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50+ Christmas and Holiday Events in Los Angeles 2021

Updated for 2021

The holiday season is officially here, and Southern California is ready to celebrate. Families have a variety of ways to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in Los Angeles during this festive time of the year! There are so many fun Christmas and holiday events in Los Angeles listed here, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your family to love.

Looking for: Las Posadas, outdoor Ice Skating, where to see Santa Claus, Hanukkah celebrations, Christmas Boat Parades? We’ve got those and more! Plus – take a peek at our annual Holiday Gift Guide for Los Angeles Families and our Made-in-Los Angeles Gift idea list.

50+ Christmas and Holiday Events in SoCal

  1. Holiday Road Los Angeles
  2. 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Lights Cruises
  3. Seaside Holidays at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
  4. Red Chair Productions Nutcracker Ballet
  5. Winter Wonderland at LA County Parks
  6. Holidays at Santa Monica Place Mall
  7. Winterlit Activities in Santa Monica
  8. Holiday events at the Beverly Center
  9. Holidays at the Grove
  10. Holidays at the Americana at Brand
  11. Downtown Culver City Tree Lighting
  12. Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube
  13. Polar Express Train
  14. Letters to Santa Camarillo
  15. Camarillo Christmas Parade
  16. Holiday Faire at Theatricum Bontanicum
  17. Collection at River Park
  18. Underwood Family Farm
  19. Snow n Glow in Ventura
  20. Lightscape at the Arboretum
  21. Santa’s Speedway in Irwindale
  22. World of Illumination
  23. Enchanted Forest of Light
  24. Christmas in Color
  25. Mission Inn Festival of Lights
  26. Kidspace Museum Winter Frolic
  27. Skypark Santa’s Village
  28. Logan’s Candy
  29. Elf on a Shelf
  30. Castle Park
  31. Capistrano Lights
  32. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
  33. Aquarium Holidays
  34. Snow Flurries at the Point
  35. Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train
  36. Pretend City Countdown to Christmas
  37. Dana Point Holidays
  38. Santa’s Village and Christmas Fair in Bellflower
  39. GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden
  40. Holidays at Legoland
  41. Holidays at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
  42. Knott’s Merry Farm
  43. Magic of Lights at Angel Stadium
  44. Hikari at Tanaka Farms
  45. South Coast Winery Holidays in Temecula
  46. LA Zoo Lights
  47. Dodgers Holiday Festival
  48. Universal Studios Hollywood Holidays
  49. The Hollywood Christmas Parade
  50. Union Station Holidays
  51. Go Little Tokyo Holidays
green and white Christmas tree
Holiday Road Los Angeles 2021 featured event

1. Holiday Road Los Angeles
King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas, CA 91302

Holiday Road is an immersive holiday experience featuring larger than life installations, thousands of lights and all of your favorite holiday cheer!  Guests will be transported into a winter wonderland along our expansive walking trail complete with everything from the North Pole, Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels and much more!  Join us this season at Holiday Road for the most wonderful time of the year! From December 3rd – 31st, 5pm – 10pm nightly.


Newport beach christmas boat parade and holiday lights cruises

2. 113th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises
Newport Landing, 309 Palm Street Ste A, Newport Beach, CA 92661

With more than 113 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Of Lights is viewed by over two million people each year. The New York Times called the parade and light displays “one of the top 10 holiday events in the country”. Along with the Boat Parade of Lights there is also the “Ring Of Lights” which has Bayfront estates competing for top honors in all out holiday décor & light displays which takes place all of December.  Newport Beach begins its holiday decorations after Thanksgiving, and by the first week of December the harbor is richly illuminated with millions of lights and hundreds of themed estates. Newport Landing provides 6 cruise times each night of the parade and all of December to view the amazing light displays. $20 Holiday Lights Cruise Special! Dates: December 3rd, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022, with cruise times at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm.


Christmas trees suspended upside down from the ceiling in the Lobby of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Christmas trees suspended upside down from the ceiling in the Lobby of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

3. Seaside Holidays at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California, 90401

The Holidays are brighter at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel! The hotel has created the best of holiday cheer, seasonal cocktails, live entertainment, culinary creations, and more for the whole family to enjoy. Picturesque views and perfect sunsets await you. Events include:
Tea with a Twist – December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th (Reservations required – book NOW!)
Cocktails and All That Jazz – Thursdays 5pm – 9pm
Cocktails, Live Music & Holiday Magic – December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th
Igloo & Fire Pit Dining at Blue Streak
Book a SoCal Holiday for festive family fun including a $50 daily resort credit, holiday movies and valet parking!
Breakfast with Santa December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th (Reservations required – book NOW! See our Santa Claus list for more info!)
PLUS
We are partnering with the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to giveaway a Stay this Holiday season – FIND OUT HOW TO ENTER!

Red Chair Productions Nutcracker 2021
Red Chair Productions Nutcracker Ballet 2021

4. Red Chair Productions Nutcracker Performances
Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale 91203

Designed to captivate all from the youngest audience member with its lavish sets, glittering costumes, and storytelling narration to the oldest with its quality ballet production, Red Chair Productions’ Nutcracker is truly a magical way for all ages to experience the holidays. Performances are at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA on December 11th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on December 12th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10+ and the production is designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Red Chair Productions is a non-profit based in Los Angeles, whose mission is to increase access to the arts through performance opportunities, community engagement, and program support.

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Christmas and Holiday Events in Los Angeles and SoCal

5. Winter Wonderland
At over 30 LA County Parks

LA County Parks & Recreation’s program Parks After Dark returns for the winter season with FREE activities at 33 LA County parks. Bring your family and friends to an LA County Parks location for a snow day with over 40 TONS of snow! Sled hill and snow play area, Santa Visit, Holiday Crafts, Filled holiday stocking for every child (while supplies last), Hot Cocoa Station, Food Giveaway & more! December, 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2021

Related: See Holiday Shows in Los Angeles

Christmas Events on the Westside

6. Holidays at Santa Monica Place Mall
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Enjoy shopping and dining with holiday DJ sets, entertainment, Pet Photo Nights, a visit with Santa Claus and more. Visitors and shoppers will catch special performances by the dancing sensation, Santa Monica Beach Belles, ballerina performances inside the 14-foot larger-than-life Snow Globe, live DJ holiday sets, as well as festive light displays and a 50-foot iconic Christmas tree in Center Plaza.
BEACH BELLES & SNOW GLOBE BALLERINA PERFORMANCES
December 10 -12: 3-7:30 pm
December 17- 24: 3-7:30 pm
DJ HOLIDAY SETS
Saturdays & Sundays in November and December: 3-7 pm
Black Friday Weekend: 11 am-3 pm

Related: Things to do on Christmas Day in Los Angeles

7. Winterlit Holiday Lights and Festivities
Downtown Santa Monica 

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. brings the holidays to the Third Street Promenade with the return of Winterlit, transforming the downtown district into an immersive, festive experience. Tens of thousands of colorful lights, decor and garland will deck the Third Street Promenade, 2nd and 4th Streets, from November 19th – 24th.  Santa comes to the Promenade on Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. for the annual lighting of the official City of Santa Monica 24-foot-tall holiday tree. Conscious Night Market will be on the Promenade, Saturday, December 4 from 4 – 9 p.m. hosted by Fit Girl LA. The pop-up artisan market features unique goods from over 40 local vendors.

Related: See Holiday Lights in SoCal

8. Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

‘Tis the season at Beverly Center! The center will celebrate the holidays with a series of interactive and immersive experiences including:
In the Present Holiday Display in Grand Court (November 17 – December 31): Our larger-than-life holiday display will feature a 35 ft. tree, contemporary mirrored gift boxes and light-up installation that makes for the perfect holiday photo! 
The Immersive Nutcracker Experience on Level 8 (November 26 – December 31): The all-new walk-through fairytale experience, from the producers of the Russian Ballet Theatre, will offer dreamlike holiday experiences featuring iconic moments, characters and settings, as seen in the beloved ballets and stories from Tchaikovsky’s timeless Nutcracker score.
Holiday Photo Booth & Live Music in Grand Court (November 27, December 4, 11 and 18): Beginning the Saturday of Black Friday weekend, capture the holiday magic, then share your photos with friends or take a print home. Plus, enjoy the live sounds of your favorite holiday classics from 1-5 p.m.
Santa Stroll and Visits (December 19 – 23): Santa will spread holiday cheer as he strolls through Beverly Center the week of Christmas, with hourly visits to Grand Court. Guests can stop and pose with Santa!
Hope for the Holidays Pop-Up Market (Saturday, December 11): During our second annual holiday market, Beverly Center is partnering with nonprofit organization WGIRLS Los Angeles to bring guests holiday treats, entertainment, artisanal goods and more!
Complimentary Gift Wrapping at ROOM SERVICE (Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Let us take care of your holiday needs this year. Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping when you spend $500+ in center! The gift wrap station is located in ROOM, directly next to the La Cienega Valet on level 1.
Blood Drive with Cedars-Sinai and Sofitel (December 22 – December 23): Beverly Center, Cedars-Sinai and Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills are teaming up to put on a two-day Community Blood Drive.

Related: See all the Nutcracker Ballet performances in Los Angeles

9. The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
10. The Americana at Brand 
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the holidays are here at LA’s most beloved destinations. Flurries Without the Frost Bite – Those longing for a glimpse of snow can head to The Grove and The Americana at Brand, which will host twice nightly snowfalls, transforming the properties into Winter Wonderlands – without the freezing temperatures (November 26 – December 25 at 7 and 8 p.m.)

Culver City Tree Lighting tall christmas tree lit in blue and purple lights near the Culver Hotel
Culver City Tree Lighting

11. Downtown Culver City’s Annual Tree Lighting
Town Plaza in Downtown Culver City 90232 OR watch Livestream

Come to Culver City on Thursday, December 2nd, starting at 6pm, for a spectacular free celebratory show featuring a 22-foot artificial Rocky Mountain pine adorned with 7500 warm LED lights, the debut of “Sugar Plum Jam,” a specially created dance from Invertigo Dance Theatre that is a ‘Tchaikovsky meets Tim Burton’ twist bringing mischief, mayhem and sweet revelry to the stage, The highly regarded all-female choral group, VOX Femina Los Angeles, sings a joyous medley of holiday carols as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Talented student performers from Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts jazz program, Culver City Middle School’s Choir, and El Marino Elementary School’s Taiko Drummers, a special visit from Santa, Festive holiday game booths, and Cookie treat bags from Downtown businesses.

Holiday Events North West of Los Angeles

12. Discovery Cube (both Locations)
Science of Gingerbread
11800 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342
2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

The Science of Gingerbread is SoCal’s largest Gingerbread competition and holiday event will begin Nov. 20 and run through Jan. 2, 2022. Starting Saturday, Nov. 20 at 11:00 a.m. through Dec. 4, guests are invited to deliver their savory structures to either Discovery Cube locations. All Gingerbread entries will be entered into the competition and displayed at the campus location through Jan. 2, 2022. The Awards ceremonies for Orange County entries take place on Friday, Dec. 10 and the Los Angeles Awards ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11.

13. The Polar Express Train Ride – Southern California
Fillmore and Perris, CA

The Polar Express™ Train Ride is coming to Southern California again this holiday season, ONLY at their Perris, CA location. Departures will begin November 24th, 2021 and continue select dates through December 31st. The magical story comes to life when the train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of professional actors. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express™ for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa.

Kids sending letters to Santa Claus at a big red mailbox
Kids sending letters to Santa

14. Letters to Santa
Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo 93010

Write a letter to Santa and drop it in the big red mailbox at the Community Center and he will write a letter back to you! Local children are invited to embrace the holiday season excitement and write their special messages to the Jolly Old Elf. A giant red mailbox, created especially for Santa’s mail, will be placed outside of the District’s Administrative Office at the Community Center. Have your child write a letter, bring it to the Community Center, and pop it inside Santa’s very own mailbox. Be sure to bring your camera for this great holiday-themed photo opportunity. November 29th  – December 13th.

Related: Enjoy the Christmas Boat Parades in SoCal

15. 2021 Camarillo Christmas Parade
Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo

Parade starts 10am, Saturday, December 11. Beginning at Temple Ave., the Parade travels down Las Posas, turning onto Carmen Dr. and ending at the Community Center. In honoring the integral persons in our lives and all of their achievements this past year, the District decided to use the Camarillo Christmas Parade to highlight our community all-stars. There will be bands, floats, autos, horses – and Santa Claus! Plus from 9am -2pm you can shop in Santa’s Village with local vendors.

16. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Holiday Family Faire
1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290

Just in time for the holidays, the Holiday Family Faire will include festive music, food, drink, stories, an Artisan Holiday Marketplace, and performances including a special rendition of Harry Nilsson’s The Point! featuring Kiefo Nilsson and a 14-piece band, narrated by John C. Reilly. December 11, 2021 from 12pm – 6pm, (Rain Date: December 18th). Tickets required.

Want to Get Photos with Santa Claus? Check out our list of places.

17. Holidays at The Collection at RiverPark
2751 View Park Court, Oxnard, CA 93036

Exciting things are happening at The Collection at RiverPark from now throughout the holiday season, bringing new entertainment opportunities and tons of fun for all ages and interests. Throughout the season, shopping center visitors will also have numerous opportunities to enjoy live music and strolling carolers. The Collection will be sharing holiday gift ideas on social media as well. Special events include: Tree Lighting Celebration Wednesday, Nov. 17th, Letters to Santa, Wednesday, Nov. 17 to Monday, Dec. 20, Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt Nov. 20- Dec. 20, 12 Days of Holiday Cheer Instagram Giveaway Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 12, Stuff a Bus, Friday, Dec. 3, 4 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Hello Kitty Café Truck Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., A Very Merry Holiday Bash Makers Market, Sunday, Dec. 5, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Poinsettias

18. Christmas on the Farm
Underwood Family Farms 
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA  93021

Christmas on the Farm is happening November 26th through December 24th, with California Sleigh Rides, The Holiday Train, Holiday Arts & Crafts, Animal Shows, Holiday Store, and New This Year – Reindeer! – 12/11 & 12/12! Santa Claus is coming, too, but only on 4 Weekends – 11/27 & 28 and 12/4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 11am – 4pm ONLY.

19. Snow n Glow Holiday Festival
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA. 93001

Experience all the fun and warm feelings the Snow N Glow Holiday Festival has to offer with live entertainment most nights and delicious tasty eats while experiencing this piece of winter magic. Adults and kids alike will be able to play in the freshly made snow and go tubing in real snow without having to head up to the mountains. Private Igloos available to reserve on select nights. Go for a refreshing stroll through the Holiday Light Display. Experience a winter walk through over one million light displays that will have you feeling as though you’re at the North Pole

Related: Find Hanukkah Celebrations in SoCal

Holiday Events on the Eastside

20. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum 2021
301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007

Running from November 12, 2021 through January 16, 2022, this enchanting, after-dark, illuminated trail will span one mile and feature spectacular sights with eye-catching artistic installations that come alive at night with color, imagination and sound. Visitors will be treated to a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience at the garden, wandering into a festive world of wonder with thousands of twinkling lights in various attractions from the Cathedral of Light to the Star Tunnel and the Fire Garden.

21. Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru
Irwindale Speedway & Event Center
500 Speedway Drive, Irwindale, CA 91706

Open to the public from November 26th – January 2nd, this 30-45 minute riveting experience is designed to transport families of all ages into the magical world of Christmas as they witness first-hand a series of jaw dropping Christmas scenes and holiday themed vignettes. Families will experience the exhilaration of driving on an actual NASCAR racetrack as they witness Santa’s Village with elves hard at work, 20ft tall illuminated lollipops, the world’s first 30ft tall drive-thru ornaments, Rudolph’s Enchanted Stables filled with illuminated race cars, Christmas Trees and Snowmen made from tires, a 200 ft long illuminated red Christmas bow and light display, plus a scene worthy of grabbing Santa’s attention – a record setting free-standing light tree, measuring 110ft and made up of over 100,000 programmable LED lights.

World of Illumination Reindeer Romp
World of Illumination Reindeer Romp

22. World of Illumination – Reindeer Road
Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007

“The world’s largest holiday drive-through light show” is coming to the LA area this November. The event provides socially safe holiday entertainment, as the experience is drive-through and totally touchless. You can pile as many people as you want in a vehicle and go through the mile-long light show, which is entirely synchronized to music.

23. Enchanted: Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens beginning on November 21st, 2021 and continuing through January 10, 2022. If you’re not familiar with it, Enchanted: Forest of Light is an “interactive, nighttime experience.” This one-mile walk is a rain or shine event. Stroll through and and marvel at the “variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online beginning September 1st.

24. Christmas in Color
Raging Waters, San Dimas 91773

Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. You’ll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It’s like being immersed in another world. In fact, we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window. Running November 19th – January 2nd.

25. Annual Festival of Lights
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa invites families to its annual Festival of Lights. This year the festivities begin on November 26th, 2021 and run through January 6th, 2022. The free, five-week long “holiday extravaganza” features “one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind.” The Hotel will be illuminated with 5 million holiday lights! In addition, the Festival of Lights features more than 200 animated figures, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriages, and more. Access to the inside of the hotel is reserved for guests of the hotel and restaurants.

26. Kidspace Children’s Museum Winter Frolic 
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Starting November 19 and running through January 9, 2022, Kidspace Children’s Museum will transform into a land of wonder and delight at its first annual Winter Frolic. Seven weeks of family holiday fun specifically designed for little ones. The Winter Frolic offers a flurry of experiences and programs, including: a no-ice Sock Skating Rink. Sock skating is the ideal challenge for beginning skaters who can slide and spin without bothering about blades. For an additional $5 fee, go “ice fishing” in the Kidspace Interpretive Arroyo Stream or build a fantastical winter sculpture using special “ice blocks,” or Children can decorate their very own snowflake at the Kidspace Winter Craft Station.

27. Skypark Santa’s Village Holiday Events
28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385

What’s Happening This Year? From November 17th – January 2nd. Village Lights Spectacular:  Every night at sundown, our dazzling lights light up the night with festive holiday music, Seasonal Flavors and Sights: Special holiday meals, snacks, drinks, and more await in Santa’s Village, Cookie Decorating: For $7.00, have a merry time and decorate cookies at the Sky Trading Company, Magic Shows, Puppets, & More! See Wacko the enchanting magic of Wacko the Magician, and stick around for one of our puppet shows, Winter Glamping! Rent one of our luxury renovated themed Airstreams in our RV Camping Resort across the street. PLUS see our Santa Visit list to find out when the Jolly Old Elf will be in town!

28. Candy-Making Demonstrations
Logan’s Candies 
125 W. “B” St., Ontario, CA 91762

This year, make buying candy canes an event! Visit Logan’s Candies in Ontario, where they’ve been making candy “the same way since 1933.” Get your candy canes straight from the factory! And you don’t have to just settle for traditional peppermint flavor (red and white). This year you could be adventurous and try a root bear flavor (brown, orange, and yellow in color). Also, their candy canes range in size from 6 inches to 6 feet! Check their Facebook page for details.

29. Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Journey
Fairplex in Pomona

Get ready for an all-new, one-of-a-kind immersive experience with The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, all from the safety of your own car! This year Christmas Spirit is running low, so during test flights Santa’s sleigh had to make an emergency landing at Fairplex in Pomona. Now the Scout Elves have assembled there, and they need your help! Join them on a drive-thru quest to build more Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a fun expedition to help repair Santa’s sleigh.

30. Castle Park: Duke’s Very Merry Village
3500 Polk Street, Riverside, California 92505

Duke’s Very Merry Village is returning to Castle Park for this holiday season. Enjoy beautiful lights through the park, delicious holiday treats, unlimited rides, and our very own snow show! Duke has set the park for the holiday season and everyone is invited to come and celebrate. 
Santa Claus himself is going to be here select mornings for brunch inside of the park. Duke’s Very Merry Village will begin November 26th and end on January 2nd. It’s the most “fun-derful” time of the year and you do not want to miss out.

Christmas Events in the South Bay and Orange County

31. Capistrano Lights
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Capistrano Lights returns to Mission San Capistrano this holiday season beginning December 4th- 30th, 2021. Families will enjoy “festive programming and a nightly tree lighting.” Additionally, get some great family photos under the 10’ wreath, take pictures with Santa on selected weekended, and more. Check the website for details and ticket information, and while you’re there be sure to keep an eye out for Sullivan the Elf, who hides on the grounds and can be found in a new spot every day! Tickets on sale in November.

capistrano lights christmas tree
Photo courtesy of Mission San Juan Capistrano

32. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – Holiday Events
One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting: The resort kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with the annual holiday open house and tree lighting on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Festivities include a special appearance from Santa Claus and the official lighting of the 40 plus foot decorated tree from the Pacific Northwest. Holiday cookies and hot chocolate are complimentary and guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to Miracles for Kids; canned goods and non-perishable food items to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission; as well as pet toys and treats for local pet shelters. The event is complimentary.
SANDsational Extravaganza: ‘Tis the sea-sun for this year’s unveiling of a large-scale sand sculpture by local sand architects Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, Inc.On display Saturday, November 20, 2021 to Sunday, January 2, 2022.
Gingerbread House and Holiday Cookie Decorating: Guests can gather with family and friends on December 5 & 12, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. to decorate their very own large-scale gingerbread house and holiday cookies. To reserve, guests can call Guest Services at 949-240-2000 or online via OpenTable.
Holiday Tea: Enjoy the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea at RAYA, featuring an array of tea, savory canapés, and sweet bites in an elegant ocean view setting. Available Monday through Thursday, November 29 – December 16, 2021, with seating from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and $95 per person. Reserve in advance by calling Guest Services at 949-240-2000.
Holiday Storytelling: Families and children are invited to celebrate with tales of the holidays. Storytelling is held in the Eco-Adventure Center and read by Santa Claus on Friday and Saturday, December 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 5 p.m. and complimentary to attend. Guests are encouraged to bring a new children’s book for donation to Miracles for Kids.

Santa underwater at Aquarium of the pacific
Santa Diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific

33. Aquarium Holidays
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Holiday Treats for the Animals festival kicks off Aquarium Holidays, which runs December 4 through 23, featuring festive décor, shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, and appearances by Santa Diver and Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. On weekends December 4 through 19, including Holiday Treats for the Animals festival, the Aquarium will have photo opportunities with Santa and Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel. Also during Aquarium Holidays, the Aquarium will host a Kwanzaa celebration.

34. Snow Flurries At The Point
850 S. Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo

Enjoy A Magical Holiday! Join us November 26 – December 23 on every Friday and Saturday from 6pm – 8pm for Magical Snow Flurries happening every 30 minutes! Plus every night from December 20 – 23. Snow Flurries will take place on the grass and happen every 30 minutes starting at 6pm until 8pm.

35. Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train
1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Tis the season for Irvine Park Railroad’s annual Christmas Train. Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and stop at the North Pole. This year, passengers will remain seated on the train at the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet passengers from a safe distance as passengers remain seated. Tickets go on sale November 1st.

36. Pretend City Countdown to Christmas
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…holiday fun at Pretend City! Join us for our exciting 12 Days of Christmas Countdown! Each day leading up to Christmas, we will “unwrap” a new holiday activity at the museum! Get in the holiday spirit as we gear up for Christmas and countdown the days! Thursday, December 12 – Thursday, December 23  | Activity times vary based on scheduled special day programming times.  

37. Dana Point Harbor Holiday Events
Dana Point Harbor, 34555 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA 92629 

Dana Point Harbor goes all out, with a huge holiday light display, visits with Santa, and more! Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy Holiday carolers as they stroll through the Harbor dressed in “Ugly Sweater” attire on Thursdays, December 9, 16 and 23 from 4 – 7 p.m. Visitors are invited to participate in Dana Point Harbor’s “Holidays at the Harbor” social media contest on Instagram from November 17 – December 22. Take a photo in front of one of the many light installations throughout the Harbor, tag @danapoint_harbor on Instagram and use the hashtag #HolidaysattheHarbor. At the end of the campaign, one lucky winner will be chosen at random and awarded a special Dana Point Harbor package.

38. Santa’s Village and Christmas Fair
10247 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower 90706

This amazing event “Santa’s Village & Christmas Fair” is being put together by a group of non profit organizations.  Shanti Shanti Healing Arts Center and The Kind Act Factory, as well as other volunteer organizations.  We have over a thousand stuffed animals and food baskets we will be giving out to the  guests.  Santa will be in attendance as well as his elves for pictures!  We also have a designated craft area where children ages 3 to 12 will have lots of activities.   Food vendors will also be in attendance as well as speciality handmade baked goods.  Our local school bands will be entertaining our guests.  Carolers, Folklorico dancers, and our very own Stormy Weather Designs will be showcasing her amazing designs.  This event will be from 10 to 7, with music throughout as well as 100 vendors selling their crafts for all christmas shoppers!.  Lights, Music, Snow and Santa will be helping us create an amazing event for all that attend. 

39. GLOW at South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW (which stands for “Garden Lights & Ocean Waters”) will be a bigger and better experience this year, according to the organizers. Running from November 20th, 2021 – January 17th, 2022. With food, beverages, music, and a transformed Garden featuring thousands of lights that promise to take your breath away. This year’s exhibit also includes interactive experiences and VIP opportunities. Tickets will go on sale October 4th, 2021 for members and October 18th, 2021 for the general public.

meeting Lego Santa at Holidays at LEGOLAND (PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)
Holidays at LEGOLAND (PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

40. Holidays at Legoland
Legoland California, Carlsbad

Sparkling lights trim the buildings in Fun Town as it transforms into a winter wonderland! Guests can revel at the world-famous LEGO Christmas tree, standing 30-feet tall and constructed out of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO® bricks. The tree is adorned with more than 400 LEGO ornaments and 11,000 LED lights shining through the winter nights. Guests wanting to snap the perfect holiday card photo can pose with life-size LEGO models of Santa and his reindeer in Fun Town or with their favorite festive costume characters which include LEGO Santa, LEGO Toy Soldier and the LEGO Gingerbread Man. November 20th through January 2nd, 2022.

41. Holidays at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Experience the most magical time of year with celebrations throughout both parks—from November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022! You can see the Disney Festival of Holidays and ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park, with plenty of fabulous treats to feast on, and Santa comes for a visit, too! Disneyland hosts the famous “it’s a Small World” Holidays, Believe in Holiday Magic Fireworks, the Christmas Fantasy Parade, and more!

42. Knott’s Merry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park 90620

The holiday spirit shines even brighter at Knott’s Merry Farm this year, taking place November 19th through January 2nd. You’ll get to see a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, jumbo snowflakes, and activities for families inspired by the spirit of the holidays. Plus there will be shows like Home for the Holidays, and the beloved ice show starring the famous beagle, and world-class ice skaters in Merry Christmas, Snoopy! Catch the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the enchanting Snow and Glow experience, a Christmas light show throughout Camp Snoopy, plus so much more. 

43. Magic of Lights
Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Running from November 19th – December 26th, from 5-10pm nightly, this is a drive-through experience filled with magic! They have a terrific pricing plan – “one carload, one price,” so pile everyone in and get tickets! You can even bring the family dog with you! The route is paved with thousands of light displays, and all reports are that it’s delightful.

44. Hikari at Tanaka Farms
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine 92612

Join us for a celebration filled with joy and light! Loosely translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and this holiday season we have really made Tanaka Farms shine with over a mile of twinkling lights! As you drive through our 30-acre farm, you will be dazzled by farm-themed lighting from trees, to scarecrows, tractors…even our sugarcane got the holiday light treatment! Plus, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have a very special visit from Santa, himself!

45. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s Tree Lighting Festival
34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California 92591

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa’s outdoor Tree Lighting Festival is full of fun and holiday surprises for the whole family. A wonderful variety of seasonal-inspired dishes, assorted Christmas cookies and other delicious desserts will be available, along with a hot chocolate and cider station. Entertainment includes Christmas carolers and a DJ playing holiday music. There will also be tractor rides, horse and carriage rides, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, and the exciting tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is proud to be an official Toys for Tots drop-off location and encourages guests to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to less fortunate kids. Sunday, November 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are required for this event and will be on sale through the online store.

Christmas Events in Los Angeles

46. LA Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition returns on November 19 for the 2021/2022 season with a wild wonderland of light featuring hand-crafted and new high-tech attractions, including glowing light animals including tigers, lions, macaws, monkeys, meerkats, and flamingos “decorating” the Zoo just for you, musical elements including a sound tracked LED lightshow, and much more!

47. Dodgers Holiday Festival 2021
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dodger Stadium is the site of a Holiday Festival from Friday, November 26th through Friday, December 31st. The Holiday Festival features an ice skating rink, nightly entertainment, light displays, photo opportunities with Santa, holiday-themed food, and more. Tickets are available online. 

48. Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Beginning Friday, November 26 and running daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022, the holiday festivities at Universal are included in the price of admission. Families can enjoy both “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas.”

49. The Hollywood Christmas Parade
In the Heart of Hollywood, on Hollywood Blvd.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is back in 2021 for its 89th annual event, and will take place on Sunday, November 28th at 6pm. Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive, the parade runs east to Vine Street, then south to Sunset Blvd, and then west, ending at Sunset and Orange Drive. Complete with marching bands, floats, balloons, equestrians, and of course, celebrity hosts!

50. L.A.’S Union Station Annual Tree Lighting
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station has never been brighter. The iconic downtown destination returns as a hub for the holidays on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m., summoning the sights and sounds of the season with the Annual Tree Lighting under the stars…and snow on the station’s South Patio, while enjoying a free hot cocoa and holiday cookie bar. The fun, festive, family-friendly holiday celebration will also feature a holiday arts and crafts zone, a custom photo opportunity and Santa selfies. Performances from the vintage voices of The Beverly Belles and L.A. favorites Weekend Celebrity, along with a “live” mural from eclectic artist Septerhed and an appearance by a special guest from the North Pole, will vault visitors into the holiday spirit. 

51. Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles 90012

This season, Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays to shop and support one of Los Angeles’ most historic and iconic neighborhoods. Whether dining in or ordering takeout from Little Tokyo’s beloved restaurants, discovering one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list, capturing the perfect holiday moment in a photo with Shogun Santa, or enjoying the festive scene with roaming carolers and Christmas tree in Japanese Village Plaza, there are a number of ways to show love to Little Tokyo this season.

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