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

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
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!

Best Selling Christmas events

Los Angeles Holiday Lights Tour
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Los Angeles Holiday Lights Tour

$22

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Handmade Wreaths and Garlands Workshop

Handmade Wreaths and Garlands Workshop

$85

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Annual Yule Log Bake & Take
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Annual Yule Log Bake & Take

$125

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

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Christmas events in Los Angeles

Christmas events in Los Angeles
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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.
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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
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Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles

Make the city your winter wonderland at these outdoor rinks.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles
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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
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The best Christmas shows and ‘Nutcrackers’ in Los Angeles

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
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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
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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.

See more in our December events calendar
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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
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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 L.A.
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Grocery stores open on Christmas in L.A.

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 L.A. Christmas ornaments
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The best L.A. 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 L.A.
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Where to eat Christmas dinner in L.A.

Skip the at-home turkey basting and dine out instead.

Where to have Christmas brunch in L.A.
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Where to have Christmas brunch in L.A.

Take a break from unwrapping presents with a fantastic Christmas brunch at these festive L.A. restaurants.

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

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

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

30 things we wish Santa would bring L.A. for Christmas
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30 things we wish Santa would bring L.A. for Christmas

Here’s what we want for Los Angeles this year.

Holiday gift guide

Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great
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Cheap Christmas gift ideas under $25 that are actually great

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most expensive.

Holiday markets in Los Angeles
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Holiday markets in Los Angeles

L.A. has a wealth of seasonal craft fairs you can browse.

See more of our past Christmas coverage

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 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
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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 L.A. for anyone on your list
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Best gift shops in L.A. 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 L.A. show off their handmade wares
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Artisans in L.A. 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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