Winter in Los Angeles can be tricky with its sunny weather and lack of frosty feels. But let’s remember LA is magical and loves to put on a show during the wintertime. We looked all over to find the most epic winter destinations to add to your bucket list this season. So get ready to experience a holly jolly holiday like no other.
The Magic of Snow
What screams winter in LA more than fake snow? Ok, so we know that you have to go a little up north to the mountains to get some fresh powder, but there are a ton of places in LA putting on a show to give the locals a taste of a magical snowfall.
1. The Grove
Location: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Snow is falling here nightly until December 31st. They have two time slots to catch it at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. If you do any last minute Christmas shopping, on December 24th and 25th the snow shows are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Location: Atrium, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Space Level 1, Los Angeles, CA 90067
The Market at Westfield has snow falling until January 5th, on the hour every hour from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. You can also enjoy their holiday village experience, with holiday shopping and hot chocolate.
Location: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
This destination has snow until December 25th, daily at 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Stop by and enjoy their exceptional restaurants, festive activities, and shopping.
Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
This amusement park has winter snow until January 5th, every 20 minutes starting at 5 p.m! It’s the perfect place to enjoy a thrilling day and snowy night, with holiday treats and festive entertainment.
Mountain Ski Destinations (Near LA)
Need an escape from the bustling sunny LA, head over to the mountains and engulf yourself in a winter wonderland. Treat yourself to a holiday escape, the perfect trip with friends and family. Enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. Most resorts include rentals, lessons, and season passes as well. Also warm up after the outdoor activities with campfires, spa’s, and cozy bars and restaurants. Here are our top three mountain destinations near LA:
Location: 43101 Goldmine Dr Suite A, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Location: 10001 Minaret Road, CA 93546
Mammoth Mountain has about nine beautiful and distinct properties to choose from. Their website is easy to navigate and covers all aspects when booking your trip. Mammoth town offers bowling, trampolines, movies, fitness and more!
3. Mount Baldy
Location: 8401 Mount Baldy Road Mount Baldy, CA 91759
Mount Baldy’s unique perks include cat tours, and scenic rides. The destination has two options of staying, Mt Baldy Lodge and Camp Baldy. Annual passes include three tiers – the Winter Passes, Club Baldy, and Loyalty Club.
Duffy Boat Rides
Bundle up in your coziest winter clothes and bring a blanket on the perfect date night boat ride. Embrace the charm of a leisurely cruise aboard a Duffy electric boat, in warmth and comfort. This experience offers a unique and enchanting way to embrace the season’s beauty on the water, self driven by you.
Location: 13717 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Hop on the cutest electric boat ride through Marina Del Rey. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation. If you want to make a whole day of it, you can book the reservations for 1 to 8 hours.
Location: 6272 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803
This two hour minimum boat ride is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Perfect for a group activity, holding up to ten passengers.
Location: 400 Main St. Newport Beach, CA 92661
This is the most festive boat ride near LA. Book a holiday special ride like Holiday Lights 2 hour ride, or The Newport Beach Boat Parade (4 hours). Make sure to check out their website for available dates, don’t miss out on this unique experience!
What better way to get into the season than festive bars. It’s the perfect immersive experience with holiday cocktails and festive tunes. We found the best bars in Los Angeles with holiday lights, cozy corners, and menu’s filled with seasonal delights. Here are our top three choices:
Location: 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Bundle up in the rink and cheer on the Los Angeles ice hockey team, the LA Kings at the Crypto.com Arena! The perfect chilly arena of winter excitement to experience a thrilling ice hockey game. The air is a crisp cold, so make sure you bring those layers to stay cozy. This is the perfect energetic activity to go with friends and family, or even a date. Grab a cup of steaming hot cocoa, bundle up, and and get in that chilly winter mood.
Check out The Most Festive Holiday Activities To Do in LA for more winter cheer.