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The Most Festive Holiday Activities To Do in LA

Sparkle Downtown LA: Holiday Light Display

Through December 31st

Location: DTLA -700 Flower St Los Angeles, CA 90017 

The time has come to layer up your cozy sweaters and get the group together for IG worthy photos in front of magical displays of luminous lights. There is an amazing spot in Downtown LA at The Bloc, where you can experience one of LA’s largest multi-colored interactive holiday displays. There’s also a  magical holiday show featuring 18 million hues of lights synchronizing to festive tunes. Join the merriment and be sure to capture your photos with the 32ft Christmas tree.

L.A. Live: Holiday Ice Skating

Through December 31st

Location: DTLA – 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90015

The L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Rink is officially open. The rink is surrounded by city views and will be a memorable way to kick off the holiday season. Find yourself a friend and get your skates on, because it’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for more rinks to check out, we’ve got a list here.

Westfield Century City: Holiday Festivities

Through December 31st.

Location: Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90067

If you’re looking to experience multiple holiday festivities in one place, Westfield Century City is the place to do it. Capture the holiday magic by taking some photos with an adorable Santa. Bring the kiddos AND the dogs to say cheese. They’ve also opened up their epic holiday day market that is full of unique and festive finds. Explore an entire winter village in the middle of the shopping area where there’s also, snow, live performances, and more. The Grinch will also be hanging out on the weekends at his ‘Tis The Grinch Holiday Podcast Experience Live presented by Wondery. Join The Grinch and his dog Max for an immersive experience where fans will be treated to Grinchy treats, Exclusive Podcast Swag, and a first listen into the new holiday podcast! Your furry loved ones can also swing by for some treats and swag.

The Grove: Christmas Tree, Trolley Rides, & Santa

Through December 25th

Location: Mid-City West LA – 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles CA 90036

This holiday season, The Grove LA will be decked out with twinkling lights, festive sights and joyful experiences everywhere you turn. Look up in the sky to see Santa and his giant sleigh suspended 20-feet in the air. Snap a photo of The Grove’s towering Christmas tree, ride the Trolley,  and stop by to see Santa Claus. Seriously, the entire grounds are a vibe this season, which is why we absolutely love it. Plus, you can catch a gentle and magical snowfall every night at 7 PM until the end of the year.

Holidays at Universal Citywalk: Photo Ops, Dining, & More

Through January 1st

Location: Hollywood –  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Ever been to Universal Citywalk during the holidays? We have, and it is one of the best places to get into the holiday spirit. Capture the perfect family photo under the Christmas tree, and spend the day dining outdoors and shopping for your family. Spending a day insde the park is just as magical and we suggest splurging on some tickets if you’ve never experienced it. 

Holiday Road in Calabasas

Now – December 27th

Location: Calabasas – King Gillette Ranch, 26800 West Mulholland Hwy

Open from 5 PM to 9:30 PM every day is Holiday Road in Calabasas. You do not want to miss out on this immersive holiday experience. Tickets start at $24.99 for the family holiday event of the season. You will experience larger-than-life holiday displays, over 1000 Christmas lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks, and even a holiday bar.

Mission Inn Festival of Lights: Enjoy Dinner & Lights

Through January 7, 2024

Location: Riverside – 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA, is celebrating its 32st Annual Festival of Lights this year. Yup, that’s right! The festival will kick off the day after Thanksgiving and will go to January 7, 2024. If you have never been, this is the year to go and experience the holiday cheer. The Mission Inn is home to one of the nation’s largest holiday light displays, which should be enough reason to get cozy and head out to see what all of the hype is about.

Christmas Tree Lane: Lighting Ceremony & Winter Festival

December 9th

Location: Near Pasadena – 600 E. Mariposa St, Altadena, CA 91001

Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, CA is celebrating its 103rd Annual Lighting Ceremony and Winter Festival on December 9th from 3 PM to 9 PM. Experience nearly a mile of holiday lights that light up the 135-year-old Deodar trees that line Christmas Tree Lane. P.S. If you’re in a giving mood, Christmas Tree Lane is operated solely on the generosity of volunteers, and they could always use an extra set of hands.

Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego: Lights, Ice Skating, & More

Through January 1st

Location: San Diego – 1500 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118

Looking for a mini holiday weekend getaway? Just two hours outside of LA is Coronado Island in San Diego. The famous Hotel Del Coronado has a ton of holiday activities to get you in the spirit. They will have a tree light show, with lights orchestrated to holiday music, every night. You can catch this show from 5 PM to 9 PM every 30 minutes. After the light show, be sure to enjoy the ice rink by the sea at Hotel Del Coronado for even more holiday fun!

Lightscape Los Angeles: Light Display

Through January 2nd

Location: Near Pasadena – 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Enjoy an evening walking a stunning trail of lights in Los Angeles. You will find yourself in dazzling displays of color, light, and sound. Lightscape LA is an outdoor event, and it takes place rain or shine. Tickets start at $23. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

123 Farms Christmas Nights: Carriage Rides, Smores, & Santa

Through January 7th

Location: In San Bernardino County – 10600 Highland Springs Ave. Cherry Valley, California 92223

If you’re looking for an adorable holiday date night ( and willing to travel a bit) this is it. 123 Farms brings you Christmas Nights and features festive foods, drinks, horse-drawn carriage tours, s’mores pits, a roaming Santa, and a display of over one MILLION lights! You do not want to miss out on this gorgeous experience.

Snow Line Orchard – Apple Picking

Monday – Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM PST

Location: Near Yucaipa – 39400 Oak Glen Road Oak Glen, CA 92399

Ever been apple-picking? Well, we got the perfect place for you. Bring the friends or fam and spend the whole day at the family-owned apple farm, winery, and cidery in Oak Glen. It’s a little far from LA but it has tons of family activities that include apple picking, raspberry picking, winery and cider for the adults, and amazing mini cider donuts.

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