars and stare in awe at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and booming fireworks that light up the night sky. Winter Fest OC is located in Costa Mesa, about a 45 minute drive from Los Angeles. To reserve your tickets, click here.
The happiest place on earth becomes even more merry during the holiday season! Experience the magic of Disneyland like never before. This year, visit their Festive Foods Marketplace for some delicious snacks, or delight in the live holiday-inspired performances. Take a stroll through Disneyland Park and watch the park come to life with bright lights and firework displays. Christmas at Disneyland is a holiday event perfect for all your friends and family. Disneyland is located in Anaheim, CA, about a 40 minute drive from Los Angeles - and definitely worth the trip! Click here for ticket prices and information.
For those willing to drive an hour or so outside of Los Angeles, the natural beauty of snow covered mountains awaits! And yes, we are talking aboutrealsnow, perfect for snowball fights, skiing and snowboarding. Mountain High is the closest winter resort to Los Angeles - you won’t even realize you’re in Southern California anymore! For a more daring adventure, consider taking part in Mountain High’s Night Ride. For equipment rental and ticket purchases, click here.
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