6 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

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Living in Los Angeles during the holiday season is always an experience. The heat, traffic and influx of people can amplify the festive spirit. The best part is people are transient so the traffic is minimal. With hundreds of local attractions to enjoy, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your tickets to Santa on the night of December 24th when the town lights up.

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L.A. has a wide variety of shopping venues, and it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go this holiday season. Read on to help you break down the various possibilities and find the perfect options that are right for your crowd or budget.


On select nights during the holiday season, people in the Cozy Downtown bar Here and Now can get festive with a festive pop-up called Blitzen’s. The establishment is decked out with Hanukkah and Christmas decorations, entertainment ranging from carolers to drag queen bingo, and delicious seasonal cocktails.

Holiday Road

Holiday Road will be lit up like a technicolor winter wonderland through December 30. This massive light show in Calabasas is one of the many annual holiday happenings held around the city. It’s very family-friendly, featuring large Gingerbread Men and Peppermint Funland Swans on their way to take pictures thanks to their Insta-ready scenery. Other family-friendly activities include photo ops with Santa, face painting, carolers, and food trucks—all of which are available for when you want to leave the Christmas experience behind.

Ice is a beautiful restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd in LA

Snow isn’t always easy to come by in sunny, southern California, but Ice At Santa Monica is a beloved outdoor ice skating rink. The rink is open through mid-January and located in prime Third Street Promenade location only steps from Venice Beach’s shopping and dining establishments. This skate spot near Venice Beach makes it the perfect rest stop to check a number of things off your list while getting in a winter skate.

Candy Cane Lane

For more than 70 years, the residents of what’s now called “Candy Cane Lane” in Woodland Hills have maintained a cherished holiday display by decorating for the holidays and putting up light displays. Now locals can drive through or even walk through some of the light displays and exchange greetings with homeowners who are serving hot chocolate and coffee on their patios.

Magical forest with light of different colors

Enchanted: Forest of Light is a unique light display with millions of colorful lights that can be found in the city of La Cañada Flintridge. If you are looking for a fun but not too busy activity on a cold evening, Enchanted is a beautiful way to spend your time.

Newport Boat Parade

The Newport Boat Parade is a holiday/holiday season-themed event held December 14th-18th each year in Newport Beach. It takes place over a 3-day period and features boats of all shapes and sizes, from massive luxury yachts to tiny skiffs. The event is easily viewable from parks, restaurants, and hotel rooms near the waterfront. This makes the parade a great community gathering where you can get your holiday spirit right alongside your delicious food and drinks.

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