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Christmas in Los Angeles

Your guide to Christmas events and activities in Los Angeles, including a holiday gift guide, the best Christmas movies and fun ways to warm up


By Michael Juliano and Time Out contributors

Posted: Thursday December 20 2018


Photograph: Courtesy Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

While we may not be dreaming of a white Christmas 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 have 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!

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Christmas events in Los Angeles

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.

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

Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles

Make the city your winter wonderland at these outdoor rinks.

The best Christmas shows and ‘Nutcrackers’ in Los Angeles

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

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. 

A guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Every year we don our gay apparel (still too tight from Thanksgiving dinner) and head to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles

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

See more in our December events calendar

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