Holiday Activities in Los Angeles, CA
Take a trip to the North Pole aboard the magical Griffith Park Travel Town Railroad mini train to see Santa Claus himself this holiday season. The ride to Santa’s village is adorned in lights, holiday displays and festive music, where you will be greeted by Mrs. Claus and her elves. Be sure to have your camera ready, because you won't want to miss your youngsters siting on Santa's lap for a photo op. Photos are $5 each, but you are welcomed to use your own camera as well. Rides to the Santa’s village begin at 5 pm, with trains departing continuously between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. so dress very warmly because the cold will make you think you’re really at the North Pole.
Bundle up and glide on the holiday ice rink, nestled in Los Angeles’ sports team hub, downtown’s L.A. Live. Adjacent to the Staple Center, this upscale plaza features restaurants, a movie theatre, bowling alley, and concert venue on a normal bases, but during the holidays the ice rink, holiday décor, and festive tree are worth the crowds you’ll have to brave. You can bring your own skates or rent them there. However, parking is the same as if you were going to the Staples Center, so be prepared to get your money’s worth when you come to ice skate by checking the website for combo deals with local restaurants. You’ll also want to scope out special events like skating with Santa.
From mid-November to mid-January each year, Pershing Square sparkles a little brighter as the scenic landscape and sky scrapers take on a festive air and welcome the popular Downtown on Ice. The outdoor ice skating rink sparkles amidst holiday lights and festive music both day and night, offering plenty of time to make merry memories for even the most novice of ice skaters. A mere $5 scores you parking in the venue’s underground lot and $8 per person gets you skate rental and ice time, but remember to bring your parking ticket for validation. Or, free street parking in the evenings can save you even more. Before gliding on the ice, be sure to pair your holiday sweater with some knee socks or opt to tuck your pants into your skates to avoid painful blisters that will bring your yuletide fun to a screeching halt.
Come see the merry side of the Farmers Market and enjoy a week filled with Christmas and Hanukkah activities! Adorned with festive décor, twinkling with holiday lights and filled with seasonal sounds from a toy soldier band and strolling carolers, this outdoor winter wonderland is sure to put you in the fa-la-la mood. Activities during this special week include crafts for kids, live music, a Menorah lighting and more. However, your favorite fresh Farmer’s Market picks will still be available, such as fresh produce, meats, spices, fine wine, pastries and more. Parking can get crowded, so arrive early and have your parking validated. Otherwise, the next best option is to park in The Grove, adjacent to the Farmers Market, which features its own dose of holiday cheer.
Known for celebrity sightings and retail temptation galore, The Grove shopping center is putting on the Ritz with their annual holiday festivities. Even if you cannot make the mid-November tree lighting ceremony of the tallest Christmas tree in Los Angeles (105-feet tall to be exact), the Hollywood Christmas Celebration features Santa’s Cottage where you can visit the jolly man himself, hear carolers singing holiday classics, or lose yourself in the “snow” falling from the rooftops. You can park free of charge in the grove parking garage, or find parking validation at one of the major restaurants residing in the shopping center. You may want to consider parking at the top of the garage for spectacular views of the entire city of Los Angeles and snapping a few priceless pics.