Outdoor ice skating at various locations (listed here) from Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 29, 2020. One of L.A.’s most popular holiday traditions is skating at the various outdoor ice rinks throughout the city. Take advantage of the beautiful Los Angeles winter weather and get a tan as you skate on a sunny afternoon. Or bundle up and enjoy the crisp night air while skating under the stars. Just remember the rules of the rink and enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy outdoor Ice Skating at DTLA’s Pershing Square (532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles) or Ice at Santa Monica (1324 5th Street, Santa Monica). Or go inside at LA King’s Holiday on Ice at LA Live (800 Olympic Boulevard). Prices range from $25 to $100.
Winter Wonderland at The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles)
Open 365 days a year, The Grove invites the entire family to enjoy a Winter Wonderland in LA now through Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25). The holiday festivities include a 100-foot Christmas tree, the Santa House, nightly snowfall at 7 and 8 p.m., live music and entertainment. Santa Paws Pet Photos for your furry friend every Tuesday from 6:30-9 p.m. through Dec. 12, 2019. Free.
Universal Studios Hollywood from November 2019 to January 2020 at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. Get in the festive spirit with all-new holiday experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood! Surrounded by holiday decor, you can celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, enjoy the most Who-tacular Grinchmas celebration ever, and take a selfie with the merry and mischievous Minions. Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry PotterThis holiday season, Hogsmeade™ is transformed with festive décor to celebrate Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Experience an all-new holiday spectacle with dazzling lights and music cast against the majestic backdrop of Hogwarts™ castle. Hear holiday favorites performed by the Hogwarts student choir accompanied by their giant throaty frogs. Shop for holiday ornaments, stockings, tree toppers and figurines, then enjoy seasonal food and beverage offerings at Three Broomsticks, including a Holiday Dinner and hot Butterbeer. Varies costs up to $140.
Holiday Lunch at Lorelai’s – Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is from Dec. 22, 2019 to Jan. 6, 2020 at 3400 Warner Boulevard, Burbank. At Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, share your love for Gilmore Girls and take a stroll down memory lane back to the charming town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut from December 22 to January 6. Once you reach the end of your Studio Tour at Stage 48: Script to Screen, purchase lunch and enjoy the sights of Lorelai’s decorated house. Relive the magic of your favorite scenes with authentic props and costumes on display, take a photo in the iconic Gazebo, and walk in the familiar footsteps of Lorelai, Rory, Luke, and all the everyday townsfolk as you explore the original sets from the show. Save your appetite for a delicious holiday spread with gourmet sandwiches and a selection of beverages available for purchase, right in Lorelai’s backyard. “‘Tis the season to Live more. Laugh more. Eat more. Talk more. Gilmore.” Up to $295.
Hollywood Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, is perfect for the whole family this Holiday season from December 4, 2019 to February 2, 2020. If you missed Donna Summer LGBT Night there’s yet another reason to go to Pantages. Frozen. As fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, they set off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Take the kids and they’ll never stop singing. It Broadway in Hollywood and you got to celebrate. Ticket prices vary at hollywoodpantages.com.
El Capitan Theater, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, is the old world movie palace standard and the best house in Los Angeles. December sees a marathon of Frozen. Frozen 2 from November 21 to December 15. You must schedule for one of the special events, either the four hour Frozen double feature on December 21 or the Frozen 2 Breakfast and Pajama party on November 22.
Holiday Events at the Music Center are throughout the month of December 2019 at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, home to the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 South Grand Street). From concerts and sing-alongs to the city’s largest holiday celebration, visitors can spend the entire season at the Music Center and never see the same event twice. At the most important Arts venue in Los Angeles, sky is the limit on price but there are always deals at musiccenter.org.
Las Posadas at Olvera Street from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24, 2019 is all about Christmas and family. Each year from Dec. 16 until Christmas Eve, Olvera Street merchants and their families walk through El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in a ceremonial re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s nine-night search for sanctuary. The tradition features a procession with sing-alongs and piñata breaking, and is one of the oldest events in the city.
The Original Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd Street, celebrates the holidays from Dec. 18 to Dec. 24, 2019. As it has for decades, The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax will celebrate the holidays with Yuletide decor, globally-inspired seasonal music, arts & crafts, Christmas Karaoke and more. The Market’s holiday music line-up offers an eclectic range of musical styles, from Latin jazz to Calypso and mariachi. A popular Market tradition returns with carolers strolling the aisles in Dickensian costumes. Holiday events and activities at The Original Farmers Market are free, check the online flyer for the full schedule. Free.
Queen Mary Christmas, 1126 Queens Highway, the Queen Mary is decked out now through Jan. 1, 2020. Discover new traditions mingled with old-fashioned Christmas cheer as you stroll the beautiful decks of the legendary Queen Mary! Experience thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, the outdoor skating rink, meet and greets with Santa, and much more. Highlights of Queen Mary Christmas include Santa’s Captain’s Quarters featuring photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus in the Starboard Lounge, outdoor ice skating in the North Pole Village offering skaters 6,000 sq. ft of ice to glide around the dazzling 26 ft lit Christmas tree, Gingerbread Village, Canopy of Lights, Breakfast with Santa, and the Holiday Dinner Show. Tickets start at $29.95.
Tournament of Roses is from Dec. 1, 2019 to January 1,2020, at various locations around Pasadena. Founded in 1890, the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena is America’s New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry. From the pre-bowl game feasting at Lawry’s Beef Bowl, to the spectacular Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, the Tournament of Roses is a Southern California tradition that is unequaled anywhere in the world. Last year’s winner, bisexual Louise Deser Siskel, recently completed her reign and passed the crown to Camile Kennedy. Most events are free.
Did you know you can surf & snow ski on the same day in LA Angelenos and visitors alike have heard that in Los Angeles, you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon. With Downtown LA as your home base, you have several options that will make you the envy of your surfing and skiing friends and family. Go east for snow and west for surf. It’s there, we promise. Whether it’s during the holidays or any time of year, you can start your day in the beautiful Pacific Ocean and finish your adventure at the stunning mountains above LA County. Siri knows how to get you there.