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Los Angeles Holiday Traditions: A Post Round-Up

December 15th, 2011 by Sarah Auerswald

Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles: Santa and Palm treesIt’s Holiday time here in Los Angeles and I, for one, couldn’t be happier! I know many, many people who love a White Christmas and there are plenty of skiers I know as well, but for me? Nothing beats a warm, sunny day with no snow to shovel out of my driveway.

Whether you’ve acclimated to LA and therefore think 58 degrees is frigid weather or you’re a die-hard Easterner with anti-freeze in your veins, there are in fact loads of local traditions we swear by every holiday season here, and I wanted to highlight the wonderful MomsLA Contributors who have posts up here about their favorites.

The famous Mission Inn in Riverside has a wonderful tradition called the Festival of Lights, that’s open to the public, and runs this year through January 8th, 2012. MomsLA Contributor Megan McClain of Sunshine Wonderland has not only written about it glowingly in a post entitled The Festival of Lights at Riverside’s Mission In  and Spa, but she’s been enjoying the tradition for years. Great reading! It makes me want to hop in the car and head out to Riverside tonight!

I am an American gal, through and through, but I am not immune to the charms of the British Isles. Neither, apparently, is MomsLA Contributor Donna Schwartz Mills of SoCal Mom. In fact, Donna writes about a uniquely British holiday tradition called the “Panto”, a favorite of hers, and new to me, which sounds quite fun. Check out her post entitled Panto at the El Portal to see if it’s a tradition you and your family can enjoy as well, right here in LA.

Most of us are transplants to Los Angeles, and even when we’ve lived here as long as MomsLA Contributor Holly Sklar of Late-Blooming Mom, our childhood traditions die hard. Giving up the New York Winter for Los Angeles’ warm climate may have been an easy choice, but giving up the honored traditions of home was not quite so easy. Leave it to an adaptable Mom like Holly to find some new traditions here, in this heartfelt post entitled Making New Holiday Traditions: From Manhattan to the Marina.

Theater buff and MomsLA Contributor April McCaffery of It’s All About Balance has written about the Glendale Centre Theater company’s production of A Christmas Carol in a post entitled A Christmas Tradition Come to Life. I have been a fan of the movie versions of A Christmas Carol my whole life and this review makes me want to trek out to Glendale to catch this live version for sure!

Los Angeles may not get real snow at the holiday time, but we can do something the East Coasters can only dream about: put on a fireworks show! Manhattan Beach has been hosting this LA-take on the holidays for many years, even trucking in snow for the frosbite-deprived children to enjoy – and MomsLA Contributor Debbie Goldberg of Manhattan Beach Momma has done a great job of letting the world know about it in this post entitled Manhattan Beach 22nd Annual Holiday Fireworks and Snow Park for Kids. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendars for next year!

See? Los Angeles has plenty of holiday traditions, so many of which have been highlighted here by our fantastic Contributors. What holiday traditions do you and your families celebrate here in Los Angeles?

Sarah Auerswald is one of the co-Founders of MomsLA and also writes about Tween Media with her kids at Sarah And Sons.

Sarah Auerswald (359 Posts)

Sarah Auerswald is the CEO and Co-Founder of MomsLA. She writes about life in LA while raising her 2 sons and is the founder of She was an English Major at Brown University, and yet nowadays feels free to ignore grammar rules anytime she wants. Like Now. She's married, uses a Mac, and grew up in Hawaii.

One comment

  1. I love these! I have been searching for things to do with MY Mom, who will be in town for the holidays, and this list gives me good off-the-beaten-path ideas.

    One thing we do every year possible is hit Disney Concert Hall for one of their holiday shows. I work with the LA Phil and love music, so sort of a no-brainer. ;) This year I will definitely be doing the Holiday Singalong, but there so many good shows – they’re listed here

    Hope everyone’s holidays are merry and bright!

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