Sometimes it is hard to get into the Holiday spirit when the temperature is in the 70’s. No snowy nights to put you in the Christmas Spirit. However, there are plenty of things you can do to get yourself in the Holiday mood in and around LA. I have made a list for you to pick and choose your next adventure! So, gather up your loved ones and plan your Holiday festivities.
1. Santa Monica Pub Crawl
You’ve walked, donated and volunteered all in the name of charity. Now, here’s your chance to drink for those in need. Gather your friends and join other do-gooders at the 6th annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl. A $15 admittance fee ($20 at the door), benefitting the Westside Food Bank, allows you to participate in one of four routes around Santa Monica to experience drink and food specials at some of the city’s best spots, including Tacoteca, Cabo Cantina, Ye Olde King’s Head, The Albright and more. Sign up online and collect a wristband on the day of the event. Then crawl from spot to spot on foot or enjoy a discount on the Big Blue Bus where $4 allows you to ride all night long. Dress up in a holiday-themed costume and even take on the Santa Scavenger Challenge Hunt with your friends to earn a prize. Crawlers can download the official “SM Pub Crawl” app for a complete list of bars, routes, specials, map, bus stops and updates. Visit here to get all the details
2. Experience the “Snow” at The Grove
Although L.A. hasn’t had real snow since 1962, The Grove turns into a winter wonderland from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night as “snowflakes” fall from the sky. There really isn’t a more magical way to shop for holiday presents than in the snow, except here you won’t be freezing.
3. Real Snow in Julian
If The Grove’s fake snow isn’t doing it for you, just a little south and inland from LA, you can find the charming little town of Julian. While you’re up there, you won’t see a person without a pie in hand from the famous Julian Pie Company or a jug of homemade apple cider.
OOLA’s Insider tip: a picture from Larry at Old Time Costume Photography makes for the best holiday card that will keep you smiling for years to come.
4. Mountain High Resort
Only 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles is a breathtaking winter resort in the San Gabriel Mountains. Mountain High is three resorts in one. You can visit East, West, and North to find different terrain that will challenge every level of skier. This ski resort offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing to entertain you for hours, and even days.
5. Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square
When you think of L.A., you don’t normally think of ice skating. However, they have created a winter wonderland right in the middle of the Downtown skyscrapers. If you have a yearning to glide around the rink pretending there is snow on the ground, take curling lessons, or enjoy a Disco Skate and DJ nights.
6. Los Angeles Zoo Lights
This is one of the best traditions in L.A. that gets better each year. Take an evening stroll through the zoo that has been transformed by lasers, 3-D projections, and water/light displays timed to the music. There are light-monkeys running amok, a giant origami rhino, a giant glowing snake, and of course the real reindeer in the Reindeer Village. You can even enjoy a blacklight party in the reptile house. Don’t forget to get your holiday treats and hot chocolate to round out the evening. This is a must-see event!
7. Marina Del Rey Boat Parade
This event is December 10th, so get everyone together and head on over!
Feel as though you’ve escaped to a small-town fishing village with the 52nd anniversary of the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade. Bring a blanket and gather around Fisherman’s Village or the Burton Chace Park to watch as the 70 boats glide through the marina with holiday lights and decorations competing to win the top prize. Categories include Best Theme, Best Animation, Best Band, Best Lights and more. The festivities begin at 5:55 pm with fireworks and the boat parade starts at 6 pm, rain or shine.
8. Holiday Lights
No Christmas season would be complete without the traditional car ride looking at Holiday lights. There are too many places to list in this post, so click here for a detailed list. Let the Holiday festivities begin!
9. Lights on Display at Sherman Oaks
Sherman Oaks resident, Mike Ziemkowski, takes Christmas decorating to another level at his annual Christmas lights display. ‘Lights on Display’ draws admirers from all over the county as his front yard transforms into a brilliant lights display. He has timed the lights to the music to further your enjoyment. If you’re looking for a top-notch lights display, this is definitely the place to go.
I hope you will enjoy, if not all, at least a few of these events. As always, I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing your excellent pictures. Feel free to post them on the Facebook page!