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Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year and Holiday Happenings

Los Angeles is a great place to be during the holidays. All the holidays! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, you’ll find tons of fun for the whole family.

There are events almost every day from tree lightings to boat parades to holiday festivals. We’ve got everything you need to know to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, New Year’s and more!

Thanksgiving Guide

Things To Do with Kids on Thanksgiving Break

Whether you’ve got family in town or you just want to take the chance to explore LA, this is a great list of fun ideas!

spider pavilion at Los Angeles natural history museum
The Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

Where to volunteer this Thanksgiving

Now more than ever, we need to help others at this time of year.

volunteers at Food-on-foot
Volunteers at Food on Foot

Best Thanksgiving Meals – To Go

Not cooking this year, but still want to eat the traditional meal at home? Get Take-out!

Thanksgiving To Go at Botega Louie
Thanksgiving to go at Botega Louie’s

Thanksgiving Dinner at a Los Angeles Restaurant

Sometimes, you don’t want to cook OR clean up! Head out to one of these amazing restaurants serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Bouchon Bistro in Beverly HIlls is one of the great places in Los Angeles to go for Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving at Buchon Bistro in Beverly Hills

Thanksgiving Camps

With many schools giving kids a week off for Thanksgiving, working parents need to find a Thanksgiving Camp!

Thanksgiving Camps in Los Angeles

Best Pie Shops in Los Angeles

Got everything else lined up for The Big Meal, but you’re just not a baker? No problem, try one of these great Pie Shops!

These are just some of the beautiful pies you can find at Los Angeles pie shops

The Best Christmas and Holiday Events in Los Angeles 

There is something for everyone in this list. Find all of the fun things to do with your kids during the holidays.

The Best Christmas and Holiday Family Shows in Los Angeles

Who knew there were so many productions of the Nutcracker? We have them and more in this post about Christmas and Holiday Family Shows.

Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

20 Hanukkah Celebrations in and Around Los Angeles

There are plenty of places all over town to celebrate the Festival of Lights, which begins on December 2nd.

Find the many fantastic ways to celebrate Hanukkah in Los Angeles

How to Give Back During the Holidays 

It’s important for kids to know that it’s not just about receiving during the holidays, but also giving back. Here is our list of great ways to give back to families in needs.

There are many ways to help out during the holidays including volunteer at the VA in Westwood

Winter Camps in Los Angeles

It’s not easy for parents to find something for kids to do during the long winter break. To help, we’ve compiled a list of Winter Camps in Los Angeles.

Need something for the kids to do over winter break? Check out our great list of Winter Break Camps in Los Angeles. #camp #losangeles

Holiday Toy Drives in Los Angeles

Here is a fun and easy way to help out a family in need. Drop off a toy for one of these great Los Angeles Toy Drives.

Holiday Races in Los Angeles 

The holidays are often about getting together with friends and family and eating too much. Why not do a 10k to burn off all of that stuffing. Here is our list of fun runs for the holidays.

Where to See Holiday Lights in Los Angeles

If you’re having a hard time getting into the Holiday spirit this year, make a plan to see some of the great holiday light displays in the Los Angeles area.

LA Zoo Lights is one of the many fun holiday events in Los Angeles in December (photo by Jamie Pham courtesy of the LA Zoo)

Best Places for Snow Play Near LA

Los Angeles kids can play in the sand all year long, but they only get a few chances to play in the snow!

Photo by Mattias Olsson on Unsplash

Where to go Ice Skating in Los Angeles 

Even though it’s more chilly than icy in Los Angeles, there are still many fun places to go ice skating this time of year. Check out our list of all the fun places to skate.

Where to Visit Santa in Los Angeles 

It’s not officially Christmas until you drag your kids to the mall to sit on a strange dude’s lap. Just kidding! Believe me, you will soon cherish looking at your kids pictures with Santa. There are a lot of great places in Los Angeles to take your kids and many of them allow you to make a reservation so you can avoid the lines.

Santa Claus in Los Angeles, Best Place To Take Pictures With Santa, Santa Train, Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Where to Celebrate Las Posadas in Los Angeles

Las Posadas is the celebration of the journey of Mary and Joseph to find shelter in the days leading up to  the birth of Jesus. It’s celebrated every year and we have a list of places to learn about and experience Las Posadas.

The Best Independent Toy Stores in Los Angeles

Looking for a great gift while also supporting a local business? Check out these great independent toy stores in Los Angeles.

Landis Labyrinth is one of the great independent toy stores in Los Angeles
photo courtesy of Landis’ Labyrinth

Where to Buy Tamales in Los Angeles

One of the best things about the holidays is the great food and tamales are a Christmas tradition in many households. Here is our list of great places to order tamales in Los Angeles.

Where to Buy Latkes for Hanukkah in Los Angeles

If you don’t make your own latkes, but love them just the same, you can order them from one of these great Los Angeles restaurants.

Where to Buy Holiday Cookies and Treats in Los Angeles

It’s fun to make cookies to give as gifts, but there’s so little time during the holidays. Here are picks of great places to buy holiday cookies and treats all over Los Angeles.

Milk Jar Cookies is one of the great places to get holiday cookies in Los Angeles

The Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebrations in Los Angeles

Don’t think that just because you have kids that you can’t have a great time on New Year’s Eve. Here is our list of fun places to go for New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles and beyond.

The Best Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in Los Angeles
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