Los Angeles Holidays

8 “Only In LA” Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

The Griffith Park Train Ride is one of the Fun Only In LA things to do this holiday season

The holidays are here and Los Angeles has a ton of beautiful and unique events for families and kids of all ages. Here are some must-see events this month! (This post contains affiliate links.)

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Holiday Light Festival Train Ride

4400 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Griffith Park is the Los Angeles version of Central Park. It spans over 4300 acres and has a number of really fun activities for little ones. The Griffith Park Train Ride is year round but from November 25-December 30 they have a holiday ride with twinkly lights, snow man towns, nutcrackers and fun Christmas decorations for all your little ones to enjoy. Each ride is $4 per person and kids under 18 months are free. If you go earlier in the day without the holiday lights on, train rides are $2.75 per person. If you’re making your way over to this train ride, bring a picnic basket and some cash to stop by the horse rides, gorgeous carousel and playground!

Hanukkah Family Festival

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball Cultural Center is an educational organization and museum in the Los Angeles area devoted to Jewish Heritage. Open to families from all backgrounds, this cultural campus hosts a family festival dedicated to celebrating Hanukkah. Come bring your families and check out the music, dance, printmaking, storytelling, and other family friendly events this season! The Skirball Cultural Center offers many different family friendly exhibits, free parking, a café and outdoor seating for families. This is the perfect place to bring the whole family and let your little ones’ imaginations soar!


Ice Skating in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has the most beautiful weather year round and one of the best parts of living here is outdoor Ice Skating Rinks! These combine the best of both worlds and bring this timeless winter activity to our warm beaches and sunny skies. Two must see rinks in Los Angeles are  Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live and ICE at Santa Monica. One is set in gorgeous downtown LA in the center of L.A. LIVE and the other is just steps away from Santa Monica Promenade and Beach! For more ice skating options, see The Best Places to go Holiday Ice Skating in Los Angeles. 


Celebrate the Season at The Grove

189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

One of the most festive holiday hubs in Los Angeles is The Grove. Come visit this outdoor mall and step into a whole new holiday themed world with giant Christmas tree, trolley rides, christmas music, decorations, snowmen, live gingerbread men, live snowmen, “snow” falling from the sky, disneyland-like water fountain and Santa’s Cottage! Come take pictures on Santa’s lap and meet Mrs. Claus and their elves. Only in Los Angeles could you experience Christmas like this in an outdoor mall.


Reindeer Romp at LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The LA Zoo brings Santa and his reindeer to life with the Reindeer Romp! Only in Los Angeles can you meet and take photos with real reindeer and Santa, watch the Swazzle’s Holiday Extraveganza Puppet Show, Ice Carving with Troubled Ice, make Antler crafts in Reindeer Village, and much more! This event is one of the most wonderful ways to see the zoo and celebrate the holidays with your littles. The Reindeer Romp brings to life Santa’s magical kingdom for your little ones!


Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Enchanted Forest of Light is the most beautiful, interactive and immersive experience for you and your family. This iconic LA event features a one-mile walk through 8 different light displays throughout Descanso Gardens. Guests can come and manipulate the light and sound in these interactive light sculptures and pools. This is a one-of-a-kind event only at the Descanso Gardens. Bring your whole family and and step into 360-degree experience! This event only runs from November 25, 2016-January 8, 2017. *Get Discount Tickets to this event via our Goldstar Affiliate Link HERE!*


CHILL at The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

CHILL at The Queen Mary is a 14,000 square foot Winter Wonderland. There’s ice skating, Ice Tubing, Live Entertainment, Bounce House, Carousel, Rocking Horse Ride, North Pole Village, Prancer’s Paintball, Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more! CHILL is a mini winter theme park that brings cold and snow to warm Southern California. CHILL runs from November 23-January 8 this year and tickets start at $34.99. Buy tickets via our Goldstar Affiliate Link HERE and save a bundle!


Celebrate at an Amusement Park

One awesome advantage of living in Los Angeles are all the amusement parks nearby with Holiday-themed events. Only in Los Angeles could you visit Who-ville at Grinchmas at Universal Studios or sing carols with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland, or watch the sensational ice show at Knott’s Merry Farm all in one long weekend. Each theme park brings Christmas and it’s classic winter wonderland to sunny Southern California.




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