Christmas in Los Angeles: Things to Explore This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly and make merry. Christmas is a time families unite, exchange holiday greetings and engage in gift giving. With the holiday events, markets and the whole city lighting up, this is the perfect time to explore the tourist destinations and indulge in the festive aura in LA.

The weather during Christmas: The average temperature in LA around Christmas is 14-degree Celsius with an average high of 22-degree Celsius and an average low of 10-degree celsius. There are chances of rainfall as well so it is suggested that you carry a warm jacket and an umbrella too! Winter weather can be quite unpredictable in LA so it is better to check the forecast before planning your day out.

5 Events You Must Attend During Christmas in Los Angeles

1. Hollywood Christmas parade

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade is a time honoured tradition that is a part of the whole christmas culture in Los Angeles. There are multiple entertaining floats followed by Santa marching with a band down the Bollywood Boulevard. The U- shaped track for the parade goes from Bollywood Boulevard to Orange Drive. There are multiple screenings of the event that you can watch for free but you have to pre-book your ticket to watch this iconic event live.

Date: December 4th
Venue: Hollywood Community


2. L.A. County Holiday celebration

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While the Christmas spirit is still in process the LA county showcase is a must-watch experience. It is a three-hour show featuring multiple artists. Although due to the current Covid scenario they are streaming the event online, there will be more than 22 artists who will be performing and the video will be shot at the location. This is a pre-Christmas eve event to pump start your whole festive mood.

3. Christmas at Disneyland

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Disneyland is a magical place to be. What can make it more magical? The spirit of Christmas. The whole place is decorated in the Christmas theme and lights. This is the place to spend your day with your children and family and indulges in this mesmerizing experience of Disney charm. The highlight is the nightly artificial snow fall and the Christmas lights that brighten the holiday mood even further.

Price: $135 per head for a single day (Approx)


4. Outdoor ice skating

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So what if there is no snow, doesn’t mean you can not go ice skating! The outdoor ice skating rink has been constructed at the Downtown. It has technology installed that prevents the ice from melting even though it is outdoors and on hot days as well. Ice skating is definitely a tradition and maybe even a first time experience for many who come down to the city. So go and experience this Christmas magic to the fullest.

Price: $9
Location: Irvine Spectrum's Skating Under the Stars Ice Rink, Orange County


5. The Drive-in Theatre at  Hollywood Roosevelt

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You can drive into the Valet parking area of one of the most spectacular restaurants in Hollywood ( enter at Orange drive). The movies will be screened on every Sunday in December and there will also be holiday-themed movies like Elf, How the Grinch stole Christmas and a Christmas story. An event that will definitely be enjoyed by adults and children alike and from the safety of your own cars!

5 Places to See Christmas Lights

1. LA Zoo lights

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It is a wonderland that is occupied by plants and animals. Enjoy and celebrate the Christmas spirit amidst these creations of nature. The whole zoo is lit up on the eve of Christmas and is a must visit with your family. So go down there at the end of your day with your children and stroll through the park and we guarantee you’ll come out all smiles!

Location: LA Zoo


2. Christmas tree lanes

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Situated in Altadena is this mile-long driveway covered with conifers on either side of the road. During Christmas, this whole path is lit up with the decorated and illuminated Christmas lights on the trees. The drive is truly magical but please remember to keep your headlights on at all times as it is mandatory.

Location: Altadena


3. WonderLand

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This year the Woodland hills will be transformed into a one of a kind drive through the north pole. The whole path is decorated and has multiple tunnels. Some of them are decorated with arches of string lights and some of them with snowflake domes. There are decorated lawns, sparkly trees and fake snow as well. The fee is $70 dollars per car so you can hop in with our family and go on this magical joy ride.

Price: $70 per head
Location: Woodland Hills


4. The Elf on the Shelf

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This is an hour-long experience with a quest to accomplish, it is an elf-sized quest to fix Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas! There are live actors performing and keeping you entertained all through. The quest is easy to follow with narration and music you can receive through your smartphones. It is definitely a fun experience for children and it is priced at approximately $100 dollars for a family of three. So dive right in and help Santa save the day!

Price: $100 ( approx)
Location: Fairplex, 1101W.Mckinley Ave, Pomona CA 91768


5. Hikari: A festival of lights

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Hikari means lights or shines in Japanese and it is the most apt description of the setup. The Tanaka Farms are offering an after the dark drive-through experience at $10 ( Of Course Santa will be there too!) There is a holiday-themed decoration throughout the farm including the scarecrows, trees and tractors! The whole trail takes about half an hour and there are slots available every fifteen minutes.                                                                                             

Price:$10                                                                                                                                              
Location: Tanaka farms  


Best Christmas Markets in Los Angeles


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1. Unique LA Holiday Market

The annual Unique holiday market is the perfect place to shop for all the Christmas presents for your near and dear ones. The market features clothes, accessories and art pieces that are authentic and quality handmade. You can also witness a number of designers showcasing their art as well. This year booking tickets beforehand and face covering is mandatory.

2. Crafty Contemporary Holiday Market place

At this market, you can see emerging and established artists showcasing and selling their products. You can check, recheck and maybe add a few extra items to your list this year as the marketplace is online. So give your Christmas a handmade and artsy touch this year!

3. Pop Up Vintage marketplace

Current Fair is online this time and it invites all vintage heads to come shop with them. You can find anything ranging from cute designer vintage jeans to rare collectables at this market. The market also displays a wide array of designer clothing and accessories from the Victorian era.  Retailers at the local and national level come together at this platform.

With so many events to attend and so much shopping to do we are sure you wouldn’t have a minute to spare. The festival of hope and joy is here and we wish you immerse yourself in this festive energy and enjoy it in Los Angeles!

This post was published by Devarchita Sen

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