While we may not be dreaming of a white Christmas here in Los Angeles, we can certainly look forward to tons of shopping and more than a few Christmas lights on palm trees. We've gathered together a list of the best Christmas events, activities, movies and songs for this most magical time of year. If it's shopping you're after, we've got the ultimate holiday gift guide and some great stocking stuffer ideas. Don't miss out on these holiday events because before you know it New Year's Eve planning will be in full swing and then it'll be back to work (or whatever pays for all your partying). Merry Christmas!
Holiday gift guide
Stuck on what to get for your office White Elephant gift exchange? This year, make it easy on yourself with these top gender-neutral gifts, perfect for a round of Secret Santa when you don't have a clue what to get your co-worker or cousin.Read more
Events & Things To Do
You won't find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in LA, but there are still plenty of holiday events and Christmas activities to get you in the festive mood—even when it's 70 and sunny in December. From meeting Santa and his (real) reindeer in Malibu to singing Christmas carols and scooping up crafty gifts at holiday markets—our list of the city's best events and things to do this season will help make LA a winter wonderland all month long. RECOMMENDED: More Christmas events in Los AngelesRead more
Make the city your winter wonderland and add ice skating in Los Angeles to your list of must-do Christmas activities this season. These family-friendly rinks offer more than just skates—from wintry food and drinks to ice tubing and meeting Santa, there's something for everyone. Plus, if you're still looking for the perfect Christmas gifts, most of the rinks are located within walking distance from prime shopping destinations.Read more
You've probably heard it before: How can we celebrate the holidays here when it's warm in December? Well, first of all, it's cold by LA standards. But there's also plenty of holiday cheer if you know where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles. In between a deluge of Christmas activities and frantic shopping trips—you've consulted our holiday gift guide, right?—take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods. Just make sure to bring along an extra sweatshirt and some patience: not even Christmas lights can escape LA traffic.Read more
Head to these bakeries for all your holiday cookie needs. Whether you’re leaving them out for Santa or looking for a sweet gift idea, get inspired by these Christmas cookies that will please kids and adults alike. Flip through our guilt-free slide show of drool-worthy pics before making any New Year's resolutions. From classic gingerbread men and cut out butter cookies to traditional treats from around the world and even vegan sweets, fill up on holiday cheer as we round up the best Christmas cookies at local LA bakeries.Read more