The Best Things To Do In L.A. This Holiday Season

Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are out of the way, it’s time to bring Christmas to life!

Though Los Angeles won’t become a winter wonderland, there are plenty of activities throughout the city that will give us that seasonal feel… without the stress of trading in our sunny days for snow. Between giant outdoor skating rinks, Christmas lights, ballet, and holiday markets – there’s tons to do to make your spirit bright!

We gathered a list of the best things to do in L.A. this holiday season!

Trade in your wheels for blades at an outdoor ice rink…

Angelenos try to fit in winter sports whenever they can. Though we pretend to feel left out when it comes to seasons, we have no shame in only breaking out our parkas for cute Instagram pictures and then stuffing it away for next year. Check out a list of L.A’s outdoor skating rinks here!

Get into the spirit by living like the Nutcracker…

Why see the Nutcracker when you can live it? American Contemporary Ballet’s immersive The Nutcracker Suite is unlike any other. This secret place of magical wonders, somewhere high above the city, awaits your arrival. Learn more here!

Walk into a decked out Enchanted Forest of Light…

Enchanted: Forest of Light is a one-mile-long trail of illuminated installations set up throughout the Descanso Gardens through January 6. Joining the festivities this year is the all-new whiskey bar which overlooks “Lightwave Lake,” giving great views and the comfort of feeling comfy from within… (as known as being buzzed.) Learn more here!

Watch lights cruise down the marina during a boat parade…

Over 70 boats will put on their best holiday costume on December 8 as they glide through the marina in competition for the number one spot for Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more! Festivities begin at sundown, so be sure to bring a blanket… it might get chilly. Learn more here!

Drive down the most festive street in Los Angeles…

We’re used to driving down streets lined with Palm trees, but once a year visitors travel far and wide to catch a glimpse of Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane. Rally up your crew and cruise down the hill after the lighting festival on December 8 – and don’t forget to drive with your headlines on! Learn more here.

Explore through a gorgeous Moonlight Forest of magical lanterns…

Dozens of huge Chinese lanterns are set to appear at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, setting the grounds aglow each evening along a winding one-mile path. Created using traditional methods by artisans from the Sichuan province of China, organizers are promising beautiful animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and intriguing figures from Chinese legends. Learn more here!

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