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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

Photograph: Courtesy Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

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 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!

Christmas events in Los Angeles

Christmas events, performances and things to do in LA
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Christmas events, performances and things to do in LA

You won't find snow-covered trees and below-zero temperatures in LA, but there are still plenty of Christmas events.

Where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles
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Where to see Christmas lights in Los Angeles

In between a deluge of Christmas activities and frantic shopping trips, take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods.

Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles
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Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles

In between a deluge of Christmas events and frantic shopping trips, take the time to check out these twinkling neighborhoods.

The 10 best things to do during the holidays in L.A.
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The 10 best things to do during the holidays in L.A.

Between whimsical, twinkly (even interactive) Christmas lights, holiday markets and ice rinks galore, we’ve got our own set of L.A. holiday traditions that just can’t be beat.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles
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Holiday markets in Los Angeles

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

The best restaurants open on Christmas in Los Angeles
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The best restaurants open on Christmas in Los Angeles

Whether you're looking for brunch or dinner, here are the restaurants open on Christmas day.

A guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2016
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A guide to the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2016

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

The best Christmas shows and Nutcrackers in Los Angeles
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The best Christmas shows and Nutcrackers in Los Angeles

The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together, and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with a Christmas show? 

Where to hear and go Christmas caroling in Los Angeles
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Where to hear and go Christmas caroling in Los Angeles

Belt out classic Christmas songs or hum along to traditional hymns at these performances.

A guide to SantaCon 2016
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A guide to SantaCon 2016

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. 

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More ways to celebrate Christmas

Where to buy Christmas trees in Los Angeles
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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.

Grocery stores open on Christmas in LA
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Grocery stores open on Christmas in LA

Need a last minute ingredient? These grocery stores have you covered.

Where to go for pictures with Santa in Los Angeles
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Where to go for pictures with Santa in Los Angeles

Whether for your Christmas cards or a keepsake, here are the best places to get a picture with Santa.

The 50 best Christmas movies
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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.

The best LA Christmas ornaments
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The best LA Christmas ornaments

Los Angeles may have the nickname of "Tinseltown," but at Christmas time, it's all about the ornaments.

Where to eat Christmas dinner in LA
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Where to eat Christmas dinner in LA

Skip the at-home turkey basting and dine out instead

The best holiday movie screenings from now until Christmas day
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The best holiday movie screenings from now until Christmas day

These Christmas movies are playing at some of the best theaters in LA

Where to have Christmas brunch in LA
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Where to have Christmas brunch in LA

Take a break from unwrapping presents with a fantastic Christmas brunch at these festive LA restaurants

Santa will have a full moon backdrop for the first time since 1977
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Santa will have a full moon backdrop for the first time since 1977

Christmas will have some extra light to guide him this year

15 Christmas tree fails on Instagram
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15 Christmas tree fails on Instagram

Some of these are worse than Charlie Brown's Christmas tree

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Holiday gift guide

Shop local this year with our 100% made-in-L.A. holiday gift guide
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Shop local this year with our 100% made-in-L.A. holiday gift guide

You can give gorgeous, handcrafted gifts and support small-operation, local businesses in one fell swoop this holiday season. 

The best LA experiences to give as gifts
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The best LA experiences to give as gifts

Give your friends and family gifts that create memories (instead of clutter) like these only-in-LA experiences

25 stocking stuffer ideas for $25 or less
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25 stocking stuffer ideas for $25 or less

This Christmas, stuff your family's stockings with something other than gift cards and candy. There's so much potential in stocking stuffers: think small gifts with big personality.

White elephant and secret santa holiday gift ideas
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White elephant and secret santa holiday gift ideas

Make it easy on yourself with these top gender-neutral gifts.

The best gifts for men
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The best gifts for men

Whether the guys on your list are dapper or dudely, these gifts for men are ones they won't want to return.

The best Christmas gifts for women
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The best Christmas gifts for women

We’ve done the shopping for you with these great Christmas gifts for women.

The best funny gifts for the holiday season
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The best funny gifts for the holiday season

We found the best funny gifts that are perfect for everyone on your holiday list.

See more in our holiday gift guide

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13 winter cocktails to keep you warm and fuzzy
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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 LA beers of Christmas
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12 LA 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
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Where to find the best Christmas cookies

Head to these bakeries for all your holiday cookie needs.

Best gift shops in LA for anyone on your list
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Best gift shops in LA for anyone on your list

We searched the city for the best gift shops and bring you the top places for the next time you need to buy a present.

Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares
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Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares

Meet 13 local artisans and shop their hand-crafted wares—you'll never give a boring gift again.

The best ugly Christmas sweaters
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The best ugly Christmas sweaters

Shop our picks of the season's hilarious knits, sure to stand out at any ugly sweater party.

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