Christmas in Los Angeles

Your guide to Christmas events and activities in Los Angeles, including lights, local gifts, festive movies and more

Christmas Tree Lane
Photograph: Michael Juliano

While we may not be dreaming of a white Christmas in Los Angeles (except for that day the other year when it totally snowed), we can certainly look forward to more than a few Christmas lights on palm trees. Like Santa’s elves, we’re constantly working on putting together a list of the best Christmas events, activities, movies and songs for this most magical time of year—so keep checking back throughout the season. Don’t miss out on these holiday events because before you know it New Year’s Eve planning will be in full swing (maybe) and then it’ll be back to work (or whatever pays for all your year-end partying). Merry Christmas!

Christmas events and activities in Los Angeles

Christmas events in Los Angeles
Things to do

Christmas events in Los Angeles

There are plenty of Christmas events and holiday activities to get you in the festive mood.

Where to see Christmas lights in L.A.
Things to do

Where to see Christmas lights in L.A.

Take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods and attractions.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles
Shopping

Holiday markets in Los Angeles

Fed up with mass-produced merch and crowded stores? Try a holiday market instead.

The best Christmas shows and ‘Nutcrackers’ in Los Angeles
Theater

The best Christmas shows and ‘Nutcrackers’ in Los Angeles

What better way to get in the festive spirit than with a Christmas show?

What you need to know about the Hollywood Christmas Parade
Things to do

What you need to know about the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Every year we don our gay apparel (still too tight from Thanksgiving dinner) for this Walk of Fame tradition.

A guide to SantaCon
Things to do

A guide to SantaCon

SantaCon is a holiday celebration with a pretty simple premise. Get a whole bunch of people to dress up like Santa Claus and hit the town. 

See more in our December events calendar
Things to do

See more in our December events calendar

The holidays are here for real and they’ve taken over our December events calendar.

More ways to celebrate Christmas

Where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles
Things to do

Where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles

Start decorating with a tree from one of these places, including real, fake and live trees, along with places where you can cut your own.

The best L.A. experiences to give as gifts
Shopping

The best L.A. experiences to give as gifts

We think something you can do is way more memorable than something you can unwrap.

The best local charities to donate to in L.A.
Things to do

The best local charities to donate to in L.A.

Spread the wealth during the holiday season with these 10 fantastic local organizations 

The 50 best Christmas movies
Movies

The 50 best Christmas movies

Roast a chestnut, nog an egg and settle in with some cookies and milk to Time Out’s top Christmas movies.

See more of our past Christmas coverage

11 holiday gifts to pick up that support Los Angeles stores and institutions
Shopping

11 holiday gifts to pick up that support Los Angeles stores and institutions

Find the perfect present while keeping your favorite businesses going at the same time.

13 winter cocktails to keep you warm and fuzzy
Bars

13 winter cocktails to keep you warm and fuzzy

We scoured LA's best bars to find the drinks that make you want to curl up by the fire and get toasted.

12 L.A. beers of Christmas
Bars

12 L.A. beers of Christmas

Here are 12 holiday beers from local breweries that are just as tasty as they are festive.

Where to find the best Christmas cookies
Restaurants

Where to find the best Christmas cookies

Head to these bakeries for all your holiday cookie needs.

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