LA's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List
LA's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

LA's Ultimate 2021 Winter Bucket List

The City of Angels is set for a magical winter. 🎄


Published November 15, 2021

SoCal may be best known for perfect weather and Hollywood celebrities — but the city's holiday festivities will leave you just as starstruck. Get ready for boat parades, day trips from the beach to the snow, and gourmet holiday treats—all done as only LA can. 

Explore The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Explore The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Get swept away by the Christmas Spirit as you immerse yourself in an original story brought to you by the creators of The Elf on the Shelf. This interactive show will keep you on your toes and leave you wonderstruck. 

When: November 5, 2021 — November 30, 2021

location_on FAIRPLEX, LA

The Elf on the Shelf's Magical Holiday Journey

From$30 $26 13% off
  • schedule 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Get swept away by the Christmas Spirit as you immerse yourself in an original story brought to you by the creators of The Elf on the Shelf. This interactive show will keep you on your toes and leave you wonderstruck. 

When: November 5, 2021 — November 30, 2021

Tinseltown Christmas Themed Pop-Up Bar in LA

Tinseltown Christmas Themed Pop-Up Bar in LA

If you love Christmas and getting into the festive spirit then this is the bar for you. The Tinseltown pop up will be decked out in all the festive glory from ornaments to tinsel. Expect Chrstimas tunes, Christmas drinks and of course more tinsel than you can shake your cracker at.

When: November 24, 2021 — December 31, 2021

location_on Lost Property Bar, LA

Tinseltown Christmas Themed Pop-Up Bar in LA

$22
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If you love Christmas and getting into the festive spirit then this is the bar for you. The Tinseltown pop up will be decked out in all the festive glory from ornaments to tinsel. Expect Chrstimas tunes, Christmas drinks and of course more tinsel than you can shake your cracker at.

When: November 24, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Catch a Holiday Classic at SFC

Catch a Holiday Classic at SFC

Yuletide Cinemaland is a festive holiday celebration in a Charles Dickens-style town square that combines the nostalgia of classic holiday movies outdoors with Christmas carolers, delicious food, hot chocolate, mulled wine, craft beer and more!

When: December 4, 2021 — December 23, 2021

limited time offer

location_on Heritage Square Museum, LA

Christmas Movie Series Presented by SFC

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Yuletide Cinemaland is a festive holiday celebration in a Charles Dickens-style town square that combines the nostalgia of classic holiday movies outdoors with Christmas carolers, delicious food, hot chocolate, mulled wine, craft beer and more!

When: December 4, 2021 — December 23, 2021

Take A Dreamy Gondola Ride

Take A Dreamy Gondola Ride Credit: Bleu Cotton Photography

Step onto a cozy and quaint gondala ride in the Newport Harbor, perfect for a romantic night out as your glide through the canals.

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location_on Newport Beach, LA

Winter and Parade of Lights Cruise

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Step onto a cozy and quaint gondala ride in the Newport Harbor, perfect for a romantic night out as your glide through the canals.

More information coming soon!

Let it GLOW at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Let it GLOW at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Take a color-bathed walk through South Coast Botanic Garden during this illuminated after-hours installation— all to a perfectly curated set of music, including everything from Pink Floyd and Kenny Chesney to Bach! The event kicks off just before Thanksgiving and runs until after New Year’s.

Where: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
When: November 20, 2021 — Jan 17, 2022

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Take a color-bathed walk through South Coast Botanic Garden during this illuminated after-hours installation— all to a perfectly curated set of music, including everything from Pink Floyd and Kenny Chesney to Bach! The event kicks off just before Thanksgiving and runs until after New Year’s.

Where: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
When: November 20, 2021 — Jan 17, 2022

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Visit The Grove & Farmers Market For Holiday Shopping

Visit The Grove & Farmers Market For Holiday Shopping Credit: The Grove

Make your list, check it twice, and then cross off your holiday gifting at The Grove & Farmers Market. The Grove is a mecca of dining and luxurious products, while the historic farmers market across the street features a range of trendy shops, restaurants & over 100 gourmet grocery purveyors.

Where: The Grove is at 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036; a 3 minute walk from the Farmer’s Market
When: October 25, 2021 — January 1, 2022

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Make your list, check it twice, and then cross off your holiday gifting at The Grove & Farmers Market. The Grove is a mecca of dining and luxurious products, while the historic farmers market across the street features a range of trendy shops, restaurants & over 100 gourmet grocery purveyors.

Where: The Grove is at 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036; a 3 minute walk from the Farmer’s Market
When: October 25, 2021 — January 1, 2022

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Volunteer Or Donate To The LA Food Bank

Volunteer Or Donate To The LA Food Bank Credit: LA Food Bank

For households already facing economic challenges, the COVID-19 recession has been especially devastating. One of the most rewarding and vital things you can do during the holidays is to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, like LA's Food Bank. Every $10 provides up to 40 nutritious meals. Show those in need that we haven't forgotten about them and make your holiday even more fulfilling.

For more information on the LA Food Bank visit here.

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For households already facing economic challenges, the COVID-19 recession has been especially devastating. One of the most rewarding and vital things you can do during the holidays is to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause, like LA's Food Bank. Every $10 provides up to 40 nutritious meals. Show those in need that we haven't forgotten about them and make your holiday even more fulfilling.

For more information on the LA Food Bank visit here.

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Hit The Slopes At Big Bear Mountain

Hit The Slopes At Big Bear Mountain Credit: Big Bear Mountain Resort

We're living for that beach time in the AM, slope time in the PM, life. Get out of the city for the weekend and head to Big Bear Mountain - about a 2-hour drive from LA.

Where: 880 Summit Blvd. / PO Box 77, Big Bear Lake CA 92315
When: Winter operations at Big Bear Mountain Resort typically begin in November and conclude in March/April, conditions permitting.

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We're living for that beach time in the AM, slope time in the PM, life. Get out of the city for the weekend and head to Big Bear Mountain - about a 2-hour drive from LA.

Where: 880 Summit Blvd. / PO Box 77, Big Bear Lake CA 92315
When: Winter operations at Big Bear Mountain Resort typically begin in November and conclude in March/April, conditions permitting.

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Drive Down Christmas Tree Lane

Drive Down Christmas Tree Lane Credit: Christmas Tree Lane

Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated and the display spans nearly two miles. Christmas Tree Lane began in 1920 with a single tree that was decorated to honor a child who had passed away. The tradition has grown every year for 100 years and is a staple of Fresno’s holiday traditions.

Where: N Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California
When: December 1, 2021 - December 25, 2021

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Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated and the display spans nearly two miles. Christmas Tree Lane began in 1920 with a single tree that was decorated to honor a child who had passed away. The tradition has grown every year for 100 years and is a staple of Fresno’s holiday traditions.

Where: N Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California
When: December 1, 2021 - December 25, 2021

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Grab a Lavender Hot Chocolate To Go at Cafe Demitasse

Grab a Lavender Hot Chocolate To Go at Cafe Demitasse Credit: Cafe Demitasse

Santa Monica spots may be coffee houses, but they certainly have hot chocolate craftsmanship down just as well. Their decadent cocoa drinks are extra-rich and topped with fluffy, sweet marshmallows that are blow-torched to order. Like for real. Try the lavender hot chocolate, topped with vanilla and lavender oil.

Where: 1149 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Santa Monica spots may be coffee houses, but they certainly have hot chocolate craftsmanship down just as well. Their decadent cocoa drinks are extra-rich and topped with fluffy, sweet marshmallows that are blow-torched to order. Like for real. Try the lavender hot chocolate, topped with vanilla and lavender oil.

Where: 1149 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Devour the Seasonal Menu at Big Sugar Bake Shop

Devour the Seasonal Menu at Big Sugar Bake Shop Credit: Big Sugar Bake Shop

Inventor of the first doughnut muffin and #19 on Food and Wine’s list of best cupcakes in all of America, Big Sugar’s extensive holiday menu is not to be missed! Stop by for molasses cookie sandwiches, gingerbread people, dogs and cats, Hanukkah decorated cupcakes and peppermint brownies.

Where:
*Studio City: 12182 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
*DTLA: 612 South Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

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Inventor of the first doughnut muffin and #19 on Food and Wine’s list of best cupcakes in all of America, Big Sugar’s extensive holiday menu is not to be missed! Stop by for molasses cookie sandwiches, gingerbread people, dogs and cats, Hanukkah decorated cupcakes and peppermint brownies.

Where:
*Studio City: 12182 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
*DTLA: 612 South Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

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Ice Skate at Kings Ice Rink At Staples Center

Ice Skate at Kings Ice Rink At Staples Center Credit: L.A. Live

The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA. Enjoy the rink while it is here for a limited season.

Where: Xbox Plaza right out front of STAPLES Center
When: November 27, 2021 – January 8, 2022

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The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA. Enjoy the rink while it is here for a limited season.

Where: Xbox Plaza right out front of STAPLES Center
When: November 27, 2021 – January 8, 2022

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Visit Santa Village Skypark

Visit Santa Village Skypark Credit: Santa Village Skypark

Is that the sound of sleigh bells we hear?! Santa has landed but he's set up shop in LA with a nostalgic holiday village. It's the perfect setting for a photo with the big guy himself. 

Where: 28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385
When: November 2021 – January 2022

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Is that the sound of sleigh bells we hear?! Santa has landed but he's set up shop in LA with a nostalgic holiday village. It's the perfect setting for a photo with the big guy himself. 

Where: 28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385
When: November 2021 – January 2022

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See The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade

See The Marina Del Rey Boat Parade Credit: Marina Del Rey Boat Parade

Free event in Marina Del Rey to watch the annual Holiday Boat Parade with traditional fireworks display kicks off the evening. The boat parade continues to be a favorite community event that kicks off the holiday season in Marina del Rey.

Where: Marina Del Rey Docks
When: December 11, 2021
*5:55 pm – 6:00 pm: Fireworks
*6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Boat Parade

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Free event in Marina Del Rey to watch the annual Holiday Boat Parade with traditional fireworks display kicks off the evening. The boat parade continues to be a favorite community event that kicks off the holiday season in Marina del Rey.

Where: Marina Del Rey Docks
When: December 11, 2021
*5:55 pm – 6:00 pm: Fireworks
*6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Boat Parade

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See the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn

See the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Credit: Mission Inn

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa's Festival of Lights is one of the nation's largest holiday light collections, voted "Best Public Lights Display" by USA Today.  Every year The Inn's festival gains new energy, grows in popularity, and ushers in an increasing number of visitors to the Riverside area. However due to Covid 19 there will not be a formal switch-on ceremony.

Where: 3700-3662 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
When: November 26, 2021 – January 6, 2022

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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa's Festival of Lights is one of the nation's largest holiday light collections, voted "Best Public Lights Display" by USA Today.  Every year The Inn's festival gains new energy, grows in popularity, and ushers in an increasing number of visitors to the Riverside area. However due to Covid 19 there will not be a formal switch-on ceremony.

Where: 3700-3662 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
When: November 26, 2021 – January 6, 2022

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Ice Skate at Dodgers Holiday Festival

Ice Skate at Dodgers Holiday Festival Credit: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a Holiday Festival in the beautiful, newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza, the warning track, and both bullpens complete with nightly entertainment, an ice skating rink, scenic and light displays, holiday-themed food and beverage, and an opportunity to take photos with Santa!

Where: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a Holiday Festival in the beautiful, newly-renovated Centerfield Plaza, the warning track, and both bullpens complete with nightly entertainment, an ice skating rink, scenic and light displays, holiday-themed food and beverage, and an opportunity to take photos with Santa!

Where: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
When: November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2021

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