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Best Holiday Activities and Christmas Events in Los Angeles

Magical Christmas Events In LA for 2023

Christmas 2023 in Los Angeles:
The The Best Holiday Events and Activities in Los Angeles

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Updated on Nov 20 2023 11:38am

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.

Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas One And All!

Sunday, November 19, at 7:00PM
On Sunday, November 19th, 2023, music enthusiasts are in for a festive treat as the iconic Mariah Carey takes the stage at the renowned Hollywood Bowl for a dazzling performance. The event is part of her newly announced tour, "Merry Christmas One and All," which promises to be the most extensive seasonal run of her holiday concerts yet, spanning 16 dates in the United States and Canada. Mariah Carey's holiday concerts have become a beloved tradition, dating back to her annual residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City that began in 2014. This tour is set to spread the holiday cheer even further, as fans eagerly anticipate the magic of her timeless hits and the enchanting atmosphere she's known for creating during the most wonderful time of the year. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Mariah Carey's enchanting performance on this special evening at the Hollywood Bowl on November 19, 2023, at 7:00 PM.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Nutcracker Magic of Christmas Ballet

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 PM  – 2:00  PM
Step into a world of enchantment this Christmas with NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet 2023, America's Nutcracker. Embrace the timeless tradition that has captivated families for generations, as this beloved holiday spectacle returns to transport audiences to a simpler and more magical time. Join us for a heartwarming celebration of Christmas, surrounded by the warm glow of nostalgia and the joy of being with loved ones. Witness a breathtaking performance by an extraordinary international cast, featuring Ukrainian Principal Artists at the pinnacle of classical European Ballet. Immerse yourself in the wonder of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger-than-life puppets, and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes that bring the story to life. Don't miss the chance to create lasting memories and experience the magic of NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet.

The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

December 9, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade, now in its 61st year, is a cherished tradition that transforms the waterfront into a magical spectacle of beautifully adorned boats and shimmering lights. Spectators can gather at various popular viewing spots such as Fisherman's Village, Burton Chace Park, or anywhere along the South Jetty to witness the parade's enchanting procession. The evening's festivities kick off with a dazzling fireworks display at 5:55 p.m., setting the stage for the main event. Before the parade commences, visitors can indulge in the holiday spirit at Burton Chace Park from 4 to 8 p.m., where they can enjoy musical entertainment from carolers, savor delectable food truck offerings, and capture memorable photo opportunities, making it a truly magical holiday experience for all.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

December 2, 2023
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Get ready for a rock-infused holiday celebration as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra gears up for their 2023 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

Hollywood Christmas Parade

Sunday, November 26th, 2023
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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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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A Christmas Story, The Musical

DECEMBER 5 – 31, 2023
From the songwriting team that brought us the Tony Award-winning sensation Dear Evan Hansen and contributed to the acclaimed films La La Land and The Greatest Showman, A Christmas Story, The Musical, transforms the beloved 1983 movie into a riotous and heartwarming stage production. Set in 1940s Indiana, the story follows young Ralphie Parker, a bespectacled dreamer determined to secure his ultimate holiday gift – an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Along the way, audiences are treated to iconic moments, including the infamous leg lamp, comical pink bunny pajamas, a zany department store Santa, and the legendary triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Musical, this adaptation has been described by the Associated Press as a "joyous Christmas miracle" and earned praise from The New York Times as a show that will leave your heart growing three sizes with every smile. A Christmas Story, The Musical, is a delightful holiday tradition that brings the timeless charm of the original film to the stage.

Ahmanson, 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

L.A. Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow—2023/2024

Season Starts Nov 17!
L.A. Zoo Lights, a beloved annual holiday tradition, is set to captivate visitors once again starting on November 17 for the 2023/2024 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

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical

December 6 - 17, 2023
Why See How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical? Dr. Seuss' cherished holiday tale comes to life in this heartwarming and iconic production, where Max the Dog narrates the Grinch's fiendish plot to steal Christmas from the festive Whos of Whoville, only to discover the true spirit of the season. Featuring beloved songs like 'You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch' and 'Welcome Christmas,' this magical family-friendly show, supervised by two-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien, originally premiered on Broadway in 2006, and continues to enchant audiences with whimsical joy and the transformative power of kindness. Join us for an unforgettable holiday experience and celebrate the season with the timeless story of The Grinch, whose icy heart may just thaw thanks to the kindness of one tiny Who.

Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Rooftop Cinema Club

The Nightmare Before Christmas - November 18th
ELF - November 19, 2023
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - December 8, 2023
The Holiday - December 9, 2023
The Nightmare Before Christmas - December 17, 2023

Until Dec 17, 2023
Sold out crowds eagerly gather at the Rooftop Cinema Club, where they relish the enchantment of movie screenings under the open sky using state-of-the-art LED screens and high-quality personal headphones. Nestled in comfy deck chairs, patrons are treated to an extraordinary cinematic experience, enhanced by an elevated food and drink menu, lawn games, and captivating skyline views. This unique combination of outdoor entertainment, luxury, and festive ambiance makes the Rooftop Cinema Club the ultimate destination for a memorable holiday movie night in DTLA, the Arts District, and El Segundo, ensuring that every evening in November and December is a celebration of cinematic delight.

1310 E Franklin Ave 4th Level, El Segundo, CA 90245

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