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15 ways to celebrate Christmas in LA This year

Christmas ensues a sort of magic and warmth that is truly unparalleled, and the beautiful city of LA is no exception to that phenomenon. If you happen to be in LA around Christmas time this year, or if you’re particularly planning for an LA Christmas, you’re in for a treat. We’re enlisting more than a few, in fact, 15 ways to Celebrate Christmas in LA in the coming year, and you’ll be mesmerized by each one of them!

1. At Hollywood.

Any time of the year is as good to be in Hollywood, but Christmas time is truly another ordeal. Not only will the lights transport you with their grandeur, but events like the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which takes place annually at the end of November, will truly have you star-struck. Although whether it’s the Christmas spirit or the celebrity abundance doing it, we’re not sure. 

Location: Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine St to Sunset Blvd. and west on Sunset Blvd. back to Orange Drive.

Location: Starting on Hollywood Blvd. at Orange Drive the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine St to Sunset Blvd. and west on Sunset Blvd. back to Orange Drive.

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2. At the LA Zoo.

This, for sure, sounds like a very funny albeit interesting way to be spending Christmas. But the zoo’s Animals Aglow event is not something you’ll want to be missing out on. You’ll be gliding across breathtaking scenes of lights that come in the shape of all animals and décor that’s stunning.

Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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3. At a Boat Parade.

Next on the list of unconventional ways to celebrate Christmas in LA is to make your way to Marina Del Rey. Take a cozy setup around the area to see a fleet of the most stunningly decorated boats fly across the water in a frenzy of lights and magic. Gear up because this will be quite the experience.

Location: 13967 Marquesas Way #50 Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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4. At Cinemaland in Heritage Square.

The Yuletide Cinemaland is an amazing experience if you want to celebrate Christmas with a whole lot of nostalgia. The walks across homes of Victorian times and screenings of classic Christmas movies will make you feel like you’re actually in one.

Location: 3800 Homer St, Los Angeles, CA 90031

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5. At Disneyland.

If Disneyland is phenomenal on its regular days, imagine just what it’s like around Christmas time. Except you don’t have to imagine, you can experience the holiday-themed décor and nighttime shows that completely transform the vibe of the place. This is definitely one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in LA.

Location: 1313 S Disneyland Dr Anaheim, CA 92802 United States

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6. At the Descano Gardens.

An enchanted forest walk is definitely high up on all of our bucket lists, but to be able to do so around Christmas time is another experience on the whole. The luminous art and lights wrapped around the flora make for a beautiful sight for sore eyes.

Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

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7. At the LA Arboretum.

Christmas is all about lights and glow, and the Lightscape event at the Arboretum makes this theme into an entire experience. Tunnels, fountains, paths, and whole projections of light will make this a walk across the most lit Christmas of your life, both literally and figuratively. Unquestionably one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas if you’re in LA at the time. 

Location: 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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8. At the Christmas Tree Lane.

Over at Altadena in LA, a miracle takes place right around the holidays. Gorgeous, larger-than-life tress stand decorated with lights that are straight out of a movie. These trees line each side of the avenue and create a Christmas-time staple. The fact that this has been a tradition since the 1920s adds all that much substance to it.

Location: 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

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9. At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios takes their already amazing game up a notch when the holidays come around at the Wizarding World. Every Harry Potter-inspired scenery and edifice is strewn in Christmas décor, which takes its magic to a whole other level. You’ll also have the special treat of catching The Magic of Christmas piece, a projection shows that your senses will cherish.

Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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10. At the Holiday Celebration in LA County.

If music and performances speak Christmas cheer to you, then the LA County Holiday Celebration is where one needs to be. All sorts of choir and dance performances from across the city set the scene for an energetic Christmas celebration! This is a really fun way to celebrate Christmas with family in LA, especially if you want to impart a little culture.

Location: 135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

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11. At the Rooftop Cinema Club.

For some people, Christmas movies set the tone for Christmas more so than anything else. If you’re one of them, skip the homebound movie-watching and head to the Rooftop Cinema Club in LA, where holiday classics are played in all their glory.

Location: 4th floor at Level, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 

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12. At Upper Hastings Ranch.

The holiday light-up at Upper Hastings Ranch hits differently because of the way they go all out while decorating the town for Christmas. This is especially gorgeous because the whole town makes this a group project, and celebrating Christmas here is a real treat!

Location: 1015 N Michillinda Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107

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13. At Holiday Road.

Calabasas is definitely known for its star power and all the celebrities that reside within its premises, but at Christmas time, it is also known for its spectacular celebration. You’ll find a stretch of a mile lined with Christmas décor that outshines any other. Moreover, the food and beverages waiting for you across the path will make this a fun Christmas celebration for the whole family.

Location: King Gillette Ranch 26800 West Mulholland Hwy Calabasas, CA 91302

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14. At Pershing Square.

If there’s one thing Christmas movies have made into a law, it’s that ice skating during the holidays is a real tradition. Come into the midst of life-sized skyscrapers and glide across the ice, where you’re fully permitted to pretend like you’re in a Christmas flick. The best part is that the rink is being opened after a three-year break, so you might as well take advantage of that.

Location: 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

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15. At Tanaka Farms.

Spending Christmas on a farm might not sound too thrilling, but once you’re at the festival of lights, branded the Hikari, you’ll have a change of heart. A path of lanterns and gorgeous lights is strewn across everything in sight. There’s also plenty to do in the form of a holiday market, a petting zoo, and even photo ops!

Location: Tanaka Farms 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA

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