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Holidays at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Hotel 1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA

Perhaps the most beautiful of all Disneyland special events, Christmas at Disneyland Resort is an enchanting holiday spectacular unlike any other. Festive Christmas parades, dazzling fireworks, Christmas in Cars Land and a Salute to Holidays Around the World at California Adventure are just a few of the highlights. Other top events include the Disney Festival of Holidays, the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! […]

Lightscape at the LA Arboretum

Los Angeles County Arboretum 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA

Ready to embark on a thrilling journey of color, light, and holiday cheer? Grab your friends and family because there is no way you’ll want to miss the internationally acclaimed, must-see event of the season. Lightscape at the LA Arboretum promises to transport you to a world of wonder and illumination as you meander through the grand Winter Cathedral, unforgettable […]

LA Zoo Lights

Los Angeles Zoo 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA

LA Zoo Lights has quickly become a holiday tradition for many! Each night during the holiday season, the zoo lights up with whimsical displays. Related Post: The Most Festive Things to Do in Los Angeles During Christmas This festive event is returning for the 2021-22 season with even more glowing animals! In addition, take an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes: […]

Enchanted Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

See Descanso Gardens lit up as the sun goes down from November through January each year. Words truly do not do this immersive experience justice. You just can’t help being amazed by the illuminating wintery beauty of this 1-mile walkable event.  This holiday-themed forest adventure takes place at the Descanso Gardens and features: Hands-on art installations Luminescent and atmospheric forests  […]

Holidays at LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND California One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA

Holidays at LEGOLAND California is in full swing now through January 9th. What You'll Experience Experience Holidays at LEGOLAND®, presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, where the entire Resort is bursting with holiday cheer and festive décor. Your favorite holiday characters Santa and the Toy Solider are back along with The Gingerbread Man! They’re ready for holiday hugs, pictures […]

Holiday Sing-Along with the LA Phil

Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

See the LA Phil perform classic holiday songs and Christmas carols at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. 2022 dates TBD.

Taste of December Nights

Balboa Park 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA

Returning this winter, Balboa Park’s Taste of December Nights is one of the biggest (and free!) San Diego festivals this holiday season. Entertainment includes performers, museum exhibits, food, and more. Related Post: Current Events and Festivals in San Diego, California Cost to Attend Taste of December Nights The cost to attend is free. However, there are plenty of food trucks […]


Grand Park’s Winter Glow

Grand Park - Performance Lawn and The Music Center Plaza 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

As the sun goes down, Grand Park lights up! The 12-acre outdoor art installation uses light projections and displays to put guests into the holiday mood.

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey Marina, Marina del Rey, California

Each holiday season, Los Angeles festivals and events also include boat parades such as the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. See boats lit up in a festive fashion as they sail around the harbor. Watch the parade and listen to live announcements at Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Newport Harbor Newport Beach, CA

Yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes glow against the calm waves of the harbor as millions of guests watch. Have your sights set on a different kind of Christmas parade? This year take to the high seas for a truly Californian Christmas experience, the Newport Beach Christmas Parade. Prime yourself to ‘jingle on the waves’ all evening as you soak in […]

Winter Wonderland Festival

California Center for the Arts 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA

It's time for the 8th Annual Winter Wonderland Festival where you can play in real snow, enjoy holiday-themed drinks and treats at Santa’s Corner Café, holiday crafting activities led by professional teaching artists and browse for gifts from local artisans. Related Post: 10 Free Things to Do in San Diego at Night The North Pole comes to Escondido at this […]


New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort 1313 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA

Both Disneyland and California Adventure celebrate New Year’s Eve with extended park hours and extra entertainment. There are usually two firework shows at Disneyland Park, one at 9 pm and one at midnight. In addition, California Adventure usually hosts a fireworks show, dance party, and NYE countdown.

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