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60 Magical Things To Do Before NYE In L.A.

By Ashlyn Davis December 24, 2020

Soak up all the holiday spirit before the new year begins!

Christmas is over, but the holiday atmosphere is still in full swing. While we might not get to spend time with friends and families, there is still plenty to discover and rediscover right here in L.A. From holiday drive-ins and outdoor cinema pop-ups to exciting virtual events, you can still make the most of the season (safely).

1. Pop The Champagne At This Virtual NYE Bash With A Hollywood Star

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Toast to a more fantastic year and leave 2020 behind at this boozy New Year’s Eve bash. Since we could all do with a break from Earth, this unique experience will head into space for a series of cosmic celebrations. Have a craft cocktails kit delivered to your door, then join galactic hero Greg Grunberg for a multi-room livestream featuring live music, special guests, virtual cabaret, and other celebrations to launch 2021. Find out more here.

2-11. Wander Through These 10 Technicolor Holiday Light Displays While You Still Can

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The city is positively glowing with mesmerizing festive installations this year. Although some favorites like Candy Cane lane might not be available to the public this year, there are plenty of streets, parks and gardens with glittering decorations and lights to make up for it. From Buena Vista Street to Mission Inn, here are 10 of the best places to see holiday light displays around L.A:

12. Pick Up A New Skill At This Wood Workshop

Turn your house into a home with gorgeous signs and decor crafted by none other than yourself. At this DIY wood workshop, you’ll delve into the beauty of different woods and become familiar with knots and natural variations that make each design unique. Then, you’ll learn how to sand, distress and assemble your boards. After that, the real fun begins. Choose whether you want to paint or stain your board and personalize the using their custom stencils from incredible graphic designers. Book your session here.

13. Go On A Gondola Cruise Amongst The Enchanting Holiday Lights In Long Beach

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Italy may be off-limits right now, but you can still go on a Venetian escape along the canals in Long Beach. Cruise under the romantic bridges filled with festive lights and stunning surroundings. Find out more here.

14. Ride Through A Breathtaking Canyon

Ride through oak forests, grassy fields filled with wildflowers, and over dry arroyos. A beautiful bottle of wine (one per couple) and some snacks will be waiting for you upon your return to the ranch to complete this unique 2-hour experience specially created for Fever members only! Beginners and experienced riders welcome. Book your countryside escape here.

15. Support These Local Businesses With Takeouts And Deliveries

In the spirit of giving, there’s honestly nothing as rewarding as giving yourself a treat with these delicious offerings while knowing that you’re helping families get through this month. With the help of our audience, we’ve put together a list of our favorite local restaurants, bars and wineries that you can still enjoy from home (or wherever you are).

16. Visit Santa’s Hood In Lake Arrowhead

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Take a trip to this Christmas wonderland complete with gingerbread homes, giant candy canes, a grand old sleigh, a gleaming tree and faux alpine dwellings. Fittingly, the charming Yuletide land was named Santa’s Village and has is the perfect place to enjoy the festive season with the whole family. Find out more here.

17. Get Tickets To  A Classic Movie On A 52-Foot Screen

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The Rooftop Cinema Club is taking over the Santa Monica Airport with an incredible lineup of films. Thanks to a sold-out holiday season the al fresco movie masters have decided to extend the pop-up through January. Tickets sell out fast so you might us well recover from your holiday food coma curled up on the couch, planning for the new year. Find out more here.

18-21. Plan Your Post-Lockdown Bucket List

Although the smoggy city has managed to cement itself in our hearts for life, sometimes switching up the skyscrapers for cliffside havens and fresh air is the break we need to appreciate it all the more. And what better way to take in the awe-inspiring natural beauty along the West Coast, than with a little road trip. Here’s a little inspiration to get you started:

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22. Reconnect With Yourself At This Online Meditation Class

We can all agree that this year has been filled with stress and anxiety. This class will guide you through holistic healing meditations that will help you reconnect with your higher self and find your balance again. It combines astrology and other shamanic practices that will take you on a magical journey of self-discovery.Book your session here.

23-32. Explore One Of These Lush Hidden Gems Around L.A.

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There’s nothing quite as therapeutic as gathering your thoughts under the shade of towering trees and wandering through lush landscaping with pops of color and subtle tweets of birds to remind us we’re not the only residents. So if you’re looking for a little outdoor solitude but don’t necessarily have a day to dedicate to the whole of Griffith Park, then here are the lesser-known spaces in L.A. to explore.

33-37. Pretend It’s Really Winter With A Decadent Hot Chocolate From One Of These L.A. Spots

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If the holidays were made for anything, they were made to indulge in all your favorite treats. While some days are still warm enough to wear shorts at this time of year in L.A., you can still give in to the seasonal tradition of sipping delectable chocolate treats. Here are a few of our favorite spots to find it.

38-43. Roll Into One Of These Enchanting Winter Wonderlands

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Hop in your four-wheeled sleigh and prepare to be dazzled by tunnels featuring millions of lights, gleaming larger-than-life ornaments and festive displays—each with unique features and themes. Here are a few that you can still book tickets to:

44-48. Go On A Holiday Hike At One Of Thes Popular Spots While Tourists Are Away

While tourists are away and most restrictions are out of the picture, there could be no better time to enjoy all the hiking spots you’d normally avoid—or perhaps have never even been to. Here are five holiday hikes to take during your time at home.

49. Book Your Tickets To This Electrifying Drive-Thru Beginning On January 1

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If you’ve been waiting for something to fill the stadium-sized hole in your life, then the wait is over…well, almost. The creators of Electric Daisy Carnival–the largest electronic dance music festival in North America–are bringing an electrifying drive-thru event to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on January 1, 2021, with their signature high-octane festival energy! Expect a kaleidoscopic holiday experience that will have the whole family completely mesmerized. Get tickets here.

50. Enjoy A Boozy Garden Gnome Soiree At Home

Transform a room in your house into a woodland wonderland! Gnomes Of the Night hand-deliver a boozy, Gnome soiree for 2 directly to your front door. Complete with Gnome-approved libations, nibbles, decor, accessories, activities, and music. It’s the enchanting at-home event that every major entertainment publication has been raving about. Get your tickets and wait for the magic to come to you.

Featured Image: Holiday Road