Los Angeles is a wonderful city in the wintertime. Although you’re unlikely to see any snow (any real snow, that is – with Hollywood, you never know what kind of movie magic will happen around you), there are still plenty of festive activities to help you celebrate the holiday season.
From big-budget theme park attractions to some low-key local fun, there’s plenty to choose from in L.A. when it comes to seasonal activities.
To help you plan that perfect itinerary, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Los Angeles holiday attractions.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
Select dates, December 5 – January 3, 2016
This is the perfect holiday attraction for kids, and any fans of Dr. Seuss.
Roam throughout a section of Universal Studios Hollywood that’s been transformed into a wintery Who-ville, complete with a Seussian tree, Max the dog, and of course, the Grinch himself.
Get photos with the stars of the show, enjoy making holiday crafts and decorating cookies, relax and listen to Who-ville carolers, and stick around for story time with Cindy-Lou Who.
Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain
November 27 – January 3, 2016
This holiday season, enjoy your favorite rides and slides at Six Flags Magic Mountain – with a holiday twist! All your favorite seasonal rides are still available, with the added bonus of fun and special Christmastime activities added in.
The plaza has been transformed into Holiday Square, with hundreds upon hundreds of glittering lights, an artificial winter snowfall (we told you that was coming), and festive carolers.
You can also enjoy musical performances and dance numbers with a holiday theme, and, of course, pay a visit to the Santa and Mrs. Claus with their merry elves.
The Polar Express: 4D Experience
The Queen Mary
November 20 – January 10, 2016
The holidays are the perfect time to check out the Queen Mary’s new 4-D Theatre because they’ve got a fantastic movie on for the kids this year – Tom Hanks’ beloved Polar Express.
In addition to 3-D picture and hi-def sound, you’ll also be introduced to moving seats, periodic hints of scent, and atmospheric affects like snow, wind, and mist.
It’s truly a Hollywood-esque experience and is a fun new way to experience this classic family film.
Knott’s Merry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm
November 21 – January 3, 2016
Knott’s is the place to be this time of year if you’re a Peanuts fan. From a charming Snoopy ice show to photo ops with all the animated favs, the family will be delighted by this kid-friendly holiday experience.
You’ll also get to enjoy some snow each night in Ghost Town, shop a Christmas Crafts Village for unique gifts, and enjoy tons of seasonal live entertainment. Make an entire day of it at Knott’s Merry Farm!
Aquarium of the Pacific
Select dates, December 5 – 24, 2015
“‘Tis the season to be jelly,” proclaims the Aquarium of the Pacific, and we’re inclined to agree with this adorable sentiment and the accompanying event series.
In addition to its festive holiday décor all month long and daily inside “snowfall,” the Aquarium is offering specialty weekend events in celebration of the season.
See your favorite aquatic critters dressed in Christmastime costumes, witness the park’s inhabitants play with holiday enrichment treats and toys, donate to their Spark of Love toy drive, and enjoy dessert with Santa.
Other fun benefits included discounted admission, late-night visits with the animals, and more.
LA Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo
November 27 – January 3, 2016
This is a fun one for the whole family. Explore an area of the LA Zoo that’s been transformed into a magical wintery experience, complete with dazzling animals constructed from hundreds of lights and other fanciful materials, and innovative displays combining lights, water, and accompanying tunes.
You’ll also get a chance to meet Santa on select dates, interact with a few reindeer, and enjoy festive holidays cookies and other great treats. Ticketed separately from zoo admission.
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However you end up celebrating the holidays in L.A., we know you’ll do it in style with these fun seasonal attractions.
And remember, a Go Los Angeles® Card can save you big on admission to many of these holiday attractions, leaving more money left over for present shopping.