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Best Christmas Events and Holiday Activities in Los Angeles

Magical Christmas Events In LA

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Christmas 2024 in Los Angeles:
The The Best Holiday Events and Activities in Los Angeles


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Updated on Jun 12 2024 12:25pm

Christmas in Los Angeles

Embrace the warmth of a sun-kissed holiday season in Los Angeles, where the city's unique and vibrant festivities, from Christmas Musicals to illuminated gardens, promise to kindle your festive spirit and create a winter wonderland like no other.

In the heart of sunny Los Angeles, the holiday season comes alive in a unique and vibrant way. While you won't find snow-covered trees or frigid temperatures, the city offers a plethora of Christmas events and holiday activities that will ignite your festive spirit. Whether you're into outdoor movie screenings, enchanting walks through illuminated botanical gardens, captivating holiday plays, lively theme park takeovers, or the dazzling display of Christmas lights throughout the city, our curated list of the season's best events and experiences guarantees to transform L.A. into a winter wonderland all month long. Don't miss out on the magic of an LA winter as we guide you through the most captivating holiday happenings in the City of Angels.




Sarah Brightman A Christmas Symphony - Dolby Theatre, Hollywood

December 15, 2024
Get ready for an enchanting celebration of the holiday season as Sarah Brightman, the world-renowned soprano and GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist, embarks on her 'A Christmas Symphony' tour this November and December! Joined by a stellar orchestra, choir, and special guests, Sarah will grace the stage with renditions of her beloved holiday classics and greatest hits, promising an unforgettable experience for audiences. For those seeking an extra touch of magic, Sarah's VIP "Winter Wonderland" offers three incredible packages, ensuring an ultimate experience for fans and making for a perfect Mother's Day or holiday gift. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this festive extravaganza that will leave hearts aglow with the spirit of the season!


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A Merry Rockin’ Christmas starring Michael Cavanagh - Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center

December 7, 2024
Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before with "A Merry Rockin’ Christmas" starring the sensational Michael Cavanaugh at The Norris Theatre, nestled within the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center. Hand-picked by none other than Billy Joel himself to star in the Broadway sensation "Movin’ Out," Cavanaugh brings his unparalleled talent and charisma to the stage, infusing modern Christmas tunes like "Last Christmas" and "Wonderful Christmastime" with timeless classics such as "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." With a repertoire that spans from Billy Joel to Elton John, Cavanaugh's performance promises to be a festive celebration of rock and pop hits, making it a must-see event to kick off the holiday season. Don't miss the chance to witness the "New Piano Man" in action as he spreads joy and cheer in this unforgettable yuletide extravaganza.


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LA Kings Holiday Ice - L.A. LIVE

November 24 to December 31, 2024
Experience the magic of the holiday season at the annual LA Kings Holiday Ice presented by Coca-Cola, open from November 24 to December 31, 2024, at L.A. LIVE! Glide into festive cheer as you skate on the glistening ice rink, whether you're gathering with friends, planning a romantic date night, or making it a part of your pre- or post-game/concert festivities. General Admission tickets can be conveniently purchased on-site at the ice rink box office during operating hours. For a seamless visit, explore the comprehensive information available in our frequently asked questions section, ensuring you have everything you need for a delightful and memorable time on the ice. Embrace the joy of the season and create lasting memories at the LA Kings Holiday Ice!


LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Step into a world of wonder and magic as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Hollywood transforms into a holiday haven that brings the enchanting festivities of the wizarding world to life. From the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to the charming streets of Hogsmeade™, this immersive experience is a must-see for fans and visitors of all ages, offering a blend of holiday cheer, awe-inspiring decor, and spellbinding performances that create an unforgettable Yuletide experience.


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L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow 2024

November 17, 2024 - January 7, 2024
L.A. Zoo Lights, a beloved annual holiday tradition, is set to captivate visitors once again starting on November 17 for the 2024 season. This enchanting event offers a magical journey through an immersive landscape adorned with mesmerizing lantern sculptures featuring wildlife and botanical wonders, all illuminated beneath the twinkling stars of the Los Angeles Zoo. In addition to strolling through this wonderland, guests can enjoy a festive array of activities, from carousel rides to savoring delicious seasonal treats, and even shopping for radiant holiday-themed merchandise. This year, the experience promises even more wonder with new attractions such as the "Winter Wildlands," showcasing majestic pine trees, shimmering ice crystals, and vivid "northern lights" projections, as well as the "Dazzling Desertscape" featuring live roaming entertainment and motion-sensing "dancing cacti." With magnificent displays of native California wildlife and so much more, L.A. Zoo Lights is a joyous celebration of the holiday season for all ages to enjoy.

5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027



Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2024
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Embracing the festive spirit on the second Saturday in December, the 61st annual Holiday Boat Parade illuminated the waters of Marina del Rey on December 9, 2023. Underneath a perfect sky, the celebration kicked off with a dazzling fireworks display that set the night ablaze with color. Boat participants showcased their creativity by adorning their vessels with an array of Christmas lights and festive decorations, transforming the marina into a sparkling holiday spectacle. From lively costumes to joyful dances and melodic tunes, both the boaters and the delighted spectators reveled in the yuletide merriment. As the 61st edition came to a close, anticipation for the 62nd Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2024, began to build. The festivities at A. Burton Chace Park span the entire day, culminating in a brief yet spectacular fireworks display at 5:55 PM, followed by the main event, the Parade, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, promising another magical evening under the stars.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

December 2, 2024
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Get ready for a rock-infused holiday celebration as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra gears up for their 2024 Winter Tour with "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More!" Bursting with excitement, the band is thrilled to hit the road and bring their electrifying performance to fans across 62 cities nationwide. In this year's tour, TSO unveils a revamped presentation of the timeless and multi-generational holiday tradition, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve." Brace yourself for an audiovisual spectacle that transcends traditional holiday concerts, as TSO weaves a musical tapestry of festive spirit, powerful rock melodies, and a dazzling light show that promises to make this holiday season truly unforgettable. Don't miss the chance to experience the magic as TSO takes you on a journey through the heart of Christmas with their signature blend of rock and holiday cheer.

Toyota Arena, 4000 Ontario Center, Ontario, CA 91764




92nd Hollywood Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 1, 2024
Welcome to the 91st Hollywood Christmas Parade, a heartwarming celebration dedicated to spreading the values of kindness, generosity, and compassion. This annual tradition embodies the true spirit of the holiday season by emphasizing the importance of giving and helping those in need. With a focus on philanthropy, the parade proudly features the Toys For Tots program, alongside various other vital organizations and charities committed to assisting underprivileged individuals during this season of giving. This event serves as a unifying reminder that we all share a common bond and depend on one another, emphasizing the significance of lending a helping hand. In particular, we are honored to support the US Marines Toys For Tots Programs, alongside many other deserving organizations, as we come together to make the world a better place during this festive season.

Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive


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43rd Venice Canals Christmas Lights & Holiday Boat Parade 2024

December 2024
Embracing the festive magic, the Venice Canals transform into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, captivating visitors with their enchanting Christmas Lights & Holiday Boat Parade in 2024. Nestled in an idyllic neighborhood near Los Angeles, the Venice Canals become a picturesque haven adorned with shimmering lights that gracefully drape over wooden-framed bridges. This charming scene invites locals and visitors alike to embark on a leisurely stroll through the illuminated streets, immersing themselves in the warm glow of countless holiday lights that bedeck houses and bridges throughout the month of December. For those looking to experience this holiday spectacle, it's advisable to park a few blocks away, as the Venice Canals radiate a festive hustle and bustle during this joyful time of the year. Whether by foot or by boat, the Venice Canals Christmas Lights & Holiday Boat Parade offer a delightful and festive experience that captures the spirit of the season in this coastal California gem.


Eastern & Sherman, Venice, CA, 90291

Winter Solstice Christmas Tree Run - Long Beach

Tuesday, December 24, 2024
Experience the festive spirit in motion at the Winter Solstice Christmas Tree Run in Long Beach, where a joyful procession of decorated Christmas trees parades through the city, bringing holiday cheer to all.


El Dorado Park East Long Beach, CA

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet - The Wiltern

Dec 20, 2024
Experience the enchantment of the holiday season with "Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet" at The Wiltern. Delight in the timeless tale of Clara and her magical journey through a winter wonderland filled with toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy. With breathtaking choreography and dazzling costumes, this beloved ballet brings Tchaikovsky's beloved score to life, captivating audiences of all ages with its festive spirit and timeless magic. Join us for an unforgettable evening of holiday joy and whimsy at The Wiltern.


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Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks - Manhattan Beach Boulevard

Dec 8, 2024
On December 8th, 2024, Manhattan Beach Boulevard will transform into a spectacle of color and light as the annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks illuminate the sky above the iconic Pier. Families and friends will gather along the boulevard, eagerly awaiting the dazzling display that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Against the backdrop of the majestic ocean, bursts of vibrant fireworks will paint the night, filling the air with excitement and joy, creating cherished memories for all who attend.


Manhattan Beach Pier, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Festival Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker - Irvine Barclay Theatre

December 7 - 24, 2024
The upcoming performance of "The Nutcracker" by Festival Ballet Theatre at the Irvine Barclay Theatre promises to be a captivating holiday experience. Scheduled for a series of shows this December, this classic ballet will feature enchanting choreography, stunning costumes, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score. Festival Ballet Theatre, renowned for its high-quality productions, will bring to life the magical tale of Clara and her nutcracker prince, transporting audiences to a winter wonderland filled with whimsical characters and dazzling dance sequences. Perfect for families and ballet enthusiasts alike, this event is set to be a highlight of the holiday season in Irvine.


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NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet - Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena

December 13, 2024
"NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena is set to be a mesmerizing holiday spectacle. This enchanting production offers a fresh and imaginative take on the traditional "Nutcracker" story, blending classic elements with vibrant new interpretations. Featuring talented dancers, lavish sets, and exquisite costumes, the performance promises to captivate audiences of all ages. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's timeless score, this magical ballet will transport viewers into a fantastical world of swirling snowflakes, adventurous toy soldiers, and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy. A perfect festive outing, it celebrates the joy and wonder of the Christmas season in a truly spectacular fashion.


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