Los Angeles doesn’t offer the traditional scenes of snow and fireplaces the festive season brings to other cities, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel the magic of Christmas. This is a city that knows how to celebrate and there’s no end to the festivities over the holiday period.
Get into the holiday mood by visiting one (or more!) of our top 5 places to visit in Los Angeles that you won’t want to miss.
Christmas films are a huge part of the holidays. Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf, The Grinch, The Holiday – need I say more? There’s something about curling up to watch a beloved favorite that just sets the mood for the festive season. Yuletide Cinemaland makes this even more special, hosting a collection of outdoor screenings in Heritage Square between the 4th and 26th of December. You’ll be able to see all of your favorites while enjoying other activities such as sing-alongs around the piano, indulging in hot chocolate and mulled wine, and mesmerizing wanders through the light tunnel.
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice
Holiday ice skating isn’t just for New York! Head to the L.A. Kings rink at L.A. Live for an iconic Christmas experience without the freezing temperatures. The massive Christmas tree in the middle of the skating rink and impressive light show is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
L.A. County Holiday Celebration
Kick-off Christmas the right way with L.A. County Holiday Celebration. Held on Christmas Eve, this event brings together dance groups, music ensembles, and over 20 choirs for an enchanting evening. The celebration epitomizes multiculturalism, featuring a diverse range of acts from Korean dancers to a female mariachi band. To top it all of, it’s free! You can choose to stay for the entire 3-hour or simply wander in and out as it suits you.
Home Alone Concert
Experience the classic Christmas movie, Home Alone, like never before. This special screening of the classic film is held at Walt Disney Concert Hall and accompanied by a live performance by The LA Philharmonic. While you enjoy the film, David Newman will conduct the group to perform the well-known score, making your viewing of the movie extra special.
L.A. Zoo Lights
The L.A. Zoo Lights extravaganza began in 2014 and has only gotten better each year. This season’s light event is already in operation and will run through to January 9, 2022, so you have plenty of time to schedule a visit. Boasting a mesmerizing disco ball forest, swirly, colored tunnel, and the biggest illuminated book in the world, the L.A. Zoo Lights are not to be missed. Expect a whole lot of animal-themed light fun for the whole family.
Holidays at the amusement parks
Taking a family trip to an amusement park is a popular activity over the holidays. After all, this is often a time when people have the opportunity to come together so why not create some fun memories? The other big drawcard is the commitment to the holiday theme offered by these parks. A holiday menu? Check. Special festive events? Check. Breathtaking decorations? Double check!
Disneyland leaves no stone unturned when it comes to Christmas, lighting up the entire park with spectacular festive decor. They also run their night shows with a holiday theme, turning the happiest place on Earth into the merriest between November 12 and January 9.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter also deserves a mention with its magical holiday theme. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland, showcasing stunning decor and Christmas-themed souvenirs in the gift shop. There’s also a beautiful light show over Hogwarts Castle that you won’t want to miss.
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